Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Inhale by Kendall Grey

Paperback: 462 pages
Publisher: Howling Mad Press, LLC (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984887806
ISBN-13: 978-0984887804

Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.


Inhale is a gritty,urban,fantasy romance set in Australia. I must say I was stepping out of my comfort zone reading this book. Whenever I see Romance in the title I get a little leery. Not that romance can't have a part in books, I occasionally love a story that has one in it but sometimes it can take over and consume a plot so much that it's all about the romance and everything else falls by the wayside.

That being said I ended up enjoying this book. It was romantic, had a decent amount of action and the writing was very good. On the downside it took me 100 pages to feel that way. From the very beginning I was lost. I feel a Glossary in the back would help so much. Those first 100 pages read like this should be the second book in the series not the first. Were just supposed to know what Sentinels,Realis,Dreamsense among many other terms are. I admit I almost gave up reading this book but am glad I stuck it out and completed it.

The Good:
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Scarlet- A hot tempered Fyre Elemental bent on domination. She is so bad yet so good. She's the Australian Fyre Elemental version of Victoria from the Twilight series.

Gavin Cassidy- Mysterious and Sexy with the weight of the world on his shoulders. In love with Zoe Morgan but doomed to never be with her. I really liked how he was fleshed out by the end of this book.

The Whales-I loved every scene involving them. They were truly the stars of this book for me. Kendall hits home the message that whales need to be protected and their species preserved but it doesn't come off as preachy just fact.

DreamSex- Holy hotness these were steamy. I was a little shocked to see it as I thought this was a Young Adult Novel. Very Graphic but not smutty if that makes sense. I could really sense the longing Gavin had to be with Zoe and when they finally pair up how complete the characters felt in each others arms.

The Bad:
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Just Breathe-The band is hardly fleshed out. Do the members all have Sentinel powers, do they know Gavin does. I felt they needed a bit more back story but realizing there will be two more books after this I won't complain to much.

I'm sorry if my review is anything short of perfect but I really have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it, the writing was good, but I can't get over that 100 page annoyance. It took me well over a week to power through this book and 200 pages in to finally get it down in chunks. Overall would I recommend it yes. I think the potential for a great series is there. So I am going to give this book 4★★★★

Edit: The Author informed me that under notes at the beginning of the book is a link to an Online Glossary. I just skimmed those pages so missed it completely. I still feel an actual Glossary would be helpful but at least their is something for future readers to use as reference.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the nice review! I appreciate you sticking with INHALE to the end. :-)

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  2. Thanks for this post. I really loved INHALE. The characters are so deep and complex. I enjoyed the world Kendall created, too. It was so complex yet intriguing. :) Isn't that cover fabulous, too? Yay!!!

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