Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Parts & Wreck: Less than the Sum of its Parts.
Parts & Wreck: A Parts Department Novel
Publishing House: Entangled: Covet
Publication: November 25th 2013
Review written by Lady Entropy
Wade Crowson, a brutish and brooding playboy and veteran vivisectionist for the Parts Department, runs into more than he bargained for in new partner, Lucid Montgomery, a quirky beauty with a bizarre secret and a string of psychiatric diagnoses she tries hard to keep hidden. Loving Luce will stamp a demonic target on her back and thrust Wade into a frenzied whirlwind of hilarious misunderstandings and, quite possibly, a stripping gig for emptynesters. Can they withstand the savagery of an exorcism (with or without the split pea soup) and come out alive and …in love?
ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review
The concept for Parts & Wreck is kinda interesting, and, at least, somewhat original: demons transfer into new victims via transplants of "cursed" organs or other bits, and there is a rogue Vatican group that exorcises such victims by removing such organs (most of the times, without permission) - the Parts Department. The PD is lead by a hard-drinking, heavy cussing former nun, who is the best character of the series.
And this is where the good things of the book end. I had to force myself to keep reading because it wasn't particularly engaging. Too much time was spent with Luce obsessing over her attraction towards Wade, to the point where I didn't know what this book wanted to be - (badly written) Romance or Urban Fantasy. Normally, both mesh very well, but in this one, it was almost jarring the jump from one genre to the other. A great deal of the book went by before something important happened, and the "great conflict" was all but thrown on us.
The exploration of Luce's "imaginary" friend felt ludicrous, even pointless -- until the plot twist is revealed, and then you realize it was all a set up (and a clumsy one at that) just to have that that particularly plot twist revealed.
Luce felt schizophrenic in how she jumped from "Oh noes, I am teh crazy!" to "OMG Wade is SOOOOOO hot! FLIRT FLIRT FLIRT" and to "We must do this job right!" and so I couldn't care much for her plight or her as a protagonist at all.
Then, there were the typos.
Look, writers, when I, a NON-native English speaker can be jarred by your typos, it's time to change your editor.
All in all, not a "bad" book. But certainly one you can pass.