Review: Legion of Bats by Shadow Stephens
Zoe Masterson has always been different, but she never suspected she belonged to a race of supernatural creatures. The Endowed are people with extraordinary abilities, and when Zoe is taken to a mental hospital for a crime she didn’t intentionally commit, she discovers she’s not only Endowed, but her powers are incredibly rare and strong. Unfortunately, those powers make her a target, and she’ll need her gorgeous Guardian’s help to survive as she searches for the truth about her heritage. Legion of Bats is worth a look!
- Title: Legion of Bats
- Series: N/A
- Author: Shadow Stephens
- Prominent Characters: Zoe, Icarus
- Recommended Reader Age: 17+
- Genre(s): paranormal romance, urban fantasy
- Sexual Content Level: light
***This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence!***
Zoe Masterson is an outsider in her own town; any time something bad happens, everyone is quick to blame her. When a house bursts into flames while she’s across the street, it’s no surprise that she’s taken into custody by some mysterious guys dressed in black whom she assumes are federal agents. Only…instead of taking Zoe to jail, they take her to a mental hospital. Once there, it’s explained to her that she is one of the Endowed, who are a race of individuals with supernatural gifts. Zoe is skeptic to believe at first, but she can’t deny that strange things happen whenever she’s around. On top of that, it’s also revealed that she’s very powerful, and once she learns to control her abilities, Zoe will be able to do practically anything.
However, those powers come at a price- the people who feel threatened by Zoe’s abilities will do anything to get rid of her. It’s a good thing she has her own Guardian, Icarus, around to protect her. Zoe and Icarus share a special bond, and even though it’s forbidden, she can’t stop herself from falling for him. But if she hopes to have a future with Icarus, she’ll need to destroy her enemies before they destroy her.
Legion of Bats was a pretty good book. It took me a little while to get into it, because the beginning was kind of slow, but things picked up after a few chapters. From there, I enjoyed the book.
Most of the time, I liked Zoe. She was brave and she stood up for the things she believed in. She refused to let some stupid rules stop her from following her heart, and that impressed me. There were times, though, when it felt like I was reading about a teenager instead of a grown woman. Zoe came across as immature sometimes, but fortunately that didn’t stop me from liking her.
Icarus was, hands down, my favorite character in Legion of Bats. He was supportive, kind, and fiercely protective of Zoe. Add to that the fact that he’s badass and hot, and you’ve got yourself a swoon-worthy love interest. In my opinion, the best scenes in the book were the scenes he was in. I love how he was Zoe’s rock, the one person she could always count on to be there for her when things got tough. Seeing his relationship with Zoe develop was really sweet.
The pacing of the story was good, and there was a satisfying amount of action in the book. I was a bit unhappy with a certain event that happened towards the end of the book- I’m not sure it was really necessary to the story- but I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers. I was happy with the way it was resolved, though.
Do it! Rip it off!
“I listened to you, but I’ve never wanted anything so much in my life. I always felt like an instrumental piece of me was missing from me. When I met you, it became instantly clear that piece was you. We’re meant to be together, and I don’t care if I’m marked. So you can either continue to reject me or rip this dress off.”
I sooo wouldn’t mind having him for a stalker…
“I love everything about you. I guess I started to become aware of it when you defended your friend against the racist kids. You did what you knew was right, no matter what it cost you. You were still young, of course, and that makes me sound like a creepy older guy.” Icarus laughed.
“Or a stalker,” Zoe chuckled.
Icarus raised his eyebrows. “If you think about it, I am a stalker.”
“Only if you were sitting in the tree outside my bedroom with binoculars.”
If you liked Legion of Bats…
You might want to check out Playing With Fire by Gena Showalter. This book is also about a woman who suddenly develops amazing powers (like Zoe) and must use them to fight for good. Oh, and there’s also a smoking hot guy involved, too.
Although it got off to a slow start, Legion of Bats was overall an interesting book. If you like a little urban fantasy mixed in with paranormal romance, you should give this book a try.
Rating: Legion of Bats