REVIEW: Lights Out by Amber Green
Dear Ms Green,
When you offered us an ebook copy of your WWII paranormal buttsecks novel, my blogmates unanimously elected me to read it. I’m still pondering what that might imply. I hate to admit it but I’m also still pondering and trying to figure out just what the heck went on in this book.
November, 1942: Headlines scream of war overseas, not of monstrous Hydes lurking in the blacked-out streets of New York City. Yet Hydes once driven underground by electric light have reclaimed the dark hours.
The city’s Guardian summons Huntsmen Jack French and his twin, Tommy, to combat the Hydes. Only half a step from becoming monsters themselves, the twins risk life and soul to protect the people of the daylight world. Their chances of survival are small indeed, but that’s what war is. That’s what Huntsmen do.
After her mother’s murder gives The Home Front new meaning, Lorie-the-Riveter volunteers for frontline duty in the secret war against the Hydes. Jack and Tommy need her as a lure. More, feeding on her orgasmic energies might keep them from taking that fatal half-step into the darkness. Lorie loves with the intensity of a wartime romance, but she knows the score — she’s a convenience for this mission, and the guys won’t spare a thought for her once they move on. Jack grimly holds his affection at arm’s length; the woman a Huntsman loves is too likely to die screaming under him.
Under Jack’s intimate tutelage, Lorie becomes a perfect feeder — and the consummate bait. But when a beloved face becomes a monster’s face, will she have the grit to do what must be done?
Reading this story was like being thrown into the deep end without knowing how to swim. I just kept dogpaddling like mad, trying to keep my head above water and figure out what was going on. We jump straight into the action without knowing who is who and what’s going on. You don’t load the story down with the backstory at first but gradually (very gradually) reveal the world you’ve created. That makes it harder to follow initially but I like that this makes me pay attention. What I didn’t like was that at the end, I was still trying to make sense of parts of it. By the time I finish a book, even if it’s a new series, I want to feel that I understand the basic concepts and ideas behind it.
I like the use of period sounding dialogue and descriptions which give a really good feel for the setting of the book. There’s no way this could be mistaken for a contemporary. I like that Lorie doesn’t immediately jump right into the sexual situation and turn into an erotic pro after one boinking. In fact, Jack had to coax and put a little pressure on her. That pressure and fact that she is in bed with two brothers bothered me but at least Lorie voiced her misgivings that a menage was out of her current comfort range and knew that she did have a choice. I would like to ask, who sprayed Tommy with the rum Lorie licked off him?
I’ll end the letter with some spoilerish questions I’d like to ask you.
~Jayne, the confused