Saturday, September 14, 2013

Review: Disturbed Fate by Kia Zi Shiru

Disturbed Fate (Otherkin Spirits, #1)
Title: Disturbed Fate by Kia Zi Shiru
Series: Otherkin Spirits #1
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published July 4th 2013
Length: 216 pages

Rating: 3 Stars

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Marc, a small pet shop owner and seer, needs help with his store, but his new employee, Galen, brings with him more trouble than expected. Marc tries to keep their relationship professional even if Galen seems insistent on taking it to the next level. And then there is the problem of Galen’s past.

Keiran, a hard working medical student and Marc’s best friend, has a small problem, a stalker. One night he confronts the man and finds that his stalker vampire, Devlan, is too alluring to turn down. But Devlan isn’t who he seems to be.

When the four men meet up for a night out their lives fall apart. Marc’s premonitions turn out to be wrong and everything points towards one autumn night a couple of years ago. Now they need to figure out what happened that night, before someone dies, again.

Time is running out. The visions might be false, but they don’t paint a pretty picture, not about their futures and, especially, not about their pasts. They need to reverse the change before it is too late.

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2.5 Stars rounded up to 3 

This is the first book in the series set in a world with seers and sanguine (blood) and psychic vampires. In the beginning of the book, the chapters alternate the perspective between two pairings. Marc, the seer with the ability to see the future, picks up a stray, Galen, and gives him a job. Keiran, a psychic vampire who always rely on Marc's predictions, falls for Devlan, a sanguine vampire. When the four people finally meet, they uncover hidden identities among them and a changed fate that may cause another death.

A major problem I had with the book is the introduction of important characters late in the book. A background story should be developed for all the central characters. For example, Diana is a supporting female character, lives in the same house as Keiran, and is really protective of him, but not much background is given about her and why she cares about Keiran so much and how she knows Marc. More background on Dominic and Yuki should be given beforehand so it's not a big dump of info later for the readers. Also, in the second half of the book, Delvan sudden change in personality is unsettling. More foreshadowing in the beginning or other small indications would help smooth the transition and help introduce new characters.

Another little thing that annoys me is the inconsistent name switching for one of the characters. Since Marc doesn't believe that Galen is Yuki, the name shouldn't switch around that fast. A slower and gradual acceptance of the identity would be nice. The name switching is not only in the dialogue, it's also in the narration.

The best part of the book is when the mystery accumulates and all the story threads tie together. The different possible versions of the future are showed and other elements contributes to the overall mystery and danger of death. However, the plot lines can be tighter to help build up the suspense and danger later on. The discussion about changed fate and its consequences is interesting.

At the end, I'm happy with the HEA and the successful romance pairings even though they not very believable and yet another new character is introduced. This is a simple read for a day when you have more time on your hands than you know what to do with. 

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