Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Rebel
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
ARC from Edelweiss
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Wicked Bite is the second book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Rebel series, and having the loved the first book, I assumed I was in for a good read with this one. But I was letdown, and it reminded me that Jeaniene Frost, even within a series, is so hit or miss for me.
This book begins with an Ian and Veritas separation, but it doesn’t really last long, because they reunite fairly quickly, as a main character can’t be without her prop for long, right? I’m not going to sugar coat it – I found this book so annoying. The biggest issue for me was how quickly Veritas essentially turned into Cat 2.0, only hating THAT monstery half of herself didn’t work here. Cat was inexperienced and young, so I was able to buy and even enjoy that story arc for her. She really needed Bones to help her sort out the truth about her vampire nature, and by extension, vampires in general. It doesn’t work with a character who has so much living under her belt, nor is it endearing. And the fact that she viewed the two parts of herself as almost separate entities was so odd every time it was presented. Which I think made it feel really contrived. Also, there was zero growth in Veritas and Ian’s romance or relationship here, which I guess makes sense since Ian had no agency. Like I mentioned before, he was a prop for Veritas in this book, and to have loved Ian since he first appeared in the Night Huntress series, this was so disappointing to me.
The appearance of Cat and Bones in this book, who I really love, just annoyed me here. It felt so unnecessary, and maybe because very little happened I couldn’t enjoy it. On the upside (I guess,) some readers will enjoy the ‘typical men’ thoughts that constantly pop up in Veritas’ thoughts. Again, those are just annoying and feel like they’re there to appease a certain audience.
I know this isn’t a stellar review – has any review I’ve ever written lived up to its title so much? – and you’re probably thinking there’s no way I’ll be picking up the next book, but you’d be wrong. Like I mentioned before, even the Night Huntress series had its hit or misses for me, and I’m assuming Wicked Bite is just a blip in the road. So yes, I will be reading the next book. But I’ll be crossing ALL THE THINGS first.
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