Thursday, May 23, 2013

{NA Review} Shifting Shadows (Sparks Collide #1) by Amanda Kelly

{NA Review} Shifting Shadows (Sparks Collide #1) by Amanda Kelly

Party boy and werewolf, Jay Dellarson is stunned when his uncle hires a human to be his newest assistant. Kira Franklin is a sheltered girl with a mysterious past who’s finally taking charge of her life. When Jay and his pack begin to spend more time with the new girl in town, things start to unravel. Kira fights to keep her secrets hidden but when she finds out the truth of the town’s inhabitants it puts her in greater danger than ever before. While discovery of the werewolves’ secrets is dangerous, it’s discovery of Kira’s secrets that could place everyone in the middle of a vicious war.
(Blurb from Goodreads)

{Details}: Published January 20, 2013, 217 pages. Source: Amazon

{Stars} 3/5, if I gave half points it would definitely be a 3.5/5


Kira is a girl you'd want to be friends with. She's smart, she's loyal and protective. She's a fighter, she's not going to sit back and let anyone walk over her. And it turns out she's pretty kick ass.

Jay is likable despite his many faults. He's immature and self-destructive but Kelly gets us to understand why and even sympathize with him. I tend to like the screwed up characters, they've got the most opportunity for growth. Throughout the book Kelly sets up the circumstances for that growth, where he's faced with a real challenge and we get to see who he really is.

While there was a romantic element most of the story was about Jay and Kira finding their way through difficult times, become friends and facing challenges to their relationship.

While I did like the alternating POVs, I had trouble at times with the story. I felt like explanations are missing, like I should have known something I didn't. I also found that there was more telling than showing and a big ole information dump when Jay introduces us to his friends. There were quite a few grammatical and punctuation issues, e.g. you/you're, misplaced or missing punctuation. I'm pretty tolerant but if it irritates you, beware.

I'm definitely keeping an eye out for book #2, Forming Darkness and book #3, Shaping Illumination.  I'm excited to find out what happens next!

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