Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Murder of Crows (The Others #2) By: Anne Bishop

Book Description:
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
My Thoughts:
I loved the first book regardless of the HUGE amounts of F words. The story I couldn't put down and loved it.

This book however, I was disappointed. There were only 2 or 3 at most, F words. But the overall feeling while reading it I was disappointed.

I just felt it dragged, it focused so much on simon and his confusion along with the process of a blood prophet and what they experience when they cut that it creeped me out and I didn't enjoy that. I understand that, that is how the author decided things would be but I felt there was so much focus on it and not an actual story. This book had "middle book syndrome" or "second book syndrome" which is when a book is a "filler" or a repeat of things that happened in book 1 with not much progress of the story. Now, to be fair this book did give you small things here in there but overall I was bored until the end where they left you with a nice wrap up but you know the conflict isn't over so you need to wait for book 3 to resolve everything. BLAH. this is becoming a very serious problem with trilogies :/

We do meet new characters and new groups with this very slow progressing story of a woman who just wants to be free to choose for herself and not be a means to an end. The overall idea of the story is fascinating and awesome. The execution was great in book 1 and I was super excited about book 2...anyways... we see new problems that were hinted to in book 1 and we see more of what causes the problem, why and what could happen next.

Overal this book was a bit of a drag for me and I didn't like the focus on the feels and emotions of what the blood prophets experiences when she makes a cut.

Sexual Content: heavy (due to the "orgasmic" experience a blood prophet experiences when she makes a cut and speaks the prophecy, tension between 2 characters, some innuendos)
Language: heavy (2-3 F words heavy among the other usual swear words)
Violence: heavy (paranormal animals being murdered {not graphic}, some fighting which understanding that it was a slaughter, understand of people dying in a horrific way)
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate (a made up drug used to cause chaos and problems)

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