Book Review: The Token: A Breed Apart (Natasha Rogue)

 *I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Publisher: Fido Publishing
Pages: 301
Release Date: 2nd December 2014

Summary (From Goodreads):

Callie Michaels isn’t pretty or popular, but her singing more than makes up for all she lacks. And as long as she focuses on what’s really important, she can survive high school. But how can she focus with all the drama? Between her best friend’s odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she’s starting to wonder if she’s the only normal one around.

Just as her life begins spiralling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream. In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires. She says “yes.” From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming something far from normal. Something dangerous.

No one is what they seem—least of all her. While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie slowly loses hers. She doesn’t even know what’s important anymore. Friendship, the future, love? And is there anyone who can make her care?


I started off really enjoying this book: the writing is strong, the characterisation is excellent and I really felt connected to Callie, the main character as she approached old friend and long time crush James. Sadly though, I found the book started off a lot stronger than it ended and I lost interest in the plot fairly quickly.

This book has everything from demons to magi to (were)panthers (apparently the were implies half human, which they are not. Although they spend most of their time as human…) I’m not opposed to the idea of werepanthers – I’ve watched a lot of True Blood and I loved their werepanther story line – but this one just irritated me more than anything. It felt too much like another weird paranormal romance where people from different species can love each other despite their differences, and I’m just not interested.

The Breed – the not-so-humans who turn into giant cats and such – are far too careless when they talk and give themselves away so easily I’m surprised Callie’s never guessed their true nature before. And they are constantly fighting for dominance and staking their claims over girls, which also really irritated me. I understood the animal mentality of it but it felt a bit too close to the kind of 50 Shades of Grey/dominance thing that’s in a lot of terrible romance/erotica novels these days (harsh comparison I know, but that’s what springs to mind).

The ‘bad guy’ in the book is constantly changing – James, Amy, Nick, Tammy – and while this could have been a good move to keep things exciting it just didn’t work. Somehow through all of it I knew the point was that the demon was the evil one, not anyone else and that just got rid of any tension that should have been building.

While I didn’t enjoy the plot, as I said, the writing was very good and I did make it to the end of the book. It might not be for me but I can see it being right up someone else’s street, hence the rating below.

My Verdict:


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