Bad Elements series, The Hybrid Unleashed
Adapting to a normal life in the immortal realm, Crystal finds her familial ties in turmoil. As Crystal’s son becomes obsessed with a string of recent deaths, his marriage to his witch wife grows weak, forcing her to turn to her sister for guidance.
Meanwhile, Crystal’s daughter, Jennifer struggles with her immortal hormonal imbalance, attracting two teenage boys, one of whom is not what he seems.
With the appearance of her ex-husband, Wayne, Crystal becomes the target of the elite immortal agency, the Underground Secret Service, its affiliates, and its primary targets, including the notorious and dangerous biker gang, The Hell’s Changelings—her lover’s brotherhood.
Gaining some of her memory back, she discovers secrets and uncovers the truth behind her captivity, pushing her into the primary focus of annihilation by the hunters and the hunted in this sequel to the dark and edgy novel, Bad Elements: Blood for Blood.
“Underground Paranormal Monster Cage Matches, Secret Police, Cruel Experimentation…what doesn’t this book have? Hybrid Unleashed is the third book in Mullican’s Bad Elements Series. It follows the saga of Crystal and her family as they try to heal from the past and forge a somewhat normal existence, or at least as normal as you can be when your family is made up of werewolves, witches, and hybrid paranormal creatures. I have to be honest, I’m reading them out of order.
While it is the third book in the series and I’m reading things completely out of order, I found the story fairly easy to follow. The cast of characters is huge and they’re apparently involved from Books 1 and 2. I wasn’t lost, but I definitely know I’m now going to read the first 2 novels, just for pure character insight. It was also fairly easy to pick up this book and start because Crystal is having flashbacks of her forgotten past, so if I was confused, she usually had a memory emerge just when I needed it.
This book isn’t a YA Novel and the supernatural creatures can be brutal, but it plays more like a Charlaine Harris type of novel…you love them even when they give in to their primal instincts.
What I liked about Crystal, the main character, is that she is struggling to find her place within her family. After years in the underground, as a captive, she’s adapting to life as a mother and grandmother. As you can imagine, it’s pretty hard to navigate. She does it with strength and determination.
I’m giving this a 5 out of 5 stars and eagerly looking forward to “starting” the series. This series is recommended for MATURE Audiences and probably 18+ due to the violent content and sexual content.” – Rebecca’s BiblioGal Book Blog
“This book reminds of Twilight but more risque….. if that makes sense. I’m only going by the movies since I actually did hate Twilight but this book is more violent and mature than that of the Twilight movies. Be forewarned: these characters have a mouth on them. If you are offended by the description of blood or bad language and can only handle PG-related material, this book may not be for you.
I like to think of this book as being more like The Howling: a far superior movie than Twilight anyway. This is the third in the book series where the characters are trying to live a normal life but then a biker gang comes along. Pretty soon its pretty much an all-out war and people turning into hybrid of creatures. One person is a hybrid of werewolf, vampire, and other things. It’s pretty crazy. At one point it even reminded me of a role-playing game with werewolves, vampires, and a witch (like the magic user) and even gargoyles appearing off of tattoos.
There is a lot of cool stuff in this book and if you are a fan of Twilight, role-playing games, or even The Howling I highly suggest picking up this book. If you can get past the R-Rated material, then you are in for a ride.” – Michael S. Fields, Author: Spirits of the Darkness/The Blackwood Conspiracy