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Monday, December 22, 2014

Book Review: Marked (Dark Protectors #7) by Rebecca Zanetti

Marked (Dark Protectors #7)
by Rebecca Zanetti

December 22nd 2014
by Lyrical Press
Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice.

Just when it seems like peace is within reach for the Karys family, an age old prophecy shakes them up again.

Janet Isabella Karys has had visions of the future her entire life. At a young age she was adopted by the Karys family and treated as one of her own. Now as an adult she carries a huge weight on her shoulders. In order for there to be peace between the warring vampires, demons, shifters and various other creatures, she just might have to sacrifice herself. Her journeys into the dream world lately haven’t shown her any outcome to the upcoming peace talks but as a child she found solace in Zane, a half vampire who became her best friend and confidant. Never having met in person, “Janie Bell” is surprised and hurt to see Zane at the peace talks with none other than the demons who tortured her uncle.

Zane has kept secrets his entire life but keeping them from Janie was the hardest. Now he has to do everything in his power to save her from the enemies that want her dead to prevent a prophecy. They both have a lot to lose but also a lot to gain if they can manage to trust each other long enough to stay alive.

Marked is the final book in the Dark Protectors series by Rebecca Zanetti and while I’ve only read one other book in the series I still find myself saddened. All events in previous books have been leading up to this: Zane and Janie’s story and how their relationship will make or break the world they live in.

It’s clear from the very first page that author Rebecca Zanetti took her time building and growing Zane and Janie. They have such a complex history that didn’t just start at the beginning of Marked, it’s been in the making for quite some time and it added to the present relationship these two had. It also made the fierce attraction between them quite believable. It was impossible to deny that these two were made for one another.

In the Dark Protectors series, I noticed that it’s easy for any human to get lost among all the amazing paranormal creatures in each story so in order for someone like Janie to stand out among all of them, she had to be given something extraordinary, something that would make her different and valuable to certain creatures and a threat to others. What better way than to have her be able to enter a dream world and have visions of the future? Janie is a powerful person but at the same time she’s vulnerable because she’s still 100% human. That combination really worked for me as a reader. I love a powerful heroine but I don’t want an invincible one.

There’s so much action and adventure going on with Marked that it could easily lose a reader who isn’t used to the Zanetti’s style. My advice is to take it slow and if you have to reread scenes do so because you don’t want to miss a single detail.

My only issue with Marked was the rushed “What are They up to Now” at the end where it seems like every single character from the series got some kind of epilogue. While those who read the series from the beginning might enjoy it, that’s where I got lost. I didn’t know these characters well so to me it was confusing. It was also a bit drawn out for my tastes but since it was at the end of the book it didn’t bother me too much.

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Adria Reyes
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About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day--or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.
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  1. I've been a fan since the beginning so I was thrilled to finally see adult Zane and Janie after watching them grow up through the series. That epilogue was totally a gift to the fans and I loved it, but I could see how it would bore or confuse if you didn't know who everyone is. Nice review!

    1. Hi Sophia! See I didn't even know that Zane and Janie were mentioned throughout the series! There's so much I apparently missed out on that I have to make time to read the series from the beginning.