Release by M.R. Merrick {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 14 January, 2013 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 10 Comments

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

Release by M.R. Merrick {Kelly’s Review}Release by M. R. Merrick
Series: The Protector #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Author

After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.

Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made – especially regarding Rayna.

One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past – sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.

Oh, Chase! Don’t be a douche.

My Thoughts on Release

I’m having a hard time writing this review. Like, my thoughts are all scattered and every time I try to pin them down, I get a little angry at Chase for the way he’s acting. I know he’s conflicted, I know he’s just learning the ropes, I know he’s having issues but… sometimes I just want to shake some sense into him. Chaaaassssse. Don’t be a douche to the people you’re supposed to be protecting.

I think his treatment of Vincent and his vampires is the thing that bothers me. Yeah, Vincent was a grade A asshole to him and he’s the thorn that’s perpetually in Chase’s side but that Chase callously turned his back when someone was begging for his help doesn’t sit well with me. It was hard for me to have any sympathy for Chase after some of the things he did. It was hard for me to like him after some of those things.

Just so we’re clear, I did enjoy this book. The other dimensions are wonderfully imaginative, the beings that live in those dimensions are creepy and gross and often very, very dangerous, and the overall arc is moving forward nicely. However, I think Chase has a lot of growing up to do. He needs to come to terms with what being a Protector is. Will this be easy? Heck, no. Nobody seems to know how to give him direction and those that do speak in riddles and rhymes. But being a Protector is more than just having all this power. It’s about protecting those that need it. Including asshole vampires.

(I will add in here that Chase does reach a point where he see this and he steps up to be all Protector-y. But… I think he has a long way to go, still. A long, bumpy, probably dangerous way. There will likely be blood. Possibly guts.)

I have high expectations for you, Chase. Bloody battles and pure hearts and all that jazz. Hop to it!

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10 Responses to “Release by M.R. Merrick {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. You know how Book Twos usually make us mad or frustrate us. I remember Shift didn’t really do this to me. Maybe this is the Book 2 for this series? *shakes Chase*

    • His actions make sense if I look at it objectively (he’s dealing with a lot of stuff, he doesn’t have much guidance, etc), but at the same time, I want to give him a good hard shake and tell him to suck it up and stop being an ass.

      On the other hand, this wouldn’t be a very exciting book if he did everything perfectly the first time.

  2. There is always a book in the series that makes you very mad at the main character (or at least for me). It sounds like this was Chase’s book to be a douche!

  3. I’ve heard good things about this series Kelly! Your issues with Chase in this one do sound a bit frustrating though, it’s always hard to like a character going into a book and then have them do some things that test the limits of your capacity for forgiveness. Still, you obviously enjoyed reading this one and I hope Chase earns his way back into your good graces in future books!

    • Yes… testing the limits of my capacity for forgiveness is an EXCELLENT way of putting it. I like so much about this series (and the worlds that have been created) that it’s hard when a character does something that’s almost unforgivable (in my eyes).

      I do kinda wonder if I’m fixating on this one moment, though. Like, did anyone else take issue with his actions or is it just me? I DON’T KNOW!

  4. I agree with your thoughts about Chase, but in the end, I think he makes it right. I do believe he has a long way to go, but we can’t forget his age and lack of guidance in the past. I think he’s doing well for a kid in his situation, though if I were him, I would’ve let Vincent buuuuuuuuuuurn. LOL

    • I do think he’s doing well considering the circumstances… I don’t even know how to put it. It was actually him setting Vincent on fire that gave me the frowns. That didn’t sit well with me. I don’t like my heroes going all psycho like that.

  5. Awww, Kelly, I know just what you mean. When you you like a book but when a character frustrates you to the point of tears? Uh, yes.

    I have NEVER read an MRM book, but I kind of think I might have to rectify this. He sounds rather excellent :D