Friday, July 01, 2016

Book Review: I'll Be Damned (Casey Keen)

I'll Be Damned
by Casey Keen
Genres: Paranormal Romance 

A sister kidnapped.

An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.

A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.

The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.

Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.

As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld. 

Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.

For the first time in forever (bah bah copyright copyright), I'm writing a review late. I need to get a a grip. I was a week ahead! Ick.

Anyway, I'm writing this day-of because I had some issues with this book, but I wanted to wait a few days to make sure I really had to write this review....and I do.

So, about the good parts: The idea of the book is very unique and interesting. So it's not just your typical Twilight-style creatures, twilight-style love triangle. The idea of witches hasn't been played with a ton...well, maybe, but I avoid them. It's hard to make your witches and warlocks match up to Harry Potter. It's always good that they call them warlocks instead of wizards, too. But the way she went about it was great!

Now, the bad (I hate this): There was such an overload of details.....but not the ones you were craving. She lived an hour away from her cafe, yet she was open from 6-10, and still went out. I don't know about you guys, but I'd skip the club after work. And you don't get a lot of details as to how she runs it. There was one mention of a college employee, and the we never heard about her again. Her BFF has supernatural abilities, too. Which would have been okay had there been some hinting to in beforehand.  Her family is insane, but they think everything is okay even though someone's disappeared. On that note, the emotions were so off! She's sitting eating bacon and eggs and kissing men when her SISTER IS FREAKING MISSING! Her sister's wedding is still on and she's so happy to go see her parents, all the while someone could be torturing her sister. The author writes one emotion, and in the same sentence says they're feeling another. Like "yes he smirked....angrily"...that wasn't from the book, but you get my point.

I found plot hole after plot hole, I actually think I have to replace the shocks on my read-a-mobile! It was like "Twenty pages ago you said they met yesterday, but now they've not seen each other in a million years...? wat?" and just little details that made you look back and say that that thing already happened, or that it happened a different way a few minutes ago.

What the author was trying to create will be amazing. My problems were none a round of editing can't fix (I know that's probably so insulting, and I'm sorry, but I don't mean it bad). My last review was on the book Ukiyo, and it's hard to read another book after you love another. So, I'll definitely come back to this series. I want to see where Anna is taking us. I'm interested to see if my opinion on the book changes if I read a book that I didn't fall in love with first.

Okay, my lovelies, I hoped you enjoyed this! I have a surprise for you in just a minute! I'm sorry this review is going up late! I hope you  guys have a wonderful 4th of July....if you celebrate it, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We're coming up on our one year blogaversery, so we're planning for that, too!

I'll blog you later, lovelies! Keep your noses in the pages!!

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