From the blurb:
Specialist Amanda Sumner is one of the first to make contact on the Earth-like planet Harp and discovers she's the only Earthling, who can hear the trees sing in the strange forest. Determined to remain and learn more of the planet’s secrets, Amanda sets out to become part of the elite Guild there...
But there is a secret involving some Guild members–one that could get her killed.
Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it—even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything–including each other–in their battle for the right to live in peace.
D.B. Reynolds is my girl, and I'll pretty much read anything that she writes. I'm absolutely obsessed with her Vampires in America series, and I was prepared to LOVE this. No dice. But while this was definitely not a "love" for me, it was a strong like with the hope of better things to come. I'll even give the author a pass on that title...
This book is a mash-up of Avatar and your standard shifter romance. In fact, this book so strongly reminded me of Avatar (with the heavy-handed moral lesson of treating the planet with respect, and the space crew looking for a new planet to profit off of), that I was a little turned off. The mix between the singing forest, the cat shifters, and the Irish/highlander vibe was a strange blend for me. It felt like the author forced a few different tropes into one story, and I didn't love them all together.
I also didn't like how difficult it was for Amanda and Rhodry to communicate! Gah! I felt like screaming at the both of them because their failure to just talk caused SO many problems. Miscommunications or communication issues are some of my least favorite plot devices.
But despite my issues, it all comes down to the fact that D.B. Reynolds can write her little tush off. I was eventually sucked into the story, and I really enjoyed the second half. There is a ton of action and suspense, and I dug this author's kick-butt female MC, something that this author does very well. D.B. Reynolds tends to write very strong female characters, and I love her for it.
The chemistry was there, and though it took a long time for everything to develop, I liked the romance. I wish more plot time was devoted to romantic developments, but I'm guessing the emotions are going to come more in the next books in the series. I also want to know more about why Amanda can do things no other human can.
Not as good as her vampire series, but I think Shifter Planet is pretty promising. I'm counting on D.B. Reynolds to deliver in all future installments.
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Catch ya later!