Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review Beast Hood by A.Z. Green (Book 1)

The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once.

Stop, she ordered. What are you doing?!
So hungryyyyy, snarled a primal voice deep within her. 
Don’t you dare! she screamed back. 
But the primal hunger ignored her pleas and took over her body, forcing her rational voice deep within the crevices of her mind.

What would you do if you discovered you weren't human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will?
What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?
If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn't, make you say and act in ways you wouldn't and overwhelm your whole existence?
If everything you'd ever known about your life was a lie?

In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.

When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal-side she's willing to let in.

And if it is worth the risk...

My Thoughts & Review 
Received book for a honest review
Cover: Great cover! It as if she is hiding a secret in which Jaz, main lady, is doing in this story! 
Genre(s): paranormal romance, urban fantasy, young adult, new adult 

It had a great story line but for me the tempo of it was a bit slow even though this may be a favored style for other readers. The romance is building in this book but not quite there yet. Some readers may not agree with how this love interest evolved from, I in the other hand read the story how the author wanted it to be. The author is extremely detailed and at times I do think it is unnecessary information and slows the pace of the book, especially the thirty something characters she introduces in book one. I almost feel like I should have a notepad to remember them all. The style of writing is also different. The author writes in different character's view and timing from past to present. This book is under 'dark paranormal romance', to me it wasn't 'dark' other than maybe the reasoning where the love interest comes from...

However, when the story is moving it's kicking! Our leading lady, Jaz, is learning about herself and who she really is. Many secrets are revealed and choices have to be made. She is a feisty character which I like and it shows in many parts of the story.  
Driver is the moody, alpha pack leader. He has suffered losses in his life and looking for his future mate while there is 'spy' and liars under his pack. 
There's a few fight scenes including Jaz in her own and Driver in a dual battle. 

I do think if the author focused on a smaller amount of characters, their personality would of shown a lot better in the writing. A.Z. is definitely a talented writer and is only going to improve in her future writings! Recommended read

Holding her breath, she leant forward and dunked her head into the water, staying under for no more than half a minute when a loud, sharp vibration reverberated through the water, coming from somewhere above. She jumped back and gasped; her wet hair flopped back splashing water across her chest and back.
She darted her eyes at the border of trees. Nothing. Her gaze panned across the river, then the lake. Apart from the splashing, trickling, crashing water there was nothing. No sounds. No crickets, no wildlife. She listened hard, forcing her hearing to penetrate through the distracting cacophony of the river.
She'd heard something. It was loud and sharp enough to vibrate the water. It had sounded like... A growl, she thought. Her muscles locked. Her blood turned to ice water. As if the creature sensed her fear, another guttural growl thundered through the night air, coming from her side of the river. Right behind her. Before she could see what is was, she spotted movement in the trees to her north-east. Her eyes caught the shape as it lurked in the woods. Whatever it was, it wasn't human.  She tried not to squeal, clamping her lips tight.  
Something prowled through the grass towards her and she swung round. The field was overgrown, the grass reaching up to her knees, so she couldn’t see who it was. The sight of a creature crouched down about fifty feet away caused her to release a strangled cry. Within the shards of grass there were two dark, piercing eyes, ringed in white, and staring straight at her.  She saw a flash of fang-like teeth as the creature snarled. Her legs reacted so fast she stumbled forward, falling onto her knees. Her right one landed on a sharp rock, sending a shooting pain through her leg. She gasped. She heard a loud bark that she knew was the creature breaking into a run and she jumped up, wheezing in panic. Her knee cried out in anguish but she forced herself to move, feeling the trickle of blood down her leg. She sprinted across the shallow area of river and crashed through it to the other side. If the predator couldn't see her, it could definitely hear her.
She ripped through the trees knowing it was a bad idea, but she was desperate to get away. She dodged the enormous trees and protruding roots, weeds, and bushes, all the time aware of how much closer the creature was gaining. She looked back and saw the gigantic, muscular beast of death rampaging towards her. She then saw two more Beasts not far behind it. Then another three. She couldn't look back anymore, nearly getting whipped in the face by a low hanging branch as she turned. She sprung forward so fast that she was leaning almost parallel to the floor. Stones, twigs and weeds grazed her bare feet; she winced when a thorn embedded itself in her left foot, but she didn't stop; she couldn't stop, she had to keep moving. Growls lashed the air; rabbits and other rodents scurried away, hiding in their little hidey-holes in the ground and under tree roots. At that moment she wished to God to be that small and disappear into the earth.
She shrieked when she sensed the Beast a hair away from her. She could feel its hot, damp breath on her back, hear it panting and snarling, its claws clicking on the ground as it ran. She couldn't help but look back again but she misjudged the level of the ground and stumbled into a pothole, twisting her ankle. Her body whipped round as she plunged headfirst, landing flat on her back, inches away from being lashed apart by the Beast's claws. A screech got lodged in her throat as the ground knocked the air out of her lungs. She felt a sharp waft of air as the Beast jumped over her rather than risk tripping, landing a few feet past her head.
She sat up, grasping her twisted, throbbing ankle as she gaped at the Beast. This is it? This is how I'm going to die? she thought, horrified and oddly disappointed. Eaten my own species...?


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  1. Thanks so much for this review. I thought it was fair and well thought out. I really appreciate it. And BTW, your blog is lovely! Xx

  2. Thank you for the opportunity of letting me review your books! You have a great story going on with this series and the talent shows with the development of book two! It's definitely a twist in a unique plot with many new turns! Good luck with your future writing! :)
    Thank you