Friday, January 17, 2014

Common Descent - Review

Common Descent (Darwin's Children, #3)Common Descent (Darwin's Children #3) by Natasha Larry
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Eighteen-year old Jaycie Lerner’s telekinesis is finally in check – too bad levitating a picnic table is now a workout. Not to mention her previously dormant telepathy is back and raging out of control. As she struggles to manage her frightening power, the Dey-Vah announce they will soon reveal the supernatural world to the human race. To make matters worse, people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges.

Jaycie must elicit the help of the world’s only master vampire slayer and an assassin who converses with the voices in her head. Strengthening the Core is the only way to protect mankind from the coming vampire army, and that’s not even their most dangerous threat.
Jaycie and her family face their darkest hour when an innocent young girl serves as a pawn to form a deadly Alliance. The perfect vampire, Lilith Bradshaw, becomes an eye-opening example of how far the Alliance will go to serve their own destructive ends. The world around Jaycie plummets into darkness, and betrayals from the past threaten to undo them all.

Before I get into my review, can I share the story of how I almost turned down the first book in the series when I got the review request?
Que sera sera, right?

Darwin's Children was the second book I received to review for this blog. Not counting a short story which was my first.
Technically with that it would be my fourth, but I gave my first book the "pancake treatment" and threw all memory of it out, though the actual review is still in my archives.
I'm giving my experience with my "forgotten" first review book partial blame for my hesitation when I got the request for Darwin's Children. Another explanation can be found in my review for the book itself: "The cover and description do not do it justice, it makes it sound like a simple story and it is anything but." Apparently I was judging it by not only it's cover but it's description.
As if you don't do it! Really, what else are we suppose to base our decisions on?

Maybe reviews written by other bloggers?
In the three years I've been blogging, Darwin's Children is the only book I ever bothered looking into what other readers said about. And I still don't know what unnamed source made me do it then. I was pretty ready to respond with a "Thanks but no thanks," but, again, something made me hold off on a response.
I'm so glad I changed my mind about not reading it, for whatever reason it might have been. It's one of the best things I take away from my three years of blogging. That it's been with me since almost the beginning makes it all the more special.

And this concludes my sweet gushy moment.

Comment Descent, I'm gonna say my reason for not giving it the 5 is because certain characters {cough cough} Matt, would start explaining things that would leave me tilting my head going "huh?" Also contributing to my confusion was the fact that I couldn't enlarge my text so anyone looking over my shoulder would have probably thought I was reading the fine print of something.

But this just proves that amazingly awesome things come in small fonts. Or large, whatever size you do read it in.
The minute I started reading, everything just came flooding back to me and I immediately started trying to come up with words to explain why I love this series so much.

It stands alone when it comes to other books. I can't even imagine trying to find one that compares. And the characters! There's just something that makes you want to embrace them and never let them go. When I started the series, I'm pretty sure I said what drew me to Jaycie was that she reminded me of a friend I had in high school, while true then, over time she stopped being a reminder and is now just a character that I love for her alone.

This one is different from the previous two, we get so much more from everyone. And get answers to questions we didn't even think needed to be asked. There's also some interesting plot twists in this and I can not see where things go from here.
Like I said above, it's just something special.

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