on July 8, 2012 :
I'm a big fan of the author, Susan, and her work. I've been a little bit of a fan girl of Trevors since before the books even existed and there was just a little blog. I wasn't sure where Susan was going after her first book, [[ASIN:B004C445Z6 Trevor's Song]], but was willing to go along for the ride. I ended up being shocked how much Trevor has grown as a person and as a character. Oh, he's still a grade A butthead, but there were moments that we got to see the real him that made me smile. I'm not sure that Trevor could ever totally lose his attitude as that would just be unrealistic.
However, Trevor is almost a secondary character in this book. This books really is about Keri and family relationships. About the elephant in the room that sits there and stares at you while smiling politely at family functions. I have always liked Keri, but my love and appreciation for her, who she is and what she does grew tremendously with this one. This second book of the series also gave us a larger insight into Mitchell and how much he's willing to do for her.
I found Keri's brother, Stevie, however to be one of the single most annoying characters, however. I'm sure he was written that way, but I found myself unable to connect with him and just wanted to punch him. For as much success as he has had, he sure is a whiny spineless sniveling idiot of a man. He was somewhat redeemed, but he'll need some work for me to not hate him. *laughing*
What I enjoy most about Susan's work with Shapeshifter is that it brings me back to my teenage years. The days of hair bands, screeching metal music and hiding in my room from my parents, who just didn't understand.
Recommended for children of the 80's and 90's. Read her first book first though, I think you really do need the background before diving into this one.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on April 9, 2012 :
Longtime readers of my reviews know that I'm a big fan of Susan Helene Gottfried's series about an East Coast heavy metal band. As someone who used to be in the business myself, I can tell you that these books are a realistic picture of the industry as well as being quite entertaining.
The latest ShapeShifter novel brings us into the band's life after bassist Trevor Wolff's cancer treatment and subsequent collapse (as outlined in "Trevor's Song"). Trevor's usual bravado is a misguided attempt to disguise his depression.
So, Mitchell Voss contacts his real estate agent uncle about finding an appropriate rehearsal space in town where the band can also have offices: enter, the slaughterhouse. Or, The Slaughterhouse, an abattoir that will be converted to the ideal space by a hot young architect.
Who happens to be Mitchell's brother-in-law.
Those who have read Susan Helene Gottfriend's books know that Kerry, Mitchell's wife, is estranged from her family. This is the book wherein we learn the reason.
This book is not nearly so much about the band as it is about Kerri and her brother, Stevie. I had a hard time relating to the latter character, who seemed a little spineless for a successful architect. However, it was interesting to watch the development of the story and learn more about the band members.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on March 31, 2012 :
Review of King Trevor by Susan Helene Gottfried
These characters were written with such care in ‘Trevor’s Song' that the reader began to identify with the characters and wanted to know more about them and King Trevor does not disappoint as it delves into Keri’s aka Rusty’s background. The sequel to Trevor’s Song is a continuation of the story of Trevor and his relationships with his bandmate and best friend Mitchell and his wife Kerri aka Rusty. Trevor is not acting himself (the hedonistic Rock God).He is still sounding like the self-centred man he likes to show to the world, but Mitchell can tell he is depressed as he struggles with his life altering loss. Trevor is feeling out of place with the Shapeshifters, as he is no longer able to play bass with them and prance around the stage while the band is on tour. Mitchell sees all of this and wants to carve out a place for him as King Trevor. Trevor would run the band and manage the tour schedules, fan sites and studio and offices for Shapeshifters appearing every once in a while as a surprise to the fans with the band, but that requires a studio nearby and offices. Mitchell approaches Uncle Nils who finds them a building the old Slaughterhouse. It needs to be renovated but to do so they need an architect .Uncle Nils lines up Steve Broadhurst the head of Steel City Skyscrapers as their architect. The only problem is his Kerri’s brother Steve whom she hasn’t seen in three or four years. Trevor senses a story hidden there in Keri’s past and being Trevor he wants to know it in the guise it can harm Mitchell. This gives Trevor something to think about besides his own situation and ultimately leads him to his new career as King Trevor.
With biting wit and clever conversations the reader will truly enjoy this exceptionally written book.
5 ★★★★★ out of 5 ★★★★★
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)