Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Doubletake by Rob Thuman

Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race-including the Leandros' friend, Robin- featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win.

As Cal tries to keep both Niko and Robin from paying the ultimate price for their kin, a horrific reminder from Cal's own past arrives to remind him that blood is thicker than water-and that's why it's so much more fun to spill.

This series is one of the few urban fantasy ones I read and as much as I love it I have to admit that sometimes I wish it wasn't so damn complicated. I only say that as a criticism because I can be lazy and my brain doesn't always want to work so hard. Or I'm tired and emotions don't always want to be engaged. Crazy right? Well if you flip that around you get what makes this series so great, including unforgettable characters and a world with significant depth and complexity. 

Cal and Niko are brothers through everything. Through life, death, blood, and tears it always come back to that bond and how they refuse to give up on each other. It makes for a hard to swallow story sometimes because the easy answer, or the answer that might be better for the rest of the world, isn't the one they choose. In this book in particular we get over and over again examples of how there commitment to each other supersedes everything else and I definitely found myself tearing up while reading about Cal as a 4 year old.

I'm a little worried about where the series is going and am keeping my fingers crossed that some lightheartedness finds it way back in. Without it I'm still going to keep reading, but with it I may actually end up reading it on release day. 

Overall Feeling - B

Series - 1) Nightlife 2) Moonshine 3) Madhouse 4) Deathwish 5) Roadkill 6) Blackout 7) Doubletake