Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: Retribution by Amy Thompson

(Lost Souls #1)

Regan Edison has just moved from California, to enter her first year at Georgia Liberty College, the place where jacked up Chevy trucks and hunting are a way of life. Regan hopes to start a new life for herself and she thinks that Georgia is just the place to do it. That is until she meets an unexpected stranger.

Colter Hayes is a member of the Collectors, a group of wrongfully punished lost souls. Colter and the rest of his team, Finn, Kaiden and Devon, work for the Requiem Council who pass judgment on those souls that are neither tagged for Heaven nor Hell. The Council has charged the Collectors with finding the lost in exchange for a chance at redemption.

When an ex-councilmember known to pass Retribution on lost souls sets his sights on Regan, the Requiem Council dispatches the Collectors to Georgia to work as protectors for Regan. The Collectors must fight to save Regan from a fate they know all too well, but can they work to earn back their chance at redemption or are their fates sealed forever?

Who is meant for Heaven?
Who is meant for Hell?
And who is just lost?


My Review

While Retribution certainly has an interesting idea behind it, I found the execution to be a little off. My first problem was that this story is meant to be set in first person present, which is extremely hard to write well and kind of awkward and confusing when the story is told from multiple POVs, but there are a number of jarring slips into third person which disrupt the flow of the story.

My second problem is with the main character, Regan. I hate her. I just flat hate her. Reading the parts of the story through her point of view was an awful experience. She has this ridiculous inner monologue which constantly interrupts the story, in which she basically repeats things over and over again, blatantly stating information which has already been delivered through the narrative. I found it highly annoying.

I liked the other characters well enough, with sweet and soft spoken Devon being my favorite even though he didn't get a lot of page time. Colter is very intense and has the bad boy sort of thing going on. Kaiden is cocky and funny. Finn was a bit flat in my opinion, but he was all right. Agro was really slimy and horrible. He's a villain through and through, with no redeemable qualities at all and for this story that works.

The story itself is unique in many ways, and I found the idea of the guys being cursed throughout multiple lifetimes interesting. But so many things were wrong with the book that I had a hard time enjoying it. Maybe I would feel differently if Regan hadn't been so annoying, but as it stands this is a two star book for me.


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