I was sent an eARC of The Ganga Shift by Mary Bernsen, published by Parliament Publishing House in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t usually read paranormal books so I was unsure what to expect but this book was a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed this book! It was so different and a unique read.
It is a really fast paced book and totally engrossing, I could not put it down! The concept of the gene re-sequencing was really interesting and I loved the Hindu mythology that was woven into the book. It’s not a culture and mythology we usually get to see so that was a nice change.
This book will have you hooked, wanting to read one more chapter. There’s plenty of untrustworthy characters and we have to slowly work out who Isabella can and cannot trust. Who has an ulterior motive and that was done really well.
This book had a Hunger Games feel with a lot of the book taking part in a pod created by the government organisation that is using prison inmates as guinea pigs. A group of shifters are sent there with Isabella to hunt her to force her to shift. This was quite intense and it really made me root for Isabella.
I loved Isabella, who was smart and fierce, yet we also got to see her vulnerabilities and see her make mistakes. This makes her so much more relatable and realistic as a character. I also really liked Brayden and Shannon. I wasn’t always a fan of Chase who I felt had the least character development. I also wasn’t a fan of the insta-love though by the end of the book we learn more about why they instantly were attracted to each other and it makes more sense.
We get multiple POV’s in this book from Isabella, Brayden and Chase and occasionally from Shannon so we get a much wider view of the story which makes it more interesting. Though the way it was set out can be a bit confusing at times.
The end of the book was left open with just the indication of what happened. It does leave more to the readers imagination though I wish there was more closure and we got to see what happened.
Overall it was a great read and if you like paranormal or thriller with shifters then definitely pick this book up. I would love to read more of this world and see what happens to all the characters!