Review: Devour

Shelly Crane

Kindle Edition, 283 Pages

Self-Published (?)

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From Goodreads:

Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities…pretty much a perfect life…up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with him but hides it until something happens. Eli confesses to her that she gives him something he’s never had before…something he needs. Everything is about to change for this normal pretty popular girl in a supernatural way.

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Read: July 16 – 20, 2012

I really want to like this book more. Really, I do.

Let me start by describing some of the things I liked about this story.
1. I liked the originality of the Devourer mythology. It is always fun to come across something that has not been done before.
2. I liked the inclusion of other supernatural elements. The fact that Crane begins to introduce the readers to mythological creatures we might be familiar with, in addition to a kind we haven’t, is a kind of awesome we do not come across too often.
3. I liked the male lead and his dysfunctional family. See? Even Devourers aren’t perfect.

Some of the things I did not like, included:
1. The rush Crane puts on getting the two main characters together. Crane is not alone, I have read many stories by now where authors do this and I think it is a shame. In fact, I think the readers are getting robbed. The best kinds of romances are built up slowly, in my opinion.
2. Clara. I have very little patience for heroines who are too weak to stand up for themselves. Sure, Clara’s attitude sings to a different tune three quarters of the way through, but why does a heroine need to always be saved by prince charming?

In conclusion, this is a good story. One that I had to finish once I started. However, I do not see myself reading further into the trilogy. Devourer just missed a step with me, one where I was not entirely invested in these characters and what would happen next.

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