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Shades of Hate (Jacky Leon) Paperback – February 15, 2021
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- ASIN : B08WP3DD6X
- Publisher : Independently published (February 15, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 396 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8706627089
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.99 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Previous books, trouble really did come to Jacky; however after a couple years of experience and really becoming familiar with how the supernatural world is Jacky finds herself in trouble and brings trouble to her family because she was lazy and careless. Then after really making a mess of things, she gets pouty and whiny because her family is angry with her, even though they have been giving her advice about how to avoid getting in trouble.
I get a bit frustrated when female leads in action/paranormal stories are supposed to be tough and smart, and they do cringe-worthy, kinda stupid things. I know the fun of the series is that Jacky is young and brash, but hopefully next time she is not so self-centered and whiny, and actually learns from her mistakes. That being said I really love the male character Heath and all the other supporting characters we get to revisit, as well as the new ones we get to meet. All in all pretty good book, and I'll be back for the next book in the series.
The mystery behind who outed Jacky is nicely done. There were several moments where I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to take place next. Loved it! There are certain family members of Jacky who really stepped up in this story and some that I would love to see punished. Man, a beatdown or two are definitely in order. Also, if some of the werewolves could get some comeuppance, that would be wonderful as well. Overall, a fantastic story!
Let me get this out of the way.
Long-winded passages. Makes it boring and I’ve put it down a few times instead of staying up because of that.
Inconsistent. She had the sex talk or she didn’t. She got him a car or she didn’t yet. It made me want to go back to the other books to look and see if I missed something and I hate doing that. Maybe I missed the car thing but I KNOW that girl had The Talk with her dad and now she’s saying she didn’t. And now I’m second-guessing. Moving on.
Overall? Entertaining. I think the tragedy that gets brought up every. Single. Time. Was sorta downplayed, or not focused enough, and that’s weird considering she does it all for that in the end. IYKYK.
Recommend and bye now so I can keep reading.
This book was as great as the previous 4 with lovely moments between Heath and Jackie and the supernatural stakes rising ever higher. I love watching Jackie navigate her family as they grow closer and more histories are revealed. Her relationship with Zuri, in particular, is beautiful though I appreciate the protectiveness and love Hasan and some of the other siblings show as well. I can’t decide how I feel about Daver. He’s an a-hole, but I did also understand the reason why. And I wonder if things will be changing after that ending.
There were other relationships that developed further, like Jackie and Dirk and it was a nice counterpoint to the seeming nonstop movement of this book (which I’m not complaining about at all). I can’t wait for the next book,for the secrets I know will be revealed, and to watch the aftermath of the ones already presented in this book.
I saw that this book was 5 of 6 on Amazon and I am strongly hoping that this doesn’t mean that the next book will be the last. I enjoy the world that the author has created. And while I know that there are other series, I like Jackie and want her story to continue.
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Jacky is pretty happy with life at the moment. Her bar has been rebuilt from the ground up and it’s bigger and better. It’s also being run very efficiently by Oliver and Dirk, two humans raised in the werecat community. Jacky has stepped back somewhat from running the bar but it is still part of her life. Her relationship with Heath is stable and grows more important by the day to her, despite the necessity of keeping it secret from the supernatural community. She’s spending valuable time with Carey and she still relishes her relationship with Heath’s teenaged daughter. Life is pretty good, until it isn’t.
Outside forces have put into action a plan to destroy that happiness and to hurt her and her family. She doesn’t see it coming and it blindsides her both metaphorically and literally. Everything she thought settled and solid becomes like shifting sand beneath her feet. The support of her family feels shaky, her life is at risk and she runs the risk of exposing her species, a secret that has been kept for centuries.
KN Banet layers up fantastic plot lines with emotional upheaval and solid world building. This late into the series the world is well established and only previously fuzzy areas are fleshed out, such as relationships with the government. We see the growth and change of Jacky’s relationships with her werecat family and her feelings for Heath are subtly explored as they are shown to deepen and grow, without the romance being the main focus.
All the relationships in this book are complex and multifaceted. I love how well this author can seemingly focus tightly on so many separate relationships simultaneously. All the characters from Jacky, down to the bar clientele are important.
This author is capable of writing exciting and challenging plot lines that only enhance the writing about the relationships rather than divert attention from them. It takes a really gifted author to pair up writing so well about plot and exciting events and also showing subtle character and emotional evolution. You don’t see it very often, but it’s what makes this author so often rate 5 ⭐️, because she is capable of this level of writing.
I can’t wait to read the rest of this series, and all the spin offs set in the Tribunal Archives World.