Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Insight by Santino Hassell

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate.

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book made me remember why I first fell in love with urban fantasy. The concept is fresh. The world building is fascinating. The eclectic mix of characters is wonderful and the murder mystery at the centre of this story is both creepy and thrilling.

Nate is a perfect urban fantasy anti-hero. Gay, poor, and moderately psychically gifted, he is a socially awkward introvert with a taste for obscure music. When he leaves Texas for New York, he is initially overwhelmed by the sophisticated psychics in The Community. I loved watching him grow into himself. Many of his perceived weaknesses end up being his strengths. He watches people, he reads people and, unlike his brother, he doesn’t need to be liked. The story is told from his perspective and I really enjoyed him as a narrator.

In the bizarre world that Nate stumbles into, Trent is a tiny piece of ordinary. As a psychic nul, Trent adds realism to the story. His safe and familiar existence only emphasises how sinister and claustrophobic The Community feels. There is some romance and some sex in this story, but it is definitely more of a thriller than a paranormal romance.

As the first story in a series, this book introduces both The Community and the Black family. I really enjoyed the subtlety of the character development. Everyone in this book has layers and angles. Even at the end of the story, most of the characters remain more grey than black or white and allegiances are muddier than they were at the start. Nate’s family history is teased apart in this story, but there are still many secrets left for later books. The Community becomes more complicated with every revelation.

I loved this book. Ultimately, this story sets up the series beautifully and I can’t wait for the next book. It has been a long time since I’ve completely fallen in love with an Urban Fantasy series, but this has the potential to become a new favourite.

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school-cutting grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell to read and review.

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