Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
This book sounded so intriguing that when NetGalley got back to me and actually said yes to my request to review it I dove in straight away... rocketing it to the tippy top of my TBR pile. You can read the official synopsis to get the gist of the plot so I will spare you the filler and not regurgitate it here. What I will say is that this story was billed as a Paranormal Who Done It featuring a kick butt heroine that is not only a descendent of the one and only master of the Sleuth game, Sherlock Holmes, but a fierce Royal blooded shifter to boot.
YES PLEASE!! Gimme Gimme!
Now, after having finished the book, I won't classify it as a total letdown but it was most decidedly a mixed bag. The pacing was perfect. There were no lagging, skim inducing parts. On the other hand the world building, character development and overall writing were merely okay. There was SO much repetition, especially about her "Sherlock mode", "mind palace" and incessant inner shifter pictionary style commentary, that it felt like a crime against humanity, a felony whereby you were constantly and viciously being mentally accosted...
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squirrelly digression aside and back to the regularly scheduled review...
The budding relationships were a tease. They could have been SO much more. They felt like they were just starting to getting immersive, good and entangled, tantalizingly enmeshed, when the connection either disintergrated or was severed and left dangling. The carrot was yanked away so violently that the literary Horse (being we the reader) was left unsatisfied and wanting.
However, I was probably not the targeted audience since I found the writing to be a touch sophomoric for my taste. This coupled with the repetition problem and lack of character relationship cohesion made it feel like it was geared towards a much younger YA reader. So if you are a 12-14 year old paranormal, mystery, tame romance enthusiast, this one is definitely for you!