My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Just based on the cover, this story had me hooked. The cover looks awesome. It's not like the covers I usually like, its not simple and easy, but something in it just drew me to it.
The story line itself is very busy, too busy. I think there are too many elements that are competing for attention in the book, and it can get distracting to the main story line. In fact, there are so many competing story lines, I wasn't sure which one is the main one. Is it romance between her and Lucien, or is it the story line between her and her family, or is it the story line of how Bethy comes into her powers, struggling with her heritage?
In the book, there were many tiny details that were missing that constantly made me feel like I misstepped as a reader, making me go back and double-read to see what I missed. The whole beginning of the book before the Mandate show up had me second-guessing myself, thinking this was a second book in a series. It had me completely confused.
And don't get me started on this whole dysfunctional relationship between Beth and Lucien.It was so dramatic, it was over the top. She hated him, she loved him, she pushed him away and ran, but she could't live without him. And he was the same way. Push her away when she aggravated him, push her away to sacrifice himself for her, have sex with her. He pushed her away, he made fun of her, and yet, she couldn't let him go. Relationships like these end up on Jerry Springer....just sayin'.
I did enjoy the whole Creek Indian heritage and lore. It was very interesting, and was the one thread that really kept me reading.