Raising Innocence by Shannon Mayer
Series: Rylee Adamson #3
Published by HiJinks Ink Publishing
Published on: May 15, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
The FBI wants me on their team. Bad enough that they are dangling bait they KNOW I can't resist.
The catch? It's on the other side of the ocean.
And if I want what they're offering, I have to help them with a salvage gone terribly, terribly wrong.
But this time, I have no back up. I have no Plan B.
And I have no O'Shea.
I’m still trying to make up my mind about this series; the heroine’s competent, and I seem to be inhaling Shannon Mayer’s world-building like a bag of my favourite potato chips. But, then there’s O’Shea, I feel as though the author may have pushed his character well past his limits, and Rylee attracts sidekicks like a bad rash. The positives are definitely up there on my list of Urban Fantasy must-haves; however the negatives aren’t exactly easy to overlook. After 3 books I’m torn. I really am.
Adamson meets another Tracker in RAISING INNOCENCE, and he gives her the 4-1-1 on their particular flavour of magic; it was nice to finally have some of my suspicions confirmed, and learn about what other tricks the protagonist might pull out of her bag in future installments. Giselle also managed to stay lucid long enough to dish out some valuable info, so I’m feeling pretty good about the direction of the main plot arc, and about RYLEE ADAMSON in general.
No one really wants to read about a lead’s mundane day-to-day activities, and as a result I’m perfectly content when a writer opts to skim over their heroine’s job, or whatnot, but sometimes a little bit extra can go a long way. I love that Rylee’s strenuous training sessions are described in full, and that the story unfolds in real time. Mayer also provided a couple of much needed explanations mechanics-wise such as why RA’s Immunity doesn’t affect Alex’s collar. It was bugging me—thank you!
On to the not so rosy elements. I’m having difficulty recognizing O’Shea from one volume to the next; it’s hard to become invested in such an unstable character. I feel like he’s more trouble than he’s worth, and that it might be best to just take him out of the picture entirely. Then there’s Alex, Eve, Giselle, Dox, Pamela… when will the cast growth stop? I’d like to actually get to know some of the secondaries, and be able to identify them by their personalities instead of simply by name.
RAISING INNOCENCE clarified some things while muddying the waters on others. I will be continuing the series, but for how much longer is still up in the air.
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You, I know what you mean about the mundane day-to-day activities. It has to be handled with care. Some of those details help to build the character, some are just plain boooooring 🙂 Thanks for the review 🙂
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I’ve thought about giving this series a go, Carmel, as Rylee’s character intrigues me. However, it worries me that 3 books into the series, while some things were clarified for you, more loose ends were created. And I’m with you on wanting to get to know secondary characters well…especially if they play a bigger role in the plot. Hmph, I may wait to see what you think of #4 before I commit. 🙂
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I have only read the first book, and really enjoyed it. I would like to read the rest of the series, but bottomline, they are too expensive in paperback.
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I can see why you are struggling on continuing the series. I don’t think I would be sure either. Not sure if i want to start this series if by only book 3 it starts to get muddy with some characters and parts are that slow. I guess I’ll have to see if you continue the series or not. No pressure. 😉
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Ohhhh…..this why I firmly believe not every story needs to be a series. I can see a story being a few books long but when a story starts to get muddled with character problems and the plot just isn’t as fabulous anything it kills the series. Hopefully the next book fares better with you Carmel.
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I hope that the positives will continue to outweight the negatives for you in the next books, but I’m not feeling intrigued enough about this series to want to start reading it!
Great review Carmel!
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I’ve got the first few on my tbr pile still. That’s too bad about the unstable character book to book. That’s not an easy one to deal with most of the time :/
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