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Paranormal Romance Review: Releasing The Demons by L.D. Rose

Releasing The Demons by L.D. Rose (The Order of The Senary #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet.

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he’s still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze’s mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life’s goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he’s not only innocent, he isn't a man at all—he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.

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 First of all, peeps, I have to reinforce that this is not a bad book, but it needs more work. I can only speak for myself, and I know that I tend to be more critical of paranormal romance genre than many other readers. As it is, read other reviews before you discount this book completely. I'll just give you my bullet points of what I did not like and what showed a lot of promise.


- world-building is an interesting mix of post-apocalyptic/dystopian setting, scientific breakthrough and vampire mythology and culture. For example, the main hero is a hybrid of vampire and human, a result of a scandalous genetic experiment and a wielder of an interesting pyrokinetic power.

- multiracial, multicultural set of characters which felt vibrant. I especially

- for the fans of J.R.Ward, Lara Adrian, Lynn Vielh and J.A. Saare this will be a familiar and much beloved plotline about a group of warriors fighting against an evil force and acquiring mates/love in between.


- the main hero sees in infrared, and many of the facial expressions of the heroine from his point of view seem questionable (things like radiant smile, the look in her eyes, etc.). I think the author limited his sight options without adjusting how he will see and fall in love with the heroine. There are cop-outs of course. His psychic brother shows him how the heroine looks in his mind, and he likes that she has a distinct scent of jasmine.

- the least favourite part of PNR for me is almost instantaneous love between the main characters. Come on! The heroine has valid reasons to stay away from the hero, she has a childhood trauma which she seems to overcome in no time at all within few days of knowing the hero. The relationship needed conflict and overcoming an inner turmoil, and we didn't get that.

- at last the writing style itself needed a good clean. There is just so much reiteration, overly dramatic descriptions of everything, that I wanted to take a red pen and start cutting it out. Seriously, less is more, especially with the main heroine being a cop. They are not generally prone to drama.

- at last, I wish there was more time spent on world-building and explaining how the hybrids powers worked, telling us how the world went to ruin. Certainly, there were some interesting characters that I wanted to know more.

Overall, this book had good potential, and perhaps with further instalments in the series it will be realised. I don't think this is for me, but I can see the appeal for many other readers in PNR genre.

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Ребята, прежде всего скажу, что книга эта не плохая, и объективно я вижу, что она будет более привлекательна для поклонников творчества Дж.Р. Уорд или Лары Эдриан, просто я скептически отношусь к жанру паранормального романа, перечитав множество книг в то время, когда паранормал только становился популярным, и рецензия моя будет критической.

Плюсами этой книги являются

- интересное, оригинальное построение мира, содержащее в себе антиутопичный, пост-апокалиптичный ландшафт, вампиров в качестве врагов человечества, и гибридов между двумя расами, появившихся в следствие нелегального научного эксперимента.

- мультирасовый, многокультурный, колоритный набор персонажей.

- сюжетная линия, стандартная в своей идее, благодаря успеху книг Дж.Р.Уорд, Лары Эдриан, Лин Вьел, Дж. Э. Саарэ и многих других, по которой группа воинов борется против силы, которая хочет уничтожить или поработить человечество, и в процессе эти воины находят любовь один за другим.

Парадоксально, плюсы этой книги во многом являются её минусами.

- формулаичная влюблённость, перерастающая в любовь до гроба за одну-две недели ничего кроме рвотного рефлекса у меня не вызвала. Героиня к тому же в следствие детской травмы, категорически настроена против кого-либо с клыками, и почему-то забывает об этом после пары часов сомнений и душевных мучений, что характеру её совершенно не соответствовало.

- главный герой видит только в инфракрасном цвете, благодаря своему пирокинетическому дару, и, мягко говоря, в его описания главной героини мне не верилось. То он описывал её лучистую улыбку, то сиящие глаза, или даже их выражение. Проблема была в том, что дав ему такое зрение, автор не разработала механизмы, по которым он бы смог его компенсировать.

- сам стиль автора требует большой чистки, так как она никак не может удержаться от повторения описаний происходящего и очень часто просто чересчур всё драматизирует, что совсем нехарактерно для главных героев. Краткость - сестра таланта, и её здесь очень не хватает.

- последний недостаток - это недостаточная разработка построения мира. Ну вот почти не касается автор того, что происходит за пределами Нью-Йорка, какова ситуация в мире и каким образом человечество потерпело такое поражение со стороны вампиров за последние 50 лет. А ведь именно построение мира является главной конфеткой этой книги ( для меня).

В общем, потенциал виден, но работать над книгой надо много.

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