Part of a series? Yes.
Cliffhanger? Some things are unresolved.
Category/genre: Mature Young-Adult, Romance, Paranormal
(Warning: Burdened contains mature content and strong language some may not find appropriate for readers under the age of 17.)
Eighteen-year-old Tracey Warren is a ‘run-of-the-mill’ high school student on the verge of graduation. She has her friends and her fun; she has life all figured out. Or she thought she did.
Her pedestrian reality crashes around her after an innocuous touch from a diabolically handsome stranger. Just one touch from Nathan Newcomb and her head and her world spins out of control. Soon she discovers that the only cure for the uneasy feelings and pain is Nathan himself. A man whose very existence balances between violent chaos and rigidly controlled dangers.
Nathan knows that the life of a woman mated to a burdened Sephlem is destined for peril beyond a human’s reckoning. But Tracey calls to his desire to experience love in spite of the hazards. And Nathan’s impossibly potent magnetism draws Tracey into a bonding that will put her in mortal danger again and again.
Once the pair becomes one, the threat escalates and nowhere is safe. There are enemies that lurk behind every corner. But the greatest danger may be in the bloodlines that course through Nathan’s veins.
Can a love for all time survive or will their burdened souls surrender and fade away?
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
Burdened is the first book in the Burdened series.
What first attracted me, is the cover. Then, upon reading the blurb I knew I had to read this book. I don’t read many paranormal romance books anymore, but once in a while I am drawn. Unfortunately, I had a hard time finishing this book and almost gave up a few times.
The premise is good, the plot has a lot of potential, but the writing has me struggling. It’s my opinion so keep that in mind, but I think the writing is way too stiff. Dialogues and some descriptions seem rather forced, not natural. Sometimes, some characters sound out of character, most characters have the same kind of voice and there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of characters in this installment so it can be a bit confusing when all characters have the same kind of voice. But, maybe it’s just me.
Also, some transitions in this book have me wondering if I missed something. It threw me off a few times, going back a page or two to make sure that I didn’t miss a sentence to make the change, the transition smoother.
The same goes with the descriptions. They show a lot of the main character’s inner thoughts and I’m fine with it. Usually, I’m all for it, but I like it when the descriptions of the settings, other characters, of the character’s feelings are more developed, dig deeper and actually make me feel something. Here, I thought they needed more work to make it more thrilling and to finally keep me riveted.
A lot happens for Tracey and Nathan. A lot and that’s great. But I don’t think the characterization is as polished as I was expecting it and in turns it’s difficult for me to invest myself in the characters. I didn’t connect much with Tracey and Nathan, probably because I didn’t feel like I think I should have…
Regarding the plot, I think too much is happening in this first installment. When I think about it, three huge things happen. I can’t explain or go into details if I don’t want to spoil you, but I think the fact that three huge things happen in this first installment make it more difficult to delve deeper into the characterizations, into the world created. And it’s without saying that the sub-plots take a lot of place too.
Speaking of the sub-plots. I can’t stand Scott and Glen right now. I hope the next installments show them in a better light because right now I find them without much of any depth and not mature. But they’re secondary characters, so I’m sure the author shows them differently in the next installment.
The romance itself is fast to grow. I understand why (and I can’t tell you without giving something away), but once again, I can’t feel it. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t get into the story for a while because of the writing. I was focusing too much on the broken rhythm and the stiffness of some sentences and dialogues.
I really am sorry for this negative review because I must repeat it; there is a lot of potential. I think there is a lot yet to happen in the next few installments and I’m sure the author will go deeper into the characters’ psyche, but also with the plot itself. Hopefully, things don’t happen so fast and we have more time to stress, to get nervous, to wonder. I need more time to feel.