Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Head Above Water by Hailey Edwards

Title: Head Above Water
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Gemini #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy/YA Romance
Publisher: CrushStar Multimedia LLC
Publication Date: April 30th, 2016
Edition: Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon US

 Camille Ellis has tracked many killers during her career, but this time, it's personal. Cut off from conclave resources, she won't let a small thing like a suspension keep her from accepting Cord Graeson's offer of help.
 Pretending to be mated to him is one way to secure allies, but the best that can be said of the Chandler Pack is they haven't killed or eaten her. Yet. Between the alpha's displeasure and the pack's distrust of fae, she's working overtime to keep her head above water.
 Just when the fur starts to fly, a tip cracks her case--and her life--wide open.


It has been a long time since I've posted a review. I haven't had as much time to read as I used to, and I've also kind of lost interest in reading to a degree. I think I need to branch out and read books I normally wouldn't. A person can get a little burnt out reading the same genres all the time. That being said, on with the review.

I barely remember what happened in the first book, and after I started reading this one, I remembered that I didn't really care for this series as much as I liked her Black Dog series. I think one of those reasons is that the romance in this series is feeling very forced, and in the other series Theirry and Shaw had known each other for a few years and their relationship had history, in this book, the romance kind of feels forced for me.

Another reason is that Cam isn't quite as interesting as Theirry is. Sure she has a cameo in the series, which is nice that Edwards decided to tie them together. But this series just doesn't have the level of suspense that I felt the other series had, there really isn't that feeling of urgency with anything. This book also focuses way more on the romance than I prefer. Especially considering how often the characters talk about how they are on some kind of time crunch of stopping this murderous and dangerous Fae. All that gets pushed to the background for a romance that this book doesn't really need. Or if it did "need" it to tell the story, it could be done in a way that felt more organic. 

I didn't really understand why there had to be a lie or whatever about them being a couple. Maybe to her family so they wouldn't worry but Cord didn't need to make up a story, they could have just been up front with his pack and told the truth. It really came across that the only reason why they lied was to really force a romance that, again, this book didn't need to tell the story it started telling. Cord and Cam had a bond over feeling guilty about their given sister's deaths. But the romance was just a distraction to drag the story out and in a direction away from what I saw as the real plot. 

I was a little bored reading most of this book, I didn't feel the urgency the characters were talking about because they kept faffing about with that damnable romance. I might finish this series, but at this point I am not sure.

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