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Audiobook Urban Fantasy Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade

Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Some people need something to fight for…

With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.

After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.

Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.

When word reaches them that Jillian's hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…

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I am stumped, ladies and fellas. This is a fast, ferocious and pretty gruesome urban fantasy, and usually it's right up my alley. But not this time.

I've suspected it with Black Rook, but Gray Bishop just confirmed that this series is not for me. "Why?" you might ask.

Never mind the overall depressive atmosphere of hopelessness. I've read those, they do not phase me. It's the characters themselves who lack the zing for me. I do not connect, and I do not understand how they can only choose to stay on the defensive against a force which by its nature is bound to do guerrilla fighting aka sneak, strike and run, instead of hunting those bitches down and involving the whole supernatural world to help while they are at it, because the actions of the enemy endanger the secrecy of the hidden races.

I also felt like the love stories, all three of them, were just going through the motions instead of showing real attraction to each other. In fact, the only real emotion which came off the page very strongly was the grief in the aftermath of the attack on Jillian's hometown.

Otherwise, this is a well-written book, well-narrated, but it was just not a good fit for me. What a shame...

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Я немного обескуражена, дамы и господа. Книга эта - быстрое, яростное, кровавое городское фэнтези, и обычно этот жанр меня не оставляет в разочаровании, но не в этот раз.

Я заподозрила это с Чёрной Ладьёй, но Серый Слон подтвердил, что эта серия - не для меня. "И почему?" - спросите вы.

Отбросив саму атмосферу депрессивной безнадёжности, которой проникнута эта книгу, меня беспокоят сами главные герои. Ну я никак не могу их полюбить. Мало того, что три любовных истории кажутся совершенно навязанными, и в них нет никаких искорок. Сексуальное влечение склеивает двух людей во что бы то ни стало, и внезапно они готовы отдать друг за друга жизнь... М-да, не верю.

Кроме того меня раздражает сама ситуация. Луп гару решают занять позицию обороны против противника, который предпочитает тактику партизанской войны, состоит из очень маленькой группы и нападает на незащищённые городки оборотней. Как такая тактика может быть выигрышной? Кроме того, сумасшедшие сучки, которые терроризирует луп гару, опасны для всех паранормальных рас, так как их действия грозят раскрыть секрет их существования, так почему бы не попросить помощи в открытую и уничтожить их всем вместе?

В общем, я была недовольна ситуацией и настроением книги. Ну не вижу я тут изюминки. А так, читайте или слушайте, если хотите, а я - пас.

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