Blood Moon on the Rise - Lauren   Smith Tamara is a Hunter and member of an organisation of hunters that watches and polices the supernatural – and kills those that step too far out of line. She works alongside her Tracker, Nicholas, his magical ability leading him to their targets.Unfortunately, there’s far more than magic between them – there’s an awful lot of unrequited love and lust between them too. Unfortunately, their organisations rules expressly forbids such fraternisationWorse, a lover of one of their targets seeks revenge – and has the magic to make it happen.There were some elements of this book I loved – mainly the concept. Pairs of Hunters and Trackers working together in cells to police the supernatural sounds like an extremely fun concept.But there were problems with it. And I think most of those stem from the fact that the book is very very short – but it has enough material to fill a much bigger book or even a series. It has a long history, these characters have a long history, it was a wide world, it has a lot that it doesn’t necessarily need to explain to tell the story – but it is a lot that it wants to explain. But without a long story to convey all that world building, what we get is info dump.A lot of info dumps. And they’re not even close to naturally integrated into the story. The Nicholas and Tamara simply sit down and think. We have these epicly long internal monologues where they review their history, they review their past attraction, they review the very point of the Brotherhood, they review the Brotherhood’s history, they think about the nature of Trackers and Hunters and they have a dream sequence where it describes the Brotherhood’s headquarters – a building they never actually go to.All of this is conveyed literally by them thinking. Just sitting down, doing nothing and deciding to recount this vast amount of information to us.On top of that, Tamara and Nicholas think each other are sexy. Really sexy. Really really sexy. And they let us know with more massive info dumps about what they both look like, how attractive they find each other, physical descriptions of each other (Nicholas’s eyes are brown, cinnamon coloured, we’re told this a lot) and how irresistible they both are to each other and how tragic it is that the rules state they can never be together for some reason (don’t tell me they’d be too distracted – these 2 can’t do anything without the sexiness of the other overwhelming their every thought. The sexual tension alone is more distracting than any amount of true love ever could be). In the beginning of the book, Tamara seduces a werewolf in order to kill him and the majority of her thoughts are dedicated to how sexy Nicholas is even when he isn’t there.I have to say that, as far as infodumping goes, these infodumps aren’t bad. Partly because the world they’re talking about is interesting – the Brotherhood is a group of hereditary hunters trained to police the supernatural community. They fight in pairs, Hunter warriors and Tracker spell-casters. It’s not a bad concept, it’s pretty interesting how it is proposed and it has great potential to be developed. But no matter how well done your infodump or how much your infodump reveals an interesting world, it doesn’t change the fact it’s a rather contrived infodumpNor the fact there’s not a lot of plot around the infodump and the constant musing about how so very very hot the other is. We start with a battle to kill a werewolf, then a bad guy launches on an elaborate revenge plot that is needlessly convoluted (villains, learn to just kill your enemies!) They have a fight scene that didn’t work for me since it relied on one character who was too weak to stand a scene ago suddenly being able to fight, and the big bad both deciding to attack people with their bare hands DESPITE their lethal and awesome magic and decided to run away despite being the clear winner. Read More