The Stress of Her Regard
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Normally, I’d probably be giving this a 4star rating. It was extremely well written, exciting, horrifying, action-packed and chock full of blood and magic.
So stop there if you liked this book.
The main reason I’m going with 2stars is because the week that I read this book I worked double shifts almost every day, was coming down from dealing with my first ABB and had no emotional cushion to deal with this book.
It many ways it was brutal. When Michael wakes up the first morning and sees Julia and reacts, I almost screamed right along with him. When the children and relatives keep dying off, something inside me just curled up and died with them. When Keats did what he needed to to keep others safe, I almost cried. When Byron tried to have the best of both worlds [or at least the non-worst of both], I wanted to shoot him.
The only other books by Powers that I’ve read have been The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides. Both were pretty cool and I especially liked Anubis, as it was pretty much a character kicking ass, making the best of a bad situation and coming out on top at the end.
This book, not so much. I felt like the characters, all of them, were barely making it through each day and that was just depressing to me the reader.
So to end. If you’ve enjoyed Powers other books, you’ll probably like this one. If you like vampires, you’ll probably like this one.
But if you’re an emotional person like me, wait to read this until you’ve got some reserves to deal with it. You’ll need it.