IRR Book Review: Quiver by Trevion Burns

Quiver is the first in a planned seven part book series by Trevion Burns titled, Revenge.

Based on book one, and the opening of book two (Tingle), I do not think I’m going to make it to the end. After reading the Romanovsky Brothers series, and knowing Burns writing as I do (I’ve read most of her previous releases), I cannot deal with this one. Don’t know what’s happening with my favorite authors of this genre, but here goes:

About the book

Veda is determined to right the wrongs of her past. At age eighteen, a terrible crime was committed against her by ten men. Now, ten years later, she plans to exact the ultimate revenge on each man. However, what she didn’t expect was to find the love of her life. To complicate matters, the detective who helped ten years ago, is still on the case, and she finds herself drawn to him for more than just their past connection. How will it all pan out in end, don’t count on this book telling you; there’s six more to go…

The plot is too familiar, with very little added to set it apart from the better fare that came before it. That the characters are of a different race, and one constantly sucks on a lollipop is not what I call original storytelling. Burns is a good writer, but I believe she is her best when she doesn’t overextend herself. Her stories meander and are rife with repetition when she goes the series route.

Quiver has too much of everything it shouldn’t. Dull, placeholder characters, instalove, a meandering plot, and way too many erotic scenes for a mixed-genre book that relies heavily on thrills and mystery. I know I’m in the minority here, but I believe Burns is not ready to tackle series and especially series with a strong mystery element. You’ve figured out all you need to know the first couple chapters in, that’s like finding out the twist in the move ten minutes after the opening credits roll. The rest feels tedious. And seven books!

Are you freaking insane? Are we expected to sit through those many books to get a resolution to the overall story arc when the individual book plot just repeats themselves over and over with little deviation? No. I learned my lesson with her previous series. They always start off strong-ish and then fall apart by the second book. And it seems she keeps expanding her series. What will be next, a twenty book series?

The only exception to her other series is Stereo Hearts, and you know why that series works? Because the books are standalone with recurring characters. Makes you think. Anyway, I’ve ranted enough about that (or maybe I haven’t). Here’s the rundown:

 

Pros

 

  • Editing – You can see the growth and professionalism in Trevion Burn’s recent releases. This book is no exception. The copy editing is tight. I came upon one typo. Not a big deal, nothing is perfect.
  • Characters – Veda and Linc come across as clearly defined characters. Their motivations and actions for the most part make sense. Well, many of them do.
  • Story – Although far from original, it creates an interesting and tangible foundation. Revenge and Vigilantism is something most understand or can relate to even if at an emotional distance. Trevion sets up something that in the beginning draws you in and keeps you curious. But…

Cons

 

  • Pacing – This seems to be a major issue with Burns’ series. There are too many elements that drag, including repetitive phrases and seemingly endless erotic scenarios that take you out of the major hook of the story. And again, seven freakin’ books! No way, no way can this hold my interest, the first book barely managed to.
  • Characters – Stereotypical personas like Gabe (obsessively lovelorn sexual beast of a Italian hero that hulks, and runs his hands through his perfectly while gazing whose pensive gazes sets every woman’s heart aflame. And he has a huge *you know what*), and there always has to one woman with minus zero self esteem in the mix, enter the character, Coco. Even her name is a stereotype. This is becoming repetitive, the villains, the hero, the best friend all come across as though they were spit out of an online character generator.
  • Story – It’s supposed to be original, well as original as a plot like this can be. But it bring absolutely nothing new to this kind of storytelling outside of the superficial. It’s also supposed to be a mystery, thriller with romantic/erotic elements. Well, um…no. Let’s reverse that, this is a romance/erotica with mystery and thriller elements. The latter being very weak. Burns is a writer of Romance and erotica, I wish she would stick to that. Because, so far I am not convinced.

My final word

That’s all I’m willing to state for now. A Trevion Burns book used to be a one click purchase for me, even when her editing was shaky as F. If this was 2014, I would have bought every book available in this series the moment they dropped, without question. After so many misses with her past series, I just cannot go there anymore. Good luck to those of you that can outlast. Ten books…damn. Ms. Burns, this reader will see you after the next Stereo Hearts release.

My Rating: An overly-ambitious undertaking that falls way short of its mark 3.5