Book Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

February 1, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Turn by Kim HarrisonThe Turn by Jason Rekulak
Published by Simon & Schuster on February 7th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Source: NetGalley
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Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce fans and readers to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan's world as they've never seen it before!

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

 

My thoughts

My hubby has been trying to get me to read Kim Harrison for years. I like the look of her books and most of them sound like they would be up my alley, so when I saw this one on Netgalley I thought, why not give it a try.

Almost immediately I felt like I made the wrong decision.

It started off good but then took a dive. I enjoyed the relationship between Trisk and Kal and their rivalry and the fact that they had so much to hate about each other. Quinn was another interesting factor but there again although I liked how he worked with Trisk the relationship felt strange.

The rivalry, that I thought was there, was suddenly gone and then Trisk and Kal are into each other. It left me feeling very odd. These are basically sworn enemies. Why would they be into each other after being apart for three years?

Then there is Daniel. He’s like a lovesick puppy! So, we have Kal, Quinn, and Daniel all vying for Trisk for various reasons. On top of that as the story progresses there are a lot of different factors that come into the story and more and more characters are introduced that basically have nothing to do with the plot. They DO have something to do with Trisk and Kal but the way they were introduced seemed convoluted and made it difficult for me to keep up.

After reading other reviews I realize that this is the beginning of a story that I have no idea about so all of these people probably make a lot of sense to fans that have been reading this series! One reader even said that after reading this the entire series makes much more sense to her.

That said, although this did not work for me, it seems that others have really enjoyed it. I am glad I stuck with it, although it was tough for me, but now I can try the first in the series and see if I can finally read something of Kim’s!

In short: Not for me, but I am sure Kim Harrison fans will love this.

Fav words:

Extirpated – root out and destroy completely.

Adroitly – in a clever or skillful way.

Rating Report
Plot
2.5 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
1 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 2.7 / 5

 

 

Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She’s currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or on the links.
Kim reaches out to her audience at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KimHarrisons…
Instagram
https://instagram.com/kim_harrison_au…
and her blog http://kimharrison.wordpress.com/

 

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