Trix lives in The House – a place where wayward shifters go for comfort and control. And they need it now more than ever. Shifters are going missing and Trix was almost one of them. Her out-of-control magic bought her life-saving time when five rogue vampyres tried to take her and Stripes (another shifter). They were saved by an unexpected (and unwelcomed) hunter, a hunter that Trix fears will turn his weapon upon her if he learns her true name.
Back at The House, Trix’s growing magic, rogue vampyres, and a new shifter (Eddie), turn Trix’s life up side down. Her friend, Shayana (a fellow shifter) disappears without a trace leaving Trix with only one place to turn for help, her grandfather (a powerful witch of the Covenant).
Behind the Covenant’s walls, Trix continues the struggle with her growing magic (which until now had always been natural to her) and her newfound telepathy – which brings her sanity to the edge of madness and she must fight to regain control.
On top of all that, the witches won’t help in the search for the missing shifters, they want to bring Trix in for a trial to conduct testing on her telepathy (which will more than likely end in her execution), rules are changing, and other shifters discover changes within themselves as well. Will Trix and her friends uncover the truth behind the missing shifters and can they find them before it’s too late?
On a positive note, the overall story and plot was enjoyable. I found myself thinking about different parts throughout the day and looking forward to reading more. However, my enthusiasm took a nose dive shortly after picking it up again because of the typos/errors in spelling and grammar. In the beginning, the story meandered and traveled tangents that added nothing substantial to the story. Other issues included unnecessary repetition (shifters eat a lot, Trix was a slut when she was a teenager, etc.); contradictions (in the first chapter, Trix says she’s 19, then in the next chapter she says she’s 22); poor sentence construction (so at the beginning it reads like Trix is sad or mad, but at the end she’s laughing with fellow shifters. She wants to be alone, but she wants physical contact because “she’s so messed up”). And there are also times where things “jump” from one topic to another without any connection in between, which caused differing levels of confusion. There were also portions that the author teased you with and then skipped over completely (like Hannah’s first shift!).
I also got a little annoyed at Trix’s reliance and dependency on Marie – it made Trix seem really selfish and that made her difficult to like at times. She refers to herself as a spoiled brat from time to time, and I think that is a very apt description. One moment, she’s weak, falling apart and emotionally wrecked one moment, then the next moment she’s all “I gotta be strong, too much to do now” the next. It’s hard to pin down her personality because it’s constantly shifting – and maybe that’s something the author was trying for, but for me it makes a character hard to read, difficult to like, tough to care about, and confusing. And all of that made it impossible to immerse myself in the story.
The book finally starts to take off about 65% into it (when Trix and her shifter buddies find out where the missing shifters are being kept and set out to rescue them). After that, there’s a lot more action and less trivial rubbish.
This is yet another example of a book that could have been much better, possibly even earning 4.5 out of 5 stars, if only it went through a few more rounds of revisions.
Overall rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 16 & up.
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I received a free eBook of The House from Goodreads-Making Connections in exchange for an honest review.