Review: Shadow Born by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton
I am not even remotely ashamed to admit that I spent an hour inspecting every nook and cranny of my apartment before going to bed, or that I jumped and twitched at every creak and whisper of wind I heard for another hour as I lay in bed trying to sleep. You would too, if someone had broken into your apartment and left a gun and a note on your bed without a single trace of other evidence to indicate that they’d been there.
Would you rather chase the monsters or have the monsters chase you? Sometimes, these two concepts go hand-in-hand; however, the one thing that makes both sayings hold any value is the fact that both of these, no matter how strong you are, can make you actually become the monster. Walt and Hamilton both share an enticing world that readers can find both intriguing and absolutely easy to escape in.
Brooke has just transferred to the Salem PD after her fiancé mysteriously dies in a fire. She is not only set on figuring out what happened to him, but she knows that it is going to be highly dangerous. There are quite a lot of vampires in Chicago, but after one night out—chasing someone that is suspected of being mixed up with drugs—Brooke discovers that there are a lot more supernatural entities in Salem than just vampires. After being caught spying on a conversation between her suspect and a club owner by the name of Maddock “Lord” Tremaine, her life has just become even more of a mess and much more dangerous. Maddock seems to have his own agenda; however, both Maddock and Brooke agree to work together in the hopes that they will find the people who are responsible for all of the supernatural disappearances in Salem. If Brooke helps Maddock find where his kind are disappearing to, can he help her discover what really happened to her fiancé?
Both Walt and Hamilton have a very nice beginning to a series that can quite frankly, continue forever. Supernatural and paranormal creativity seem to never exhaust and readers of both genres consume them quickly. This book is very similar to Laurel K Hamilton’s Fae series, involving the same Unseelie Court, but there is a nice spin off with new characters. The writing does have several grammar and punctuation inconsistencies (but I was provided with an advanced reader copy) as well as technological impossibilities—a gun that shoots wooden bullets just seems very impractical, but this does not hinder the story-line much because this is fiction after all and once you get hooked, you’re in for the long haul. If you are a reader of paranormal or supernatural genres, this may be your cup of tea. This is the first installment in the series; therefore, you can dive right in.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.