Top critical review
February 12, 2019
I saw the reviews and read the blurb, and I thought it would be something great. I will give Peckham that what was created was something really entertaining. I'd totally watch it on the big screen if this book ever came out. The writing, however, wasn't very good and the story felt too fast for the characters' development and emotional investment to catch up.
I actually rate this around a 2.7 because the book is fast-paced. That is usually fine, but this author wrote it in a way that you don't get enough time to really sink in with Varick and Selena. Yes, Selena's tragedy with her family makes a big impact, but it's the same lines with the same feeling. It's like she doesn't progress. And then Varick is a three-hundred-year-old slave to the Helsings, and he just didn't ring true for me. Something felt off. The Helsings themselves sounded really cool but they also came off cardboard-like. You KNOW about them but you never actually see them, they're all just mentioned or present to fill in the bad guy's role. Disappointing.
The romance that pushed Varick to fight for Selena wasn't convincing. There were errors (and that's a big pet peeve for me if I'm buying something but I'm also glad it wasn't that much in the first place). I'm just sad this wasn't as great as I was hoping for. The action scenes themselves were really good and if she wasn't repeating her monologue at a checkpoint, she was fighting to survive. I just wish a lot more had been done to polish this because I would've liked to continue with the series, but now I'm just going to pretend it's a great big HEA and move on.