Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Release (the Protector #3)

Author: M.R. Merrick
Format: eARC
Print Length: 
Publisher: self-published
Published: Dec. 10, 2012 

After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.

Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made - especially regarding Rayna.

One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past - sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight. 

My Thoughts

Best book so far in the series. The story answers some questions for the reader- Rayna’s role, their relationship. Yet the ending leaves so many more questions unanswered that the reader will be compelled to read the four book just to see where the character’s go. 

Release begins immediately after the battle that ended Shifted. There is an uneasy alliance between the ware-cats, werewolves, witches and demon hunters. Arain is stalking Chase- unbeknown to his daddy, Riley. Chase and Tiki set out to find Krulear, demon who sees the future, hoping that she has seen something to help him. A new threat comes into the picture with Vincent’s estranged family showing up and harming his hive. Normally this would not be Chase’s problem but Tiki is a half-demon of his word. Chase is stuck helping someone he cannot stand. 

Chase has grown over the last two books- his arrogance has lessened. This is not always a good thing, since it does let self-doubt in. He has some selfish mean moments usually when dealing with Vincent. With the previous book we were given some answers to Rayna’s strangely mixed blood. We have grown to understand her ware-cat side better but her witching side is still having issues. Gram (my favorite character of the series) will step in and train Rayna. It will be Gram who realizes that something is not right with Rayna’s magic. 

Once Chase does find Krulear she tells him of a task, one that he must do. The task that she burdens Chase is with enormous. One in which Rayna plays a key role. Yet they become separated. 

The ending is spectacular- just enough anguish, tension and well drama to keep the reader interested. Rayna and Chase are separated when something horrible happens. How will they react? Will Chase get back to Rayna in time for her to be able to do her part in helping him protect humanity? Did that character really die? Oh my goodness that character is dead! 

My Rating 4 stars out of 5

Favorite Quote “Wonderful,” I said. “We have Vincent, the day-walking vampire. Blade would be so proud.”

Other Characters

Marcus- Demon hunter who raised Rayna 
Willy- stuttering demon who is also a werewolf, Chase’s best friend 
Vincent- vampire leader of the town, to be honest he gets on my nerves 
Tiki- half-demon from another dimension, feels he must follow Chase on his quest, honor bound to help Vincent 
Gram- Willy’s granny, a cankerous old witch with a mouth full of sarcasm

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