Published: August 2011
Date Finished: 26th September 2011
Rating: 4.5 stars ****
Synopsis: Via Good Reads -
Rini thought going to live with her cousins in the city of Austin, Texas while her parents rekindled their marriage on a four month long cruise, was a step in the right direction. When she makes a new quirky friend, and stumbles upon a handsome nude young man named Jett in the enveloping forest surrounding her cabin, she thought she was only moving forward. Well, she was wrong.
When I heard of Mundahlia and watched the Richard Denney’s review on youtube [Link here:http://www.youtube.com/user/MrRichardDenney#p/search/0/fa5p60t0QgM ] I was so super excited to get this book and read it I even went out and got myself a Kindle, despite being able to read it online.
I think the worst mistake I made was reading this on my Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I do love this handy machine but I would have enjoyed holding the book in my hand more, I spent so much time stopping and starting through this book that I don’t think I took in everything I could have experienced.
This series has a lot going for it. It is fresh, provoking, and addictive and while slow at times, was intense enough to capture my attention.
I am a sucker for culture in novels and I was so glad that Jett was not a carbon copy of so many native werewolves in fiction both Y.A and adult. This goes hand in hand with Rini our second main character who is not a rake thin, stunning beauty but an average, bookish lass with hidden gem that speaks through her actions, responsiveness to life and the situations that unfold in the novel and [squeals] she is Mexican.
What can I say about the other characters in the book? Holy mother of hell they were freaking phenomenal. I want to say so much about each and every one of them, but you really have to experience for yourself- these creatures, humans are just amazing and it has been a long time since I have enjoyed such a variety of cast characters that are the definition of contradictions; when it comes to my love/hate relationship with them. All of them were well constructed and original and I really appreciated the time the author took to create them this way.
Now let’s move onto the setting. Oh my God, to think of such a setting. I was blown away by the imagery. I could sense everything, smell everything and even taste the metallic scent of blood surrounding the action. Not to mention the Bermuda reference. Wowzers.
RJ writes with precision to the nature of teenagers these days without over saturating the novel with pages of raunchy deviance and sickening dependency. One of my favourite scenes in the novel resonates with me so well and my own person experience with substances. It had me laughing and those lines were some of my favourite lines in the book.
I must admit there were times when I wanted to groan with the romance between the Rini and Jett, something inside of me has died when it comes to good old fashioned relationships in fiction, but I think it sparked something in me and I couldn’t help but feel the warm lull of comfort inside whenever they were close and it made me want to know them even more deeply.
Given my life wasn’t so freaking darn hectic I would agree with Richard when he mentioned taping open my eyelids because for the first few hours alone, all I wanted to do was just keep reading. It’s really hard to review a book written by someone you know. However I can say without a doubt that this rising talent wrapped up in just under 300 pages is one to pick up as soon as you can and I cannot wait for the next book in the series as well as any other work written by RJ.
RJ’s Blog: http://rjdoesbooks.com/
RJ’s Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4710952.RJ_Gonzales
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