Thursday, July 21, 2011
Review: Skinners- The Breaking by Marcus Pelegrimas
Shapeshifters, vampires, and all manner of monstrosities are raining hell down on a small western town—which is why Skinner Paige Strobel is headed there with a band of Old World Skinners who have been battling monsters for centuries using antiquated, yet oddly effective weaponry. Meanwhile, Paige's sometime-partner/sometime-lover Cole Warnecki is being held prisoner by persons—or things—unknown: framed, tortured, and beaten for the slaughter of cops at a vampire warehouse in Denver.
For Paige and Cole, a search for answers has become a battle for survival. The future of unsuspecting humankind is balanced on a knife blade. And the Apocalypse is a certainty unless they can uncover the truth behind a terrible force powering monsters and hunters alike . . . and find out why—after horrific werewolf attacks in KC and bloody carnage in Philly—Skinners are suddenly, inexplicably, turning against Skinners . .
This is another stellar installment in the Skinners series, full of non-stop action that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. The book begins directly after the events in Vampire Uprising so if you haven't read book 4 I would have to say...What the heck are you waiting for? Seriously though, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series and move through the world as the author intended. You'll avoid feeling lost and confused, plus you'll have the benefit of knowing all the major players. One of the things that sticks out for me is how the author doesn't bore established readers to tears by rehashing every event from previous books. You get just enough information to refresh your memory, something I prefer when reading a series book, because nothing is worse than realizing that out of an entire book only about half the information is actually new. Not an issue here.
The Skinners world is a brilliant urban fantasy setting that mixes elements of horror with action adventure, and even has a bit of romance with the relationship/partnership of Cole and Paige. The Breaking has so many characters and plot twists to keep track of but I think this is one of the best in he series to date, despite the fact that Cole and Paige are separated for most of the book. That aspect of the story really drove home just how vital they are to the survival of the Skinners community, but it also gave the reader a chance to see how capable Cole can be on his own. And I needed to see that Paige is more than just a bitch on wheels. She is tough as nails but definitely has strong feelings for Cole and you are treated to a bit of that at the end. They are a fearsome and complex urban fantasy couple and I hope they stay together more in the next book.
As usual, Cole has some of the best lines in the book and I love all the classic music and pop culture references. It's sort of like how Supernatural always has a killer song when Dean is driving, or at the end of an episode, and how many of his comments refer to something going on in the "real" world or to some amazing classic tune. Cole is like that too.
Riding away from the warehouse that night in a SWAT van had ben one of the most terrifying moments of his thirty-four years on this planet. That was no small thing, considering all the horrific things he'd seen in those years. First there was the speedy ascension of dancing reality shows to the top of the ratings, followed by the slow death of old fashioned rock 'n' roll. Once he got his first look at a real werewolf, his world had gotten even worse. ~Cole, pg 44
Other books in the series:
Teeth of Beasts
Marcus Pelegrimas can be found on his website and blog, Digital Dreamers, Inc.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty
*This book was sent via publisher for review purposes.