This rant is for the series so far. Spoilers clearly marked.
Book one took me by surprise. I always thought Black London was a Pranormal RomanThis rant is for the series so far. Spoilers clearly marked.
Book one took me by surprise. I always thought Black London was a Pranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy because of the cover. Sure, the chick isn’t slutty enough and the dude is wearing a shirt but it still looks like a Paranormal Romance cover to me.
Well, I was wrong. This is a pretty neat Urban Fantasy, and let me tell you Caitlin Kittredge can sure write her some badass characters. I mean this woman has a green thumb for demons. Get it? Green thumb for demons?
No, I also don’t get it. Moving on.
The main reason why I love this series is the main characters, Pete and Jack. They are flawed. Their relationship is fucked up, and let me tell you, they get some serious shit throughout these books. This may be a minus for some people. If you want your characters to be Mary Sues then sure, avoid this. You’d probably hate and judge them most of the time. If not then congrats, you have passed the test.
Another interesting thing about this series is the alternating pov. One book is from Pete’s pov, the next is from Jack’s and so on. This took me completely by surprise. I also appreciate the fact that Kittredge can make these two characters feel different so you don’t end up having the same thing in both cases. You know, these times when the only difference between the povs being the constant reminder of a huge erection whenever the guy sees the girl. No, none of that.
And last but not least, the setting. London. Yes, I do have me a love for London. A dark demon infested London is even better. Add some fast paced action, some good villains and decent plots and you get a pretty great series.
I rated the first two books five stars. They truly deserved it. However, book three brought a pretty bad change.
Spoilers start here
(view spoiler)[I don’t know why so many authors have a thing for killing their main character(s). We all know they’ll be brought back one way or another. Well, most of them. George R. R. Martin doesn’t. Lol. Good dude that one. But most of them do and you know they’ll be back. It’s either this or the author gets harassed by raging fangirls and faboys. In Black London’s case the decline started with this because one, I knew Jack will be back and two, he took way more time than needed to be back. Not the first time this happens in a book I’ve read.
Anyways, this thing is not such a big deal. Making Jack a complete different person over a stupid reason is. Minus one star from my rating.
Oh, but I do appreciate the totally “realistic” sex scene that took place in book three. I can hear all those hopeless romantics rolling in their graves already.
Oh, and Pete gets pregnant.
Book four. Jack’s pov. Pete is still pregnant and pretty much useless. My wish for the baby to get horribly murdered is unanswered. Lots of useless pain thrown over Jack for no reason. Pretty decent plot. Kinda. Three stars.
I hate kids. I do. I hate babies even more. And pregnant women. And reading about these two characters keeping the baby and fighting for the future of it and all this shit is not what I wanted from this series. I wanted Pete to be independent and, most importantly, to be herself. I wanted her to kick ass. I wanted Jack to be himself as well. I wanted maybe a better romance between these two or maybe no romance at all. This is completely awkward and boring for me. (hide spoiler)]
The only positive thing is that I have two more books and I’m done with Black London. I do hope I’ll be able to read these two books. I have a feeling that things will get even worse. I do hope I’m wrong. I’d hate to see this series go to waste after all this fun I’ve had with it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more