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Dark side of the moon (dark-hunter, book 10)


Description: Dark side of the moon (dark-hunter, book 10)
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This book could have been spectacular.

Susan Michaels is working as a reporter for a tabloid. Two years ago she was a star investigative reporter in Seattle, chasing the big stories and winning awards. But after chasing a lead that backfired, she was disgraced. Her boyfriend of four years left her, all her friends (except Jimmy and Angie) left her, her house and car were repossessed. She's an orphan and has no family.

At this exceptionally low point in her life, she tried to kill herself on Thanks This book could have been spectacular.

Susan Michaels is working as a reporter for a tabloid. Two years ago she was a star investigative reporter in Seattle, chasing the big stories and winning awards. But after chasing a lead that backfired, she was disgraced. Her boyfriend of four years left her, all her friends (except Jimmy and Angie) left her, her house and car were repossessed. She's an orphan and has no family.

At this exceptionally low point in her life, she tried to kill herself on Thanksgiving while at home by herself in her roach-infested cheap apartment. Quickly realizing the mistake she made, she calls an ambulance on herself and vows to fight and live, no matter how bad things are.

She's also conveniently a martial artist AND an ace driver. Mmmmmm-hmmmm, I'm sure. rolls eyes

That's our heroine.

Ravyn Kontis is a were-leopard who was murdered by his brother Phoenix and brought back to life by Artemis to serve her as a Dark-Hunter. Now he's a rare were-leopard/Dark-Hunter crossbreed. Unable to stand sunlight, travel through time, or teleport - he still has a lot more power than your average DH or average were-animal.

Besides his really tragic backstory, which I will put under this spoiler tag, (view spoiler)[ He was mated to a human female, Isabeau. After finding out what he was, she tells her family. The humans come and slaughter every woman and child in Ravyn's clan. Ravyn is blamed and his own brother Phoenix murders Ravyn, whose father Gareth spits on Ravyn and kicks his dying body. Ravyn's call for vengeance is heard by Artemis, who comes down to grant him vengeance and make him a Dark-Hunter. He slaughters Isabeau and her family and all the humans in the village. His family has never forgiven him and still shun him. ] he doesn't have much of a personality in my opinion.

When he is trapped in his cat-body, he's put in a metriazo collar to suppress his powers and is taken to the animal shelter to be put down. Sue is called to take him by her friend Angie. Angie's detective husband Jimmy is on to some sort of Daimon conspiracy, which he tries to warn Sue about.

Sue takes the cat home against her better judgment. She is violently allergic to cats. After taking off the cat's collar, she is surprised when he becomes a handsome, naked human man.

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Great set-up, this is a great set-up. I was like "Oh, boy, let the fun adventures ensue!" Sadly, it was not to be.

Here are the problems:

1.) Kenyon seems to be writing this novel as a entrypoint for new readers. She spends literally at least 30% of the novel explaining everything that happened in the previous 14 books in excruciating detail. And I do mean excruciating. If you read the last 14 books (as I did) you can safely skip just about every third page in this novel. Just skip any paragraphs where some character launches into an explanation of something that has already been explained to you 1,000 times in the course of the series. This book is painful for Kenyon fans who already know her world and her mythos. She uses Susan as the "newbie" to take the place of the new reader and has everyone explain everything to Susan (the reader) as if she knew nothing.

Very tiring.

2.) Susan is allergic to cats. I realize that this is Kenyon trying to be cute and funny, but I didn't find this cute or funny. Ravyn makes Susan's head clog up badly, she is constantly sneezing and sniffling around him, and touching any hair of his makes her skin itch like crazy.

And this is the man she's having sex with.

I was cringing, this sounded so unpleasant and horrible. At one point she gives him a blowjob and I was just wincing in sympathy. The idea of doing something like that while having your nose stuffed up and runny, and also having to take breaks to sneeze uncontrollably sounds like a nightmare to me. I can't see ANYTHING pleasant about it and the fact that Ravyn stands there and lets her service him like this is just OKAY was seriously pissing me off. What a piece of shit! I was REALLY angry with him.

Kenyon totally plays the fact that Susan's rather violently allergic to Ravyn as a hilarious joke, but the idea of her being with this man for the rest of her life when she can't even sleep in a bed next to him without being miserable is disgusting and horrifying to me.

Finally Ravyn reaches a point where he's just like, "I'm going to shave all my hair off." I was rejoicing until Susan said, "Don't you dare!" I do not understand her reaction AT ALL and I didn't really get an explanation from Kenyon. I guess the idea she was trying to convey was that if Ravyn shaved his (waist-length) hair and body hair off, he wouldn't be attractive anymore or something. Which is bullshit. That's the least he can do since for Susan being in the same room as him is like being constantly sick. She is going to have a cold for THE REST OF HER LIFE. A never-ending head cold. This sounds like hell.

Kenyon has a HUGE thing for long-haired men. 99% of her heroes have long, long hair that they either wear down or in a ponytail.

3.) Romance (such as it is, with flavorless Ravyn and sneezing, suffering Sue) takes a major backseat in this book - not only to Kenyon's lengthy explanations of her world, but also to side character development. Oh, this is what's going on with Nick Gauthier, let's talk about him for three hours. Oh, Ash is having sex with that horrible evil woman again, let's talk about that for two hours. Oh, Stryker, he's evilly plotting to take Acheron down, blah blah blah.

Listen, I don't read these stories for Kenyon's unique and elaborate take on Atlantis and Greek mythology. I read them for a good love story and good kissing and sex. Neither are delivered in this book. So it's a failure in my eyes.

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Other Notes:

- Susan seems to have a real chip on her shoulder about taking orders and following directions. This chip seemed to only appear when the person giving orders or directions was male. This was never explained, and I (a rabid feminist) could not really understand her knee-jerk negative reaction every time a man told her to do something. It made her seem a bit unhinged to me. I mean, she'd unload on a guy for telling her to do something when it is obvious the guy wasn't being an asshole, just making a suggestion or giving her advice or trying to keep her safe. It was unreasonable and weird. And trust me, for ME to be saying that of all people means that it really was.

- Susan really has a strong sense of personal responsibility. She accepts the blame for whatever happens in her life, and doesn't blame other people or God or whoever for what has happened to her. That was one of the few good things in the novel.

- Kenyon just HAS to slip a little bit of female self-hatred in the book, doesn't she? When Susan is introduced to an attractive female character, we get this:

Susan started to mention the fact that it was a bit nippy outside for the outfit but held her tongue. Maybe the woman would get a cold and gain some weight... At the very least, she'd cover up that perfect body so that Susan wouldn't feel quite so inadequate.

Note to self: Start a new diet tomorrow.

One, this grates my cheese. Have some respect for yourself, woman! Do you have ZERO self-esteem and self-confidence?!?!!? Jeez Louise. Two, this is pretty out of character for Susan. I mean, she just didn't NOT seem like the type of woman to have this reaction AT ALL up to this point, and then never exhibits this attitude again. Which just means that it was TOTALLY unnecessary and could have been left out of the book.

In summary, I hated this book for a number of reasons. Feel free to skip/ignore it unless you're a huge Kenyon fan or actually care about the Nick/Acheron/Stryker subplots.

P.S. I despised Erika. She put Ravyn and everyone else's life in danger NUMEROUS times and was SUCH a spoiled brat.

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