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Early Review & Giveaway: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur (Outcast #2)

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Winter Halo by Keri Arthur // VBC ReviewWinter Halo (Outcast #2)
Keri Arthur
Published: Dec. 6, 2016 (Signet)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review 

Reviewed by: Margaret

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Note: while this review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, City of Light.

Tiger is a déchet, a lab-created hybrid of vampire and shifter, and one of the last of her kind. She’s been retained by a group of mercenaries to help them rescue thirteen kidnapped children. So far they have freed five of the children and uncovered a connection to the long-abandoned program that created Tiger, but the more they learn about the group that took them, the more dangerous the mission becomes. The children have been subjected to horrific experiments, meaning the longer they remain with their abductors, the greater the chances they won’t survive to be rescued.

Tiger has the ability to body shift, allowing her to mimic someone else’s appearance. She’s tasked with infiltrating a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo to discover its connection to the experiments. But what she finds is that the company’s employees are subject to experiments as well, and she’s just become one of them.

The story in Winter Halo is very much a continuation of the previous book, so I would definitely read City of Light first. But I loved that book, so it’s not exactly a hardship. I loved Winter Halo a lot less. The writing is dense and at times oddly formal, making it a slow starter and really just a slow read in general. It doesn’t help that there’s a lot more espionage than action in this one, though the ending would make John McClane proud.

The romance plot is also the most frustrating in recent memory. Jonas has been attracted to Tiger from the beginning of the series, but hates the déchet. And she just keeps bringing it up every time she feels attracted to him in return. But just when I was ready to fling the book across the room, they actually made some progress (for which I’m sure my iPad is grateful). I also liked how much of Jonas’s history he reveals this time around.

So while I felt like I had to work to get through Winter Halo, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. The post-apocalyptic world is fascinating, and quite different from any of Arthur’s other series, even though many of her trademark tropes still pop up. And how could you not want more after that explosive ending?

Sexual content: graphic sex

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15 Responses to “Early Review & Giveaway: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur (Outcast #2)”

  1. Marie-Claude says:

    After reading your review, I really want to read this serie. I love post-apocalypse world !!!

  2. Nancy says:

    Love the first book, I’ve been waiting for this one. The wait is almost over.

  3. Katie says:

    Looks good…thanks for the chance!

  4. erinf1 says:

    oooh.. this looks and sounds like an awesome series! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shannon says:

    I love Keri Arthur but I haven’t had a chance to pick up this series yet!

  6. Laura Lovejoy-Brunk says:

    Im a long time fan of Keri’s books. Amazing author!!

  7. Dawn Roberto says:

    Loved the first book and can’t wait for this one. Looking forward to seeing where the author goes in the series.

  8. Eva Millien says:

    I Love Keri Arthur’s Books and I can’t wait to read this one!

  9. Jakeyla Walker says:

    Looking forward to this series!

  10. Liz S says:

    I enjoyed the first book very much. Looking forward to reading Winter Halo.

  11. Anne R says:

    Another great book recommendation!

  12. Amber Bennie says:

    I absolutely love Keri Arthur. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. Viki S. says:

    I love Keri’s books, they’re always very exciting :).

  14. Sarah says:

    thanks for giveaway!

  15. Jana Leah says:

    I love Keri’s books & am looking forward to this series even though it is a bit different than her others.

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