Grave New Day, (Jess Vandermire, Vampire Hunter Book 3), Lina Gardiner
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
Well, I hadn’t read book one, enjoyed book two, though with some reservations and was keen to get to this one. Sadly for me there’s one major flaw that makes it a three star. Its well written as was book two, full of great characters and fun plots but – and its a huge issue for me – I hate when characters get some unheard of mysterious new powers right at the moment they need them 😦
This book is really based so much on that happening, it occurs in one of the characters throughout, and to Jess at one point. (I didn’t Jess’ choice quite as the description suggests, but it does make her think about what she needs to be for herself v what she needs to be to continue to fight for others. ) I like to see characters fight it out, winning by the skin of their teeth using the powers and skills we already know about. To me getting new ones just when needed is a cop out. Its a personal issue and one many readers aren’t bothered about, they simply accept it and enjoy the story, but sadly I can’t. It impact in a major way how I feel about things. This was the problem that didn’t make for a great read for me.
I did like that there was a continuation of a storyline that was left open at the end of the last book, something really sad happened but was left so that maybe, just maybe there could be some good come from it. Its kind of hard to write without giving things away, but I do love it when it gets this result. I love Regent, he’s so loyal to Jess, worked so hard over the years and still the Church gives him grief, but of course they don’t know, can’t know what he’s been doing. He’s such a strong Christian, so unwavering in his faith and I love that he answers to God only, not the church officials…well, that’s how he seems to me anyway. Jess as always is a puzzle, so strong, almost cold appearing on the outside and yet inside she’s such a moral, do the right thing, always person trying to save everyone from evil. Her friends though know her true side, and I really admire her. She’s had a tough life but worked hard to make the best of it despite the cost to herself. I didn’t like the idea of – I’ve forgotten his name, Kier? – who kept popping up just when needed. I guess that relates to my dislike of the new powers things too….It was just too timely, too convenient. It wasn’t him as a character I disliked, just the way he worked in the story. It was an interesting and unusual storyline but for me the way it played out just didn’t work.
Stars: Three, a good storyline but the way it worked out irritated me at times.
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