Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Son of No One

It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the
beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all? 

Comment: Being a fan of the Dark-Hunters series by this author, obviously I try to read the books that come out very slowly...I mean, I wouldn't mind it if they were all fantastic reads, but sometimes they aren't, and certainly not to the level of the first ones, keeps hoping.

Son of No One is the most recent installment and the main characters are two new ones, people we've never met. Nothing against them, but with so many on line to have a story...still, I (still?) trust the author's mind to write things in a way that will make sense. Eventually.
Cadegan is a demigod trapped by his brother in a alternate world where he can see what happens in other places but never leave. Apparently his origins aren't reliable and his existence might balance the evil side if he gets angry or turned into their side. 
One day, Josette, who has always had the ability to see things in mirrors, "falls" into one at her cousin's shop and ends up with Cadegan. Of course, having nothing else to do, they have sex and start a sort of relationship which is actually true love and at the end there's a HEA.

This really small summary is actually the plot. They met, she proves him he's trustworthy and vice versa, they love each other and they become a family in our times, very much in the middle of the war going on, going to happen.
I wouldn't think much of this book if it weren't for two things. First, it was good to see the interaction with other characters. It's one of my favorite things ever to see characters who had their stories interact with others and in a way, it allows us readers to see how they're doing. I liked the scenes where this happened.
The second wonderful thing was how FINALLY something happened to further the plot along. I keep that in bold letters because it's truly surprising. We see Jaden at last, after so much conversation when Acheron was released that Jaden's arc was starting and how he never showed up or if he did I didn't even notice, he was here, he talked and we did learn something about him! Yay. I just hope it keeps on.
Sure, this happened almost at the end, but we did learn new things and there's a vibe on the air which I hope keeps up in the next books, I really hope this means things start to happen for real in the series in terms of plot and plot related issues.

The romance between Cadegan and Josette was fast, too fast actually, and honestly, I confess I got a bit annoyed at the fact we saw the word "sweety" so often. I know it's a cute term of endearment but it got annoying to read it, like a grown up can't speak without those words at the end of a sentence. It's not a bad thing, but personally annoying and that affects the way I read it.

In the end this had to be a good story because it did make me hopeful about things to come, about the character's lives. The romance wasn't the best, but I feel happy as long as something happens because it seems there's so much to happen and when it goes so slowly or without much going on, it can be a disappointment. Thankfully, this one, at least, moved the plot a bit along.
Grade: 7/10

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