Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees. But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet. Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers. And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.
Published April 16th 2013
Source: Author for an honest review
Three and half stars: A good indie series with some unique characters.
Sera and Luke are trying to slip back into their normal routine, but they are very much aware that their lives will never be normal again. After their harrowing, near death experience at the hands of Lilith, the original vampire, they know that danger is constantly stalking them. Despite the fact that Lilith has threatened Sera with death if she doesn't stop healing vampires and returning them to human, Sera can't resist the lure to help. Unfortunately, Sera's healing vampires has some unexpected negative consequences. Soon there are many evil forces hunting Sera. Can Luke, Fey and Jonah keep her safe?
What I Liked:
- I am always happy to support a solid indie series, and J. Meyers certainly falls into that category. Her books are well written, cleanly edited, original and fun to read. If you are looking for another good indie read, definitely give this series a chance.
- I say this far too often, but it takes a lot to impress me these days, especially when it comes to creativity and originality. Meyers takes many of the well known paranormal entities such as elves, vampires and seers and refashions them. Her vision comes forth as fresh and original. I loved that her vamps aren't pretty and beautiful, they are deadly and scary. Fey, the light elf, isn't what you expect, either. She is nothing like the elves that you read in fantasy books, and I totally love that about her. Aside from the well known paranormal entities, there are also a few lesser known paranormal people scattered in such as Sera, the healer, Shadows and Dark Elves (though if you are a fan of Kevin Hearne, you know the Dark Elves are to blame for everything). I like that this series provides a well balanced array of paranormal characters.
- Sera and Luke return and the twins are growing and changing as they learn more about their identities and abilities. I am enjoying watching them grow, and I love the close bond that they share. There is something special about twins and I love that they are the centerpiece for this series. I am eager to see how their abilities will continue to develop, and I am excited to see them come into their powers and strengths.
- I like that the main focus of this book is on friendships and the romance in it is subtle. There is a romantic development between two characters in this one, but it takes a back seat to all the action. Toward the end, there is also the hint of the beginnings of another romance, which I am very interested to see develop. I am happy to report that there are no love triangles so pick this up with confidence knowing that you will avoid the dreaded angled love affair.
- Jonah is becoming one of my favorite vampires. He is deadly, fast and strong, but he has a good side, too, even though he doesn't believe he has any redeeming qualities so he is the tortured hero. I love how he takes charge and kicks butt. I cannot wait to see him take on the bad vampires.
- This book is pretty much non stop action from the get go. There is danger lurking around every corner and I loved that it moved at a fast pace.
And The Not So Much:
- The problem with this book for me was that the plot steered away from the main storyline regarding the healed vampires. In the beginning, it becomes evident that Sera has created a problematic new breed of humans who were once vampires. Word has gotten out and she is in danger. Sera is kidnapped by those seeking to use her powers, and I was hungrily expecting a huge vampire battle between Jonah and the rest. Unfortunately, Sera is taken by yet another enemy and from this point on the healed vampire story is abandoned. It was evident by the end that it would pick back up, but I thought that steering away from this plot line caused the book to lose focus. At the end, there is very little resolution. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger as it felt more like a to be continued, and I felt that it really should have tied up more story lines. I wanted to know what happened with Adrian and Sean and all the other healed vamps.
- This book brings some new characters namely Brandan and Rachel. These two made a very brief appearance at the end of book one, but in all honesty I remembered nothing about them. I was frustrated that there was very little description of the two this time around, as I like most readers, forget details between books. All that I know of Brandan is that he likes flashlights and Rachel lies a lot. There really needed to more description and character development as far as these two are concerned. On the other hand, I enjoyed the addition of Thorn, the Light Elf, he is totally unexpected and I loved that he ended up surprising me again and again.
- I hate a lot of recap in series, but it is necessary because most of us go anywhere from six months to a year on up between books. Our memories get fuzzy in between the reads, and so I always appreciate a tiny bit of recap. There is very little review in this book and I found that I struggled to recall necessary details. For instance, as I mentioned, I couldn't remember anything about Brandan and Rachel. Quinn as well, I had forgotten his story. Perhaps just a touch more recap would help.
- I wondered what happened to Luke and Sera's adoptive mother. She is mentioned a couple of times in the book, but she doesn't make any appearances. She was present in the last book, but this time it appears that Luke and Sera are now teenagers with absentee parents. Where is the mom?
Imaginable is a solid sequel to Intangible. I love the great characters, uniqueness and action packed story line. I would have loved for this book to resolve the main issue of the healed vampires, but I guess I will have to wait for the next book to find the answers. J. Meyers is proving to be a creative and talented indie author, and I look forward to reading more of her work.
"There's good in all kinds of places," Sera said. Even the darkest places."
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.