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Paranormal Romance Review: Blood Torn by Lindsay J. Pryor

Blood Torn by Lindsay J. Pryor (Blackthorn #3)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
‘Vampires might bite, honey, but lycans tear.’
Jask Tao, lycan leader, rules his pack with absolute dedication and demands the same loyalty in return. In the world of Blackthorn, where respect is a rare commodity, Jask has earned his – few dare to cross him, and fewer survive to tell the tale.

When he captures Sophia, a rare serryn witch – whose blood is lethal to vampires – Jask knows just how valuable she can be. Despite her fiery nature, he also can’t shake the feelings that she rouses in him – feelings that he thought died along with Ellen, his mate.

Sophia knows she has to escape from Jask’s lycan compound – and fast. Inheriting her sister’s serryn powers can only mean one thing – that her family is at risk. She’ll have to get past the dangerously attractive Jask first but, scarred by memories of her mother’s murder, Sophia won’t ever give up.

Sparks fly between Jask and Sophia but, as both her family and the pack come under threat, they might just need each other if they, and their loved ones, are going to stay alive…

In this thrillingly sensual novel, Lindsay J. Pryor returns to the shadowy dystopian world of Blackthorn, where tensions are rising, the risks are high, and the most powerful loves are formed in the face of great danger.

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You can guess from my rating that it's not my favorite book in the series. I loved the previous two, but Blood Torn was an uphill struggle, and it took me over a month to finish it.

What went wrong?

An annoying heroine for once. Phia is one of those, with a big chip on her shoulder, a lot of bluster and hardly any skill to back it up. She works for Alliance, and is taken by the vampires when serryn line jumps from her older sister to her. By sheer miracle she survives, saved by lycans who see in her a way to get a highly needed herb for their upcoming transformation, a herb they are lacking.

Here we come to my second problem, a lack of believable emotional ties to Jask Tao, the lycans leader. He is a nice male character, and I enjoyed reading about him, but I could not see them working together as a couple, Phia was so emotionally immature. I certainly could not believe in their instalove. And yes, I know, it worked for me well enough in the previous books.

Third problem is a lot of talk throughout the book and very little action. There is talk about what to do, what's right and what's wrong and plenty of psychobabble. There are only two pretty awesome moments which enticed me to continue - Phia torturing a vampire as a serryn and Phia going through the tunnel.

The ending is abrupt as well in an attempt to make us wait for an all-out supernatural war in the next book.  There was potential here but in my opinion this book was stuck in an editorial limbo - for a paranormal romance it needed less talk and more make out sessions and for an urban fantasy it needed less talk and more action. Oh well, hopefully next book will be better.
Blood Shadows - 8.5/10 | Blood Roses - 8/10

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Ну очень неудачная книга в целом у неплохой серии паранормальных романов.  На самом деле, если бы у автора был хороший редактор-деспот, то оно бы её заставил выбросить две трети книги и переписать всё по-новому.

У меня было несколько больших проблем при прочтении этого романа.

Первая - это сама главная героиня. Фия - озлобленная, импульсивная, агрессивная и эмоционально неуравновешенная девушка, которая всё время пытается кому-то что-то доказать и себя просто ненавидит. Таких героинь полно в городском фэнтэзи, но обычно они такое поведение подкрепляют физическими методами ака либо убивая всех кого не попадя голыми руками либо кидаясь магическими шарами, либо вырубая всех в перестрелках. У Фии таких навыков просто нет, и я вообще не понимаю, как она пережила подростковый возраст.

Вторая проблема в том, что во мгновенную любовь Джаска Тао к Фие мне как читателю совершенно не верилось. Влечение - ну да, хотя и постельные сцены у них были неловкие и редкие, а любовь? Ну не чувствовала я между ними искорок, говорилось о них много - это да, а вот действия мне их этого не доказывали.

Последняя проблема - это 80% болтовни о том как и почему и зачем что-то делать, что главные герои по этому поводу думают и чувствуют и почему это правильно или неправильно. Твою мать! Для паранормального романа банально не хватало секса, а для городского фэнтези совершенно не было никакого действия.

Единственные две сцены, что убеждали меня мусолить эту книгу больше месяца это Фия в туннеле и Фия в качестве серрина с вампиром. А так, не советую. Может следующая книга будет лучше, а эту лучше пропустить.
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