Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Kindred of the Fallen by Isis Rushdan

(Kindred Chronicles #1)
by Isis Rushdan 

A perfect firestorm of desire could save their people…or cost them their lives.

Kindred Chronicles, Book 1

Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity.

Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more, but her commitment to Evan means nothing beyond sparks can exist between them.

Cyrus has been watching Serenity, preparing to claim her as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people.

One moment, Serenity is confronted by armed militants firing questions she cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms, reveling in his burning kiss…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil.

Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time.

Product Warnings
 Contains a headstrong, soul-reading tattoo artist, a sexy alpha hero who knows how to get what he wants, adrenaline-packed action, and explosive sex that literally shatters bulletproof glass.

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Genre:  Paranormal Romance (steamy)
Publisher Type: Small Print/Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *

My Review:
So my feelings run pretty hot and cold on this one.  It's such an interesting premise.  I was excited by this new twist mythology and was interested in reading about a tattoo artist who used a supernatural gift to create the perfect tattoo for her clients.  The world of the Kindred is amazing and although I'm still not clear on some of the details, I love the creativity that went into it all -- I mean, hello, blue angelic beings!!!

There's also a great blend of mystery and action in KINDRED OF THE FALLEN.  I liked the slow peeling apart of truth of Serenity's past and the suspense of the action scenes.  I did feel the book lacked the complexity to merit being 460+ pages and found myself skimming at points.  This was especially true of the copious amount and length of sex scenes.  I enjoy a steamy scene as much as the next girl, but these scenes went on for pages and pages and there were quite a few of these.

What really hurt this book for me was my complete dislike for the main characters.  I can forgive characters that I just don't connect with or characters that just aren't developed fully, but Serenity and Cyrus fell completely flat for me.  If they had shown even a bit of character growth I might've gotten on board, but I didn't see any significant change in these characters and I could not bring myself to like or even respect them.  Cyrus was a complete bull and Serenity was so easily swayed.  I couldn't see her giving up every part of her human life as a good thing.  Their relationship was dysfunctional at best.

I did really love Cassian and Talus, a brother and sister raised by Cyrus.  Cassian is heroic and kind; Talus shows beautiful character growth.  These two are bright rays in a cast of less-than-fabulous characters.

The book concludes well, with a good portion of closure but enough left unfinished to entice a reader into book two.  There's a lot of great romance in this last portion, too, but my dislike for the main characters made it hard to appreciate.  I'm not sure that I'll continue on with the series; I'd like to see what happens with the story line and whether Serenity and Cyrus develop into an emotionally healthy couple, but I'm not sure I want to invest the reading time to find out.

Cover Art:  
Crazy beautiful cover!  It definitely drew me in and made me move on to the blurb that hooked me. 

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