An Unhuman Journey by Candace Blevins
Series: Only Human #2
Also in this series: Of Humans and Monsters, Defining Human
Published by Excessica on June 17, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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There’s a war brewing between good and evil, and the chess pieces are being set…
Aaron has gone missing, and Mordecai has taken over Kirsten's training. She's learning by leaps and bounds under the god-of-old’s not-so-gentle tutelage, but with Nathan in charge of Drake Security during The Dragon King’s unplanned absence, everything is upside down.
The evil Celrau vampires were banned from creating new offspring, but they’ve bargained for permission to do so in the Underworld, where the Concilio has no authority. As part of their army-building, the Celrau vampires kidnap Kirsten and take her to the Underworld with the intention of making her one of them. Alone in another realm, Kirsten must form unexpected alliances to survive a most Unhuman Journey .
Join bestselling author Candace Blevins on a thrilling adventure into the critically acclaimed sequel to Only Human .
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
After reading Only Human, the first book in the Kirsten O’Shea series, I could not wait to dive into An Unhuman Journey. Don’t let the Urban Fantasy tag scare you, there are plenty of hot, alpha males to keep you happy. There is a strong BDSM element to this series so if that’s not your thing be warned. If you haven’t read Only Human yet, I strongly recommend you read it first or you’ll be a little lost. This isn’t a hardship since it is an absolutely kickass book and it cements Kirsten as my favorite type of heroine– smart, capable, loyal, and able to take care of business.
The conflicted feelings and situations the characters, especially Kirsten, faced stood out to me. The biggest was that Kirsten ends up torn between her duties as a mother and the responsibility her special talents require of her. Save the world or be a mom is not a choice anyone wants to make. Kidnapped by the Celrau vampires, Kirsten has to face the reality that her activities may not only put her daughter in danger, but they could very well mean her daughter ends up orphaned twice.
I found the politics and rules of the underworld fascinating. For instance, you can maim, torture and cheat to your heart’s content, but you cannot kill anything. Every action taken had to be carefully thought out lest Kirsten inadvertently did something that would tie her there permanently. At times, escape seemed impossible and brought a level of suspense to the story that I greatly appreciated.
I do have to say that one of the solutions to getting rid of the Celrau blood Kirsten ended up infected with was sexy and unbelievably hot in more ways than one. It made me think of a certain demon in a completely different way, plus hope that he’ll eventually end up with his own story and HEA.
The unique worldview presented also fascinated me. Who the old Gods actually were, how the different worlds came into being (earth, the underworld, faerie etc.) and the rules that the supernaturals from all the different planes had to adhere to kept me turning the pages all night long.
Even though Kirsten spends a good part of the book in the underworld, we get lots of time with some of my favorite alphas, especially Mordecai and Nathan. Nathan is growing on me by leaps and bounds now and I just want to know more of him, but I think his unique situation when it comes to relationships just may break my heart. I missed Aaron, but since I’ve already read his book, The Dragon King, I know what he was doing during the timeframe of this one.
When I finished the last page, I once again had a huge smile on my face. Everything about this book worked for me, keeping me enthralled from start to finish. Like most urban fantasy books, although the main “journey” of this book is over, the story is not. I cannot freaking wait for the next one in the series. I really need Ms. Blevins to write faster….
What I Struggled With:
- Kirsten’s sessions with Mordecai to increase her power.
- Although some were hot, some of the sex scenes were a bit out of my comfort zone
- The pure evilness of the Celrau Vampires.
- The breach of trust in a relationship I had previously been rooting for.
What I Loved:
- Kirsten’s completely human reactions to things, no matter what her talents are.
- Kirsten’s continuing to put her daughter first.
- The growth in Kirsten’s friendship with Nathan.
- Xaephan– I want to know more about him.
Spice’s Rating: 5 “I Got My Urban Fantasy Cake With Some Hot Alpha Icing” Stars
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