Review: Blood Creek Beast

  • Title:
    • Blood Creek Beast
  • Author:
    • Jay Barnson
  • Release:
    • March 29, 2019
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Janel Valentine
  • Series:
    • Blood Creek Series, Book 2

I’ll start this review off with a warning. Partially because I said everything I wanted to say in my review of book 1 and I don’t know what else to say. Go read Blood Creek Witch. For starters, it’s really damn good. The main thing though, this is not one of those sequels you’ll be able to pick up and follow along with. It’s more of a part 2 than a standalone novel. Think of it as a large book that’s been split into 3 separate books.

A lot of the characters are left in the dust for the most part. It does a pretty good job of juggling two plots and two protagonists. It had me feel invested. Though it felt like the ball was dropped on the other characters because they’re only mentioned in passing. The story is full of new interesting characters to replace the old, but I worry that they’ll just be tossed aside in part 3.

One thing I liked about this series is how the author is willing to kill off characters. It makes the action scenes and the danger feel intense. There are some stories (Sons of Anarchy, I’m looking at you.) where the danger scenes hold no weight because you know the main character will always be safe. The last story I reviewed, Flames Over Frosthelm did that. It had a few too many fake-out deaths that I just found annoying. It just makes me appreciate the authors who are willing to kill off protagonists.

I wish I had more to say about the story. It’s great, I enjoyed it. The world and lore are interesting and could easily fit a dozen more stories. Most sequels are difficult to review because they’re usually just more of the same. If you enjoyed part 1, you’ll surely enjoy this. If you’re interested in this based on the summary, then go give part 1 a try. As for me, I’m going to go listen to part 3. I put off reviewing this one so I would hopefully have more to say, but that’s not the case. So waiting on the next book makes no sense. I really can’t wait to see how the story concludes.

As for the narrator; I had to hear her say “farmiliar” way too many times. That was annoying enough but she also says o as if it’s a number and jagwire. What makes that final one even more insufferable was when she later said Jaguar properly numerous times. If you’re going to mispronounce a word or pronounce it properly, at least do it consistently.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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