Series: The Halfling Chronicles #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by BURST on November 4th 2012
Also in this series: The Dysus Dreamer
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Lone wolf, Rory Archer, never failed a single mission. Now the hunted instead of the hunter, Rory unwinds a twisted trail leading back to Amber Arlington, a spirited Halfling tied to a world of Shadows. Bound to vows initially forged out of necessity, Rory and Amber's relationship surges into more than either of them bargained for, tangling them in a web of passion. Scrambling to identify their attacker before joining the casualty list, Rory is faced with doing the unthinkable, or watching Amber turned into a slave for his species. In the battle against Shadows, demons and all variety of monsters come out to fight.
Lately I’ve been on a Paranormal and Urban Fantasy kick. So when I read the synopsis for Instinct by J.A. Garland, I was definitely tempted. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I will say that I’m glad I got to read this book.
For the most part, I liked Instinct. This book was brimming with fascinating creatures with awesome powers. The plot was intriguing and the secondary characters were pretty entertaining. I liked that some of the characters were complex and were neither good nor evil, but mostly grey. But there were also some things I had issues with. For one, aside from the at times too busy plot, there was a lot of history and new terminology to learn. I spent too much time trying to figure out the meaning of certain references and words. Some of the terms were not clearly defined when first introduced. As a result, there were instances where I was taken out of the story, and that’s never a good thing. A glossary would have been greatly appreciated.
Which brings me to the next issue I had: the main characters, Rory and Amber, weren’t very compelling. We got a lot of insight into Rory and he had several chapters from his point of view. Amber on the other hand, got less focus than Rory, and in some instances, less than some of the secondary characters as well. Amber spent a lot of her time with Rory, but she remained a mystery for a good portion of the book. I suppose this was intentional and necessary for the story in order for Amber to remain a mystery, but it prevented me from connecting to Amber as a character; in the end I also had difficulty connecting with Rory and Amber as a romantic couple. Either way, secondary characters like Slade, Grace, Aaric and Kat were much more interesting than Rory and Amber. I look forward to reading future stories that give these characters more focus.
Overall, I liked Instinct. I think it was a decent start for the first book in what is to be a series. I’m excited to see what the next book, the newly released Dysus Dreamer, has to offer. This book is nowhere near perfect, but I do recommend it to readers who are interested in the Paranormal and Urban Fantasy genres. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).