Monday, September 12, 2011
Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon or “Ooops, Sorry I killed your friends”
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Jess "Sundown" Brady was quite the changed man from his younger days. He was no longer a wanted gunslinger with a price on his head. In, fact he was no longer human. Gunned down by his best man on the day of his wedding, he bartered his soul to a Greek goddess for vengeance. What he hunted now were the Daimons that feed on human souls to thwart the curse handed down by their creator Apollo. He was sworn to protect mankind, even at his own peril. Abigail Yeager had known Jess from her early childhood, but a tragic event that left both her parents dead, had her certain that Jess was their killer. She has trained every day of her life to avenge their murder, and there's nothing she will not do to make sure he pays.
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon and I live for her books. The Dark Hunter series and all it's accouterments have feed my addiction to the paranormal genre in a most glorious fashion. I love seafood, I would eat it three meals a day for life if possible, but sometimes........you just get a piece of "off" fish. It doesn't mean you never want seafood again, it just means that maybe that wasn't the best fish in the water that day. I didn't like Abigail. There I said it. I feel incredibly disloyal, but I can not lie to my fellow Menyons. She killed Dark Hunters, who did nothing to her or her family. She killed a Native American shaman who did nothing to her or her family. It was a mistake and now she feels bad. Doesn't bring them back though does it? And just for the record, the Dark Hunters did not die easily, she left them in the sun. Yes she acted with the best of intentions, and had been lied to and fed misinformation since childhood, but those innocent people were still dead. I can't overlook that. I'm amazed that Jess Brady could and did. Especially in works of fiction, sometimes you have to kill characters, in defense or retaliation, or even prevention. This can be overlooked for the most part. This is not the case in Retribution.
I enjoyed the writing, I loved the bonus chapter at the end (which for me, made the book). I enjoyed getting to know Sasha better, and of course I loved Zarek's scenes. The rest just felt "off" to me. I just don't know what to say after that. I had such high expectations, and that may have been unfair. If this had been any other author, I can't honestly say I would have finished the book. Do I still love seafood and Sherrilyn Kenyon's books? Damn skippy!