This book was just a little too harsh for my taste. It started out very well, but that ended up being just one chapter to introduce us to the curse and an ancestor. Both Knox and Storm refused to trust each other - and I never really understood the reasons why. We get a glimpse of them near the end, but it wasn't soon enough. It someone had just thought to open their mouth (preferable Knox) then things wouldn't have had a chance to turn into a story, but by starting things this way, it really tainted the story for me as well.
All the characters were a little too hard as well. They weren't just tough and resilient, they were hard in a way that made it difficult to get to know them and to fall for them as the leading characters. Even the side characters were overly tough - there wasn't any gentleness to balance it all out.
The concept behind the story and the history of the Credence family was well thought out and I enjoyed learning about it. I have a copy of book two, so I'm hoping that I can enjoy the character more in the next one.
There are some things I like and some things I didn't like. I really liked the storyline and I was hooked from the beginning. The sex scenes are really good and I think the characters are well developed.
The book started off pretty good and then got a little repetitive. It felt like the beginning of the story took a really long time to get through. Then it started to really pick up at about 30%. Then when Storm and Knox cross paths 5 years later is where it started to trail off for me. Knox turned into an arrogant jerk when he became a famous rock star. He's really into D/s relationships, which is fine... but it felt like that part of the story was thrown in as an afterthought. I feel like the D/s relationship was awkward through the entire book and could have been left out and I would have liked the story more. It almost feels like...Since BDSM is popular right now, let's throw some D/s in this book to see if we can sell some more books. That's probably not the motive here, but that part of the book wasn't believable. Actually, Knox and Storms entire relationship wasn't believable to me. The fantasy and paranormal aspect was more believable and interesting to read about. I just want a book with an Alpha male whos Dominant without being a Dom.
Storm's character was a little annoying to me. She is this hybrid Fae-Wolf-Witch and was raised knowing this and learning about the Others... but she cant sense another 'Other'? Not believable. Knox Gunner was great in the beginning but he lost me when he would refer to Storm as his Slut and turned into a jerk for a while. Also, I absolutely do NOT like his name. I think its cliché and silly.
Over all, it was an ok read. If you can get over the weirdly placed BDSM, the story and sex are pretty good. I give the paranormal part of the story 4 stars, the sex 4 stars and overall execution of the book 3 stars. I will say that the I really like the book cover! I give that 4 stars.
I received a copy of this book from One wish Publishing and Sedona Venez via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
¸.· ´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
(¸.·´ (¸¸.·3 Stars
May contain spoilers ;-)
What I liked:
It was pretty much like any other urban fantasy world with witches, shape shifter, vampires etc.
What I thought was interesting was the Other council
► The Mothers:
I actually really liked their mothers. They seem pretty irresponsible but somehow I still like them :D
I found her more interesting than Stormy because of her ability to feel other peoples emotions. Also she was not just Storms cousin but also her best friend and together they were a little crazy. (the cute kind of crazy)
I really want to know more about them especially about the war that is (about to?) taking place. But I think this might be more relevant in the next book.
What I didn't like:
► The names...
It was hard enough to get used to the names Stormy and Lightening but did their lawyer really need to be called Reason??
Here I mean the one centuries ago. I didn't like the writing style for this part. The dialogs were bad! No one talked like we do now in the past.
► The D/s theme:
I don't know why this was necessary. I have read enough books with this theme to know that this wasn't really one. Expect for telling Storm where to go and what to wear, there wasn't much of a D/s relationship between them. So it would have been better if this wasn't part of the book.
Omg, I wanted to slap her. How can someone be so stupid?!! I get that she didn't want to know about the Others but... really? She didn't know that Knox was a Shape-shifter nor that he was related to Ryker. There were soooo many clues about all that and she just didn't want to see that.
She was portrait as a intelligent girl but didn't behave like one. That Luke thing is proof enough!
This was a really strong start. We got to know a little bit about what happened centuries ago to Solistar the ancestor of the main characters. I really wanted to know what happened and to her and what roll this played in the actual story.
In the first chapter I could see similarities between the Past and the Present:
Stormy=Solistar; Knox=Tiber; Lightening=Chance; Kaydee=Bianca; Luke=forgot-his-name-guy
But as Storm's story begins there is no mention of Solistar because she doesn't want to have to do anything with the non-human part of her. So when Storm decides to learn something about her family curse it seems like this came out of nowhere. And then Tiber appears in her dream...idk if this was just me but it didn't feel right to me. There was just so little information about what happened in the past so that I didn't feel the actual connection between Knox-Stormy and Solistar-Tiber.
It was a lot like other Urban Fantasy worlds. Still I found it interesting because of the Other Council and especially the Credence Family.
But I have to say I'm disappointed with how much we learned about this world. We got next to none information on it -.-
”All of us are destined to be buried alive in a sea of loneliness and life devoid of love.”
Translation: Every man the Credence women fall in love with will die soon after.
So, I liked this part(muhahaha) but this aspect of the book was shoved into the background.
And I have a hard time believing that nobody ever suspected that there wasn't a curse at all -.-
To sum it up: I thought this book had a lot of potential but it was just too short. There were many questions that were left unanswered which was tiring after a while.
View all my reviews