Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: The Genesis (Blood of Ages #1) by K.L. Kerr

Release Date: September 12, 2012
Publisher: Penrefe Publications
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter | Website

An Uncontrollable Power. An Unstoppable Corporation. A Vampire God.
The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.
For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams and trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn't want to travel.
The first book in The Blood of Ages series, "The Genesis" is an urban fantasy about the inescapable nature of Fate and the corruption of power.

The cover is so cool, the name of the book is cool, even the name of the series is cool. 
It's not a bad story, it's just not awesome. There was a lot of room for awesomeness, but it never really happened. 
Imagine a new friend calls you up and invites you over to their house for dinner. 
"Hey! Come on over! We're grilling out and hanging by the pool!"
Now in your mind you're imagining a good time, right? Except when you get there it's just them, their weird cousin, and you...sitting in lawn chairs around an inflatable Spongebob pool. Oh, and they were out of charcoal, so dinner consists of  microwaved pizza rolls.
Now, consume enough alcohol, and you might be able to salvage the evening. But I doubt it.
And, unfortunately, I've never found reading and drinking to be much fun.
My point is, The Genesis was like eating soggy pizza rolls when you were expecting steak.

Catrina is a 19 year old girl who has evidently been adopted or fostered by a shady guy named Tony since she was 10 or so. He evidently taught her...bad guy stuff, I guess, 'cause it's not really explained....and apparently she's now his gun-for-hire. It opens with her almost getting shot in an alley by some guy she was sent to to kill. Just when she thinks she's a goner, a mysterious man with super-human strength jumps out of the shadows and saves her. 
He takes her to a bar and tells her that his people have been keeping tabs on her for a while, then offers to make her like himself. 
Now, this is a really great start for a book, don't you think?
I'm totally excited!
And then it just kind of slowly peters out. I thought she would be some kind of a bad-ass prodigy with a gun, or maybe a kick-ass assassin? But no. She's kind of toughish, but she didn't pull out any Matrix moves and wow me. And the whole 'I was raised by a hit-man' backstory kind of poofed into thin air.
Huh. Ok... 
Anyway, at some point (off page) she agrees to be turned into a vampire. Only, when she wakes up a changed woman, she doesn't remember how she got there. Well, except a hazy recollection of being attacked by the shadowy dude.
*Freak out stuff happens here*
When she finally calms down, Fox (the mysterious stranger) takes her to the vampire stronghold and explains that they are at war.
As the story unfolds, you learn that there are evil agents out to kill them, a crazy vampire who is trying to gain total control of the clan, a prophecy about a vampire who may be their salvation or destruction, and a sweet-heart of a demon who mixes drinks for everyone.
Again, it sounds pretty good.
But the actual execution of the story was like chewing on a dry hunk of meat. It could have been good, if it wasn't so...dry and chewy.
There were also too many things that didn't add up when it came to the vampires. Why did they continually let these agents come in and kill them off without retaliating, or even doing much to defend themselves? It's not like they were portrayed as hippie vamps or anything. None of them seemed to have a problem killing people, even if they didn't go out of their way to do it on a regular basis. It was odd to see these vampires running and screaming from the agents all of the time. Um, maybe if this happens so often, it would be a good idea to train yourselves to fight. Or at the very least hide yourselves better. I'm just sayin'. Think outside the box, people.

In the end, it was ok.
I've been waffling over the rating while writing this, and I can't bring myself to give it less than three stars. I mean, all of the elements of a good book are there!
But I can't rate it any higher than three stars, because by the time I was halfway through I was having an easy time putting it down. The ideas behind the book were great, the potential for the characters to be interesting was there, and writing wasn't amateurish. The whole thing felt one dot away from being connected! 
I wouldn't mind trying something again by this author in the future, but The Genesis just wasn't my cuppa.


Ashley @ The Bibliophile's Corner said...

Darn. This looks like it would have been great. I'm sorry it didn't work for you. :(


Me too. And I LOVED the cover so much!

Neyra said...

Ahh this is not good! I was hoping it would be a great read, I do love that cover as well *sigh* I won't be picking this one up anytime soon. Thanks for the review Anne

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