Bright’s Passion by E.B. Black
Bright’s Passion by E.B. Black follows Bright, a sun god, from his first breath, to finding the love of his life, and through developing his powers as a god.
I enjoy the Urban Fantasy genre, and the romance and research that most books entail, fitting supernatural creatures into our world. I especially enjoy the forbidden romance trope, which this book hints at.
However, I could not get into this book. I found Bright to be whiny and naive for a god, his parents cold, and his brother cast as evil for no reason other than he’s tired of his mother’s constant criticisms. There’s no real growth, just a slow descent into a sibling rivalry and Bright’s cynicism. If he hates humans so much though, why does he keep having sex with them?
The love interest? When they finally do have sex, which she swore she’d never do though Bright keeps trying to seduce her, she tells him she hates him right before, but she just can’t control herself around him which I find to be an annoying cop out for characters that just want to bang and don’t want to own up to it. But an even bigger pet peeve (and turn off) was that before she and Bright have sex, she tells him that Bright’s father raped her. She hates the gods as a result. Does Bright step up and come clean about who he is (he doesn’t tell humans about his god-hood thanks to a bad experience earlier in his life)? Nope. He sleeps with his half-sister. No thank you.
This story is written in third person from Bright’s perspective, which is fine. What isn’t fine is that his voice doesn’t change. From the moment he’s born, which we’re present for, he seems to have the same level on intelligence (except for his growing skill set) to the end of the book (which is more of a cliffhanger than true ending, by the way). Maybe gods are born with maximum intelligence and don’t grow intellectually, but watching Bright grow up didn’t ring true, as his voice and perceptions didn’t change from infant to adult. Yes, he grew more cynical of humans, but that’s about it. All of the characters are lacking depth, and the plot isn’t enough to keep me reading.
We’re also told everything that happens to Bright, not shown, which takes away the ability to connect with him and the other characters. Overall, I was just not a fan of this book.
My Rating: 2/5
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