Book Review of Silver by Rhiannon Held

Title:  Silver

Author: Rhiannon Held

Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy

Release Date:  June 5th, 2012

Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I saw this book through the Amazon Vine program and thought it sounded really interesting.  It had the hint of a romance, werewolves and a fantasy feel to it so I thought it would be a book I could enjoy.

When I received Silver, I was not sure if this book fit into the adult or young adult category and could not find out that information online.  After reading it though, I would put it in the adult category.  As for the genre, it could fit into a couple of them.  It has elements of an urban fantasy, a paranormal romance and a fantasy novel, yet I don’t think it could be classified as just one of those.  It does switch point of views between Silver and Andrew, but the transitions were sometimes rough and did not flow well into the overall story.  It also has the werewolves which could be in fantasy or paranormal and there was romance, but it definitely took the back seat like it would with an urban fantasy novel.

As for the characters, I did not feel any connection with them.  There was no depth to them or their feelings and they felt like strangers to me. I also did not feel like I had to know any more about them as the story progressed.  I wanted more emotions from Silver and Andrew and to know more about their backstory.  We get a little of that later in the book, but it is not for a good hundred and fifty pages in and by that point it was too little too late for me.

I actually put this book down a couple of times and almost did not finish it because I was bored.  There was not much going on except the hunt to find who tortured Silver and that was not enough to keep my attention.  I pushed through because I was hoping it would pick up, but it never did.  I had high hopes for this book and it just did not deliver.  It also did not help that I felt left out of many of the stories the characters talked about.  There were too many side plots that we came into the middle of and I did not like feeling lost.  I know that we needed time for Andrew and Silver’s pasts to be revealed to us, but there were other references in there that I did not understand because they happened off the page and I wish we could have explored those more.  It might have helped me to connect with the characters.

There were a couple of things I did like about the book.  The mythology for one thing.  I liked how the werewolves shifted in this book and the idea of “Death” being a character as well as “The Lady”.  They were both very interesting phenomena and I enjoyed learning more about them.  Death is interacting with Silver throughout the novel and his story was very interesting.  You could never quite tell what he was going to do and whether or not he was leading Silver into a trap or just looking out for her.  He tortures her with voices of people who have died and that was heartbreaking to watch her try deal with. Especially since some of the voices were her family that had been killed and they were trying to convince her to join them in death.  Death was sneaky and oddly enough he was my favorite character in the book.  I know, he tortures our heroine and while that was brutal to watch, he had a unique voice and stood out in this book.

Overall, this story was just not for me.  It had all the elements I usually enjoy in a book, but the lack of connection left me feeling cold.  I had no desire to see what happened to the characters next and that is never a good sign.  I am not sure if this is going to be a series or not, but I know I will probably not pick up the next book if there is one.  I would check out a couple of other reviews of this book and maybe read a couple of chapters before you decide if you want to read it.

FTC:  I received this ARC from Amazon Vine for review. 

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