Friday, 10 October 2014

Book Review: Blade Song by JC Daniels

Kit Colbana - half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades - has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters - especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.
Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails - she’s dead.
If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee...

My Review:
I really liked the sound of this book but I did not actually like what was delivered.

Kit was ok as an MC. But I did not like Damon for one second of this book. The guy is a violent, nasty bullying psychopath who takes great pleasure in physically hurting Kit and putting her down all the time. I totally despise writing where the guy beats up the girl yet she manages to fall for him and they are lovey dovey soulmates and we are meant to love it. Seriously, is that the kind of guy we should aspire to be with? Not a chance. It hacks me off so much when all these authors who sell a lot of books use violent 'heroes' and twisted relationships and call it romance, excusing the thugs by saying 'but he had a hard life'. Oh please! It may be fiction but I find it totally unsatisfactory and it switches me off books instantly. As well as the violence, he talks to her as if she is a piece of crap. Yeah, just the kind of man I'd want.

Secondly, I hate it when our kickass heroine turns into slut mode with aforementioned thug boy in the middle of an important case that needs solving NOW. Can't you keep your pants on for just a few days and show some bloody restraint? It's like, 'ooh we have 3 hours to find the bomb but we can spare 30 minutes for sex.' I hate urban fantasy that is ruined by sex for the hell of it, at the expense of taking the plot forward. Considering the two MCs have spent the whole book fighting with each other, this leap into bed did not fit with anything that we had seen in their characters or the earlier plot. It was shoved in to try to please the readers who want a bit of sex to spice up the book. For me, it was a failure. There was no build up of chemistry or even empathy between them so it just did not work.

Repetition is another pet hate of mine in this genre. Girl goes to bad place, gets hurt, needs healing, goes to bad place, gets hurt even more, gets healed and so on. This happens for the entire duration of the book and it does get a bit wearing after a while. There are other things like barely escaping from a dangerous encounter that could be used instead, where the tension builds and it's all very exciting. But in this book, you KNOW she will get the crap kicked out of her again because the plot is so predictable.

Plot wise, if Damon is so much stronger and capable, having to step in to save Kit every five minutes, why the hell was she hired??? Her fee for the job would never cover her medical costs!!! She never seems to live up to her billing. She comes across as tough but it's clear from the start that she isn't physically strong enough to defend herself, never mind solve the mystery and save the day. She is a bit crazy and doesn't always make good choices, though in taking this case, she pretty much has no choice if she wants to live. We just never really get to see WHY she was hired.

While I liked the idea of the book, I was disappointed by what was delivered.
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