Book Review: The Called
Happy Sunday Blogosphere!
After some quiet time to myself I’m back with another book review!
This time I read the new release The Called by M.D. Neu, book two of the duology.
I’ve read pretty much everything Neu has written, so I’m definitely in the fan category.
So what did I think of this book? Keep on scrolling, peeps!
The world is changing quickly for Chris now that he’s part of the Immortal Community. With the events of his past finally behind him, he’s still having visions and true magic is gradually taking hold in the world. Chris is still new and has no real standing in the Immortal Community, but he is learning that nothing is what he thought.
Old enemies must work together and longtime friends may not be trustworthy. With Juliet, Amanda, and Kirtus by his side, they have to prevent the immortal and witch community from being exposed.
New friendships are made, and longtime alliances are called into question. How will The Called defeat these latest threats, and what does it mean for the world?
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I was extremely conflicted coming up with a final rating for this book, but ended up at a three and a half.
Following the events of The Calling, Chris is still adjusting to being a vampire and all that entails. But when he has a terrifying vision of a violent future, he must convince the others that what he saw is a serious threat, one that may destroy them all.
This book was a mixed bag for me, but I ultimately enjoyed the experience. Some things worked for me, others not as much.
First off, the characters. Chris is the MC and a good hero to root for. He worries quite a lot in this book (maybe a bit much), but it’s warranted given his ability to see the future and his being new to the vampire world. I do think his POV gravitated a bit too much on the details of architecture and other minute details here and there, but overall it was easy to see where he was coming from. I specifically enjoyed his continued romance with Kirtus and where things went with him.
There were a lot of other characters in this book, but it wasn’t hard for me to remember who they all were from the first book. That being said, I highly recommend reading the first book before this one to avoid any confusion as to who is who and get a real feel for them.
The plot was exciting! I mean, horrible visions of death and destruction? Sign me up! We get to know a bit more about the vampire world and its workings in this novel, and I enjoyed that. We are also introduced to more supernatural elements this time and that was pretty great too. I will say, I wanted a little bit more action throughout, though I do favor insanely fast-paced reads for the most part. Also, I feel that the buildup was really good for the main plot point, but the resolution came a bit too early and I felt that the last 15-20% of the book was an extended epilogue of sorts.
One last thing to note of was I did see a lot of typos throughout, though more in the first half. This could be due to the fact that I read an ARC copy, but there were enough typos for me to make mention of here. It wasn’t terrible, but it did take me out of the story here and there.
Overall, this was a fun romp into the chaotic world of The Calling, with plenty of mystery, plot turns, and vampey goodness to keep me entertained.
***I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review.***
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It’s tough when you get stuck between two different star ratings. Gotta go with the half star! Good review!
Yeah, this was a tough decision, especially since I know him personally. In the end, honesty is the best policy.
Thanks for the great review. I’m glad you enjoyed it the book overall. I’m sorry about all the typos. I’m happy to report that with luck we found them all and made the adjustments before the book went live.
Thanks Marvin! I’m glad you guys were able to catch em. I know how pesky those typo gremlins can be!