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
Series: The Protector #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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!