September 29, 2016 by Evelyn Summers
Six hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War.
Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard.
Who cares that no female has ever joined?
When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others.
Betrayal. Fear. Anger.
She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again.
Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane, or face the Demon Hoard alone.
One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.
Reviewer’s note: this review is just my personal opinion. As you can see, others have really been raving about this book, so don’t discount it just from what I’m saying.
So, I don’t usually read paranormal romance – this was a different thing for me. But it just didn’t work – and here’s why.
Addie was fickle and irritating, attempting to be a sassy bad-ass but only succeeding in having a narrative voice that seriously grated on me. At one moment she would despair of girls obsessing over men, and the next moment she herself would be obsessing over men. She never felt like a truly strong female character.
There were too many characters – every single one had their own name, and it became massively confusing to keep track of who each individual person was. And many of the supporting cast didn’t seem necessary to the plot in the slightest. Xander had very little involvement in the novel at all, and I didn’t find the relationship or chemistry believable. I actually preferred Tyler.
This was really a kitchen-sink novel. It read like a stream of consciousness, missing out large gaps of time and then adding in some vague details in a casual manner to explain what was happening in the present. It could have really used some thorough planning, rather than feeling like it was entirely made up as it went along. None of the characters had real motives, and there were particular moments when they just were not acting in character at all (particularly in the many betrayals).
The worldbuilding once again had potential but ended up feeling lazy. The ‘Old World’ was constantly referred back to for cultural items, fashion, music and films, rather than this world having its own culture and lifestyle. I wanted to know more of the backstory, more of the state of the world at large, and I wanted to know more about the limitations and powers of the species from the outset, rather than having random powers dropped in at opportune moments (and then not actually being of any use after all).
Really, it just felt like nothing of any consequence happened at all. There was no development, much of it dragged and then there would suddenly be a major plot twist that didn’t seem believable in the slightest. This is a shame; there was a lot of potential in the premise, and up until the 25% mark I had high hopes – after that point, it descended into confusion, lack of reason and plain pointlessness. This was in need of a thorough planning and a good editor, and I hope the author can come back and deliver something that lives up to the potential I know she has.