Dark Child by Adina West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I will admit to stalling after adding this to my "to-read" shelf. The title and cover didn't really jump out at me, so it kept getting shifted down on the list. After tearing through a bunch of other books, I re-read the description of this one and figured "why not?" This book really sucked me in! I had a little trouble keeping all the characters straight, but other than that, it had a little bit of everything I like, and little that I don't like.
We follow the story of Kat, who is thrown into a crazy and confusing world filled with shapeshifters and vampires and government level conspiracies. I feel like she has just the right amount of tough chick hidden inside of her to qualify as a strong main character. She certainly seems to bounce back pretty quick from all the twists and turns life throws her way. The oodles of other characters were also nicely developed along the way, leaving me rooting for just about all of the "good guys."
There are *so many* questions that come up along the way, and the author is good about answering most of them, but not all. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series for just that reason. We find out where most of the characters end up, but we are left desperately wanting more information about what happens to Kat and if she ever gets her family sorted out.
I love just about any and all contemporary paranormal romance, so I was glad that this book even included some of that towards the end. My typical gripe is still there: the "bad guy" POV. In this story there were quite a few bad guys and we got to see through their eyes for a few chapters each. Not so bad, but not my favorite.
To summarize, if paranormal is your genre of choice, this book will deliver. You don't get everything tied up nicely at the end of the book, so be warned!
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