Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review: They Call Me Death by Missy Jane

Review: They Call Me Death
Series: Shape Shifter - Book 1
Author: Missy Jane
No. of Pages: 208
Release Date: 1st December 2009
Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain…

My name is Alexia Williams. In my world, North America is divided between north and south—but not the way it’s taught in the history books.

After losing my family to the shifters, I joined the Combined Human States Army. Now I find myself on the front lines, defending the wall between my species and theirs. My mission is simple: keep the animals on their side by whatever means necessary—and I’m good at it. I don’t talk to them. I don’t sympathize with them. I sure as hell don’t admire them…until one saves my life.

Andor isn’t like any shifter I’ve ever met. He’s a three-hundred-year-old golden eagle asking for help finding missing shifters who may be in my lands. I just have to decide between helping the animals or ignoring signs that my fellow humans aren’t what I thought they were.

But how can I help a species I hate and fear? Even if Andor makes me feel alive again?

In the land of the shifters…they call me Death.

My Thoughts:


They Call Me Death is a fabulous debut book.

We look through the eyes of Alexia Williams at a world overrun by shifters. After watching her husband and son killed by shifters she has become one of the top fighters for the human defence force. Defending the wall daily and killing any shifters that cause trouble. Alexia is portrayed as a strong woman, but really she has put a lid on all of her emotions. She doesn't feel and doesn't care about the various life-threatening situations she puts herself through.

Then, along comes Andor, the shape-shifting Golden Eagle. Andor is smart, sexy and strong. He protects Alexia after puting her life in danger by contacting her. Andor changes everything. Alexia starts to feel again, but is confused because she's dealing with a creature that is the reason her family is dead.

Watching Alexia struggle with her emotions about Andor and trying to keep him from reading the thoughts about her true feelings from her mind is quite entertaining.

The development of the characters was very well done, giving each character a unique voice. The build-up of the relationships was evenly paced and very believable. Although there were feelings from the start Alexia stuck with her gut about Shifters and wouldn't give into her emotions, the romance had time to mature and become something special, not just a quick jump in the sack.

I encourage anyone who likes shape-shifters to read it because it is a new take on the genre, the detail put into Andor shifting into an eagle and the feelings attached to his animal side are incredible. When Alexia touched the feathers, I almost felt like I did too.

The only bad thing about this book are the time jumps, they are unexpected and oddly done. We can jump hours or days from one sentence to the next which involved a bit of re-reading on my part to understand what was going on. Other than that, for a debut author the style was if a little simple, very well done.

They Call Me Death is fast-paced and once we get more into the story, completely unputdownable. Things move along quickly without skipping important details which keep us enthralled from start to finish.


Warning: This book does contain explicit language and sexual material aswell as a mild beastiality reference.


22 comments:

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

Ooh! I really want to read it!

Sarah said...

Fab review Amanda! I really am going to have to get hold of this book after reading your review :o) I'm sure I'm going to like this series!!

Lori said...

I still want to read it. It has been on my wishlist for awhile.

May said...

Shape-shifting? This definitely sounds interesting! :)

Kathrin said...

I have an award for you!

Liz said...

I thinks is an awesomw review and the book is a jewel ! I want it in my shelf ^^

kisses!

BookFreak said...

OHHH
I love the idea of the book. Never have I read about a girl who is in a secretish army and then about an eagle.

This sounds fun!

Missy Jane said...

Thanks for reading and reviewing my book! I sincerely appreciate it. I'm ecstatic to be called "unputdownable" ;-)
-Missy Jane

Wings said...

glad you like hun. keep writing them like you did they call me death and i will read every single one :)

Mama Bookworm said...

Sounds really good! If not for your blog I don’t know if I would have discovered them.

Sharli said...

I like what you said about a new take on shifters. I like being surprised so that's a good thing. Sounds like a good read, I'll have to add it to my TBR list :)

elizabeth said...

Great review! Thanks :)

Rae Reads said...

This book sounds amazing. I haven't wanted to read a book this bad in a long time. lol It's going on my TBR list for sure.

Great review.

Black Serenity said...

Wow what a great review I haven't heard much of this book and I wasn't planning to read this but after the review i seem very interested.

SandyG265 said...

I'm not sure that I'm going to like the time jumps that you mentioned but I still think I will give the book a try. The story sounds interesting.

van_pham said...

great interview! The book sounds awesome.

Marianna said...

Sounds good! I like when relationships are developed slower, and more realistically!

buddyt said...

I would have liked a bit more about the actual story. I seems just about the relationship but surely there are other things happening ?

Otherwise I enjoyed the review but would need more to actually buy the book.

Carol T

Cherry said...

"Great review" ;)
[I can't resist that]

How about the ending? Did it close the story nicely or is it a cliffhanger?

Nicely dissected! Thanks for sharing your views Amanda!

bookaholic said...

Wonderful review! I loved it!
World run by shape-shifters? Whoa! Sounds scary and exciting at the same time..
I love women 'ass-busters'! I think I am going to love this book!
A question for you Amanda-if you had the chance,what would your shafe-shifter be? ;)

EVA SB said...

Ohh this sounds exciting definitely something I'd want to read.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Thank you for your review, I always like reading about shifters, but can't recall I've ever read about shifters other than mammals. When I read the blurb and the beginning of your review I was worried and wondering if it was believable that Alexia after having shifters kill her husband and child(!) could get past that and fall for a shifter ina blink of an eye. But you reassured me stating that it didn't happen immediately and it was written realistically, so thank you! I'm definitely interested in reading this book, sounds exciting! :-)

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