BAMF Review: Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins

Posted November 5, 2016 by Jamie in BAMF Reviews, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

BAMF Review: Clanless by Jennifer JenkinsClanless by Jennifer Jenkins
Published by Month9Books on October 4th 2016
ISBN: 1944816550
Pages: 336
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Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.


 

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We both enjoyed the same parts of this book (Gryphon, Josh and Tess, and expansion of the world) but Dani liked these things more than Jamie, which is why there is a disparity between our ratings. Dani also admits that Gryphon gets two stars automatically from her (which Jamie agrees with because, well, Gryphon).

Gryphon had even more depth to him this time around, as he struggled with being ostracized from his community, regaining old friendships, and keeping promises to the people he loves. We agree he had a good character story plot and also he is the best so we are always going to love Gryphon. The one book boyfriend we actually agree upon/fight over.

We also both like Josh and Tess, since their interactions were adorable. We liked that as children they didn’t feel like burdens on the main character but rather served purpose and had their own place in the narrative. Dani and Jamie disagreed on how Josh was treated by Zo but you can hear us talk about that in the video above.

In NAMELESS, it was awesome to get to know about the Ram culture (and a bit of the Wolf culture), so we were both excited to see the other clans represented in CLANLESS. Dani thought it was cool to see them all and how they lived and interacted in the grand scheme of things. However, Jamie  felt like they were stereotypical. She wanted diversity in the clans themselves, with everyone being an individual, but in NAMELESS, it felt as though everyone within a clan acted the same way. You know the Kodiaks are bear like and rough; the Ravens are skeptical and flighty, etc. but we didn’t get much more than that. Jamie also had issues with how the stereotypes were portrayed, but she discusses that in the video above.

Dani is on the fence about how the Gabe thing was handled because she knows that some people in real life would be that selfish, but she can also understand why he did it. Jamie is pretty sure it happened so there is no hope of a love triangle and that’s not cool.

There were other things Jamie didn’t like but she talks about them in the video above, so you can hear about them there rather than getting it twice. Below in the spoiler section, Jamie and Dani talk a bit more about things they didn’t like or agree with.

Overall we are going to continue with the series, but mostly because of Gryphon. We both really loved NAMELESS, but CLANLESS just didn’t pack the same emotional punch or have the same sort of tension that NAMELESS did. We are hoping for more from the finale (at least, we assume the third book is the finale), especially more Gryphon.

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Spoiler Section

We have a couple things we wanted to discuss in the spoiler section because we have ~thoughts~. If you haven’t read the book, don’t read here (unless you WANT to be spoiled). We are giving you super fair warning so please don’t read this, then complain we spoiled you because WE WARNED YOU.

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Discussion Questions

What did you think? Let us know in the comments, making sure to preface any spoilery comments with “SPOILER DISCUSSION”.

  1. Have you read Nameless?
  2. What clan would you want to belong to?
  3. How do you feel about travelogue books?

Next time, see Dani and Jamie review THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred.

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