Dark-Hunter

Son of No One

Son of No One (Dark Hunter #23) By: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Plot:

It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…

Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

Review:

Yeah, I’m done with this series. There’s always another world ending, apocalypse coming event, or a bigger badder demon. It’s just not interesting anymore and I don’t care about the wider world, at all. I don’t even want to see the previous couples anymore. The series has gone on long enough, the world isn’t fun, I wish she’d just end it and move on to something else instead of just adding more in the world.

At least this book returned to one couple and their “romance” but it was love at first sight, amazing sex, then they switch bodies and have even more sex. It was weird and at times confusing. There was no wooing, it just went straight to sex and sacrificing for each other, and learning about the hero’s tortured past. It feels like Dark Hunter novels are just torture porn at this point.

Jo started off interesting, but quickly got to a point where the only thing that mattered was her man. Literally all of her problems disappeared once she got with him. Apparently all her rich relatives and friends won’t help you unless you get a man, or she won’t accept their help until she’s got a man. It was stupid.

I liked Cadegan at first but then after a series of stressful events he all of a sudden is pushed over the edge and turns into his demon self. The event that pushed him over wasn’t any more stressful or threatening than previous ones so no idea why it set him off and the others didn’t. Of course the only thing that could stop him was the love of his woman.

I felt like it was poorly plotted all around and not entertaining at all after a promising start. So I’m done with the series, too many recent installments have left a bad taste in my mouth.

2/5 

Styxx

Styxx

Styxx (Dark-Hunter #12) By: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Plot:

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s. The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her. But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer. Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it’s your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?

Review:

If I was rating this book on the first six hundred pages it would not get a good rating. It was a continuous stream of torture. The titular character was physically, psychologically, and emotionally abused, by everyone around him. There were only two people in his entire life that didn’t treat him like absolute crap, so naturally they were taken from him.

The blurb above is really just about the last three hundred or so pages and not nearly as climactic as it sounds. The only reason I felt into the last part of the story was because I’d spent six hundred freakin pages seeing all the horribleness that was done to Styxx. If I hadn’t gotten to finally see Acheron realize that his brother wasn’t evil I would have imploded.

That’s another thing, I do not recommend reading this book in hardback, it is huge and unwieldy and just not something you want to lug around.

I’ve read the Dark Hunter series for a while now and I miss how the characters back story was briefly explained. We knew they’d been tortured and put through a ton but we didn’t have to read every excruciating detail. It was all about the romance. There was plenty of romance in this book but I felt that the bigger story was the relationship between Styxx and Acheron. I feel like Kenyon really wants you to know that she can create an intricate world and that she’s a history buff, but ultimately I don’t care. I want an epic romance. I like the world she’s created but she’s started going into too much detail for me. It’s impressive but not what I’m looking for in her Dark Hunter series.

3/5

Side Note: This review is not a reflection of the writing quality. Styxx was amazingly well written, it was just not something I plan on re-reading or ever owning.