Gabriel’s City, Laylah Hunter


Gabriel’s City, Laylah Hunter
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews

This is a strange book to categorise. With the mention of Dragons I assumed Colin was going to be some kind of shifter, but was wrong. Then there’s the feel of it – its classed as NA and it has that definite air that it will appeal to that age group. Some NA transcend age groups and appeal to everyone, but this was one that’s very NA specific IMO. I enjoyed it but it’s not one I’d re read and not one I’d have been really sorry to miss.
Colin has a real change of personality over the course of the book, which starts when he becomes embroiled with Gabriel, who promptly names him Drake. That works well because Colin and Drake really are two very different people. The Dragon reference was confusing at first, but made sense once I understood Gabriel more, and fitted the story telling ( both the book and the stories told within it) perfectly. Gabriel – oh how sad I was for him, and yet he wasn’t sad for himself but had known no other way of life, abandoned in the cemetery at a really young age. He’s looked after himself since then, with only Deidre for a sort of friend. He looked upon Drake coming in to his life as a great gift. Deidre was so good to him, helping where she could and trying her best to keep him alive. Its easy to get moral about the killings, but it’s a rough world where its often kill or be killed. I loved how the connection between Drake and Gabriel grew slowly, developing at its own pace, not an insta love type romance.
Its a very different read to which I’m used to, a romance but also a story of how difficult life can be if you’re not born into the right class, and even if you are how easy it is to fall from favour. I loved that friendship and help was often found in unexpected places. Even the little details, the squalid room they lived in, the ratty blanket and worn clothes, catching pigeons ( and even rats) for food – it all gave that almost historical, underclass of people feel to the story, but the desolation that could have been in was lifted by Gabriel’s way of looking at life and appreciating the small things, and his love for Drake. From someone who was so self contained he gave his whole heart over time, and was lost when he thought Drake would leave.
Stars: Its a fun read, and like I said, very outside my comfort zone. Its a Riptide publication and I’ve read and enjoyed so many of those that I simply didn’t check carefully enough to see what this story was about. I’m sure for YA/NA its a five star read but from this O(der) A its a three.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and Riptide.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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