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The 1-line Review:
Great characters and plot within an exciting story, but with some structural issues.
The longer review:
I really like the story, characters, and the new take on well used fantasy roles, but give the book a tough critique when it comes to structure.
Hybrid is the debut novel from author Venus Morales. Its a fresh take on fantasy with a uniquely diverse array of characters; Greek Gods, Vampires, Demons, Angels, and a new take on phoenixes attribute to a cast of characters I have never seen together. I really enjoyed the authors portrayal of the Greek Gods, Ares and Hera. Greek Gods have been dominated by Rick Riordan fiction (some of my favorite books), and Morales created Godly characters I didn’t expect.
Ultimately, Hybrid is a love story and concentrates on Ari, the main character, and her relationship struggles with others and within herself. Ari, is a kick butt, do-what-I-want-when-I-want-t0 loner type. She kills demons to let off steam and has no problem doing it with her god-vampire-phoenix ancestry. She has an inner evil alter ego, Rheain, who is in a constant fight for control of Ari. The back and forth relationship between the two of them was my favorite in story relationship. They can’t live with each other, but can’t live without, and at times they get the best of each other.
There is a love triangle relationship that Ari has to come to terms with through the novel. I don’t want to give more away here, you’ll have to read to see who wins in this Edward vs. Jacob relationship struggle.
I think the middle of the book was the strongest. And there is an excellent story arc where Ari has to fight for the right to remain phoenix royalty while fighting her own demons. I think this middle piece had the chops to be it’s own story.
I think this is a strong showing from a new author, and believe the next book in the series will be an even stronger sequel.
….Where the book lost a stars:
This is the hard part, I liked the book plot and story line over all, but felt it had structure weaknesses.
While the story content had a YA feel, I think the writing and verbiage fit better into the juvenile fiction genre. (The book is definitely not meant for the juvenile age range though.)
The books starts with a blunt and unnecessary prologue. It gave way too much detail away. The prologue could have been left out entirely and the reader would have been able to discover all that info naturally.
While the middle of the book was very strong over all. The beginning happened suuuuuper quick and i felt the ending was rushed.
Alaris- he was supposed to be supreme evil, but I never got more that a bad boy from the wrong side of town vibe from him. His evilness really didn’t develop enough.
I think Alaris was introduced (very quickly) and the main antagonist in the first few pages. Through the middle of the story he all but disappeared. The middle story are I referred to as strong is the fight for Ari’s nobility. It felt like a really good story within a story. During it I kept wondering if the Alaris thing was going to resolve at the end. The ending came back to Alaris, but ended very quickly.