Penumbra by Keri Arthur

Posted August 4, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Penumbra by Keri ArthurPenumbra by Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad #3
Format: eARC
Published by Dell Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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.

So I do love Keri Arthur, one of these days I am going to get around to reviewing all the books by her that I have read, but needless to say she is one of my go to authors when I am looking for a familiar urban fantasy, she’s just one of those people I can count on to write an enjoyable book. I enjoyed the second book in this series, so I figured I was going to enjoy this book just as much. Truth is, for the most part I really did like the book, the ending just killed me.

So one of the best things about this book is the pacing and the writing. Arthur always does a great job with pacing and just storytelling in general, and I really did thing that the pacing in this book was really good, and the action in the story just kept me wanting to know more of what was going to happen next. I think part of what I really liked about this book was going along for the ride with Sam, I mean watching her figure out her powers and how to use them was really fun for me. Also, part of what makes me really like Arthur’s books is that they always have some kind of mystery element to it, and I liked how this series the mystery has to do with a whole government conspiracy/cover ups. I liked trying to figure out what was going on, and wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Part of what worked for me in this book was the relationship between Sam and Gabriel. In my urban fantasys I like for there to be some kind of romance element, but I don’t want it to overpower the story. I’m much more a slow and steady when in it comes to romance in UF, I like the build up. And there is a lot of build up between Sam and Gabriel during the course of the book. They have this whole love/hate thing going on, I mean they always seem to be coming up against each other, which makes for some interesting tension between them.

In the end though, the ending is what really ticked me off. I mean there is so much build up and slow going in this book that when you get to the end you either want the payoff or some really good cliff hanger that we know is going to be resolved in the next book. But you really get neither in this book. Kind of makes me wish I had just read book two, at least in that one I felt like I had a satisfying ending to the book. It always bums me out when a book is really good and then the ending just really kills the awesomeness of the book.

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About Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and recently won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs.

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