Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: Lineage by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Book 3 in the Demons Of Oblivion series
Author:  Skyla Dawn Cameron
Publisher:  Mundania Press
Author's website: Link
What’s a woman to do when her dad’s the antichrist, her grandma’s the devil, the end of the world is at her doorstep, and she’s out to avenge the murders of her husband and kids?

Kill everything in her way.

Quarter-demon Peri Takata exists with but one goal in mind: annihilate everyone responsible for the death of her family. Then—her need for vengeance quelled—she plans to take her own life.

Her mission brings her to the vampire Zara Lain, the only known survivor of the event that destroyed Peri’s family five years ago. Hunting down a secret society of those who don’t want to be found has its challenges, however, especially when forces are working to keep the antichrist’s daughter very much alive. The apocalypse is closing in and Peri may be playing a role in it whether she wants to or not.

But when a heart long-thought dead begins to beat again with love for another, she’s not so sure about anything anymore.
Peri Takata is out for revenge against the ones that were responsible for murdering her family.  She works for a top secret government agency by the name of Bravo Division and through them she is able to get a contact name.   This contact knows information on who was responsible for the death of her family.  She ends up meeting Zara Lain, a vampire and main character of book 1 in the series Bloodlines.  Zara knows who was responsible and decides to point Peri in the right direction.  Things don't happen like they think it will and before you know it things begin to go downhill.  There is so much action in this book and so much happens that I found myself exhausted for the characters.  So many battles as Peri tries to get to the bottom of things all while trying to keep the quarter demon part of her in check.  That part of her wants to go home and there are times throughout the book that it feels closer to Oblivion.  Peri has to battle that internal part of herself in order to see her mission out as well as try to keep a piece of her humanity intact.

I had a hard time connecting to Peri's character while reading the book.  For the most part, I understand why she wants revenge.  As a mother and wife I could only imagine how desolate she must feel to be alone and to have had her whole family taken away from her.  Heck I would want revenge as well.  But Peri will literally kill anyone that gets in her way.  Her anger is so strong that she doesn't realize just how detached from humanity she has become.  But at the same time, I loved how skillful she was at getting the job done.  Peri can fight, shoot, and she's smart when figuring things out.  Although I didn't like her character overall, I liked this part about her.
I'm giving Lineage a rating of:
While most of the book is action packed, there were some parts that were slower than others for me.  I did enjoy the interactions that the characters had with one another and it was great to read about Zara Lain again.  She's been the central figure that connects all the books together and her character always entertains.  The next book in the series is going to be a huge one for this series and I can't wait to read it.  I'm enjoying the direction in which this series is taking and love how all of the books are interconnected with one another.  I'm sure that the author Skyla Dawn Cameron has planned for lots of excitement for the future and her readers will be looking forward to reading it.

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