May 5, 2013

"Demon Inhibitions" by Gary Starta


This book left me feeling mostly apathetic.  While the story line and the characters were interesting, there was just something lacking that made me not really care.  I'm not sure if it was how the story jumped around at first, and it was really hard for me to follow what was going on, or if it was just because I couldn't seem to find a "connection" to the main characters or to the story line.  I'm sure that part of this can be attributed to the fact that I had not read books #1 and #2 in this series, but the main part of it is I am just not a fan of Gary Starta's writing style.  The whole book for me felt disjointed and unorganized - like we were jumping from random thought to random thought.  Several main plot lines felt unexplained to me.  I just couldn't find the justification for what was happening when it was happening.  For instance:  Why exactly was it plausible for Agent Caitlin Diggs to begin transforming into the Goddess Isis?  Why was the bad guy Mollini hell-bent on killing his sister?  Why did Mollini trade Caitlin Diggs his father for Diggs' doppelganger?  Why was Caitlin constantly passing out and/or falling down, even when she wasn't having visions?  

Another reason I'm pretty sure that this book fell short for me was because I felt cheated by the lack of relationship development between Caitlin and Grant, and Caitlin and Carter.  I mean my word, she slept with Grant within minutes of meeting him, and then nearly did the same thing with Carter a day later.  And yet there was no build up - no tease - no reason really for this to happen.  Maybe I'm just used to a female author's perspective on the "romance" side of a story, but this felt a little too much like "wham, bam, thank you ma'am."

There were a couple redeeming qualities to the book though.  The first half of the book, I really had to make myself keep reading.  At about the halfway mark, I was drawn in to the "cop/mystery/thriller" side of it, and was enjoying the manhunt and the plotting and scheming.  I also really liked the feline character of Celeste/Bastet.  The fact that she could morph into a were-panther that seemed to have the cognitive abilities to assist them with their case was pretty cool.  And the scene with the grenade was my favorite scene in the whole book.  So, overall I am going to give this book two stars.  It just didn't do it for me - but it is worth a peek if your TBR pile runs a little low.
 
 

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