Turned by Virna DePaul – 1 Star DNF

Turned (The Belladonna Agency, #1)

Book one of The Belladonna Agency Series

Book synopsis over on Goodreads

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher through Net Galley

I tried to like this book,  I really did…  I read to the halfway point and just said enough,  I have to stop.  This is just not the book for me.  It isn’t that it was bad, but just felt off.  The characters, the way the story was set up, it became a struggle and I said alright everyone out of the pool we are done.  Ironically it was right after the pool scene that I called it quits.  I thought the book would interest me more when I requested it, but in the end it just wasn’t for me.

So why did I give up.  I realized I just didn’t care for the characters and the story felt like it was taking forever to get started.  I was half way through the books and I still felt like I was waiting to get to the real action. I liked the idea behind the story, maybe just not how it was executed.   The story line felt familiar, but reminded me more of movies I’d seen than books I’ve read.  Back to the characters I also don’t care for being in the head of someone who hates who they are, and Ty did not want to be a vampire.  I understand why, and he has every reason to feel that way being turned against his will, but it just isn’t the type of character I enjoy reading.  Ana was alright, but I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between her and Ty, and she also had the problem of not liking who she was or her past.  It was too much negativity to get over.  I want to root for someone and I just couldn’t find someone I liked well enough to continue.  The sex scenes also felt off and a little bit creepy.  Half the time I couldn’t figure out if they were really happening or just in the imagination or dreams of the characters.  Too much telling in the beginning as well.  A lot of information overload for each of the character’s back stories.  Maybe some of it could have been held back some and leaked out throughout the story more.

Like I said it wasn’t an awful book, and I probably could have finished it, but just didn’t want to.  There seems to be a fairly good mix of reviewers and star ratings, so please don’t let me stop you from giving this one a chance.  Part of my problem could be a case of it following a book I liked better.  If you do give it a go I hope you enjoy it more then me.  If you’ve read it and totally disagree with me share your opinions in the comments.


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