Type: Urban Fantasy/Slight paranormal romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
My Copy: Sent
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love comes the second book in the Belador series—featuring a league of international warriors with extraordinary abilities who rise up to save mankind from supernatural terrorists.
On the heels of saving mankind from destruction at the hands of the Medb coven, Evalle attempts to convince the Tribunal that she is an Alterant who can be trusted around humans. But the gods and goddess ruling over this Tribunal twist words she’d uttered in the heat of combat and hold her responsible for three dangerous Alterants that escaped their prisons. She is given a choice to either recapture those three who will lose their freedom forever or face the same sentence. Unsure that she can condemn another Alterant to a life she’d die before accepting, Evalle takes on an impossible task only to learn that the entire future of the Beladors rides on her success—and the only person who can help her is the one who wants to gut her.
The fate of the Beladors rests solely on Evalle and her ability to bring in some rogue Alterants…a rare breed with superhuman powers and the urge to turn into a raging beasts. Evalle is set on proving that she and the rest of her race can train to be productive members of their society, that they aren’t mindless killing machines. Problem is, bodies are showing up and making her case hard to plead. Could the Alterants be behind it or is there a shadowy group making it look like they are behind the killings? Evalle needs to find out, to save her life and theirs. Only hitch is, Tristan, the only person that can help her….could care less and has his own agenda.
I did not like this one much at all. I should start by saying I didn’t read the first book, Blood Trinity, and so even after reading the first 100ish pages of this one I was completely lost. Not only was there virtually no recap given but the world building was entirely too complex for me. I had no clue what was going on. I am of the opinion that any book that gives me a pronunciation guide is way to over the top for me. Give me words and names I can actually say so that the whole focus of the book isn’t “Did I say that right? How do I say that again? Whaaaaa?” When I have to keep thinking about how to say things, the true essence and story lose all interest for me.
I also had issues with there not being an ending. I was left up in the air and everything felt unresolved. I completely understand that this is a series but not only was there zero resolution in the plot, but also with the characters. I liked Evalle and thought on her own she was kick ass. She had been dealt a hard blow with her life, not only being something she didn’t understand but also being confined to a cage for long periods of time…attacked and raped as well. Obviously she had a hard exterior that only sheltered a broken interior. I liked Storm as well and thought his ability to squeeze past her defenses was nothing short of a miracle. I wished there would have been some sort of ending with the two of them at least together. I don’t really care for story ARCS for characters over multiple books…I want something to be definite by the end. Even if the protagonist lives to fight another day. If I were to compare I think I would have to compare Storm’s involvement in the whole thing kind of like Karen Marie Monings fever series. Where the male lead only shows occasionally. Storm is running his own show and his own agenda…it just happens to coincide with Evalles and he finds that completely ok because he is harboring some serious lust for the girl. Not to mention his serious lack of explaining anything to her past what she has to know in that moment.
I did like Tristan and his duplicitous ways. I thought he was incredibly hot and I chuckled every time he tried to get under Storms skin. I found his banter to be the highlight of the book. I also found myself rooting for him and if everyone elses story is carrying over, I sure hope this guy finds a bit of happiness. I have a feeling he is misunderstood a lot….although I also have a feeling he is a jackass at times just for his own kicks and giggles. 🙂
So coupled with the fact I had no idea what the hell was going on, I didn’t like all the misc characters either. There are way too many players in this game. I couldn’t keep track of them all. Every last one of them with a name that seemed to be spelled one way and said a completely different way. Everyone had their own agenda and I’m pretty sure most were not what they seemed. Which, again, is fine for some…..just not for me. I don’t need to know what is gong on in every single characters mind…I like it to be broke up into different books and then perhaps at the ending of a series, blend it all together.
I did make it all the way through this one, so it is not labeled a DNF. For the majority of the time I wore the classic look of puzzlement and a “what the…?” face.
I give Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love 2 stars!