Thursday, 14 May 2015

Book Review: Her Dark Destiny by Dave Ferraro


Teenager Shanna Hunt has been hunting demons since her parents were murdered by them. She’s used to doing things alone, her own way, but one fateful night throws her into the company of a team of hunters, each specializing in a particular kind of monster: vampires, werewolves, witches, shape-shifters… This newly-formed team should be an unstoppable force for whatever is out there picking off individual hunters across the globe, but their first battle together against the monsters of the night could be their last.

My Review:
Shanna has been hunting demons since she witnessed them killing her parents,and her double life has left her isolated. She is persuaded by her friend Kelly to go to the opening of a new out of town club and Shanna decides that one night off won't kill her. What a pity the club might...

Our MC was a nice, ordinary girl who had survived a terrible ordeal which she has to keep quiet from her friends. She feels obligated to do something about the demons and the only people she can talk to are others on an online group who claim to be just like her. In fact, one of them is trying to recruit her for a monster fighting team. At the club, the shifters, vampires and other horrors who had posed as staff start a feeding frenzy on the customers. With the help of two fellow hunters, she manages to kill a few monsters and escape. Now it is time to join their group and leave her old life behind. I loved the fight scenes in the club and it had plenty of tension and excitement as they tried to escape so I had really high hopes for this book.

But sadly my hopes were dashed as the book plunged into the YA cliche plots that I really hate. FRom the minute Shanna arrives at the mansion headquarters, she turns into a whiny brat. She moans about it being too big, her room being too posh and I got so annoyed with her. You CHOSE this life and if you hadn't you'd be dead! Who moans about having a big suite with all the luxuries? Would you rather live in a cell to suit your teen angst attitude??? The mansion provides them with every luxury and method of relaxation as a reward for the dangerous job they do yet Shanna doesn't want to do anything but moan, whine and complain. I grew very tired of her.

She wasn't the only character I despised. This group certainly were not X-Men or Avengers. Brett the Giant Killer was an arrogant and vain moron, Rachel is a vain and unpleasant bitch, Natalia was a cold and anti-social character. This process of meeting everyone and getting settled into the mansion was too long and drawn out which made my attention wander. There is a lot of chat but the story doesn't seem to move forward. It was not helped by the addition of the dreaded cliche insta-luv between Shanna and Cameron, who was too bland to be true. But of course Shanna's love for him will only last until she meets another wonderful guy later in the book if the hints on other reviews are accurate. Ugh, I hate love triangles. I'm pretty glad I didn't get that far as it would have been the deal breaker for me.

Everything that made me love the author's other book were absent here. No great team where you care about all of them. No slightly kickass MC that you are rooting for. No fast flowing action plot with tension all through it. This book was slow, disjointed and I didn't really care about any of the characters. It is not badly written and the plot ideas were good, but like many other books it could not resist jumping into the worst book cliches instead of finding original ground. A bit disappointing overall. 
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    1. *laughs* The author's other book I've read 'Dark Genesis' was excellent though.

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