I am so unhappy with this read. The first part of this story had me captivated. I loved the mystery. I loved the bittersweet story of a single mom who...moreI am so unhappy with this read. The first part of this story had me captivated. I loved the mystery. I loved the bittersweet story of a single mom who has to give up a child in order to save her. I was creeped out by a bloody attack in the jungle. Basically, I liked where this was going. It had all of my favorite thriller ingredients: Scientific expedition gone horribly wrong, a bloody massacre, a special child, government evil, plague. and a reluctant hero. Then Part 3 starts off a many years into the future with the aftermath of the plague. People I don't know and no reference to the characters I was interested in to begin with. I was willing to accept the "temporary" jump anticipating a tie-in but I read and read and it wasn't happening. I didn't particularly like the new characters and suddenly the author goes from a fast moving, action packed writing style to a slow, over-detailed and uninteresting pace. I really tried to keep going with this. I ended up skimming like crazy hoping to catch a whiff of the previous pace. No luck. I felt abandoned. If anyone has actually finished this and is willing to let me know what the hell happened I would welcome the information but I am not gonna torture myself for it. I gave this two stars based on the first part of the book. If it had started with the second half one star. (less)
This was a good read but somewhat predictable. The situation was depressing and the characters unambitious. I kept expecting the main protagonist to g...moreThis was a good read but somewhat predictable. The situation was depressing and the characters unambitious. I kept expecting the main protagonist to grow a pair and try and change her situation... There was a couple 'hooks' that kept me reading if only out of curiosity. I was unhappy and restless at the end.(less)
Synopsis: Atlanta Realtor Cat Deen’s average life gets axed when she discovers that demons are real— and they know her name. Though some take human fo...more Synopsis: Atlanta Realtor Cat Deen’s average life gets axed when she discovers that demons are real— and they know her name. Though some take human form, they can’t hide their wicked souls (or the nasty things they do) from Cat. One can even turn her insides to mush… but in a good way.
This book has an interesting premise. A curse in Cat Deen's family, affecting the women only, allows her to discern demons. This is her first gift and her calling is to kill them. The catch here is she will have 9 lives, each life she will gain another gift. I have no idea how this is gonna work out as the series progresses. Cat's character is good but I cannot believe how ignorant about the supernatural she is. Either that or the author felt we needed a primer on supernatural beings because as Cat was 'discovering' her gift, she had no idea what a Lycanthrope, golem, and some other creatures. She has to be informed of vampires etc. It's tedious. Cat discovers a gruesome murder in a house she is planning on showing. Then the next three or four houses and all I could think was why the hell didn't the cops go to the homes first and why did she continue working while all this was going on. Not the worst book I've read but I doubt I will pick up the second installment. This does have possabilities and some of you may have more patience with it.(less)
Heather Cashman has created a series that will satisfy the Fantasy and Dystopian lover in you! It did in me without doubt.
Here is the book summary: Y...more Heather Cashman has created a series that will satisfy the Fantasy and Dystopian lover in you! It did in me without doubt.
Here is the book summary: Your perception will sharpen once you see through a tiger's eyes. More than five hundred years after the apocalypse, the survivors of off-grid genetic experimentation have refined their mixed DNA to the point that humans and their animal counterparts share physical and mental links. Varying species have divided into districts, living in a tenuous peace under the President of Calem. Ardana and her tiger ingenium Rijan leave their life of exile and abuse in the Outskirts, setting out with their twin brothers to redeem themselves and become citizens of the Center. But shedding their past isn't as easy as they had hoped. When the system that shunned them becomes embroiled in political conflict and treachery, their unique abilities and experiences from the Outskirts make them invaluable to every faction. The runaways become pawns to friends as well as enemies, and with every step it becomes more difficult to tell which is which.
This book is smarter than your average YA and at first is a bit confusing. There is a lot of information to process at first but Heather Cashman rewards us for the effort. Soon into the story you begin to grasp this new world she has created, lush scenery and complex personalities that capture your mind as well as the over-all political climate that has developed in the five-hundred years since the genetic manipulation of their ancestors. The empathic link a brother and sister share with their tiger counterparts is a joy to experience. The journey these four have to make in order to secure a better future for themselves is made richer for it. Experiencing the environment through the eyes of human and tiger, brother and sister was a great addition to the story. In the person of Ardana, you learn of her struggle to avoid commitment of any kind outside of her tiger and brother. The abuse and neglect she suffered growing up in the outskirts have caused her to devote herself in the search for true freedom and any type of commitment to another would destroy that dream. Her brother Kade is all too aware of Ardana's struggle but has an issue all his own. Ardana believes Kade is destined to become a great leader in Calem but Kade does not believe he can be great. I think the underlying message of Perception is perception, (lol). How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? Which is real?
I think most readers will enjoy this book and I highly recommend it to lovers of Fantasy!(less)