Review: Kindred by J.A. Redmerski

Posted 4 February, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

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

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Kindred by J.A. RedmerskiKindred by J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Darkwoods Trilogy #2
Publisher: Self Published on July 20, 2012
Source: Author
Pages: 348
Reading Challenges: 2014 Fur and Fangs Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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Isaac Mayfair is hiding a dark secret. And just when Adria Dawson thinks the worst of her life among the werewolf world is over, she learns the secret that can rip her and Isaac’s love apart. Adria must come to terms with what the truth means for her. What it means for her life and how much time she has left to live it. She must choose between two different fates, neither of which can offer life as a certainty.

As if Isaac’s betrayal isn’t enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be. An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.

As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.

reviewCheck out my review of The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy #1)

Favorite Quote(s):

“I hate fear. It’s just another form of death.”

Favorite Character: Isaac.
First Line:

“Three months ago–March
I run until my feet bleed, until I can no longer feel the pain of every searing cut and nerve-ending exposed to debris and freezing snow that burns like fire.”

My Musings: Going into book two in the Darkwoods Trilogy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The synopsis didn’t do much in hinting me in on what was to come, so I was completely blown away.

“Adria, the only girl I’ve ever truly fucking loved is a Charge? Her life has been predetermined for her? She was meant to fulfill some asinine destiny, which we all learned almost always ends in some premature death. I want to ask how it can get any worse, but I’m afraid it will.”

Lets just say that a lot of pivotal things happen in this novel. We find out about what really happened that night that Isaac and Adria were attacked, a new type of being comes into play, and Adria’s life is changed forever. There was never something not going on. It was a completely engaging novel, and I loved it.

“‘I love you because you’re extraordinary. You have all of the things I respect about a person wrapped up in one package, while every other girl I’ve ever met only had a few of those things. I love you because you’re selfless, incredibly strong and because you’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.'”

We definitely see more of our leading characters in this novel. I was surprised at the Isaac excursion that we had, seeing some things from his point of view. However, it was novel information and it was very interesting to see the contrast between his and Adria’s narrative voice. Adria was a bit weaker, personality wise, in this novel, due to all of the things that she was going through. I loved that Redmerski wasn’t afraid to have her appear weak at times–it made it more realistic with the things she was experiencing than if she would have taken them with an iron fist. For that, I loved Adria’s character even more.

“‘Fine, you win,’ I say, looking across at him. ‘But only under one condition.’ His lips tug into a surprised, subtle grin. ‘Oh really?’ he says, reaching across the table and enclosing both of my hands underneath his own. He pulls my hands up and brushes his lips across the tops of my fingers. ‘You know, I’ve never done well with conditions. They make me feel all…restricted.’ He kisses the fingers on the other hand and I melt further into the seat.”

“‘Adorable,’ he says and a little girlish grin spreads across my face, though I’m not sure if he’s being affectionate, or mischievous. Isaac is good at that; unreadable when he wants to mess with my head because he knows it makes me crazy.”

Like I mentioned, we also see more of Isaac in this novel. We get a glimpse into his head and how he’s dealing with the things that went on in this novel. I really liked reading from his point of view, and I hope that we see a bit more of that in the final novel. In this installment, we are also privileged to see a not-so-serious Isaac and it was refreshing to see his more teasing and playful side, although the serious and brooding side made its appearances!

“‘He’s embarrassed,’ Zia says looking over at Isaac with a low, secretive voice that is anything but low and secretive. ‘I’m pregnant,’ she says and all the air is sucked from the room through three quick, heavy gasps. Mine, Isaac’s and Sebastian’s. His eyes have gone from uneasy to outright shock, the color completely drained from his face. ‘I’m totally kidding!’ Zia says and she tugs on Sebastian’s arm. ‘That’s what you get for being chicken shit.'”

The other characters in this novel were as great as they were in the first, although I was a bit disappointed we didn’t see them as much as in the first novel. Zia and Sebastian are the ones that we saw the least, or well, learned more about. We saw a bit more of Nathan and the rest of Isaac’s family, and we got a bit of emotion out of Trajan, Isaac’s father. I was shocked. Like, mouth gaping open shocked. But anyways.

“I’ve never opened up to anyone like this before. Not even Alex. Not even Isaac. I’ve never explored this part of my mind, until right now, in this moment with my best friend who seems to never let me down and always knows the right things to say.”

We mainly saw Daisy and Harry, who were the closest to Adria and Isaac. I just want to take the time to mention that I love the two of them–both separate and together.

The world building is even better in this novel, as Redmerski continues to add more detail to the world of werewolves and everything that goes bump in the night. In this novel, we are introduced to a new species, Praverians, which stirs up the pot of paranormal and changes things for the more interesting. It was definitely a plot twist, the things that went on with the introduction of these characters. It mixed it up and kept it interesting, and I’m curious to see the roles that they’ll play in the next novel.

“I never imagined for a second that I would be here in Maine surrounded by the supernatural world, or that I would become so much a part of it. Not so unlike the birth of a baby, my new life, my new existence unfolded in nine months of turmoil and happiness and sorrow and love. And last night on July 3rd, I was reborn.”

As I said, lots of things happened in this novel throughout the whole thing. However, the information revealed at the very end put my head in a spin. It was a cliffy of slightly toxic proportions, and I can’t wait to see how Redmerski fulfills my expectations in the last novel.

Kindred was another great installment to the Darkwoods Trilogy With a plot full of action and surprises, it was an engaging read that I just couldn’t put down.

4 Stars

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