Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Cerberus by P.K. Gallagher

For Kaeden Parish, life in Solace has always followed certain rules—everything makes sense, everything can be planned for, and everything is as it seems. Unfortunately, the secret harbored by his gorgeous, albeit guarded girlfriend is about to shatter all of that.

After a successful attack on his life opens his eyes to a world of war, shadows, and supernatural creatures—a world he didn’t plan for—Kaeden finds himself resembling the sort of monster he has always feared. As he desperately struggles to resist a new temptation, danger draws ever nearer, threatening the ones he loves most. A prophecy tells of a final battle and great destruction, and Kaeden must decide which side he is on, a choice that could mean the end of the world.

In Book 1 of the Solace Series, P.K. Gallagher pulls readers into a realm where good and evil are at war, and the outcome of it all rests on one young man’s decision to either go and live...or stay and die.

This is where Parish begins.

My Rating: 4

My Review: 

Cerberus is an excellent beginning to a series, and is almost a pleasant surprise for readers. I must admit, I was a bit nervous to read another story that involves vampires, but Gallagher does the supernatural creatures justice. Not completely revolving around that plot line alone, Cerberus is unique, suspenseful and filled with action.
Kaeden is definitely an interesting character to read about, and a great voice. In the beginning, he does seem to be a bit stereotypical (hot guy working at a bookstore? Why doesn't that happen more in my neighborhood?) but soon develops into someone that readers really get emotionally attached to. 

My favorite character, however, was Caleb. There was a lot of mystery revolving around him that kept my eyes glued to the pages, eager to figure out more about his past. He has the sarcastic, entertaining lines that every good novel needs to contain. I am always a fan of characters that push limits and make readers question whether they are good or evil, and Gallagher was able to craft this kind of character beautifully.

Cerberus is the exact of of dark writing that I love to read about in books. Through the death and destruction and certain gruesome scenes, the tone at times can be entertaining. This creates a great balance of emotion that continues through the novel.

Certain points of the book were a bit slow, but normally picked up immediately afterward. I also would not have minded seeing a  little bit more of the fallen angels. The way that they were described was different from most novels, and I found the character very intriguing to learn more about. 

The ending of Cerberus is absolutely dynamic, and leaves the reader thirsty for more. Filled with action and imagery that allowed me to see the scene play out, and nearly give chills as well, I am excited to see what happens next.

All fans of the supernatural and YA fantasy should definitely look into reading Cerberus, they will definitely not be disappointed.

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