Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: Changeless

This book counts towards the Shifter challenge.

Alexia's new husband, a Scottish werewolf, vanishes one afternoon.  Alexia is left with an army of werewolves camped on her front lawn, a shocking French milliner with quite a few secrets, and a mysterious bout of normality striking all the supernaturals in London.  So with her trusty parasol in hand, Alexia is off to Scotland to solve mysteries and find her husband.


I was very disappointed, after enjoying the first book in the series so much.  This installment didn't hold my interest, moved far too slowly, and just wasn't all that exciting.  It was, frankly, a letdown.  I ended up taking a very long time to finish Changeless, because I kept putting it down to read other books.


The plot started somewhere around the 250th page.  The previous 2/3 of the book was devoted to scene-setting, inane dialogue, and nothing much happening.  It was kind of boring, actually.  Then, when the plot finally started, it was decent but nothing too thrilling.  Not really worth the 250 page wait.


The characters from the first book didn't seem to grow or change, at all.  And the new characters - most of them at least - were just plain boring.  Some were lesbians, which was bizarre, seemed out of contest, and served only to make things awkward.  I didn't manage to empathize with any of them.


The unique voice I remember from the first book just wasn't there this time.  It was slow, even cumbersome, and not clever or fun at all.

End Result: two stars.  I was not impressed.

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