Publisher: Kats Kreative Ideas
Publishing Date: February 2014
Publisher Description: Biologically engineered in a lab, Genesis Blackmore has always been different. Her father has told her it’s due to her enhancements, the Federated Council sees her as a genetic mutation; and her fellow peers see her as the shiny new toy. Gen has had better days.
Review: Cover art is not that bad. You can see this faint network of blue veins.
Gen was born and raised in a laboratory. She is an amalgam of genetic parts that make up a perfect whole. She can heal herself and has augmented senses and physicality. She is sent to the academy in order to avoid any discernment about her origins that would lead to her death. She goes from daddy’s lab specimen/daughter straight into the academy and that’s where most of the story takes place.
Right out of the gate the author plays the race card. …”Vyrkolakas had been shunned for their darker skin tone…” yada , yada. This has no relevance to the story-line whatsoever. All the dracs in the northern hemisphere (Pars) are “milky white with platinum hair”. We have the constant use of word crutches in the form of “growled” that seems to rear its head with indie authors.
I really had a hard time getting through this novel. Every other page is Gen with an erotic reaction to her male surroundings or inadvertent contact sends her into paroxysm’s of physical arousal. Her thighs are either clenching or flooding with wetness. Her breasts tingle or the heat from his skin sears her flesh. Or “her body is melting evidence of the moisture leaking between her legs”. And “the inside of her thighs slick with moisture”. Her “flooding wetness” or some derivative is described over and over and over until you just give up giving a shjt. Absurdity reaches new heights when “her thoughts lead south and rested right between her legs. Moisture pooled in her undergarment. Saturated the cloth until she could feel a slight chill.” Fug.
The story-line is rushed, and because it is rushed, becomes stilted in its presentation. The characters are poorly developed. The only thing we know about Xander is that he is a pussy hound who walks around, literally, with an erection for Gen. Gen doesn’t give a crap about all the societal interactions going on around her, but spends page upon page of internal dialogue trying to sort out her feelings that run a fleeting second to the wetness in her thighs. Everyone at this academy walks around with this myopic view of themselves, with no sense of the life that surrounds them. Its all ” She was a different spice everyone wanted to taste…a bold flavor spilling onto his tongue that drove him mad…..rotate his hips in such a way they’d both moan in pleasure…..there were few galaxies his cock hadn’t conquered…sunk his balls deep into her waiting heat.. it was time to teach her a lesson….I must have her”. Double fug.
So Gen is human and Par?? She was made to help the Par survive…what exactly? Is she sending out pheromones that signal mating readiness???. The novel could have followed a story line where Gen is a genetic construct that can utilize these innate gifts against the Par and re-creating humanity that was lost. Build interesting characters that display intelligence, veracity and cunning….not sex addled idiots. You can have that sexual tension as a tool without demeaning them in the process. Sometimes subtle inter-play is more effective than overt desire. This over the top Nora Roberts School of Writing (NRSOW) novella is an epic fail. It is basically poorly crafted porn.