Book Review: Kindred

cover-kindredTitle: Kindred [Kindred 1]

Author: Erica Stevens

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance

Rating: 1 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

What do you do when the one you love is also you worst enemy?

Trapped in a destiny she does not want, Cassie finds herself lost and adrift, until he walks into her life, turning it upside down and awakening her in ways that she never dreamed possible.

Cassie is stunned and devastated to learn that she belongs to a long line of vampire slayers known as The Hunters. A murderous rampage by a group of elder vampires has left the Hunter line decimated and the remaining Hunters scattered around the world. With her friends Chris and Melissa’s aid, Cassie struggles to rid the world of the monsters that murdered her parents. Though Cassie knows it is her fate, she chafes against her heritage, and is resentful of the shortened lifespan that has been placed upon her by the circumstances of birth. Struggling to get through every day, Cassie finds herself simply going through the motions of living. That is, until Devon arrives. Tall, dark, and mysterious his arrival turns the school, and Cassie’s life, upside down. Fighting against her fierce attraction to him, and the chaos he represents in her carefully ordered days, she is irresistibly drawn to him. Though worried that what she truly is will place Devon in danger, she is unable to fight her feelings for him. He is the one light, and the only source of hope she has in a world that revolves around death and fear. What she does not know is that Devon has some dark secrets of his own, secrets even more frightening and dangerous than hers. Secrets that threaten to tear them apart forever.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

It is rare for me to give up on a book so quickly, but at only 4% in, I set Kindred by Erica Stevens aside. I don’t know where the editor was or what their qualifications were, but their judgment lapsed on this one. In just the first page alone I ran into two instances of bad grammar and another misuse of punctuation. That is absurd for a first page.

The narrative voice was childish, regardless of which character was narrating the current scene, and every single one of them sounded the same – like a 9-year-old. It was aggravating to read through.

More importantly, it was just a terrible start to a story. There were two chapters of back story before we caught up to the present day – neither one of them imperative to the story. We didn’t learn anything from these snippets that couldn’t have been explained elsewhere.