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Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: Adam

Title: Adam
Author: Jacquelyn Frank
Page Count: 354 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

Synopsis:
Hunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. And when the unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power, the will, to save them: Adam. . .

For 400 Years He Was Lost To Her, But He Is Hers Tonight. . .
From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is different. What other lover could unlock her tight control, flood vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy, ready to bring her blood to the boiling point. . .if she will only let him.

Pleasure rules the night.
*****

Jacquelyn Frank is one of my favorite authors, and one of my favorite things about her work is the diversity that's present- although all of her books have strong threads of romance running through them, some are fantasies, some are traditional paranormal romances, some are hard to categorize; this is an author that's not afraid to take risks with a story and to take things in an unexpected direction.

Doing those things with a well-established series that was originally believed to have ended (at least for the time being) takes a lot of guts, and many authors would not have been able to pull it off.  While this wasn't a grand slam for me, it was an enjoyable story and resolved many loose ends that were present at the end of the last book.

The opening of this book is grim, that's for sure.  There was a bit of a kerfuffle where parts of this book were leaked online without the required context and it made a lot of people feel all sad inside; that's the point of these sections of text, although I admit I was totally bummed out.  When you grow attached to a cast of characters, it's hard to fathom anything bad happening to them, you know? Likewise, it's hard to imagine characters that seem totally capable in every respect getting the crap kicked out of them by the bad guys with no relief in sight.

This depressing opening segment is necessary though, to introduce the role of Leah as the first Time Demon.  She's dealing with a horrible burden and decides that if she can't use her powers to change her world, there's no point in having them.  As a result, she decides to seek out and introduce into the game the one Demon who can defeat the super evil Ruth; Adam, her long lost uncle.

In order to bring a warrior that supposedly disappeared without a trace centuries ago onto the playing field in a modern day conflict, she'll have to start screwing around with time.  I'll be honest and say that the whole changing the past to affect the future thing was a little too Back to the Future for Me; I understand why that element was there in the story but I confess myself disappointed. This was one of those times when deus ex machina just didn't work for me I think.

Another side note, before we get to the main event- what's up with Seth (Gideon and Magdalegna's son, who is the first Space Demon?)  He actually gets a speaking role in this book, but we don't have any more information about what his powers might be or how they would manifest.  We get some adolescent angst but that's about it.  Could this be addressed in a future book perhaps? Only time will tell, but I'm hoping there's more to him as a character than just a stand in so that Leah has one friend in this book.

The main event is definitely the blossoming romance between Adam, the super warrior and older brother to Kane and Jacob, and Jasmine, the bored vampire who's also a strong warrior and master strategist in her own right.  I've read other reviews that said that this relationship felt a little too pat and came about almost too easily, and I agree with that assessment.  I'm not saying that there needed to be a ton of drama and self-searching and doubt and all that jazz but it felt like there were a lot of story elements present that had to be shoehorned into the narrative any way they would fit.

I feel like the tone of this review is making it sound like I didn't enjoy this book, and that's not the truth; reading about how the characters are doing now and how they ultimately defeat the bad guy (Ruth) was excellent, and I always support authors taking risks with the story instead of going for what one might normally expect, but I think this is a case of my expectations just being too high going into the story.  I'd been anticipating this book for a long time so when I got to sit down and read it, I was just expecting something different.  It absolutely will not deter me from reading more future titles from the author though.

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