Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: 47North
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

Born into mystery. Shackled to darkness…
Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is—secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel.
Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her―those that seek the Unborn?
From the author of the bestselling Caged series comes a pulse-pounding new series of supernatural romance

That cover is badass!
I went into this expecting lots of action, lots of magic, and lots of, well, badass stuff!
Aaaaaaaaand, no.
It's got an interesting premise, though. Khara had spent her entire life (centuries) living in the Underworld as Hades' ward. Or at least six months out of the year. The other half she spent with Demeter, while she mourned for Persephone. See, Khara is the trade-off that Demeter made to get her daughter back for half of the year.
So, who were Khara's real parents?
She had no idea, nor any burning desire to find out.
Until one day, when a Dark One swoops into the Underworld, rips her away from Hades, and drops her in the middle of Detroit. She's found by a one of Ares' sons, and the journey to find out which way her family tree branches is on.
There's a brooding fallen angel who's taken an interest in what happens to her, a twin brother that she never knew about, and a psychopath from the Underworld hot on her trail.
Sounds cool, right?
And it is...sort of.
Khara, and everyone else, talks like they're from a different time period. Which, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
But, couple that with the fact that Khara sounds and acts like an emotionless robot?
I get why she's like that. She had to be stoic and emotionless to survive centuries in the Underworld surrounded by psychos.
After a while, though? It got old.
I still really enjoyed this story, but after I was about 90% done with it, I was getting antsy.
Really antsy.
The chemistry between Oz and Khara, which I originally thought would sizzle...didn't. I'm not really sure when they even started feeling things for each other, due to the wooden dialogue. It certainly didn't help that Khara's inner monologue was lacking in emotion, and Oz's inner thoughts were off limits.

She finds out (relatively early on in the story, so I don't think this is a spoiler) that she has several half-brothers, and they turn into her protectors for the remainder of the book.
I know that this falls in line with the mythology part of the plot, but I was hella-skeeved that one of her brothers had a hard time keeping his eyes to himself. Worse, he was the one who was closest to her! Her BFF, if you will.
But he was such a horndog that he evidently had difficult time looking at her as his sister from time to time. Although, the vast majority of these incidents happened in the beginning.
For my personal taste, however, there were too many conversations that went like this:
Random Brother: Perv, remember that she is our SISTER! Stop looking at her like that!
Pervy Brother: I know, I know! I'm trying! It's just so hard to stop being a horny bastard!

There are quite a few glowing reviews for Unborn, but I think this is going to be one of those novels that isn't for everyone.
Having said that, I finished this one in two days, so it did hold my interest quite well. There was a lot of originality in the way the story unfolded, and in the way the mythology was played with.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, give it a shot. And even with all my complaints, I certainly didn't feel like this was a waste of my time.


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