Monday, February 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE ABIDING BY B.C. MORIN


The Abiding
B.C. Morin

Published: 2017 by B.C. Morin (Self Published)

Genres: New Adult, Vampires, Romance, Sexual Scenes, Drama, Fantasy, Mild Steampunk, Historical (Victorian Era), Europe (England), Paranormal, Werewolves, Nephilim, Murder, Assassinations

Rating: 4.3 stars

Purchased at: File given for honest review

Note: With detailed sex scenes, I'd rate this as New Adult verses Young Adult. The main characters are over 18 as well, lending to the NA categorization.

Overview:
Opening the door to her farmhouse after hunting for dinner, Emeline Huntley finds the one thing she never expected in their quiet countryside- her entire family murdered.

In Victorian London, plans have been put into motion to create the ultimate weapons. William Rathbone and his group of scientists have managed to isolate the strengths of three creatures that have lived under society’s nose for centuries. Armed with his new tonic, Rathbone heeds to a prophesy that a certain group of children born, will be able to transform into this new breed of humans.

Controlled by clockwork collars with hidden blades sharp enough to cut through bone, The Abiding must follow their new master and his vindictive desires, or pay with their own lives.

While one other prisoner seeks to only protect her, another will stop at nothing to prove to Emeline that she must join him, if they are ever to leave the grasp of their creator. Now Emeline must decide whether she can see through her master's plan of revenge, in the hopes he will someday free her, Nathaniel and the others or join Alexander and rid herself of the very man who killed her family and turned her into a monster.
 


Review:
When B.C. asked me if I'd read her new novel with vampires, werewolves and a bit of nephilim, I said, "YES PLEASE!" Yum, yum, yum...



The book starts off with Emeline finding her family murdered and her dying sister telling her to run because the attackers were after her. So she takes off for the woods. B.C. draws a vivid and emotional picture of her shock, anger and confusion. 



 Enter Nathaniel. Swoon. I love you Nathaniel. Loooooovvvvvveeee you, my precious......


He was everything you'd want in a protagonist. Strong, caring, determined, handsome, selfless. He had been through the same terror and horror at finding his family dead and is immediately taking charge and seeing to her needs first. Then, when they are imprisioned and going through the painful mutation process, he's caring for her, encouraging her and motivating her to hang on. Fang girl moment.


The best part of the book for me was when they were in the dungeons. I liked Emeline and loved the rest of the characters. Yes, it was probably the most morbid, terrifying and angering part of the whole story, but to me.... it was the most emotionally connecting. It was the best writing in the book. The tension and emotions were running high. When they finally make it through the process, they find they have been given the modified blood of a vampire, a werewolf and a nephilim for a nefarious purpose. Rathborne wants to use them as assassins as well as take over the world. They had all the powers, with none of the hindrances. Emeline had always had some fighting and knife skills, but she turned into a ninja. She would have been an awesome Navy Seal...


The pacing slows down considerably at this point in the story. As they trained, her relationship with Nathaniel started to grow. But something happened