Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Breed of Innocence" by Lanie Jordan!

*Materials & images courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.
**Originally posted on May 16th, 2013.  Re-posted for TBT review post.

Hiya!  Today's post is a review.  This is one I signed up to review via a group on Goodreads, and I'm glad I did!  It's super interesting, if you like adventure stories filled with demons and danger.  If so, keep reading, cuz you'll love this book!

Breed of Innocence

The Breed Chronicles #1

~Published: June 4th, 2012

~Length: 286 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

One goal: Hunt the demon that killed my family. Make that two goals: Survive.

Six hours ago, men in dark suits and sunglasses came looking for me.
Four hours ago, they offered me training to hunt the things that killed my family: demons.
Two hours ago, I joined their secret organization--the CGE.
Now... All I have to do is survive demon-hunting school.

The classes won't kill me, but the finals might.

Warning: This book contains kick-ass (literally) demon-hunters in training, vampires (not the cuddly, marrying type), and sarcastic (and sometimes snarky) attitudes. No humans were eaten during the writing of this book. Bitten doesn't count...right?

 About the Author

Lanie Jordan writes stories. Sometimes her characters drive her crazy, but then she gets her revenge by making their lives more difficult. Fictional payback is fun.

 My Review

 4/5 Roses

I very much enjoyed this story, it's so refreshing!  While it has vampires and demons, it isn't focused on them so much, and isn't trying to make you fall in love with them.  This story, focuses on the secret group that hunts demons, and gets into the background and story of a few specific up-and-coming hunters.  The mix of having a demon-hunting facility mixed with genetic research wasn't something I thought of having together, but it made for an interesting story, and actually made a lot of sense. 

Having a lot of the story take place in a school-setting was a nice familiar touch.  It reminded me of the Harry Potter series, in the way there were descriptions of tests and classrooms and the day-to-day happenings around the campus and between the students.  With the addition of fighting some demons, of course. 

This book certainly has a good mix of both action and intellect- while there are many descriptions of what Jade is learning in her studies, along with the challenges she faces on a personal level, there is a lot of action and fighting to keep it exciting.  The descriptions of the fights, in both the training and realistic scenarios, are very well written, and easily imagined.  The amount of action keeps the pace of the book quick, and adds depth and excitement.

Jade is a great female lead character- she's strong, determined, and confident, and someone I think a lot of people can identify with.  Her thoughts and actions are honest and realistic, and I enjoyed watching her grow and overcome the challenges she faced.

Lincoln makes a great best friend- strong and sturdy, he's the perfect match for Jade, with humor and sarcasm to match hers.  The fact that he's always there for her, and believes in her with no reason other than his own instincts, makes him a fantastic best-friend character.  While there wasn't much romance between them in this book, I am hoping something will be there in the future books, because they are perfect together- he's the kind of guy every girl hopes to find.

I enjoyed all the side characters as well- the girl you love to hate, the director who becomes a surrogate father (even if Jade doesn't realize it), and the girl you actually like having around.  Along with some hilarious doctors and teachers, all the characters in the book catch you in some way, and don't let go.

I enjoyed the writing for the most part- it flowed easily, and the mix of the dialogue with description was done quite well.  I did, however, take off a rose because of the numerous spelling and grammatical errors (especially toward the end chapters), as well as missing/added words.  It made reading somewhat difficult, having to stop and fix a sentence to understand what was going on.  It isn't a huge distraction, but it does pull you out of the book in a few places, which takes away from the story.  Once it's properly edited and these mistakes fixed, it will certainly be a 5 rose book.

Overall, I would recommend these books, and probably the whole series.  It's a unique story, and the characters pull you in and make you want to root for them and their fight.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Fantastic review, this sounds like a really good read and quite original.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  2. Thanks so much!! It is a good read, and definitely different from anything else I've read so far :)


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