Mera has been rejected for her whole life because of the sins of her father. She has no one she can count on except her one friend who isn’t scared to be friends with her. She was hoping her life would get better after her first shift, but when she is rejected by her mate, her life takes a turn she never expected.
So I really liked this read, but I wasn’t in love with it until 57% of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I REALLY LIKED it, but I just had some issues with it at first.
The main character, Mera, took me a minute to be interested in. I felt like the author started the book at a weird part that I was almost confused which made me a little disinterested. She basically gave the reader zero background about the character and just gave us bits and pieces. I wasn’t craving a snack, I wanted a Big Mac meal. If the introduction of the book world and the main character were done just a bit better, I would’ve been hooked at the first page.
Mera’s home life and pack life were extremely interesting to me, but again I needed more details about the dynamics of that life and her relationships with her family and pack. I’m a greedy girl and was just wanting more and I didn’t get what I wanted.
However, towards the middle and the end of the book, I really liked the characters and the book world so much. I mean it was basically a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I was so here for it. I mean Shadow’s library and limbo world were extremely fascinating and so unique. How could you not love it!?! I also found Shadow to be extremely thrilling to read about and I just loved it when him and Mera bantered. It was magic.
The first book ended on such a wicked cliffhanger that I started reading the second book immediately after. So there you go, I guess to me it was worth continuing..
So unlike the first book, this book started off with a bang and just blossomed from there. I mean I understand why this book was more engaging because it was a sequel, but sue me, I need action from the very beginning…..
Mera became so much more likeable for me in this book and some of her lines were just so witty and perfect. She really seemed to shine in this book much more than the first one and I really love her now. Shadow also became such an amazing character in this book! We learned so much more about his background and it was SO COOL! What a twist and I was not expecting that at all! However, Mera’s background is sort of still missing…. at least the middle part of her story, some things were cleared up, but not as much as I wanted.
We also got to know more about the side characters which I loved, especially Angel. Angel is such a bloodthirsty and intriguing character. She has quickly become one of my favorites and she added a great sense of intrigue to the other members of the other worlds! She is also a badass and I want to be her best friend!
There was also a brand new setting in this sequel that was EXTREMELY COOL! I loved the mystery of it, but I wish we had got more details about the creatures that inhabit it. Maybe the next book?
The author also played a horrible trick on the reader because just when you think that the book is going to wrap up at the end, she throws such a weird and unpredictable curve ball. I was shocked and pissed that I have to wait for the next book, but it was very well done and definitely added something I’ve wanted since the beginning.
I NEED THE NEXT BOOK! UGHHHHHH!
I really enjoyed the first two books of the series so I thought I was going to be super excited for the last one. Especially since book two ended on a cliffhanger of death, but I was really feeling meh about it all. I mean I liked the book, but I wasn’t as obsessed as I thought I was going to be about it.
For the first 100 pages, Mera really annoyed me and I couldn’t really figure out why. I thought she sounded really whiny and immature and I just couldn’t handle it at all. I found myself skimming a lot of her internal dialogue because it all seemed to be the same over and over again. Just every way she approached everything just annoyed me. I just wanted her to find the Shadow Beast again and just move on.
I honestly think the loss of sexual tension between the Shadow Beast and Mera caused me to look towards the sexual tension and drama of the side characters and I was much more interested in their storylines. I just found everything to be a little blah for me and I was just looking for anything else. I honestly don’t know what I wanted, but it was not that. I mean don’t get me wrong, there were so many steamy scenes that anyone would fall in love, but it just wasn’t enough.
The ending was happy and I got everything I wanted, but the scene about confronting her old pack is something I could’ve done without. I felt more like revenge than justice and I was so not down with it all.
Overall, this was an interesting conclusion to a series and I wait to read the spin offs with the amazing side characters!
My Series Rating
4/5 Book World
Shadow Beast Shifters Series by Jaymin Eve
Genre: Dark Shifter Romance
Published on December 8, 2020 – March 30, 2021
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