Insight by Santino Hassell | The Community #1
Paranormal Romance, LGBTQIA
Publication Date | March 13th, 2017
ARC from the author
| Book Review |
If you’ve been around my blog lately, then you know how much I’ve come to love Santino Hassell’s writing. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like Insight was on par with his other books. It was a very interesting concept, and I did like Nate and Trent. I think I was just expecting a bit more romance because of the other books I’ve read. I should have kept my expectations in check, because this was a story with paranormal elements, and the world building has to take some precedence. Especially in a first book.
So, again, the positive about this book really is its uniqueness. There is a whole psy community that most of the world is unaware of, and it seems there may even be more supernatural goings on than that. Like I said, I also really liked Nate and Trent. Nate’s insecurities were understandable since he’d essentially been a freak where he’d come from. I thought Trent’s insecurities regarding not being a psy were a bit too exaggerated; Nate hadn’t done anything to indicate that Trent wasn’t enough for him, so it felt out of place a bit. I really wish some more time had been spent on developing their relationship. As for the rest of the characters, particularly those in the psy-world, I am very curious to learn more about their ‘powers’ and just how in the know (and not in the know) they all are about questionable agendas within The Community. There was a twist at the end that I saw coming, so it wasn’t much of a surprise for me. But it was still an interesting part of the story and makes me wonder what Nate will be like when he’s able to fully tap into his own abilities.
I think the downfall of this book for me was mostly the third person POV. What is weird is that I’ve always been a fan of third person, but when you’re reading a book about couples who are the same gender, the writing flows much better with first person POV, because you don’t have to use the names every single time you’re referring to one of the characters. Plus, there is something about the way Santino Hassell pulls you right into the character and makes you feel everything they’re feeling when he’s writing first person POV.
While I didn’t love Insight as much as I’d hoped, I do think it was an interesting start to a new series, and I’ll be sure to check out Oversight!
| Rating |
Series: The Community