Murder of Crows
Author: Annie Bellet
Title: Murder of Crows
Series: Twenty Sided Sorceress 2
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
They say you can never go home again. If only that were true…
Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation.
Until her estranged father shows up begging for help. Someone or something is murdering the crow shifters of Three Feathers ranch and her father believes sorcery is the only way to stop the killings.
Faced with an unknown foe, a family that exiled her decades before, a deepening relationship with Alek, and Samir’s ever-present threat, Jade will need all the power she’s gained and then some to stop the Murder of Crows.
I do remember writing my review of the first book in this series, where I said that the book wasn't written well at all and I couldn't recommend it. So, what the heck am I doing reading the second book in the series? Trust me, I have absolutely no idea. All I can say is I was bored, this story was very short, and I'm still regretting it.
Jade has to return to her childhood home to help them solve a series of murders. She doesn't want to go, but decides to anyway, at which point we're treated to every stereotype of isolated cult existence. Her family lives under the rule of a megalomaniac who dictates every aspect of their life. He threw Jade out of the village when she didn't transform into a crow like the rest of them, and she hasn't looked back since. The entire set-up is utterly ridiculous, which only made what should have been a serious plot focused on solving the murders almost laughable. Is it wrong to cheer for the bad guy?
There characterizations were all very one note as well. The good guys are good, the bad guys are evil, and Jade is struggling to figure out which one she is. There's no depth to any personality, which goes along with the lacking depth in the plot and the world-building. Jade has some sort of magic, but how she uses it is never explained. She's in a relationship with a gary stu (a male mary sue) who loves her despite the fact that she treats him like crap. I can go on, but this review is starting to turn into a rant.
I never should have read this book, given how bad the first one in the series was, and I absolutely regret picking this one up. There was zero depth to the book, Jade is a terrible Mary Sue, and overall this was just a bad read. I cannot recommend it.
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