Half Black Soul by H. D. Gordon
Self Published January 31, 2012
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Half Black Soul is book 2 of the Alexa Montgomery Saga. See the review for book 1, Blood Warrior, here
In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She’s gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator.
Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she’s left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa’s other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?
Half Black Soul starts off right where Blood Warrior left off. Alexa is still on her mission to save her loved one, ready to sacrifice herself to help those she loves. And I have to say, Alexa, as always, is kick ass.
The book is written from both Alexa and her sister Nelly’s point of views, broken up by chapters. Alexa is on her mission, and Nelly is back at Two Rivers. To be honest, I found Nelly’s parts pretty repetitive. It seems that all she was doing was following Alexa’s footsteps from book 1. Yes, in the process she learned a lot about herself, but that was only in the later chapters. The chapters in first half of the book from Nelly’s point of view didn’t add any value to the story. It took a bit of time for Nelly’s part to really hit its stride.
In Half Black Soul we weren’t introduced to any new characters for me to gush over, but there were some serious twists and turns with both Kayden and Jackson’s characters.
My main gripe is that at under 250 pages, the book is pretty short. Take out the beginning Nelly chapters, which I could have done without, and it was even shorter. I was left wishing there was more. I will most likely be picking up the next book in the hopes that the main focus goes back to Alexa’s point of view.
HBS started up right where we left off with Alexa going to find her mother. I have to differ with Diana and say that I LOVED this book! Maybe it is because I am so invested in Alexa and Kayden as characters? Who knows, but I really enjoyed the different POVs. Especially the chapter from Kayden’s POV. We got to see a little bit inside of his head and a whisper into his feelings for Alexa.
Alexa and Nelly learn a lot about themselves in this book with Alexa on the run and Nelly back at Two Rivers. Nelly is learning that she can stand on her own two feet and not have to rely on Alexa for protection. She learns so much about her powers that she never realized that she had AND, she learns a few secrets about Jackson in the process. Alexa, on the other hand is trying to come to terms with her inner “monster” and starting to realize that she cannot be strong all the time and needs to rely on other people for help. Which is really tough for her.
I really enjoy Kayden! I loved the parts in this book that were just Alexa and Kayden. He is strong, sweet and one kick ass warrior! I think that we all could use a Kayden for ourselves! In this book Alexa starts to realize all that Kayden has sacrificed for her and she is starting to come to terms with her love for him.
The ending of this book was left on a MAJOR cliffhanger!!!
So much so that I am begging you H.D.,
Please release the next book soon! I am dying to find out what happens next!!!! Thanks to the author and R2R for allowing me to review this book! I can’t wait for the next installment!
by Aimee Laine
Release Date: September 3, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Back of the Book
Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.
All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.
It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.
Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.
He can only pray he isn’t too late.