Review: Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane

January 14, 2013 Fantasy, Review 2

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Big Bad Bite
by Jessie Lane

I got an ARC copy for review

Blurb from Goodreads (be aware the blurb contains mild spoilers): January 28, 2013 Release Scheduled…

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species – never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?
Welcome to the real world.

It doesn’t happen often that I end up giving a book 2 stars, but when I do it feels like I spend even more time and attention to writing my review. I think they are certainly different than my other reviews. I only express my opinion of a book in my review, it is entirely possible that other people do like or even love this book.

My Review:
It had been some time since I last read a good werewolf book, so I was looking forward to starting a werewolf book. I did enjoy the story, but I couldn’t stand the writing style.

The story starts of pretty okay, the main character and her new job are introduced and the reader get’s enough information about it all. The plot is interesting, but I felt like the slow pace and the writing style disrupted it a bit. At first I enjoyed the story, but pretty soon there were more and more things that started to annoy me. Also nearing the end I didn’t feel like the story was going anywhere and at the end there is so much left unresolved.

As mentioned before I couldn’t stand the writing style. Pretty early in the story there were some things in the writing style that started annoying me. The story is full of explanations, internal debate, mental considerations, descriptions and then some more. There was just too much of it. Every time they are going to do something, meet someone new or something happens it is followed by tons of explanation and internal thoughts from the main character, so that it is almost difficult to remember what actually is going on. I do like getting to know some internal thoughts of the main character, but in this book there is just too much of it and it hampers the pace of the story. Also some phrases and words are used a bit too often, like starting a sentence with hell or so. I just found the writing style to be annoying and this made it difficult to concentrate on the story sometimes.

At the beginning I did like Jenna the main character, she comes across as a strong women who likes her independence, but she started to get a bit annoying with her overdose of her thoughts and her sometimes strange behavior. Also at the beginning it is made obvious she is not a girly-girl and that she has never had a boyfriend before and also doesn’t need one, but she falls in love way too soon, seems to act way too experienced about it all and suddenly does turn out to have some girly emotions. Also she is a bit too aggressive, whenever someone annoys her she immediately thinks about hurting him or her or even killing. It just felt off and unbelievable, even though some people may be annoying you don’t go out immediately hurting them. I just found her to be a bit unbelievable and annoying. The other characters aren’t much better. I did like a few of them like Adam’s little sister, but we didn’t get to really know her that well. Many of the men think and talk about sex a bit too often and easily and this also frustrated me, because they all seemed the same and I had difficulties remembering who they were. Also when they have a mission or something important to do many of them are still distracted by sex and this was a bit strange.

Due to all the explanations and elaborations I did get a reasonable sense of what the world was and how it worked. Especially some very specific parts were really well explained. What did disappoint me was that at the beginning it is mentioned that there is more than only shape shifter in this world, there are more Others (the term this book uses for supernaturals), but there isn’t much attention for the other races so I didn’t really get why it was necessary to mention it that early on. Also there are some huge gaps in the world building and story, like the fact that Jenna is really protected and knows almost nothing of the Other community at first, but there is never a good explanation given and as soon as she finds out more this protection suddenly isn’t necessary anymore. And the explanation that is given for why the shape shifter evolved was a bit strange and farfetched. The explanation for other races was also a bit strange.

To conclude: this wasn’t really a book for me. The story was interesting at first, but the pace was slow and I got annoyed by the writing style and the main character. I also felt like there wasn’t enough progression of the story and at times I had no idea where the story was going. I think there isn’t enough depth to the other characters. I did like the fact that there was so much explanation, but didn’t like the way it was done.

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Because the book isn’t releashed yet I will include the links to the authors page on the buying sites. This book will probably be releashed on 28 january.

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2 Responses to “Review: Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Crude, i did not read your review, since I want to go into it fresh, but will read it after I read and write my review. I am nervous since you gave it a 2..

    • Lola R

      Well maybe it’s just me. Going into a book fresh definitely is a good idea. I am curious to hear what you think of it.

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