Pretty Human by Kayleigh Sky ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Pretty-HumanTitle: Pretty Human

Author: Kayleigh Sky

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/23/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction

Blurb:

Seeking absolution for his past in a fiery death, a young space force pilot crashes his ship on a desert planet.

When Ellis Ligoria, King of Xol, witnesses a space ship hurtling to the planet’s surface, he rushes to the scene of the crash and joins the search party for survivors. As night descends, a strange compulsion leads him to the site of an underground city. Here he rescues a badly injured Jem. During his recovery, it is discovered that Jem is part Xolan. Not only that, but he’s a genetically submissive variation called a Xolani. Ellis has no desire to care for a Xolani but cannot resist his desire for Jem. Taking him under his protection, he brings him home to his family.

Desperately wanting this new life, Jem claims to be a solitary Vagabond, a loner without family or home. A man nobody wants or is looking for. Safe for the first time in his memory, Jem has hopes for a happy future. He is falling in love with Ellis and adores his new family. All he wants is to live a quiet life as Ellis’ consort, but as his secrets sink him deeper and deeper into a prison of lies, he knows that he cannot hide his true identity forever. Marrying Ellis is a dream come true, but he’ll never escape the brutal man he is running from.

Soon called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, Jem must fight to stop a powerful monster bent on revenge.

Early Download Date: 26th January 2016 (available exclusively to Pride Publishing).
General Release Date: 23rd February 2016

My View:

I have been in a scifi/fantasy mood lately (in case you haven’t noticed). So when Pretty Human came across my desk, I was intrigued. I have never read Kayleigh Sky before, but I love giving new-to-me authors a shot. Not to mention the blurb drew me in. Of course, one of the reasons the blurb drew me in was that it was somewhat mysterious and left me with many questions to which I needed answers.

Then I started reading. I would love to say I was drawn in from the beginning and couldn’t put the book down. I would love to say that I discovered a new author I will be buying again. Unfortunately, I can’t say either one. There were times that I really needed to find out what happened next, but sadly there were more where I couldn’t have cared less what the next page would bring.

There were many times during my reading of Pretty Human that I contemplated not finishing the book. I managed to slog through, but unfortunately, it never got better. It wasn’t bad, per se. It was just tough to get through. The style is one you, as a reader, will either love or hate. It is very jumpy. Very stilted. Passages of stream of consciousness intermixed with almost normal prose. There is also a lot of head hopping and time hopping.

From a character perspective, you will likely fall in love with Jem. How can you not? Unfortunately, I never was able to grasp fully Ellis’ intentions or character. I never cared for him or about him other than the fact that he was the one to protect Jem from whatever demons were obviously haunting him.

From a plot perspective, I think it could have been quite engaging. There was Jem’s secret and obviously traumatic past, his relationship with Ellis, his assimilation into a new society, his acceptance of his submissive side, and many other potentially intriguing plot points. Sadly, those plot points just got lost in the structure of the story. They were presented in such a disjointed manner that it was too hard to concentrate and follow all the pieces.

I wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, it was just too hard to remain engaged with the plot and the characters.

Links

Pretty Human on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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