Jordyn can be a bit bratty sometimes, but with all that responsibility, so was Buffy. There’s a good repoire she has with her friends and “family” – no one dishes out what they can’t handle being served back at them.
Jordyn is snarky, yet accepts her responsibilities, knowing the truth of everyone’s importance on that team likely more than anyone else: they lost close friends, she lost her parents.
At the beginning I was a little annoyed with Jordyn, but I really like her snark, her attitude, her ability to kick ass, and she’s not a cold, shut off person – though she has reason to be.
The book drags a bit, really stretching out a budding romance with Jordyn and a Soul Taker. But it shows her character and gives her a chance of something that is so utterly important – a sense of freedom. Freedom from lies and secrets, freedom from responsibility (even if it’s just an afternoon trip away), freedom from things that are crushing and suffocating her in a way that she doesn’t always realize. She’s okay with her responsibility – she totally loves kicking demon ass – but she knows nothing about herself. She can’t remember her past.
Maybe I’m at a disadvantage for not having read King’s Angel series books, but I’m kinda glad that I haven’t started one of them yet (I think I have the first two – I have the first for certain), because this is a spinoff of those books.
I could relate to Jordyn in a way I’m not always able to with some other characters. Many people take the fact that they know their history, their families’ histories, where they came from. So many people don’t even have to think about it and I don’t hold it against them for the luxury of that knowledge. Jordyn and I are fan girls of the History Channel for the same reason. And it may be an abstract, shot in the dark of ever knowing more (and even then, is it truly worth it?) A quote I highlighted on my Kindle as I was going along is this:
“They didn’t seem to understand how frustrating it is to know nothing about who you are, where you come from,…”
So very true.
The only thing that got to me was the slang that Jordyn uses. The majority of it is just grating, and seemed a little too immature for a heroine weeks away from being 18. Some of it made me laugh, some of it fit and was set in place well and was IC, but there were times where I just shook my head and kept going. Not sure what to chalk that up to really. The biggest offender of the slang issue in my mind is probably when her lack of focus causes her to lose her balance and she ends up with both knees fairly scraped up (one bleeding down her combat boot, into the snow) and her equivalents of “oh hell, holy mother of fuck” is replaced with phrases that barely seemed to make sense IN context.
But the book is gripping, intriguing, and has its main characters fleshed out enough for a first book in a series.
I’m not sure what to make of Demonchild yet. There’s great, automatic chemistry, but since this is the start of a series, we can’t know too much more without misleading ourselves.
Jordyn is a fun and great character on her own, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some more protection work done by the team. It’s perfect now to bring it all together – it has to blow up in someone’s face. I have my preference….. who’s yours?
Bottom line: I want more.