Sep 262014
Review: UnbornUnborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
Published by 47North on Aug 26, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Born into mystery. Shackled to darkness…

Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is—secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel.

Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her―those that seek the Unborn?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was both a familiar feeling story, and a forgettable one. Even within days of finishing it I was having trouble remembering the details from it.

The story has an interesting premise: Khara spends half her time with Hades in the Underworld, and the other half with Demeter. She’s the other half of Persephone’s myth, so where ever one girl isn’t the other is. But Khara is suddenly pulled from this arrangement and dropped on Earth, in Detroit, and is found by one of Ares’ sons, who recognizes her as an unknown sister. And that’s where the story starts…

The idea behind the story is very exciting, but I found the execution rather lacking. Khara is really hard to understand and like, mostly because she’s made herself extremely robot-like and unemotional in order to cope with surviving the Underworld. I can buy into that, but she’s also really accepting of everything that happens, taking things at first glance and not questioning anything. For someone who grew up surrounded by scheming demons, that part seems highly unlikely.

Coupling Khara’s odd personality, along with some insta-trust relationships with her found family, a rather unsteamy attraction to a fallen angel, and a general problem-free plot, this book felt rather disappointing. There was very little excitement or action. There were some fight scenes, but with no tension, they were rather boring.

Overall, while I really liked the idea of this story, I found the execution rather lacking, and as a result, the book was rather boring. This may be the start of a series, but unless the next book has a lot more tension and action, I don’t think I’ll be checking it out.

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