Thursday, November 6, 2014

PENUMBRA by Keri Arthur

Rating: D

Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

My thoughts on the book:
This novel annoyed me, mainly because the ending isn't conclusive and the series isn't going to continue. I feel like the least that Arthur could do is rewrite the ending to make it conclusive since the books are getting reprinted, but apparently that wasn't an option. Because of that, I really didn't like the book. That and Sam just got on my nerves. I finished this book, but I kind of wish I hadn't read it. I liked the other two novels so much better.

Between Sam and Gabriel, I spent most of the novel wanting to hit something - or someone. They are both so stubborn, and it just got on my nerves. It was okay for the first two books, but something needed to give in this last installment, but nope. They just stayed annoying for most of the story. I didn't feel like they grew at all. I hate when characters don't develop.

The plot itself was pretty pretty slow moving, in my opinion. It didn't keep me interested like the first two books did. Everything just seemed to drag. I felt that more stuff should have been explained, and as I previously mentioned, I hated the ending. I was bored a lot during this book, so it took me longer to read than it should have.

Overall, I really didn't like this book. It wasn't the worst thing that I've ever read, but it certainly wasn't the best. I've come to expect more from Keri Arthur than that.

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