{Book Review} When To Fear The Living by B.L. Brunnemer

Posted June 5, 2017 by Lucy in New Adult, Review / 0 Comments

{Book Review} When To Fear The Living by B.L. Brunnemer
Series: The Veil Diaries #3
By: B.L. Brunnemer
Published on May 17th 2017
Published by Self-published
Genres: Reverse Harem
Pages: 386
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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Please be advised: Possible Trigger Warning

Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead and help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. Right now, the Veil is shut off, and the Way is closed. Which means the dead can’t move on, so, they are camping out on my lawn. I’m trying to open the Way, juggle school and, well, deal with my feelings for two of my best friends.
If that isn’t enough, notes have been showing up in my locker since I got back from Christmas vacation. Things are getting creepier as time goes on. He’s actually starting to scare me, to be honest. But with the guys, I’ll be fine. They’ve got my back. No one is crazy enough to take on Zeke. Right?


2 Stars

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

The reverse Harem seems to be a popular genre these days, I don’t mind since I enjoy reading them. However, due to its popularity and lack of originality, it would seem 9 out of 10 series I am probably reading basically the same story. What could’ve differentiated this series from many others are perhaps the supernatural twist, unfortunately, the series did not build much on the paranormal aspect of the book, instead I am reading what I’ve been reading from just about every other RH series has, relationships dramas, and creepy stalker.

My main struggle of this series was, there isn’t a clear theme or strong plot. I’ve categorized this series as Reverse Harem with a tiny touch of paranormal. I said tiny touch because it’s lack of world building. So far we only know Lexi is a necromancer, which is an inherited curse that has been passed down to all of the female line, consequently no one has able to survive passing their prime. And this is pretty much all of the learned about the paranormal background of the series. Very little to none was explored and developed in that aspect, thus not much to go on from here. As I was reading I found myself simply focusing on the relationship drama of the book, as it significantly overshadow the paranormal part of the story. However, since I do enjoy the Reverse Harem theme, I find myself enjoying reading the relationship building, which this series has a decent pace, compare to many other RH genre books I’ve read.

The main plot of this book is about Lexi’s stalker, thought I would argue it should’ve been two stalkers that Lexi and her men would be dealing with. I thought the plot was somewhat weak and predictable, as in you know something bad was going to happen. I also felt the dialogues were full of profanity that was not well developed. I know we shouldn’t judge anyone based on their speech, but it was really hard not to in this book. I also didn’t enjoy that every guy, random and minor characters that I absolutely cannot keep up with was in love with Lexi, View Spoiler », by the midpoint of the book I can’t tell you who was who.

I also wondered, when has stored your phone in your bras become a thing? In just about all the RH books I’ve read, just about all shared this particular feature, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why. Because I don’t know about you, but my phone would not fit and situated in my bras. This isn’t realistic at all, it just seems very strange.

Overall, I don’t think this series is particularly unique compare to other Reverse Harem books on the market. It has a weak story plot, and lack of world building.  However, if you do enjoy relationships dramas, you might still enjoy this book. If I continue reading this series, it wouldn’t be for the story plot nor the supernatural aspect, it would be the romance relationship of multiple guys and one girl.

Happy Reading XO

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