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Tellulah Darling

Tellulah Darling writes YA & New Adult romantic comedy because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.

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Title maybe not the greatest but series definitely is

Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop

I really enjoy stories that explore humanity from an outsider's perspective and this series does that brilliantly. Who are truly the monsters, the animals, the others? Sci-fi and fantasy have always excelled at using "alien" races/species to explore the best and worst of our own traits and tendencies, and Bishop's series definitely continues in that tradition.

You have to read this series in order. Only that way will you understand and appreciate the clever build of both global and interpersonal conflict as Others and humans come together to create a new and fragile understanding and appreciation of each other. Like the best of these stories, we, the reader, are in it for the way in which that world strife becomes so personal to the characters we love, most notably Simon and Meg. Don't come to these books looking for the typical paranormal romance because you won't find it. Their relationship over the series unfolds with such caution, curiosity, and care and is all the more interesting for it.

My general quibble with the second to last (proposed) book in a series is that it all too often feels like filler. A whole bunch of anticipation for the actual battle to come. That is absolutely not the case here. In fact, I'm completely baffled as to where book five might actually go. If I did have a complaint, it is that there are so many characters to keep track of by this point, that our Simon and Meg time feels compromised. However, that feels like it will be addressed in a profound way in the final book, so as long as the wait doesn't kill me, all good.

 

Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group / ROC for a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.