Wednesday, January 8, 2014

G244 Book Review of Forsaken by Jacquelyn Frank

Name of Book: Forsaken

Author: Jacquelyn Frank

ISBN: 978-0-345-53491-0

Publisher: Ballantine

Part of a Series: The World of Nightwalkers

Type of book: Paranormal, adult, romance, Ancient Egypt, mythology, Bodywalkers, New York, human male/ Night angel female, mischief, trust, supernatural

Year it was published: 2014

Summary:

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank continues her scorching and sensual new series set in the world of the Nightwalkers, where alluring entities known as Bodywalkers are the vanguards against the raging forces of darkness.

As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.

But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.

Characters:

The characters do change throughout the novel, at least Leo does. I don't know much about Faith's back story to judge whether or not she changes. Leo is a loner by choice who has honed his skills through various mercenary acts. He is best described as loyal to those he calls friends who are just like family to him and he is also brave and very little frightens him. In the previous book he experiences a horrible trauma, thus he becomes defensive, angry and frightened of things he cannot understand. Since I know little of Faith, I guess she can best be described as having interesting sense of humor and she also has an understanding of exactly what Leo needs to trust her and the rest. She also puts her needs below that of others.

Theme:

Change a lot about yourself to get that special someone.

Plot:

Its written in third person narrative primarily from Leo's and Faith's points of views. In previous books the men themselves had supernatural element in one way or the other, while in this one Leo lacks supernatural elements. The story is pretty good in my opinion, but I guess it seemed a little too long, or perhaps I had a hard time grasping the chemistry between Faith and Leo. I have to admit that I really like scenes with Apep.

Author Information:
(from TLC)

Jacquelyn Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of the World of Nightwalkers series (Forbidden, Forever, andForsaken), the Three Worlds series (Seduce Me in Dreams andSeduce Me in Flames), the Nightwalkers series (Adam, Jacob, Gideon, Elijah, Damien, andNoah), the Shadowdwellers novels (Ecstasy, Rapture, and Pleasure), and the Gatherers novels (Hunting Julian and Stealing Katherine). She lives in North Carolina and has been writing romantic fiction ever since she picked up her first teen romance at age thirteen.
Learn more about Jacquelyn at her website,  jacquelynfrank.com, on Facebook, or onTwitter.

Opinion:

While the book was well written, I don't think it enchanted me as much as I wanted it to, and I'm not really sure why. Just like the previous books, its important to read the prequels first, and I would guess there are important secrets that are revealed within which have to do with Nightwalkers. What I did find interesting is Apep and his psyche as well as getting to know the world better. I also liked that it took a very long while for Leo to get used to and understand the world of Nightwalkers. I would guess what wasn't satisfying is that the characters kind of changed unrealistically, or that I was confused by the Night Angels society, despite Faith's explanations. Do Faith's people practice monogamy or not? I also feel that a certain character towards the end completely changed than what he used to be.

Jacquelyn Frank’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 6th:  Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, January 7th:  A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, January 8th:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, January 9th:  From the TBR Pile
Friday, January 10th:  Reader Girls
Monday, January 13th:  A Night’s Dream of Books
Monday, January 13th:  Mom in Love with Fiction
Tuesday, January 14th:  Booked on a Feeling
Wednesday, January 15th:  Books a la Mode - author Q&A
Thursday, January 16th:  Fiction State of Mind
Friday, January 17th:  Ladybug Literature
Monday, January 20th:  Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, January 21st:  Bibliophilia, Please
Wednesday, January 22nd:  Book Marks the Spot
Thursday, January 23rd:  StuckInBooks
Monday, January 27th:  Books Without Any Pictures
Tuesday, January 28th:  Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, January 29th:  Love, Romance, Passion

This is for TLC Book Tour
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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