Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Mead

September 29, 2014     Danielle Romero     2.5stars, ARC, reviews

Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly MeadGray Bishop by Kelly Meade
Published by Penguin on October 21, 2014
Genres: Fiction, General, Paranormal, romance
Pages: 201
Format: eARC
Some people need something to fight for... With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular. After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him. Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult. When word reaches them that Jillian's hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive...

my thoughtsGray Bishop is a unique spin on the werewolf/vampire tropes that we’ve grown accustomed to. There are some interesting and at times, exciting new elements that keep the reader engaged but overall this book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t hate it though nor did I particularly care for it. I don’t recommend reading the book as a stand alone. I think had I read the first book that perhaps I would have been more invested in the characters. As it was, I found myself unable to connect to the story. Also, there was very little that was accomplished in the story. There weren’t really any big secrets revealed or mysteries solved. Nothing that really made the story arc exciting. Things just kind of happened. I almost DNF’d the book a few times, it was difficult to stay interested but the writing is solid. The world-building was unique, the characters were like able. There seemed to be a lot of information dumps that I wished were woven throughout the story better and there needed to be more ‘showing’.  It just wasn’t really for me. On a lighter note, Kelly does have other series that I have genuinely enjoyed so this one hiccup won’t stop me from reading more from her.

2 half coffee cupsabout the author


ME: Ahem.  *clears throat*  In an effort to bypass the traditional list of things you may be curious about me, I’ve decided to allow the heroine of my upcoming novel THREE DAYS TO DEAD to conduct a brief interview.  Evangeline “Evy” Stone is a former paranormal bounty hunter who is resurrected into a new, somewhat clumsy body with only three days—

EVY: Didn’t they read all that on the front page of this website?

ME: Well, probably.  I was trying to give you an intro.

EVY: This isn’t my interview.  Introduce yourself.

ME: But that’s what the interview is for.  I can answer questions, but I kind at suck public speaking and making stuff up off the top of my head.

EVY: Evidently.

ME: What?

EVY: Never mind.  Okay, so I’m Evy Stone, here talking with my author and creator, Kelly Meding.  So why don’t we start with A/S/L information?

ME: With what?

EVY: Age, sex, location.

ME: Female, duh.  I live in a little town in Eastern Shore Maryland, about ten minutes from Ocean City, with my best friend and one slightly neurotic cat.

EVY: Your best friend is a neurotic cat?

ME: No, my cat is neurotic.

EVY: That’s what I said.

ME: Evy…

EVY: Moving on, you forgot age.

ME: Over twenty-one.

EVY: Fair enough.  How long have you been a writer?

ME: Since I was twelve.  I wrote my first, horrible attempt at a YA novel back in seventh grade, and I’m forever grateful to a former friend who destroyed it in a fit of adolescent anger.  Saves my eyes from bleeding.  I moved onto writing screenplays in high school and college, and then went back to prose during my last two years in college.

EVY: Where’d you go and what’d you study?

ME: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Film Studies Concentration, from Messiah College.

EVY: Never heard of it.

ME: The degree or the school?

*rattling*  *mic feedback*

EVY: So my life is all work, work, work.  Does that mean your life is write, write, write?

ME: A good portion of my free time, yes.  But I also hold down a part-time job at a major home furnishing retailer (I love decorating and design), which helps pay the bills.  When I’m not writing or working, I can be found reading a good book, making jewelry, painting ceramics, playing with my cat, or watching movies.

EVY: Okay, good, you’re giving me something to work with here.  Five movies everyone should see?

ME: The Secret of NIMH, L.A. Confidential, Band of Brothers, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Dark Knight.

EVY: Jeez, eclectic much?  How about books?

ME: Five books?  Um…Watership Down, by Richard Adams; The Story Girl, by LM Montgomery; The Stand, by Stephen King; the Little House on the Prairie series; anything by Gena Showalter (she’s awesome!).

EVY: Any of those books have characters who actually get to <Deleted by the Spoiler Police>.  You are no fun.

ME: Any other questions for me?

EVY: I can think of a few, but they’d probably get deleted, too.

ME: Very likely.  Well, that’s that.  Say good night, Gracie.

EVY: Who the hell’s Gracie?

ME: *sighs*