Review: Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger

Posted October 7th, 2012 in book review / 6 comments

Shadow’s Edge

Book #1 of the Night Prowler Series

by J.T. Geissinger

Publisher: Montlake Romance (June 2012)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback (359 pages)
Source: ARC Review Request by Author
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Summary
Leander McLoughlin is leader of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of beautiful, savage shape-shifters who live hidden in the forests of England. Their survival is rooted in secrecy, a secrecy threatened by the very existence of one raised outside the tribe. Charged with capturing her before she can expose their secret, Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California. The great warrior is prepared for a fight but not for the effect the courageous young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna Moore spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from an unseen enemy. Now her mother is dead and her father has vanished without a trace, leaving Jenna alone to contend with sudden strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander McLoughlin appears, promising answers to all of her questions, she knows she shouldn’t trust him. But their connection is as undeniable as the dangerous destiny drawing her home? ~ Add on Goodreads
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At a Glance
I was so enthralled by the beginning of this book, but it slowly lost some of it’s momentum as it went along. I enjoyed reading it, but it just didn’t wow me.

The Good
I loved the concept of this novel. Jenna has been on the run all her life. From what, she doesn’t know, but it has to do with the disappearance of her father and the strange abilities that she must keep hidden. When mysterious Leander comes to take her to a place that will help answer her many questions about herself and her family, she knows she should run but she can’t help but follow this man that has captured her attention. But what she finds out about herself and her heritage is downright disturbing.

I loved the mystery of Shadow’s Edge. I felt fearful for Jenna as she let herself be taken to a place where the rules are both savage and sexist. I just didn’t know how far these people would go to keep her in her place, especially after we learn about what happened to her father for not following the rules. I couldn’t help but get chills at all the frightening possibilities.

Though the main characters were somewhat predictable, I think the side characters really set the tone for the novel. I was genuinely surprised by the lengths these people would go to to get their way. And the bad guys were down right horrifying. Geissinger does not hold anything back when it comes to showing the pain some of these characters go through to fight for their right to live.

By the end, we are left with many questions about where this series is going. Jenna’s role in her new shapeshifting society is somewhat up in the air. She now has power of her own and I can’t help wondering how she is going to wield it.

The Bad
There was way too much description for my taste. Geissinger would go on and on with descriptions of places and people to the point of annoyance.

I respected Jenna’s tendency to not let herself be coerced into things she didn’t want to do. Then she ruined that by relenting almost every time for absolutely no reason. She never gives a reason for her change of heart. It all seems way too convenient for me.

I am really getting tired of the whole I hate him/I love him mentality I have been seeing in a lot of heroines lately. They hate a guy for some pretty good reasons then all of a sudden they love him…just because. *sigh*

With such an exciting beginning, I was disappointed by the many slow spots throughout the novel. I wasn’t glued to the pages. An amazing book keeps you reading.

The Snuggly
Personally, I didn’t find Jenna and Leander’s relationship that endearing. I wasn’t really rooting for them or anything. But I will admit that they had some hot chemistry. That was fun to watch. There are even a few smokin’ sex scenes that made me blush.

Overall
I am 50-50 on whether I will continue the series. I am interested to see where things are going to go but I am not sure if Geissinger wow’ed me enough to keep me reading. I enjoyed reading Shadow’s Edge. The story caught my attention right away and the possibilities for the future are endless. I just think there are many things that can be worked on. Recommended to some paranormal romance/urban fantasy readers.

Quote
And then, shaking and gasping for breath, gazing out the sliding glass doors into the shimmering heat of the parking lot, Jenna saw them.

Tall and graceful, lithe like dancers, sleek and silent and dark.

They stood on the far side of the parking lot in the long shadows of a tall hedge of shaped ficus trees, staring right back at her from beautiful faces with detached expressions and very sharp eyes. All three were dressed in black clothing, obviously expensive, fitted and formal and distinctly out of place in the bludgeoning summer heat. There was nothing but grace and loveliness about them, nothing to suggest danger, but her skin crawled with bone-deep fear.

Because even from here she saw it. For all their elegance, there was something very wrong.


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6 Responses to “Review: Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger”

  1. Elisa

    Ooh, this one has an interesting premise! I love the cover too, though she looks alien or snakey, but whatevs. I might have to pick this one up if it jumps in my way 🙂 Lovely review, as always

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