Sep 3, 2013

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Review: Vengeance Borne by Amanda Bonilla (Sentry of Evil #1)

venganceborne4 star

Urban Fantasy
September 3 2013
eBook
292 pages
NYLA
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Jacquelyn

From Goodreads –
Fated to Hunt…

As the local hunter, and a ward of the Sentry, a secret organization dedicated to eradicating the forces of evil, Jacquelyn has been protecting the small town of McCall, Idaho for the past five years. The hours are horrible, the pay is nonexistent, she has to work with her jealous ex-boyfriend – and forget about quitting. She’s in for life.

Destined to See…

When a rugged drifter comes through town, Jacquelyn immediately knows what he is – an Empath who can read emotions and sense what others are thinking – even though it’s clear the handsome stranger has no idea what, or how powerful, he is…

A Town in Peril…

When people in McCall start turning up dead, viciously ripped to shreds as if by a wild animal, Jacquelyn knows better. Furies are loose in Idaho and hell-bent on exacting revenge. But against whom? And for what purpose? Jacquelyn has until the full moon to stop the Furies’ killing spree and save the people of McCall, figure out how to work with her ex – oh, and there’s a handsome stranger in town who’s in desperate need of some schooling…

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Vengeance Borne is the first book in Amanda Bonilla’s shiny new series, Sentry of Evil.  This series revolves around Jax, a Hunter (one who kicks evil’s ass).  You also have Finn, Micah and Trish who are Bearers (one who helps the Hunter do her job).  And of course on top of that you have the creepy crazy evil beings that Amanda managed to conjure within her imagination.

Before I chat characters and story, let me explain Hunters and Bearers a bit better.  Hunters are pretty straight forward.  They are essentially demon and other evil doer hunters and killers.  Bearers are a bit more complicated.  They are a Hunter’s support.  Bearers are empaths and can remove excess aggressive emotion from a Hunter.  They can heal their Hunters too.  And, they feel what went down at a scene and help the Hunter know what she is dealing with.  The idea of a Bearer is very interesting.

Jax (Jacquelyn) is a solid character.  It is mentioned a few times in the book that there is more to her than even she knows and you feel that as you are reading her.

Finn and Trish.  The jury’s still out on how I feel about Finn.  I suppose he’s not a bad guy since he’s Jax’s ex and she’s a pretty cool chick.  He’s just in a bad place in this book.  He and Jax just broke up and he still loves her.  He wants her to understand that they are supposed to be together.  So you see, he’s heartbroken!  So he’s allowed to be a bit of an arse.  Let’s just not focus on the whole ‘murders happening in town and there is a chance he’s responsible’ thing.  Yeah…just don’t focus on that.  As for Trish, she is like the wise old lady in tale.  I liked her a lot and hope to see more of her and her wisdom in future installments (book two will be released sometime in 2014).

Micah.  He is such a mess when we first meet him.  Amanda did such a wonderful job writing him since not once do you feel like smacking him – which is saying something.  What I mean by that is it would be very easy to write such a messed up character and have him not be relatable.  But Amanda manages to find a nice balance with Micah.  You feel sad for him and intrigued by him and you want him to figure things out and be happy.  You may also sort of want to see him end up with Jax *grin*.  Right now, that is the direction that I am leaning but that may be because I didn’t get the full ‘Finn experience’.  I just know there is more to both Finn and Micah and I am looking forward to finding out what that is.

The story is very well written.  Someone is murdering people in town.  Well, murdering is not the right word for it – these people are being ripped apart.  Literally.  Amanda keeps us guessing for a long time in this book.  She plants hints here and there and you wonder if they are to help us solve things or confuse us.  She really did a good job writing the ‘who-done-it’ part of this book.

Amanda has a real talent for world building.  We see it in her Shaede Assassin series and we see it in Vengeance Borne too.  It’s a world that is quite different from ours but not so much so that we can’t relate to it or place ourselves in it.  Also, her characters are quite strong and the story is gripping.  Vengeance Borne is definitely worth reading.

4.5 stars

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  1. I’ve been so busy I forgot to pre-order this (even with Amanda’s reminders on facebook), so thanks for the reminder! I can’t wait to read this – I love her Shaede Assassin series so much, there’s no doubt this will be just as wonderful!

  2. I really liked this one! Well I love Amanda’s books and I’m happy to have a new series like that to follow.

  3. Oh man, this is the THIRD review I’ve read for this book and it’s the THIRD review that gave this book a 4.5. LOL. I think I’m going to have to check it out, especially since I really need to read more Urban Fantasy novels.

  4. I haven’t read any of Bonilla’s other books, but this one sounds great! Definitely going to pick it up. Thanks for the fabulous review!

  5. Great review Julie, I will be reading this one soon!

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