Friday, June 27, 2014

Death Toll review + #Giveaway

Death Toll
Ghost Wars Saga
Book #2
Robert Poulin

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher:  Ghost Watch Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9894469-3-8 
ISBN:  978-0-9894469--4-5 

Pages: 324
Word Count: 96,000

Cover Artist:  Hannah Carr

Goodreads Rating: 5.0
My Rating: 4.0

Book Description:

What started out as a routine call led to so much more…

My name is Veronika Kane, and I’m the Captain of the Ghost Watch in the reborn city of Shadow Philadelphia. After we disposed of the city’s previous master and his minions, things were looking up, but in war things are never that easy. A routine call with Detective Frank Cooper blew the cover off of an elaborate scheme to plunge the city of brotherly love into chaos. When Necromancers, Were creatures, and the horrors of Chaos come together it can’t mean anything good.

With new and old enemies joining forces against us, I’m going to need all the help I can get. Lucky for me, my old friend Frank Cooper will be there to lend a hand, along with Brianna, a strong willed were-ferret, and the stormy eyed wizard Nathaniel Carter. I just hope it will be enough to save everyone.

This time, our enemies aren’t just attacking us in Limbo; this time, they are taking the battle to the streets of the living world and its unknowing citizens. If the Old Ones rise, I don’t think there will be anything anyone can do to stop them.

My name is Veronika Kane, and this war is far from over.

My Take On The Book:

This was an extremely interesting book. It had a strong premise and a strong character base. One of the reasons I chose to review this book was the synopsis, which was extremely captivating. I wish I could give this book a higher rating because I did enjoy it… but there were some setbacks. As a rule, I personally don’t like first persons as they can come off as abrasive. While I have found some first person books that I enjoyed, I tend to steer clear of them because I feel like I’m reading a screen play with the constant use of I, there seems to be a bridge that separates me from the character. This story, while great in many aspects started strong with a constant use of the word I, leaving me with a feeling of disconnect. It took me a while to really get into the book and in all honesty, when I did get into the story, it was due more to the introduction of other characters and more dialogue. Had there been less dialogue, I may have rated this differently.

Another setback was the impossibly strong female lead. I like a little ass kicking here and there but I’m not a big fan of the ‘I can do it all’ character. They come off as overpowered and leave me feeling disconnected yet again. While I really enjoyed the character of Veronika, I did not enjoy her complete badassery, (Is that even a word?) I had issues feeling in tuned with her as the lead protagonist. In addition, Frank’s constant use of the word ‘fuck’ and its many variations left some of the dialogue feeling bland and forced and making me feel out of sorts. This alone was one of the reasons I had issues getting emerged in the writing.

What I did enjoy was the characters themselves, powers, and what not completely out of the picture. I like the way their personalities where written and how easily the chemistry, whether good or bad was crafted. Of course, I enjoyed the magic, shifters, and ghostie business; so that was another plus. I also really like the storyline and the ease of the story. At first, I didn’t enjoy the ‘jumpiness’ of POVs so to speak but that’s overshadowed by all the going ons. Speaking of which, I was worried that all the ‘traffic’ would take away from the story but it only served as a means to keep me invested so it was good and definitely not cluttered.

4 Quills

Honestly, this is a solid read, that I would most definitely recommend to people. Once you get passed the awkward first 2 chapters, you strike gold and you won’t want to put the book down. Another reason I’d recommend it, is the simple transition from book 1 to book 2. Personally, I hate reading a book that’s part of a series if I haven’t read the book(s) that come before it but this is easily read without book 1 as the author does a superb job at giving you enough details to understand the history without boring you with details.

About The Author 

Robert Poulin was born and raised in the New England state of Connecticut. After spending his late teenage years in Boca Raton Florida, Robert moved to upstate New York where he lived with his uncle Wilbrod Poulin and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. After earning a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Teaching, Robert went back to Florida where he taught Social Studies for a few years.

After returning to Northern New York, Robert took a job with the North Country Center for Independence: a disability rights and advocacy organizations. Robert has worked for NCCI for thirteen years and is now the Executive Director. Wail of the Banshees is Robert's first novel; he has been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction since second grade when he discovered The Hobbit.

Urban fantasy in particular has become Robert's favored genre in the past decade. Robert has been legally blind since infancy, but thanks to a mom that encouraged independence, hard work, and a healthy dose of dreaming, the disability has mostly just been an inconvenience.

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