Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
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Unborn by Amber Lynn Natusch
Series: Unborn #1
Published by: 47North on 2014-08-26
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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About the Book:
Born into mystery. Shackled to darkness…
Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a group of immortal warriors sworn to protect the city. Khara needs their help to unravel the tangled secrets of who and what she is—secrets many seem willing to kill for. But time is running out, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer necessity binds her to an arrogant fallen angel.
Can their shaky alliance withstand that which threatens her, or will her soul fall victim to the unholy forces that hunt her―those that seek the Unborn?
From the author of the bestselling Caged series comes a pulse-pounding new series of supernatural romance.
Unborn is the first book in a new series by Amber Lynn Natusch. If you enjoy a Greek mythological base with some modern tweaks and modifications, action, and a heroine trying to find out where she comes from, I would recommend giving Unborn a try.
Khara has spent half of her life in the Underworld with Hades and the other half of her life on earth with her adoptive mother, Demeter. Having no idea who her parents are, she was left in the care of Hades and soon became the payoff for Demeter allowing Persephone to spend the winter with Hades. Khara has never been particularly fond of Demeter, but she received nothing but kindness from the ruler of the Underworld. Her life is fairly routine until she is abruptly taken from the Underworld, only to be brought to the run-down city of Detroit. Upon arriving, she discovers the identity of her father, as well as the fact that she has several half-brothers she never knew about. Add in the fact that evil forces seem to be swarming around Detroit and Khara’s life just got more complicated than she ever imagined.
I was so excited to start this story. I love Greek mythology, and I thought the premise sounded really interesting. Having finished the story, I must say I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but I still enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. Khara was an… interesting heroine, but I had a hard time getting attached to her. She’s a fairly cold and distant individual, and she speaks in a very particular way. None of this is her fault; I would imagine that growing up in the Underworld has a lot to do with the way Khara acts. However, I didn’t necessarily think she grew throughout the novel.
Some of Khara’s brothers were good characters that I enjoyed reading about. Kierson could be funny and warm-hearted when he wasn’t being creepily pervy about his own sister, but the rest of the brothers seemed as though they had the same exact personality to me. They were all extremely overprotective, and had violent tendencies. Then there’s Oz, the fallen angel who is sometimes an ally, but who is mostly in things for his own interests. Oz was probably my favorite character, but I even had a hard time getting emotionally attached to him.
The plot of the story is what kept me going through the book. I wanted to know about Khara’s past, I wanted to know who was after her, and I was hoping I could find out about her brother’s pasts as well. Mostly I wanted to see Khara either become really close to her brothers, or return to her home in the Underworld. The story did get a bit slow at points, but for the most part it kept me entertained and I would be interested to see how the second book in the series goes, especially with how things ended in this one.
I’m going to give Unborn 4 out of 5 controllers. I had a lot of issues with the characters, and I did have a hard time getting through it at some points, but I love Greek mythology, I thought the plot was interesting, and I have hopes that the second book will reveal more than this one did.