Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Review of Hybrid by Juliann Whicker (Book 2 of The House of Slide series)

Dariana Sanders, daughter of the prestigious House of Slide, has her hands full. The Bloodworker who killed her brother is dead, but it turns out that he's not the only one who wants Dari, or who will do anything to make sure that she's taken care of before she learns to control her powers and becomes a force to be reckoned with. She needs her friends, family, and a reluctant soulmate if she's going to survive.

from goodreads

After reading the first novel of the House of Slide series, I was fangirling since I found out that Hybrid would be coming out at the end of the year. It took me two days to read this book, and possibly one if I didn't have to go to school. I like the compact feel of a book that you can start in the morning, and finish at night, while still giving you the entire experience.

Juliann Whicker is one of my all time favorite authors, mostly because of the world she makes.Also she creates a series that is original, unlike many of the novels that are out on the shelves in the Paranormal Romance section of the bookstore/library. One of my favorite parts of Hybrid, is that the pace is strong, and it never lacks action or suspense. I would be lying if I never laughed out loud, smiled like a fan girl, and have my eyes tear up a bit-not all at the same time of course.

Dari, the main character, takes up a more vivacious character than the first novel. There were sometimes while I was reading where I was like,"You can't be serious." I personally love Dari, but I can see that Dari can come off as naive and makes wrong decisions that you just want to hit her on the head with a book. You have to have an open mind when you are reading the novel, if you were on the fence while reading Hotblood,the first installment.

There are so many new characters, and twists and turns and,"Say what?!" moments in the novel that I swear that you won't see somethings that are going to hit you in the next chapter. That created a thrill which I loved. If you read Hotblood, than I would say that Dari and Lewis's relationship does progress and I kind of wished it didn't. I was never full on Dari and Lewis fans, but you can't help to route for them. It's a strange feeling, but it works because I don't think I'd be able to read the novel if I couldn't go through Dari and Lewis romantic scenes-which is pretty much all of their scenes and the premise of the story.

Sometimes, I felt like the book moved too fast, like something epic could've happen to end a main plot detail, but it ended in a lazy eh sometimes. Moments where there was a lot of tension, and suspense that was building up, fell to something that could have been better.

Dari has friends that are similar to her and know about her paranormal being. I think that is awesome for a paranormal romance novel, because so many novels out there have the main character be angsty about friends and school and how they will go back after what happened, and it gets boring and repetative. I, personally, rather read angst about things in the paranormal world, rather than our mundane lives and trying to look normal.

I have to mention that I love the cover of the novel. It is so beautiful, and when you read the end of the novel, it means so much more. I will read the next novel in this series, Wild, because if my best friend asked me what I think about Hybrid then I'd give her a head nods, thumbs up. (4 out of 5)

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