Jun 25, 2012

Shadows of the Past Book Review


Author: E.A. Jensen
ISBN: 978-1-4327-8796-7
Published: May 2012
Pages: 460
8/10


DESCRIPTION (from book):
For five years, Kirsa Heinrich has tried to leave her past behind. Yet in a a blink of an eye it all comes back to haunt her. A call from her old boss informs her that a series of heinous murders has occured in her hometown. Each victim is protected under the Paranormal Laws, each one killed in a different manner. At each scene a cryptic message is left for Kirsa. Now Kirsa has to face her own past in order to solve the crimes. Ayden O'Brian is a member of an elite group of Vampires that work for the Vampire Council. He has been handed a case that hints at a traitor in their midst, one who is giving secrets to their biggest enemy. When the information that is being leaked pertains to Kirsa and her family's connection to council, Ayden is sent to New Jersey to help Kirsa solve the case. Together they will unlock a hidden secret about Kirsa's faimly and an old war between vampires. For within the past, they will discover the secret to the traitor and the person responsible for the killings.


WHAT I THOUGHT
Before I go into what I thought of the story, I have to say that it seems as if the editor took a vacation- there a numerous grammatical errors as well as quite a bit of run-on sentences. But I took a pen and corrected as I read the book that when I read it again, it will make sense to me.

As far as the story goes, I think it was a great one! Kirsa, who left Grabenberg, New Jersey for Germany after the death of her parents. But when a call comes in from her old boss (Al) of OPIA (Occult and Paranormal Investigation Agency) because a ware-animal was killed, Kirsa must leave for New Jersey to head up the investigation. What she finds is not only shocking, but rocks her history to the core. When more vampires and ware-animals are killed for their "sins", with a note attached to each murder, she has to face the past of her family, including her parents. But when the Vampire Council helps with the case, they find out there is a rat in their midst, but they have no clue who it is. When it comes to light who it truly is, she will stop at nothing to keep them from not only killing the paranormal but from killng her as well.

The only problem I had with the story was that I never figured out who Kirsa really was. True, she was a strong, independent woman. But what was her personality like? Was she funny, witty, serious, or sarcastic? I don't know. But Kirsa was hell-bent on figuring out not only who the Father of the Church of Light was, but who the mole in the Vampire Council was. Who it turned out to be kind of shocked me. I honestly thought it was someone else.

For those who are fans of Twilight, you'll enjoy this one too!

BUY
You can purchase Shadows of the Past from Outskirts Press. An e-book edition is also available.

I was NOT compensated for this review. I received a FREE copy of Shadows of the Past by E.A. Jensen to review. All thoughts/opinions are my own.

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