DNF: King Cave by Scarlett Dawn

Posted on 02/03/2014 in Book Review / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
DNF: King Cave by Scarlett DawnKing Cave by Scarlett Dawn
Series: Forever Evermore #2
Published by Escape Publishing on 1/31/2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 323
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall:the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within...

\r\nThe safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.\r\n\r\nIt should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.\r\n\r\nTheir friendship saves them both...but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It's not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keepi

Please let me preface this by saying I really liked King Hall, the first book in the Forever Nevermore series by Scarlett Dawn.  It was fast-paced, exciting and sexy, it was the filthier version of Vampire Academy, and it left me yearning for more from this world and from the author.

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I could not finish King Cave for a few reasons that when found in all novels drive me wild (and not in a good way):

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There is too much plot.  This always sounds crazy when I run across and complain of this, but sometimes books have too much plot.  Now, I only made it 26% of the way through King Cave, but in that 26%, I as the reader have had to focus on the relationship between Lily and Ezra (do the or don’t they?! – I did find that out at least!), the Beasts created from Hybrids, the attack from the Coms, the possibility of a traitor in one of the Mys factions, and the politics inside King Cave.  I did not know which thing I should care about the most and it ruined my concentration.  It also didn’t flow well.

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Holy book porn, Batman!  I could turn the use of the word “cock” within the portion I read into a drinking game.  Every time you read the word “cock”, take a drink.  Oh, and same goes for the word “cunt”. Speaking of cocks and cunts, I felt zero connection to Lily and Ezra as a pair, unlike in King Hall where I loved them to pieces.  King Cave lacked the build up King Hall had for me.  I didn’t even feel anything when Pearl and Jack mourned their mates.

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Dawn’s writing is too adjective-y.  Yes ,“adjective-y”.  Some examples:

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  • “Silently, we watched them while they – also silently – moved woodenly throughout our room.”
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  • “A low moan of the inarticulately sated rushed through me as I sluggishly came down from heaven’s gates, […]”
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  • “I groaned, and swigged heavily of his nasty brew.”  (ARE WE PIRATES NOW?)
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Ezra’s butt was also described as “mocha lobes”.  No, just no.

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There are too many Elders.  I kept getting them confused.  Why couldn’t we stick to four?

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King Cave is written still with the brevity of King Hall.  There are a lot of funny moments that I came across and most people will probably enjoy the book, even though I didn’t.  I don’t know if King Cave was heavily edited, or not edited enough, or by someone completely different from the first novel, because it’s almost as if they are two different styles altogether.  Ultimately, it was not for me, and while I normally don’t post DNF reviews, I felt the reasons above warranted one.  I hope that if you choose to read it, your experience is different from mine.

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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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