Author: Annie Bellet
Title: Justice Calling
Series: The Twenty Sided Sorceress 1
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's Website:
Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.
Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.
As long as she doesn’t use her magic.
When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.
Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.
This book was all potential. I saw wonderful world-building, interesting powers, and the start of exceptional characterization, however none of it was ever fully realized. This read like only half the book was completely written.
Jade Crow is a sorceress living in a town of shapeshifters. She's hiding from a very bad guy until some odd things start happening to her friends and she has no choice but to reveal her magic. The entire book serves as foreshadowing for that bad guy's eventual arrival--but he never actually arrives. Instead, we're given a half-formed plot about some other guy doing some potentially bad things that Jade probably ought to stop. There wasn't any growth of the real plot in the story. There also weren't any twists and turns to make the limited plot in the story interesting.
The romance was also extremely disappointing. The hot guy shows up and Jade is instantly in love. They barely have one full conversation, she fantasizes about him at inappropriate points in the plot (ie. her friend's mother is dead, but he's still really hot), and then they're dating. The front half of their relationship where they actually learn about each other, discover there's more than looks pulling them together, or anything else romantic in nature that would have given a touch of believability to the relationship was all missing.
Overall I found this book disappointing. There wasn't any real depth to the plot, world-building, or a believable romance. The potential was definitely there, but it desperately needed more for this to be considered a good book. I can't recommend it.
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