"Ashe, no matter how hard he tried, couldn't produce a single scale, feather, talon or patch of fur."
In the paranormal community of Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, Ashe Evans is a failure. Born to a shapeshifting mother and a vampire father, he should be passing his Transformational Arts classes easily. Sadly, Ashe can't seem to become anything other than himself. Principal Billings, a werewolf, is threatening to send Ashe to a human school if he doesn't transform soon. Ashe's troubles are soon forgotten when a seventeen-year-old werewolf is found dead behind his rural home. Someone is killing those with ties to the human world and Ashe finds himself a target. Will he solve the mystery of the murders or will he become the killer's latest victim?
Bumble contains content that may be inappropriate for some young readers. It includes scientific references to reproduction, some violence and mature themes. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
I had no idea I could become attached to a 12 almost 13 year old young man, excluding my own two boys when they were quite a bit younger. As with all of Connie’s novels I’ve read so far, I was captivated by the world and the characters. Ashe is just flat out lovable. He’s got all the angst of any other almost teenager plus the pressure of not being completely accepted. The local school Ashe attends is strictly for the “others” of their community. Ashe is the product of a vampire father and a shifter mother. In order to have the him, his parents used a fertility clinic which was able to include some characteristics of each their races. Most of the kids in Ashe’s school have already found their other form. Unfortunately for Ashe, no matter how hard he tries, he can’t change into anything. Or can he? I’m not telling, you’ll have to find that out on your own.
Shifters, werewolves and even humans are being murdered and the community leaders are stumped. No clues or reasons for the murders can be found. Enter Ashe, his best friend, Sali, and a small group of classmates who are frightened and concerned about what is happening. The adults don’t want to share any details or talk about the situation around the children. Well, we all know that doesn’t work. Children are flat out too curious for their own good. If you’ve read the Blood Destiny Series, you will recognize a few of the characters in Ashe’s story. It was very nice to revisit with some of my favorites from earlier books.
Now, from my view as a not reader of young adult novels. The story captivated me. I did find myself asking why the novel seemed a little less graphic. Duh! This book wasn’t written for a a older person who devours Urban Fantasy with kiss ass heroines. Once I got that through my thick head, I just sat back and enjoyed the story. It IS a wonderful story. While the writing style is slanted toward the young adult genre, the substance is not. The world and character building is complete and interesting.
I could actually see my two boys, nieces and nephews reading and enjoying this book. They are all a little past young adult and I am way past but the story just draws you in and keeps you there. There are various twists and turns that work extremely well to keep you wondering and entertained. Having read nothing to compare with this work, I just have to say, take a chance and read it. I’m pretty sure you will like it.
(Bumble and the rest of the Legend of the Ir'Indicti Series is a direct tie in to Connie's other series.)
Bumble is very affordable at $2.99 for the Kindle edition and as a self-pub is priced at $10.14 for the paperback.