Friday, August 26, 2011

Night Betrayed by Joss Ware

Title:  Night Betrayed
Author: Joss Ware
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Envy Chronicles #4
Main Characters: Theo & Selena
Release Date: January 2011

ISBN: 978-0062018632 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
The world they knew is ashes.
The world that remains is in peril.
And five extraordinary survivors are humankind's last, best hope.
The Change that devastated the earth did not destroy Theo Waxnicki. It made him something more than human—eternally young, eternally beautiful . . . but not immortal. When he dies on a mission against the Strangers, he is lost to the darkness . . . until a miracle lady brings him back.
Born during the apocalyptic storms and earthquakes that left the world in ruins, Selena has dedicated her life to easing the pain of others. But Theo is the first in her care to survive. Responding to Selena's tender touch, Theo starts to live again, to feel and desire again. But joined in a world of terrors, the secrets they can never share make them targets. And love could be the ultimate betrayal.

My Review:
For some reason, this book seems much harsher to me than the others in this series have been. I am guessing that the reason for that is because, in this book, we become much more familiar with the gangas (zombies) and what they actually are and how that have come into creation.

In addition, this book focuses on Theo. Theo is an interesting character from this series. He was in Vegas with his twin brother when the Change (apocalypse) occurred, but his experience was different from his twin brother, Lou's. Theo was caught up and buried under some electronics (he and his brother, Lou, are computer geniuses,) which caused a change in his genetic make-up. Like the others caught in the cave in Sedona, Theo doesn't age and has a super-power...he can generate an electrical charge.

I have read a lot of books where the characters were hundreds of years old while still maintaining their youth. But for some reason, in this book (not the series, because it hasn't bothered me in the other books,) it's not the same because you see both Lou & Theo together. They are twins. One is elderly. One is not. There's something just a bit creepy about it (for me) about the constant reinforcement that Theo should be elderly too. I know it's because of the twin thing, but it bothered me to constantly be thinking about him actually being elderly. It brings a focus on the shallowness of how we look at aging.

On the other hand, we have Selena, who is also very youthful looking for her age of 50. That was never really explained except for the fact that she was born during the midst of the Change. As a result, she has her own special gift...the ability to help usher souls into the afterlife. She is known as the Death Lady because everyone brings her the dying and she helps to ease their transition. That's how she meets Theo. He is brought to her because he is dying.

While I didn't like this one quite as much as I have the others in this series, this was still an interesting book. I think that the issues I had will be mine alone. I am excited to see where the series goes from here...especially with Remington Truth. I know that we should have at least 2 more books in the series...Wyatt & Fence. I am thinking/hoping that there may be a bit more there with Ian, because his character intrigues me, but I may be writing more into that storyline than there actually is. All I know is that I can't wait for more of these books to come out.

1 comment:

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Great review Christi! I can see why this one would be a bit weird but I'm excited what you think of the series from here. :-)