Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

October 2, 2014 Review 2

Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn NatuschUnborn by Amber Lynn Natusch
Series: Unborn #1
Published by 47north on August 26, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Some sex scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
3 Stars

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?

Turns out I don’t have a lot to say about UNBORN. It was an interesting story, a little fallen angel, some Greek gods thrown in, and some nasty evil types that like to feed on souls and leave the unsuspecting human empty and free for possession by evil. All of this happening in the abandoned sections of Detroit during some pretty spectacular battle scenes.

UNBORN has a wide array of characters and all bring something special to the story – Pierson’s seriousness, Kierson’s goofiness, Drew’s calm and Casey’s anger, even Oz’s arrogance.. The brothers work well together and balance each other out nicely, providing an even dose of comic relief and exposition. Khara is a little harder to get to know, or even get a feel for. Her formal speech is perfectly in character for her, and fitting a life lived outside of the human world, but it also makes it hard to get to know or get a feel for. I felt the lack of any real exposition about her history before the story starts. The allusions to what she’s lived through in the Underworld were interesting, but at times too much allusion and not enough fact.

UNBORN’s plot is an engaging one and kept my interest, at the same time, though, it was again too much allusion and not enough fact. Call it sloppy world-building in that I never got a real feel between the Dark Ones and Light Ones, the fallen, the brothers and their connection to the Greek god Ares, even the Unborn themselves. I knew enough to keep reading, but the story itself felt a little thin and not fleshed out enough that I ever felt comfortable in the world.

There will be a sequel, I’m sure, based on the ending and I might very well go back to find out what happens, but I’m still on the fence about it.

Series Titles:

1. Unborn

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2 Responses to “Review: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch”

  1. Sarah

    I’ve seen this book all over the internet lately. I think I’ll check it out from the library… I’m not dying to go out and buy it, but it sounds interesting enough.

    Midwest Darling

  2. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    I started to read this book but it wasn’t holding my interest; I might pick it up again at a later date. It’s a shame about the sloppy world-building but I’m glad to hear the plot was engaging.

    A great review.