Ruminations: Dark Expectations

blog tour banner2I recently received an advance review copy of Dark Expectations, the second book in the Soul Sisters series by Janiera Eldridge.  As part of the Dark Expectations blog tour, I’d like to offer up a few thoughts about the story for those who enjoy a good paranormal romance read.  I’m trying to avoid spoilers so I may be vague but feel free to chat about it in the comments.

My first thoughts on reading Dark Expectations were colored by the fact that I don’t have much experience in reading paranormal romance.  To be quite honest, I wanted to read this story mostly for the cover.  The women on it actually look like women that I’ve known and it’s refreshing to see a novel full of diverse characters who play a number of complex roles in their universe.  This is one of the aspects of Dark Expectations that really stood out for me–I see too few books (particularly those set in modern cities) that actually reflect the world I live in in terms of who is represented in it.

The focus of this series is the relationships between different creatures in the supernatural world.  I haven’t read the first novel in the series–while I wouldn’t say that I had trouble catching up, I feel as if I ought to go back and do so.  There were a lot of nuances in the plot that I think I missed, yet it was very easy to understand what had happened in the previous book.  In fact, one of the interesting aspects of this story was that it places a character (Ani) in a situation of leadership for which she doesn’t feel ready.  I find power shifts fascinating to read about and I think that not only does Dark Expectations start the story out with one, but it lays the foundation to continue exploring what is ultimately somewhat interrupted in future endeavors by Eldridge.

This book would appeal to readers of the Twilight series though I think that its heroines, particularly Dana (my favorite character), are much stronger than Bella in that story.  In fact, that’s one of the many ways in which this story turns my own expectations on their head.  Women have power in this universe–they hold many of the cards–and from my limited exposure to paranormal romance, I feel that this is much too rare in the genre.  Watching the ways in which Dana and Ani manipulate the situations in which they are placed is a lot of fun.  These are not women that will lie down and let men walk all over them.  One of the things that impresses me most about Ani is the trait recognized by the author as both her strength and her weakness–the ability to walk away.  I look forward to seeing how this unfolds in the next book because of the ending of Expectations.  (And I really can say no more than that because I don’t want to ruin it.)

All in all, this is a very interesting take on vampires and werewolves.  And I have a feeling many more secrets lie ahead in the Soul Sisters universe!

Obligatory Disclaimer:

I received this book as part of a tour from the author in return for an honest review.  The copy that I received was an ARC and I do not comment on grammar, typos, or quote directly from the work for this reason.  (If you want to see the final work, there’s always “Look Inside” on Amazon.)

Dark Expectations 7The Details:

Title: Dark Expectations (Book 2 in the Soul Sisters Trilogy)

Author: Janiera Eldridge

Release Day: October 31, 2012

SynopsisWith Ani taking her place as queen, there are some enemies lurking she could never imagine! There’s a secret compound in California that wants to know the secrets to making a vampire or werewolf. When they kidnap Ani during a trip back to California they might actually get what they want. Her sister Dana, her lover Diego and other vampires do everything they can to get her back. If they don’t succeed, they face being controlled completely by the human race forever! Dark Expectations is the exciting sequel to Soul Sisters that’s full of adventure, danger and what it means to be queen!

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9016_1048197421837_1732740364_91005_7263899_nAuthor BioJaniera enjoys feeding her book addiction when she not writing. She is also a book blogger at Beauty and Books where she mixes being a book nerd with keeping things chic. When not reading or writing she is freelance writing in the entertainment industry.When trying to relax she likes a huge yard sale on a Saturday morning, rainy days to read by and nacho cheese is her kryptonite. Soul Sisters is her debut novel.

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