Sunday, September 27, 2015

Jacqueline's review of The Kadenburg Shifters series by by T.E. Ridener

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- The Kadenburg Shifters series by by T.E. Ridener, books 1-3

Overall star rating --- 2.5

About the book:
From Book 1: 
26 year old Presley Goult's life is anything but ordinary. Her mother abandoned her as a toddler after her father’s death, leaving Presley to be raised by the only family she has left-her uncle Arnold. After years of being away she returns heartbroken and devastated knowing this is the last place she wants to be. Unbeknownst to her, Kadenburg is not your ordinary town. There are secrets that have been kept from Presley for her own good. Will she find out the truth of who she is and the part she will play in the war that is about to erupt before it is too late to save everyone that she loves? 

28 year old Lorcan Bamey was Presley's best friend growing up. He has always been there for her when she needed a friend and someone to lean on. Although he has always wanted more from Presley, rules are rules and he was forbidden to express his interest in having a relationship with her. You see, his upbringing was very different from most of the boys in town; the female must make the choice. It is part of Urseth’s law; laws that Presley will soon discover when her uncle finally decides to be honest about their ancestry. 

Will Presley accept the truth about Kadenburg, and herself, in time to save her people? 

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 16 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 4
-- Cover & title -- 5
-- Editing & formatting -- 7
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
When I started on this series, I was expecting a nice, juicy paranormal romance series, which I like a lot. But, that was not what I got. This is more like a paranormal soap opera in book form. I did not like it and was glad when I finished it. Everything is a cliffhanger; even the chapters in book 3 are each cliffhangers. Nothing much gets resolved all through the 3 books, and from what I read of the reviews on book 4, it too leaves things unresolved. If you like happily ever after endings, or endings at all, this is not the series for you. The author seems incapable of winding anything up. There is much more violence than there is sex, and there's not a lot of sex in the book; but there is a great deal of intense violence. Not an author or a series I care to read any more of. The editing and formatting was good, but I just didn't get into either the characters or the story.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- paranormal soap opera
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- intense and gruesome

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