Author: Matthew Angelo
Title: Raven's Call
Series: Part of the Roughhouse Raiders Collection
Pairing: M/M, Genderqueer
Rating: One Petal
On the Author's Website:
Late one night, cruising through the streets of New York City, Ren hears a cry for help—in his mind. Investigating the cry, Ren finds an Esper under attack by the very motorcycle gang hunting Ren. Despite the risk, Ren risks everything to save the Esper and manages to get them both away.
But doing so has brought the full weight of the motorcycle gang down on them, and it's going to take a lot more than their combined magic if they hope to escape once and for all and see if they could be more than strangers united by strife.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ren is out riding his bike late one night when he hears a mental call for help. He finds an Esper named Zane being attacked by a gang looking to steal Zane's magic. They're able to get away, but the chase that results might still kill them no matter how hard they try.
There was so much wrong with this book. First, the writing style felt very immature. There wasn't a single contraction in the entire story, which made it feel overly formal and equally awkward. People riding motorcycles in the middle of New York City just don't talk like that. The weird language made it incredibly difficult to read the book as it kept throwing me out of the story.
The story was also utterly lacking in any detail or description. There wasn't anything written to give a full setting. The only reason I knew it was set in NYC was because of a mention of the Statue of Liberty. I couldn't tell you what either of the main characters look like aside from the fact that one was Japanese and the other a very beautiful person that just happens to be genderfluid. Nothing in the story was really given any depth at all because there wasn't any description to provide needed support to the plot and the characters.
Next were the terrible characterizations. Ren starts out as a bad punk riding his bike at high speeds through the city, but he suddenly becomes the perfect savior after hearing Zane's voice in his head. Then, Ren literally boils a man's blood to kill him using his magical power over fire, yet twenty minutes later accidentally sets a building on fire and doesn't have the control to put it out. Of Zane, all we learn is xe's scared out of xis mind and that xe's cursed. After less than an hour together, Ren and Zane declare their endless love for each other. It was a little ridiculous, to be honest. Then the bad guys weren't given any real depth either, which made the plot completely unbelievable on top of the rest. I'm honestly surprised I was actually able to finish reading this story.
This story bordered on utterly ridiculous. From the overly formal language to the lacking description and terrible characterizations, I was honestly surprised I was able to finish reading it. I cannot recommend this story at all.
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