Series: Incarnate Series, Book #1
Author: Cristy Rey
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Blurb: After five years on the run, Sunday has finally settled into a seemingly normal life in Columbia, South Carolina. What her two best friends don’t know is that Sunday has a secret past. She is the Incarnate, a conduit of mystical energy transcendent of the mundane and the divine. For most of her life, she served under Bernadette, the most powerful witch in the Northwest. Her power is terrifying, and what she remembers of her past–and what she doesn’t–haunts her.
In the year that she’s been attempting to be anything but the Incarnate, Sunday has fought her abilities tooth and nail, but it’s been worth it. When Sunday joins her friends’ coven for an innocent gathering, Sunday discovers a darkness hidden in the coven’s magic and she is determined to find out who is behind it and what she has planned.
For the last four years, Cyrus has been the point man on the contract to recapture the Incarnate and deliver her to the Pastophori of Iset. A gifted tracker and a fearless werewolf, he harbors a wild, inexplicable passion for the Incarnate that has driven him to hunt her. He was one of the original captors that brought her to Bernadette when his obsession with her began. Having found her, Cyrus and his pack find themselves torn between two objectives: take her by force and deliver her to yet another group of fanatics, or help her uncover the traitor among her coven.
*** The Perfect Series for Readers Who Like: Supernatural suspense; paranormal mystery; magic, witches, witchcraft, and the occult; romantic suspense, second chance stories, and romance; werewolves, shifters, and other shapeshifters; contemporary, urban settings; and series books and novels ***
Thoughts: I love these types of reads….whether you want to consider it sci-fi/fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, doesn’t really matter. These types of books are one of my favorite kinds! Taking Back Sunday was a decent read really….I enjoyed the characters as well as the storyline and the plot. I enjoyed seeing where this story was going, and I was also glad to have a chance at reading something – from Book #1 – from an author that I’m not familiar with.
That being said, I did have one complaint – for such a complex storyline, and considering that the series is all about the Incarnate – I figured there would be more detail and the book would go more in depth on the whole ‘incarnate’ thing. For example, Sunday is kidnapped as a teen and thus becomes the Incarnate. However, I never really got the whole thing. Was she born the Incarnate and the witch Bernadette just helped along her powers? Was she just a normal girl that they made into the Incarnate? If so, why her? I just really wanted more details about anything to do with her and her Incarnate abilities. Over the course of the book, it became something that bothered me more and more.
Additionally, if you’re not the type who loves a cliffhanger series, this isn’t for you. The end very obviously is meant to hook you into reading the next book, and your left on a bit of a cliffhanger with more questions pummeling your brain.
Definitely a decent read, particularly if you love series books that all fall right into each other with each one leaving you wanting the next…and the next…and the next…..