Monster (A Cassidy Edwards Novel #1) by Carmen Caine

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So I finished this book almost a week ago now, but I’ve been putting off writing a review because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I know I didn’t absolutely love this book but I also know that I didn’t hate this book and usually for me, when it comes to books, it’s either one or the other. I guess this book just came out kinda of meh for me.

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There was nothing wrong with the writing, the story building or the characters yet I just couldn’t get excited about this book. Truthfully the only reason I finished it instead of just marking it as dnf is because I didn’t finish two other books within the last two weeks and I didn’t want to add a third in such a short time.

The blurb on this book is extremely vague and I was intrigued by what was meant by:

The Job
Trapping a sixteenth-century Scottish Highlander of a vampire who just might be seduction itself.
The Team
A firedrake with an attitude, a werewolf with a problem, and an imp in dire need of rehab.
The Boss
A dangerously powerful warlock as handsome as sin.
My Problem: Bluffing my way into a job, my first mission into the Charmed world opens a Pandora’s box of betrayal and secrets … along with attractions of the most lethal kind.

In storyline of the book is actually really good in theory I don’t know why I just couldn’t get into it. Cassidy is a one of a kind supernatural creature who, until she runs across the yummy Lucian one day, believes the supernatural species consists of Vampires and her. Of courses she’s wrong and there’s hundreds of different species of supernatural. Cassidy, who has been after revenge her whole life, views meeting and joining Lucian’s team of supernaturals as a chance to learn more about a world she didn’t know existed, herself, and the one she is after.

I liked Cassidy I liked how she was strong and didn’t take shit from anyone – she’s sarcastic and independent.  I also liked how Caine had Cassidy learning all about this world she didn’t know existed slowly and by the end of the book she still is nowhere near knowing everything someone who grew up in the world would know. I find the way Caine did this to be more realistic to how it would be in real life to learn about a whole new world, instead of if she was to learn everything straight away.

I guess part of the reason I couldn’t get into this book was because I really didn’t like Lucian. I honestly like Dorian (who’s the bad guy) like 15 billion times more. I wanted her to be with Dorian, and that was never really an option, just when presented with Lucian and Anyone Else I’ve decided I’ll go with Anyone Else. I just found Lucian to be boring.

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And how am I supposed to want a character to be my new book boyfriend if I don’t absolutely love them!!!!

The side characters weren’t developed very well. They’re present throughout the majority of the novel yet they’re very 2 dimensional characters. Although, Caine tried to make these characters have unique personalities and backstories so very very little time is spent on these characters apart from to mention they’re present and what they have to contribute to the conversation. Even now as I’m writing this I’m trying to remember what the lizard shifter and werewolf’s names are and I just for the life of me recall. These two characters are literally in 70% of the book (they’re part of Lucian’s supernatural team) and I only finished this book two days ago and I can’t think of their names. I think that speaks volumes on how unimportant these suppose-to-be-important characters are. However, I will admit I did love Ricky, Cassidy’s imp. He was pretty amazing, it does make me want to have a sidekick imp even if he’s addicted to turmeric and a bit of a sleazy at times – its part of his annoyingly-lovable charm.

I don’t know what else to write… I just don’t really have an opinion on this book. I equal parts liked it and equal parts didn’t like it. There is nothing – really nothing – wrong with the writing or the plot I just couldn’t get into it and get excited. I probably won’t read the next Cassidy Edward’s novel to come out

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About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

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