Kindred (The Darkwoods Trilogy #2) J.A. Redmerski

Kindred (The Darkwoods Trilogy #2) J.A. RedmerskiKindred (The Darkwoods Trilogy, #2) by J.A. Redmerski
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on July 20, 2012
Pages: 348
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five-stars

Isaac Mayfair is hiding a dark secret. And just when Adria Dawson thinks the worst of her life among the werewolf world is over, she learns the secret that can rip her and Isaac’s love apart. Adria must come to terms with what the truth means for her. What it means for her life and how much time she has left to live it. She must choose between two different fates, neither of which can offer life as a certainty.

As if Isaac’s betrayal isn’t enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be. An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.

As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.

Due to MATURE YA content, this book is recommended for 17+.

As I sit here at my desk, pondering how to adequately describe my feelings for Kindred, a quote from one of my favorite Vampire Diaries characters comes to mind. “I think the term you’re searching for is O.M.G.” – Elijah. Yup. That pretty much sums up my thoughts into a cute little package. Warning: This review contains copious amounts of gushing due to the high level of awesome that Kindred embodies. We’re talking characters that feel like real life friends and family. Action that has your adrenaline pumping. Danger that makes you cringe and want to cower. And MOST importantly, sizzling romance with super sexy scenes that cause stream-like drool to dribble down your chin. I may have enjoyed The Mayfair Moon when I read it back in December. But Kindred well… It’s in an entirely different league. My love for this trilogy has officially gone up a notch. You can consider me certifiably addicted.

One of the many reasons I loved The Mayfair Moon was because it’s synopsis told us upfront that we were dealing with werewolves. I feel like the majority of wolfy books out there either A. try to make the supe element a surprise and successfully succeed in leading our minds astray or B. try to make the supe element a surprise but fail miserably by leaving tell-tale and downright ridiculous hints that are easily solved. With M.M.’s supe secret out from the getgo, it forced Redmerski to come up with a set of equally (if not more so) “pillars” to help carry the book; which she pulled of superbly. I found M.M. incredibly strong with it’s deep and thought-provoking characters and it’s fresh take and modern twists on an oldie but goodie myth surrounding the loup garou.

Kindred was fast-paced, nail-biting, and finger-cramping (holding onto a Nook for 4-5 straight hours). It was an amazing novel and one hell of a sequel. The characters we grew to love were all featured and utilized. Kindred reminded me again how truly amazing Adria is. Between an alcoholic mother with an abusive boyfriend, a sister who’s basically joined the dark side, a werewolf boyfriend that struggles with his humanity near and during the full moon, and oh yah, a war looming on the horizon that promises both death and destruction, you’d think Adria would be hopping on the first bus to looneysville. Not to mention her latest cases of zoning out and time loss that keep happening accompanied by loss of appetite and fainting. However, none of that slows our girl Adria down. With the danger and drama both at an all time high in Kindred, like always, Adria chooses to face it full on without fear. Well, there’s definitely some fear but she doesn’t let it control her. Then there’s Issac *swoon* he’s as devilish-y charming, compassionate, and romantic as ever. Seriously. Where can I find my own Issac Mayfair?!! Minus the ties to a warring and sometimes savage species, he’s like the perfect boyfriend. So sweet, caring, and compassionate, always thinking of cute dates and romantic gifts. Once again *sigggh*. And the passion PHEW! One needs to take an ice-cold shower after reading scenes containing his err… bareness. Eheh.

Kindred was a fabulous read. 5 stakes! I loved it even more than it’s predecessor, The Mayfair Moon. Since book one introduced us to this world; book two goes right ahead and brings the story to the next level. We get a deeper and better understanding of the characters. We also get a ton of new info including what a “Praverian” is (the series is called the Praverian Chronicles) and how “they” will effect the story to come. If you haven’t read The Mayfair Moon I implore you to head on over to Amazon and purchase it. It’s a must read for lovers of slightly edgy and incredibly sexy paranormal romances. There is a lot of mature scenes and dialogue so I’d consider this book more in the realm of “new adult” vs. “young adult”. Although a good chunk of the characters are teens. OH! And if you have read The Mayfair Moon – get Kindred ASAP. You will not be disappointed.

five-stars

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