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Friday, 30 November 2012

Review: DOUBLETAKE

Doubletake by Rob Thurman
Book 7 of the Cal Leandros series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback

About Doubletake:
Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race - including the Leandros' friend, Robin - featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win.

As Cal tries to keep both Niko and Robin from paying the ultimate price for their kin, a horrific reminder from Cal's own past arrives to remind him that blood is thicker than water - and that's why it's so much more fun to spill.
Source: Info in the About Doubletake was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11473820-doubletake on 03/10/2012.

My Thoughts:
I've waited for a long time for this book. When my pre-order did not come I tried buying it again but amazon keeps sending me this stupid excuses about changed delivery estimate dates, la di bla di bla... I emailed Rob Thurman and she said it was due to the fact that the UK publisher was releasing the book several months after the US release date and that UK retail outlets are obliged to comply with the UK publisher including amazon UK. What bullshit!! So I have to order on the internet from a US seller on exorbitant mailing charges and wait two months for it to arrive!! And then, when I finally got it.... I don't know if anybody noticed but I had this book in my "Reading" widget in the sidebar for the longest time. And it was that long that it took me to read this book. For some reason my mind wanders when I start reading this book and then I have to find the motivation to pick the book up again. That is really strange for me because I am an old Rob Thurman fan and most specially, a die-hard fan of the Cal Leandros series. And probably the same reason why I am a Supernatural TV series fan too. So I am at a loss why this book is dragging... The story is good as any Cal Leandros book is. The "family" theme that ran throughout the book was quite good. The plot is good. But for some strange reason this book dragged big time for me. However, I still enjoyed it and would give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 (not without bias here with me being a Cal fanatic), but I wouldn't be pre-ordering Slashback (Book 8) anymore (like I did with this book).

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 2.5
Plot = 4

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries


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8 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Well even supernatural drags these days :/ A book can't go on forever

Cherry Mischievous said...

Blodeuedd - I'm still hoping that Slashback would better *fingers crossed*

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

*fingers crossed* for you :)

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Jackie Burris said...

I am sorry to hear that the book did not live up to the previous ones in the series for you but am still going to have to get my hands on book 7 and book 8 when it comes out next year as Cal and Niko are just to much too resist, as is Robin of course!

Cherry Mischievous said...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com - Thank you!

Jackie Burris - Yeah, I would still buy book 8 too :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I've wanted to get to this series one day. Sounds interesting and I've heard it compared to that tv series, although I never watched it. Thanks.

Cherry Mischievous said...

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) - I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did if ever decide to pick up the Cal Leandros series :)

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