I’m copying over some reviews of titles I’d written up in 2018 and earlier, just in case these titles are new for other people.
I had high hopes when I started reading Burn the Rabbit by Joe Chianakas, because Rabbit In Red was just such a fun and engaging story. It could be due to the higher expectations going in, but I don’t feel like Burn the Rabbit was anywhere near as good as the first book.
The stakes are higher, the story is decent enough, and the characters are largely consistent with what we would expect to see in the same people a matter of months after the events of Rabbit In Red…but something remains lacking. Something about this second installment of the trilogy just didn’t grab me the way the first book managed to.
Maybe it’s the altogether too predictable connection between JB and Jaime (as well as her sister and mother, of course) which is no more subtle than if Stephenie Meyer had written it. Unless something way out of left field pops up in the third book and that predictable “twist” turns out to be a red herring, it felt like the reader was being hit over the head with “clues” to the point that it underestimates the intellect of the audience.
It could be the fact that I ran across more copy editing errors than I see in many self-published novels, but I doubt that’s it because those things happen in even the most well-respected authors’ books and I tend to dismiss them.
It could be the fact that it felt like the narrative was rushed, wedging more time elapsed and many more actual events into not much more writing, and a great deal got glossed over in the process.
Honestly, I don’t know what it was about this book that left me feeling unsatisfied in comparison to how I felt after finishing Rabbit In Red…but I will still be looking forward to the third installment.
As of today, I have yet to read the third installment of the Rabbit In Red trilogy. All three books are collected in a single volume, and I would recommend purchasing the collected edition vs. the individual volumes…for the best overall value.