And I finally arrived at the third story of this fun and creative series. With each new installment, the author focuses on a different paranormal race and situation within the series arc of a threat trying to disrupt and act against them all. It was a delightful surprise to encounter another young, bumbling human hero and his bestie who is a lot more than he seems. This was more of a paranormal coming of age story that took a young guy from adolescence to manhood through his very own adventure that has great ramifications than he could imagine.
This book follows the others in order, but also completes a series arc so it really should be read in order.
Charlie is supersmart and he has a loving family, but his frustration and restlessness grows as another year has gone by and his parents still haven’t trained him to be a hunter in the family tradition. Everyone in his family is a hunter and he anticipated his turn as the he, the youngest son, came of age behind his two brothers, but nope, his parents only plan to send him off to college. Even his best buddy, Xan, is getting on his nerves as Charlie is impatient to get out of his town and train to be a hunter.
A quick visit to NYC to stay with his brother Colin and some fun on the town is an eye opener. Charlie knew there were vampires, werewolves, and witches, but finding them to be his brother’s best friends and fellow hunters and even his own aunt and cousin are vampires leaves him reeling. Along with these surprises is the suspicion that Xan who is not surprised to learn that supernaturals exist is keeping secret. Finding out that everyone knows things that he does not make him even more frustrated by his life. But getting the answers out of Xan take things in a surprising turn and leads him on a dangerous adventure. If he comes through it, and this is in serious doubt when he realizes he might have been a tad impulsive, things will never be the same.
This story began rather rocky for me. I found Colin petulant and whiny, but fortunately, he figures this out and starts to grow up. When I saw this as a Coming of Age story, I started to really enjoy it. Even when I wanted to shake him for being self-absorbed, I still found Colin appealing.
The story also moves along at a steady pace, but is rather uneventful until well over half way. It lagged at times as a result. The reveal of Xan’s secrets was interesting, but buried in the slow section. It started to move and then got vastly more interesting though for all that, it was still intermittent.
Time with the earlier introduced characters was a nice inclusion.
In the end, though this was a slow one to me, I still enjoyed the world, the tone, and the writing. I love the world the author created and her unique take on paranormals. I would love to see more Insolita Luna stories. Those who enjoy M/M Coming of Age stories blended with a paranormal world might want to try these.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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