This is a hard book to rate/review. I'm probably leaning toward it being a 3.5 rather than a 4, but I decided to rate up, as from an author point of view, I know how important ratings are, though maybe not for someone as massive as Sherrilyn Kenyon who has already made her mark on the publishing world.
So, before I talk about this book, I want to
say don't get me wrong, I respect the hell out of SK. She was one of my
idols twelve years ago when I was a baby writer and I was chewing my way
through her Dark-Hunter / Were-Hunter books like they were cotton
And when she (re-)released the League books, I was over the
moon because what the emerging sci-fi romance genre needed was someone
with a market presence like SK to set the relatively unheard-of genre on
it's way. Not that I'm sure her League books really achieved that.
the first few League books, I absolutely loved. But I think I'm
beginning to get series fatigue. Or maybe SK is getting series fatigue.
Either way, it felt like while all the usual moves were being made in
this book, it wasn't quite ringing true. Like it was an echo of
something that should have been much more substantial.
just getting picky in my older (not old, hell no!) age. Like, I felt
like I was being told about all these crazy tough Alpha males and
kick-ass chicks, but not really experiencing it. Sure, Talyn could and
did beat the crap out of about 1000 guys (not an exaggeration) but the
rest... I don't know. I also never really "got" Felicia. This was
especially a problem in the second half of the book. However, I think
this was because there was SO much story crammed into the last part, it
was kind of one beating, on top of another drama, on top of another
abduction attempt, on top of some Alpha blah-blah "going to gut anyone
who touches my woman," on top of people escaping, and changing
alliances, and blowing people (aliens?) up... I think I skimmed at least
the last quarter.
Plus, it was like there were scenes missing. Like
half the action was happening elsewhere while Talyn was off doing
something else. Plus some scenes that I felt like were really important
and/or climatic happened in a matter of paragraphs. Obviously this was
already a pretty long book and not everything could get jammed in there,
but still, it felt lacking in the end, especially in feeling like
certain threads were left unresolved. Plus, this book was really heavy
on needing to remember what had happened in previous books, and since
I've read all these books 12 months+ apart, half the time I was like
"who was that and what happened to them again and why is that
Anyhoo, I'm not saying it was a bad read. If it was a
bad read, I would have DNF'ed it (like I have with nearly every book
I've tried to read this year) because with my own contracts and writing
schedule, I don't have time to waste on books I'm not enjoying. So yeah,
it was a good read, and I enjoyed being back in the world of the League
again, but I just don't know if I'd ever bother reading it again.