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review 2019-11-11 14:06
Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

The cover looked cool. So I decided to read it.

It is one of those novels where you better don't stop and start to think about it. It is fast paced and an easy read, which makes it perfect to relax but not much more than that. The main character is thrown into the hands of a band of vigilante brothers who actually turn out to be HER brothers. It's that kind of book. So don't expect anything deep, but it is a fast read.

Might continue anyway, since I already have a copy of the second book.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-05-30 16:43
Audio Book Review: Unborn By Amber Lynn Natusch
By Amber Lynn Natusch Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch


I have a bit of history with this novel that I'll get out of the way first. In 2014 I was provided an eARC via Netgalley of this book which ended up as a DNF. I was always intrigued by this novel, but couldn't get through it as a book. After I saw that it had an audio book version to it, I decided to pick it back up. It was easier to get through, but it still left a lot to be desired.


Everything about this novel seemed robotic. The grammar was too proper and because of that everyone had only one option: to speak in monotone. The narrator tried to infer emotion through the voices, but it just wasn't possible. Overall, I got very bored listening to this.


I disliked Khara very much. I also didn't understand the dynamic she had with her so called 'brothers'. One moment they were best friends forever and the next it's 'stay here and don't do anything'. To be fair, it did seem like she had a death wish from time to time. She made decisions no one in their right mind would make under those circumstances.


To tell you the truth all her brothers blended together in my head. I couldn't tell them apart even if it killed me. The only one that stood out was Oz, but I disliked him even more. His forced nickname of 'new girl' for Khara didn't have the impact the author intended it to have. It just grated on my nerves through the duration of the novel.


During the story it felt like everyone was holding something back and that bubble finally popped with the ending. It was somewhat predictable considering Khara's known history of bad decision making. After all that, I didn't care enough for the character's to want them to succeed. I won't be picking up the sequel to this novel.


The Audio Book:


Angela Dawe (the narrator) was doomed from the start, so there wasn't much she could do. As much as she tried to project emotion in her narration, the book was too robotic in it's grammar to give her much room for anything. The reading of the novel was good considering what the she had to work with.

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text 2016-11-18 06:09
Yeah, no
Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

Unborn pretty much exemplifies everything that I find unpleasant about paranormal fantasy; not sure why I finished it. First off, we have a lone woman, an exemplary special girl who has untapped powers surrounded by a whole bunch of dudes. Then said dudes spend all kinds of time treating other women like shit, and this is somehow a reflection on the women and not the dudes. Then, and this is my special favorite, most of these dudes are the main girl's brothers, but they persist in treating her like a sex object, and this is funny. Because incest is funny. Why are you being such a buzzkill? 


Oh, and it ends on a cliffhanger. I know, right? 


This is the sort of book that makes me appreciate this book's antecedents, stuff like Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Fever novels. I made some fun of those at the time, but actually the way those series navigated some seriously problematic shit was pretty deft. BDB has the whole dudes-only feel, but the banter is honestly amusing, and the whole thing ends up being an exploration of masculinity that doesn't have to hate on every woman but the protagonist. Fever, well, Morning turned the cliffhanger into an art form. Unborn does neither of these things well. 

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review 2015-04-14 00:27
Unseen - Amber Lynn Natusch

There is a first book in this series, Unborn, that you will want to read before this book as it is the start of Khara's mystery into who she is as well as builds the relationships that she has in the second book.

Welcome to the underworld, where Hades rules and Khara feels more at home than she does during her time above. Khara has returned to the land of the dead to seek answers as to what she is and who her mother is as well. The underworld is a place of secrets and it takes more than a few questions to pry the truth from those who reside there living or dead. Khara journey started out just for her but her outcome is going to affect everything above and below.

I really really dislike it when I am unable to finish a book and I really do try to finish reading every book that I start reading even when I want to throw it against the wall in frustration. However, there are times when I just cannot do it and unfortunately Unseen has fallen on to my DNF shelf. I made it more than halfway though the book, I think I only have maybe 80 pages left but I kept thinking that I could be spending my time reading something I enjoy. 

The first book in this series was not my favorite but the book ended with a cliffhanger that had me wanting to come back, plus I knew this book was going to be set in the underworld which were the parts I enjoyed in the first book so I thought that Natusch would build upon this positive of the first book. However Natusch never really built the underworld, I never got a sense of what the underworld looked liked according to Natusch or even how it felt there other than Khara feeling at home.

This book had a lot less action/fighting in this book and I felt like the book/plot just went in circles as I was reading it. The plot was mainly executed by Khara running around the underworld looking for answers, never really finding them, then people telling her she should be looking for answers and then she starts out again to search for answers and then people telling her should be looking for answers and then she starts out again to search for answers (I am well aware that I repeated myself there, just trying to make my point).

Natusch has some interesting ideas and I think if the premise was executed in a different way this book would be a winner, but the lack of anything happening in this book and lack of world building (I mean there are so many options and ideas that you could have to create a vivid image of the underworld) that I just could not finish this book and will not continue on in this series.


Instead of This,
Check These Out:
  http://j9books.blogspot.ca/2014/07/anne-bishop-written-in-red.html  http://j9books.blogspot.ca/2013/02/cassie-alexander-nightshifted.html
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review 2015-03-15 14:09
Caged (Caged, #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
Caged - Amber Lynn Natusch

Just couldn't stand the heroine of this story. She gives new meaning to "too stupid to live".

Tavia Gilbert did a great job with the narration.

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