I received a copy of this book from the author to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own, are honest, and are based on my observations while reading this novel.
- The Cursed Brothers Book 1
- R. Coffey
- Paranormal and Urban Fantasy
- 33 pages
Azreah Grace is left alone after a vicious group of miscreants tear through and destroy her home; Oliver’s Lane. No longer able to return to the alpha lands she sets her eyes on one goal, finding out a way to exempt her species; the procreants, from extinction. Along the way, she finds herself in constant danger, but she also uncovers information that goes against her lifelong beliefs. She also finds herself running from a powerful being that is determined to have her. The only seemingly available option to survival is enlisting the help of her formal lover, Abel Kahn. He is handsome, powerful, and the only one with the ability to bring her home. But he is also the man she never wanted to see again. The question is, will she enlist his help or subject herself to an endless route of danger?
I was really impressed by this book and I can honestly say that I can’t wait to read book 2 (if you love a good book series, check out my review for The Patience of a Dead Man). Miscreants is a story packed with fights, love, death, and struggle. The book introduced me to a whole new world of fantasy. I didn’t even know the words miscreant and procreant existed. In case you don’t know what these words mean, here are the definitions:
How the definitions play into the book
So, you must be wondering how the definitions to the words miscreant and procreant play into this fantasy novel. Luckily, you have me to tell you.
First, I will start with the miscreants. Miscreants are villainous creatures that look like humans. They eat procreants and are beasts with no morals. So, its pretty easy to tell who the evil side is in this story.
Second is the procreants, they too look like humans. I found it interesting that the definition means to produce offspring. This is because in the book, a procreants age freezes at 21 and it takes several decades for their age to unfreeze, at which point they can reproduce and age normally just like any other human. Although, I can also see where the definition fits because procreants are creatures that value life.
My favorite part about this book was that I could visualize the characters AND I felt attached to them. Each character was important to the story and as a reader I really got to know them. So, let’s digest some of the characters together. For the sake of not ruining the story, I will leave out some of the characters.
Azreah is the main character in the story and we follow her from beginning to end. She is pretty (or so I thought so from the descriptions), impulsive, analytical, and a survivor. She goes through a lot and is subjected to danger constantly. Any human going through what she did would easily have died in the beginning of the book. No contest. Her impulsivity actually helps more than it hinders but as I stated, she is also a survivor. She faces death on more than one occasion but somehow makes it through. I would attribute it to a mix of luck and skill.
I liked her a lot as a character. She’s tough when she needs to be but she is also fragile even though she tries to hide it constantly. I liked that despite her being a superhuman of sorts, she was relatively normal mentally compared to us humans.
Abel is undeniably handsome and charismatic. This is mentioned several times in the book but it can also be seen through his actions and words. Oftentimes in a book we are told. It is another skill entirely to show. I believe the author did both, particularly when it came to Abel.
He is strong and loyal and I liked that you could see his maturity progress throughout the novel despite some of his questionable decisions. He isn’t labeled as impulsive as that is Azreah’s trademark, but I would go out on a limb and say that he is impulsive too.
Ace frustrates me. At the beginning you think you might like him, but he is actually a jerk in my eyes. He thinks selfishly and always seems to have a hidden agenda that he shares only through the gleam in his eyes. He’s someone that I wished would just stop and be a good person.
I liked that the author didn’t make every character perfect or likable. I like Ace but I don’t. Like I said, he’s frustrating and yet, he’s technically on the good side. The author could have easily made all the characters on the “good” side awesome and all the characters on the “bad” side loathsome. But, she didn’t. She intermingled likable and unlikable traits on both sides.
The Present and Past Collide Forming One Complete Story
Another part of the story that I liked was that as I followed along Azreah’s journey, I was thrown back and forth between the present and flashbacks. I thought that this might get confusing but it ended up being seemless. I can’t imagine the amount of effort it must have taken to make sure everything coincided at just the right moments.
In Miscreants, the past brings you up to the present and the present is reliant on the past. The flashbacks were mainly their for clarification. They helped bring the pieces of the puzzle together. I think it also easily could have been another book but I quite enjoyed the format as it was in this one. It makes me wonder if that will continue in book 2.
No, I won’t give any spoilers away! I’m actually just commending the amount of detail that was put into the story. Azreah describes everything she experiences through all of her senses. You know what everything looks like, feels like, smells like and tastes like. I don’t know about you but detail is everything to me. If I can’t see or experience what I am reading, then I am not invested into the story. Because of the detail I was able to disappear into the story which is what every reader wants. Right?
What Stopped Me From Giving This Book 5 Stars?
I am very selective when it comes to handing out 5 stars. This book was close to that but what stopped that from happening was the ending. Please know that this is a matter of opinion and preference and you may love the ending when you read it. For me, I was disappointed. And I will attempt to tell you why without giving any spoilers away.
As I stated earlier, this fantasy novel is action-packed. The end is no different. Right up until the end it was action action action, and then nothing. It went from “oh my gosh” to no action for the last page or two. For me, the intensity was lost whereas I would have preferred the intensity leave me hanging through to the end.
Star Rating For Miscreants
I really enjoyed this read…a lot. I think any of you who love fantasy will love this book. And for those of you who would like to dip your toes into the world of fantasy, this is a great starter book. I loved everything about Miscreants except for the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the ending and I am eager to read the next book. I just thought the ending could have been better. For this reason, I am giving this book a 4.5/5 stars.
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After reading this book I really only have one question for you. What is your ideal ending to a book? Let me know in the comments below and let’s have a discussion!
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