Sara's Review: Black Bullet (The Order of the Senary) by L.D. Rose
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Released: November 9, 2016
Genre: Dark, Paranormal Romance, Horror
Length: 293 pages
Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match. Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight. After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray. As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear— Love.
Three Boundless Stars
I voluntary received ARC copy of Black Bullet. I found I had the same issue with this book that I’ve had with other series I've received lately and that is there isn't enough recap. I read a lot of books (a lot) and anytime I get a series it is helpful to have a bit of recap on things like the mythology and who’s who. I found myself struggling with Black Bullet trying to remember the finer details from the first book in the series, Releasing The Demon. They didn’t come and I honestly felt a little lost. As this book stands I would recommend reading it soon after book 1 that way you have everything fresh in your mind. Had there been a little bit more recap I would have been fine and it could also read a little easier as a stand alone. The way it reads now there are pieces missing, and it is critical to have that first book read. I don't believe that was the Rose's intent.
I am giving Black Bullet Three Boundless stars. I liked the story, it was funny at times, tragic at others and I liked both Jon and Lawan. Lawan had a vulnerability yet a terrific strength about her that made her a character that was easy to love. Jon, was one struggling with who he has become and trying to find his way in this new life he finds himself in. I thought these two were perfect compliment for each other.
Again my only complaint is the lack of recap on the mythology and the who's who. Not a complete rundown of the first book but a little refresher would have been great. If I had that I think I would have been able to immerse myself in this world much easier.