***** (5 stars) Phenomenal debut with relatable characters and a story that pulls you in
Set Adrift by D.S. Kenn is a phenomenal debut for a series and I can’t wait to read more from this author about what will happen with the characters. There are some dark moments to the story, especially in the beginning, but it is completely fitting with the characters and their development.
D.S. Kenn did a beautiful job with developing a world of demons and hybrids that is brought to life in a way that captures and holds your attention and leaves you wanting to know more about this world and the characters in it.
The main characters are Terric, a hybrid, and Jordyn, a vampire. I was immediately drawn into the relationship between these two and could easily relate to their emotions and conflicts. Even with being paranormal beings (or “otherworlders” as D.S. Kenn calls them), I could still understand where they were coming from and why they made the choices they did.
Both Terric and Jordyn have their own internal conflicts, but still consider the other person’s feelings, and you can see how they grew and changed throughout the course of the story. I loved how D.S. Kenn set things up to show the internal and external conflicts with the characters, and you understood their choices and behaviors even if you didn’t agree with them. The relationship between Terric and Jordyn was very interesting, but you could easily see the bond and connection between the two of them – the love, support, and honesty between the two of them was an integral part of the story, and was handled in a beautiful way that helped you understand and connect to the characters.
Not only do we get Terric and Jordyn’s story, but we also get an introduction to other characters in their lives and in Provincetown where they have moved to start a new life and attempt to put their pasts behind them. There is enough detail provided about the other characters and Provincetown that you get interested and want to know more, but not so much detail that it takes away from Terric and Jordyn’s story. I enjoyed the introduction of the supporting characters as well as the new relationships created between Terric and the supporting characters with the hints that there may be more to these relationships in later books.
I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Immortal Isle series, and I would highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys the paranormal/fantasy genre. If you are looking for something that isn’t your typical paranormal story, this is it.