Mar 25

Review: The Light Who Shines (Bluebell Kildare Series) by Lilo Abernathy

Review:  The Light Who Shines (Bluebell Kildare Series)  by Lilo Abernathy The Light Who Shines Format: eBook
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five-stars
When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows, and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn't enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high and hate crimes are increasing. However, it's her growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.

While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?

Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.

 

 

This book was huge. Sitting at 136k words, I found myself up to my eyeballs in lore, character back history and the current story itself.  It actually took me a few days to get through the whole book, which surprised me because I’m such a fast reader. Abernathy takes her time building up to the climax, so be prepared to hunker down and spend some time wading through a lot of information about the world she’s building. Besides, the ending was so worth it I didn’t mind the lengthy beginning and middle.

Bluebell is a bad ass. No questions asked, no further explanation really needed. She may be only human, but she makes up for it with true grit. And the writing is fantastic. At one point when things got particularly harry for Bluebell, I had to put the book down because it was so graphic. I was actually upset about what was happening to her! “It’s awful!” I cried out. My husband reached over gently, patted my knee and said, “You know it’s just a book, right?” Yeah, the writing was that good.

I’d definitely read book two, even though I was bummed that Bluebell and her sexy boss/love interest Jack didn’t get very far in their relationship. Their buildup was so slow that I can only hope that in the sequel they really reach some milestones to keep us interested. I also wondered what was going on with Gambino and Bluebell. There seems to be some type of unspoken tension there (Perhaps sexual? Sibling? Who knows?) and I would be game to explore it.  Gambino reminds me of the saying, “Still waters run deep.”

In this universe, those who have special powers are called ‘Gifted’. And just like in the real world, there are humans who do not like those that are different from them. It was interesting to see how these ‘breedists’ mimicked the prejudiced people of our own universe and how that related to Bluebell’s own personal history.

Overall, The Light Who Shines is a top notch debut novel. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for someone who’s looking for a fresh new take in Paranormal Romance.

 

Mar 20

See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy) by Michelle Graves

See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy) by Michelle GravesSee How She Runs by Michelle Graves
Series: The Chronicles of Izzy
Format: eBook
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four-stars
One delivery changed her whole life.

Izzy was a normal girl living in Chicago as a bike messenger before that fateful day. She delivered one package and set into action a chain of events she never could have expected.

Now she is running for her life from the Corporation, her best friend is not at all who he seemed, and to top it all off she keeps having visions.

Will she survive to navigate the waters as a Seer? Will her feelings for Kennan be her very downfall? Find out in See How She Runs.

 

Who doesn’t love a headstrong bicycle messenger who has to uncover a hidden past before a lunatic kills her? I know I do!

This book was a lot of fun to read and offered an interesting take on the paranormal world. The history behind Izzy is refreshing and the story had an abundance of spunky characters to make it a page turner.

Izzy and Kennan were a cute couple and their growth as a couple kept me hooked to the end. But! There wasn’t much passion. I mean, it was written that she felt passionate about Kennan and he certainly growled when appropriate (which is always nice…and hot), but I couldn’t feel any real physical tension between them. And the love scene kind of disappointed me. After all of that verbal buildup, I was hoping for a bit more.

Even though I liked every single character in the book, I didn’t feel a particular pull to one of them. They were all equally dynamic, so I didn’t necessarily have a favorite. I will say that I hope Ian gets his own book, because he was fantastic! Kudos to Graves for writing such a funny character!

See How She Runs has lots of action, entertaining snark from all parties involved, and a rich world full of magic. What’s not to love?

I give See How She Runs 4 out of 5 stars. 

Mar 04

Guest Post: The Gorgeous Crazy Hat Lady By Lilo Abernathy

Lilo Abernathy, author of The Light Who Shines, has been nice enough to swing by The Brainy Bookshelf and share with us her thoughts on creating memorable characters. You can find her book here and check out her awesome post below! 

*****

Fiction is primarily an escape from the mundane reality of our normal existence. Often we tire of our monotonous lives, always spending our time on meeting expectations and obligations. Let’s face it, life can be boring. However, our books don’t have to be!

Not all stories, but many stories would benefit from the Gorgeous Crazy Hat Lady. But who is she? Imagine a tall beautiful woman wearing a large hat adorned with an abundance of feathers in shades of fuchsia and teal, further accessorized with strands of bright beads hanging about her neck. She walks into a stately tearoom and the entire room hushes in stunned awe as they watch her advance with feathers spilling out and drifting behind her.

 

She represents a character who is often colorful in dress or personality, which creates wonderful visuals that delight our minds. This eccentricity isn’t typically a ploy for attention; instead, the character simply dances to their own tune. The rules of society seem to have little impact on them. When an idea pops in their mind, they just do it without inhibition. They exhibit the kind of freedom we sometimes wish we had.

 

However, the truly fun part is that their behavior is unpredictable and electrifying to the story. Sensational scenes or circumstances can be written around the Gorgeous Crazy Hat Lady because she is the most malleable character of all.

 

Of course, the character doesn’t have to be gorgeous or crazy or a lady, the hat is optional as well! He could be the class clown companion to your studious hero. She could be the rebel rock-and-roll chick in a conservative town. Sometimes these extraordinary characters only display their unusual proclivities in one aspect of their personality. Imagine a tough burly man who cuddles with kittens or sings opera. Perhaps the Spock-like brainy computer geek has a secret beanie baby collection. It could be that the devout Catholic regularly visits tattoo parlors, harboring a fetish for cartoon character line art.

 

The wonder of creative writing is that the possibilities are endless. Even so, we more often then not see characters whose behaviors are limited to the norm.

 

In my book, The Light Who Shines, one of the supporting characters is a wiry, feisty older woman with enchanting green eyes. She also happens to change her hair color every other day. And by hair color, I mean fuchsia, ice blue, fire engine red, peach sherbet, and etcetera. She coordinates her hair dye to match her outfits and reads fashion magazines during her leisure. She doesn’t cook, but makes outstanding southern beverages instead. The time she saves by avoiding the stove is used to think of outlandish pranks to play against her would-be suitor.

 

She is not the main character, but she brings light and fun to the story. She is in a word, interesting. Isn’t that what a fiction story should be?

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About Lilo Abernathy:

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I’m currently forty-two, but that could differ depending on what year you read this. Unless some fundamental laws of nature change, I expect that number to only get higher. I am half Italian and half Irish. Well, the Irish side is sort of an Irish/German/English/French/Scottish mix, but since I believed I was truly half Irish until my mother’s foray into genealogy, I’m sticking to that story.

I live amidst the Smoky Mountains and can sometimes see the shadows of clouds lying on the mountains from my front porch. I am not yet snobbish enough to call it a veranda, but time will tell. I’m a great believer in the proof being in the pudding. Sometimes my young adult daughter joins me on the veranda… err, porch to admire the view. Often my Australian Shepherd runs around the veranda looking for things to shepherd in the yard. Because we are decidedly lacking in livestock, he frequently presents me with slobbery balls to throw. I, in turn, do my best to ignore them. I feel justified in this neglect because I am planning on adopting a girlfriend for him soon so they can wrestle over the slobbery ball together to wagging tails’ content.

I started working full time while in high school and haven’t stopped since. My illustrious career began with a smattering of service experiences at various fast food and restaurant chains, went on to fine jewelry, slipped into property management for housing projects, morphed into corporate real estate, then ended up in mergers and acquisitions. Please don’t ask me how that happened as I would have to kill you if I told you.

My home is a modestly sized ranch, recently purchased and still not completely unpacked. The walls are a boring light beige, but they make the perfect backdrop for my brightly colored Gustav Klimt canvas prints. Van Gogh hopes to join Klimt on my walls soon, but right now the brakes on my Cube need to be fixed, and the washer overflows if I place the water level on super-duper high. Priorities, priorities.

More importantly than all of the above, you absolutely must know that my favorite color is purple. Not Barney purple, no offense to Barney, but more of a medium eggplant purple. I like to think of it as a “mature” purple, but deep down I know it is really just purple.

Thanks for stopping by Lilo! 

Feb 27

Review: Witches of Blackmere High by Lexington Alexander

Review: Witches of Blackmere High by Lexington AlexanderWitches of Blackmere High Format: eBook
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two-half-stars
A coven of talented teen witches grants wishes to classmates who are desperate to find love, status, and happiness during high school. When the consequences of these wishes begin to come back, the coven finds that they're actually granting nightmares, heartbreaks, and even murders...

 

This book follows four teens (Lilith, Daphne, Timmy and Jimmy) who are dabblers in magic. They use their powers to unleash revenge upon their high school classmates for years of adolescent torture (a.k.a teasing) and things are going well…until one of them begins to turn to the dark side. We watch as Lilith, the ring leader, has to put everything back in its place again before events spiral out of control.

When the book begins, we see the teens performing magic in front of the school and Lilith’s mother. I wasn’t sure why this would have been allowed (where were the responsible teachers and principals?), and I didn’t understand why the revelation that Lilith and Daphne had made the crowd so thunderstruck. But I pressed on, hoping to get more answers later on.

The girls quickly decide to take on ‘clients’ and help other bully victims seek their revenge. The schools’ teachers and principals can’t really seem to stop them, and the teens quickly escalate into fights amongst themselves and with others. At the height of Lilith’s issues, her mom decides to leave town and let her daughter figure it out on her own.  But I couldn’t wrap my head around what responsible mother would do that? It didn’t seem plausible. And it was hard to understand what type of universe these kids lived in. There were hints of the town having dabbled in magic before (and therefore not totally shocked when it reared its ugly head), but it was never fully explained. Everyone just seemed so accepting and that kept me from being completely submerged in the book.

Witches of Blackmere High is certainly a quick read (it’s a novella), but the plot moved too fast for my liking. I didn’t have a chance to connect with any of the characters at all and their world didn’t seem fleshed out enough for me to understand what was truly going on.

While this book has some great bones and an interesting premise, I think future additions to this series need to work out back history for all characters that are involved so that we have a clear understanding of what’s happening and the motivation behind it.

All in all, I give Witches of Blackmere High 2.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Feb 21

Review: Interview with a Master by Jason Luke

Review: Interview with a Master by Jason LukeInterview with a Master Format: eBook
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two-stars
It's the interview like no other.
It's the interview of a lifetime.
It's THE Interview with a Master.
When Jonah Noble reveals details of his life within the world of BDSM, the tale he tells is intensely erotic, profoundly sensual, and brutally honest.
This is His world. His way.
There is only one question the man will not answer…

 

When I first heard of this book, I rushed to grab it as soon as it was live on Amazon. So I was really disappointed when I realized that I was bored about a quarter of the way through it! The sex scenes were hot and left nothing to the imagination, that’s for sure. But the characters and the story line seemed to be lacking. Here are my thoughts:

 

I didn’t like Leticia. She seemed too eager…too ready to submit to this man. Sure she’s young, attractive and single, and sure she’s lacking in the intimacy department, but really? You barely know this man, and you’re so set on your career but you immediately fall for him? I would have respected Jonah a whole helluva lot more if he would’ve won someone who put up a decent fight.

 

Jonah describes his escapes in excruciating detail. I get that it’s for the reader’s benefit, but that’s not how people talk to each other every day…even about sex. He remembers every little detail from years ago, how is that possible? As a matter of fact, the scenes were so descriptive I found myself skipping over them in hopes for a little more substance.

 

The ending confused me. Why did Leticia act the way she did? Why did Trigg act in the manner she did for that matter? (Trigg’s character was confusing the entire time, actually. Even when we were given an explanation of who she was and what she did, it still didn’t fit. She acted like a jealous lover rather than who she really was. ) But Leticia falling apart after a few weeks of knowing this man was just another aspect of the story that didn’t seem realistic.

 

The frustrating part with this book was that it had some good bones. Jonah is dark, mysterious and wealthy. Leticia is curious, bright and ambitious (at least, in the beginning of the book she is. She slowly morphs into this love stricken school girl by the end of the book). I understand that this is a debut author, but I wish Luke had taken the time to really add some depth to both of the characters.

All in all, I give Interview with a Master 2 out of 5 stars.

Feb 20

Guest Post: Coping with a Bad Review by Liz Stauffer

Today The Brainy Bookshelf is lucky to have a guest post by Liz Stauffer, author of Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club. I reviewed this book in November (which you can find here). 

See below to learn how Liz deals with a bad review, which is a skill all of us indie authors need! 

 

*****

Good reviews are wonderful – and so right on target! A great story, wonderful characters, a well thought out plot, are all good words for an author to hear. But what have good reviews taught me? Not much, really. I feel good – really good sometimes, if I get a super good review. But I don’t always learn very much from them. It’s the bad reviews that can teach me to be a better writer or even a better person.

I got a bad review this morning. I discovered it when I was taking a break from editing my latest book. I was bummed at first. De-motivated for sure. After a bit, I reread the review, studying each point critically, to see what I could learn from it. I found out rather quickly that I could learn a lot.

The reviewer hated my dialog – called it very clumsy and totally unrealistic. She wrote that I overused the word ‘dear’, and thought no one in the 21rst century would use my dialog pattern.

After drowning my sorrows in a piece of coconut cake – at 8 in the morning – I sat back at my desk to reflect on what the reviewer was saying. I asked myself if my dialog did need improvement. I went into the book I’d been editing this morning to see.

I discovered right away that the dialog could be improved. When I made it more crisp and clear, the scene was immediately better. Point number one – taken. Dialog can always be improved.

The reviewer also wrote that my characters were not well developed.  I’ll tend to this point more thoroughly later when I reread the book – but it is an important point. Characters are so critical to a book and to a series. Readers want to know who the characters are, and in the kind of books I write, should really like them. Up until now my feedback has been overwhelmingly positive on this point, so I need to figure out what this reviewer is saying and put the right amount of energy into any changes I make as a result of her comments. Not all reviewer comments should be treated the same.

One other point as it pertains to characters. I am writing a series. My plan (hope) is to continue to tell their stories over time. All sorts of things are going to happen to this wonderful cast of people. Good and bad things will occur, and my characters will grow and change as a result.

Finally, (and I’ll use that word because the reviewer did) she hated the ending of the book. She thought it was ridiculous (her word again), suggesting that I opted for the surprise ending rather than a plausible close.

I’ve gotten this feedback once before – from my other bad review, so I really studied the point. I actually thought the ending was too obvious when I was writing it, and other readers have figured it out, but the point the reviewer is making is beyond who did the murder.

When more than one person says something, it needs to be attended to. If I was writing this book today, I would change one of the last scenes, not because of the reviews, but because of how I feel about it now. But I’m not going to write the book again, so I have to just learn from what I’ve already done, and apply this information to future books. But that’s okay, too. Being introspective is fine, but sometimes the best thing to do, when it is what it is, is to just get over it, and move ahead. This may be the best lesson I’ve learned from my bad reviews.

Will I change my writing style because of a bad review. Probably not. But as hard as they are to read, bad reviews can offer huge amounts of insight. It’s like many lessons in life. Although they are not easy to swallow, there is much to learn.

That said, because the review came in today, I will enjoy an extra glass of wine and piece of chocolate when I watch a PBS mystery on TV tonight.

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Liz Stauffer’s debut mystery novel, Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club, described as cutting edge Cozy, is being published by Sartoris Literary Group, Jackson MS. The book is available on Amazon at http://amzn.com/0989318605.

Liz has always written stories, but transferred her writing skills to the corporate world as a means of supporting her two young sons after a divorce. Moving between educational research and the computer world, she wrote everything from political encyclopedias and travel articles, to marketing literature and software manuals. But it wasn’t until she found herself stranded in a South Dakota winter, that she penned her first novel.

After a successful corporate career, Liz gave up that world to travel and to write, and in some cases, to combine both loves. Having lived in some fourteen states during her early adult years, she’s traveled to all fifty states, and to some forty countries on four continents, while writing mysteries. Currently, she lives with her two dogs, Mattie and Jake, in Hollywood Beach, Florida.

For several years after retiring, Liz spent six months a year in Pen Mar, Maryland, a small community nestled into the foothills of the Appalachians, straddling the Maryland/Pennsylvania border, her house just feet from the Appalachian Trail. Pen Mar, once the site of a grand summer resort built by the railroad in the late nineteenth century, is the inspiration for the site of her Thursday Morning Breakfast and Murder Club mysteries. She and her protagonist, Lillie Mae Harris, share some of the same interests. Both women love to talk, love their friends and family, but also love to meet new people, love to be outside, and love to hike. Lillie Mae would bike as much as Liz does, if the country roads she drives were supportive to biking. Liz also has a great love of the beach, but Lillie Mae finds the beach hot and tedious. Liz is vegetarian; Lillie Mae is not. Both ladies, however, love to cook.

Currently Liz is working on the third Thursday morning breakfast club mystery and is planning a grand historical epic that features the Pen Mar Park and Resort.

She can be contacted at www.lizstauffer.com or on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Feb 19

Behind the Scenes: Thela Thatch, author of The Dog Chef

TBB Note: Thela is a close and personal friend, so I was delighted when she agreed to be interviewed for The Brainy Bookshelf! Although The Dog Chef is for children, animal lovers of all ages will love the cute story of a dog who decides to cook for his friends. You can find her book here!

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ThelacloseupName: Thela Thatch

TBB: How did you come up with the title? I wanted something fun that described Shadow.  The Dog Chef was a way to quickly describe his character and persona.

TBB: Tell us about your book: A story for all ages about a dog that loves to cook in the kitchen and share his culinary creations with his friends.

TBB: Do you have a specific writing style? I would say my style varies based on the audience.  For The Dog Chef, my writing style was focused on keeping the story line colorful and simple and fun for children to read.

TBB: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I want the reader to know that their imagination can take them anywhere!

TBB: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Yes, I would have professional photos taken for the Author’s bio section.

TBB: Who designed the covers? My sister, illustrator, Rishanna Leigh Finney.

TBB: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life? The biggest challenge was researching how to format and publish the book.  It was challenging

TBB: Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series? Yes, we plan to continue The Dog Chef series.  The next book will be focused on The Dog Chef’s recipes.

 

TBB: Where can your readers stalk find you? Amazon.com.  Type in The Dog Chef Thatch and it will pop right up!

 

Thela’s blog: http://thedogchefbook.wordpress.com/

Her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheDogChef

Thela’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDogChefBook

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1jEg17p

 Other: http://createspace.com/3838568  or www.shine4real.bigcartel.com

 

One more thing: Is your book in Print, ebook or both? It is only available in Print now through Amazon, Create Space and other websites.  It will be available on Kindle and in specialty stores soon.

 

Thanks for stopping by Thela! 

Feb 07

2013 Recap!

Hey there!

 

Wow, 2014 is already here and under way! I can’t believe it’s already February, where in the heck did January go??

I thought I’d take a moment to update you on what’s going on with The Brainy Bookshelf before we get back into full blown reviewing mode:

1)   2013 was awesome. I launched TBB on Blogger and (as it became more popular) realized it should have its own website. In August, TheBrainyBookblog.com was born. Since then, this site has logged 3200 views, over 1,000 requests and last year alone I reviewed 53 books. I also started spotlighting authors, which you can find here. I didn’t realize how rewarding it is to help my fellow indie authors with reviews and I’m truly grateful to have met so many of you! I can’t wait to read more great books and share my thoughts, keep them coming!

2)   That being said, I needed to update my submission guidelines. Effective immediately, the new guidelines are:

 

  • After much consideration, I will be reopening up reviews for 2014 from indie authors and publishers. But! There will be no set date that I will review the book by, and it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months? I strongly urge you to sign up to get updates on my site, or use Google Alerts to see when my review is posted.

 

  • I will be sticking strictly to Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. I made this decision halfway through the 2013, but decided to continue with my schedule of all genres until 2014. Starting Jan. 1st, I will only review ParaRom/Urban Fantasy.
  • I have posted my current TBR list here and here. I update it with every new request I approve, so check it out!

 

  • I do not review for money. I pick all books based on my personal preference.

 

3)   What’s new for The Brainy Bookshelf? I’m going to start doing YouTube.com reviews and I’m really excited to join the YT community! There are some great book bloggers already out there and I can’t wait to join them. You can find my YouTube channel here.  Be sure to subscribe!

 

4)   Last year, I published my debut novella, The Two Worlds. It’s a YA Fantasy/Adventure book and I’d love to get some reviews myself! If you’re interested in trading a review for a review, I’ll bump you to the top of my TBR list and confirm a review date with you. Give me a shout at thebrainybookshelf {at} gmail {dot} com.  :)

 

As always, I appreciate your patience! You have been awesome and I can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring!

 

Xoxo,

Alisha

Jan 26

The Hunt is On by Natalie Herzer

The Hunt is On by Natalie HerzerThe Hunt is On by Natalie Herzer
Series: The Patroness #2
Format: eBook
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four-stars
Maiwenn Cadic has her hands full.
The Turn is a few weeks ahead and the world seems to be literally coming apart at the seams - natural disasters and weird phenomena keep everyone on edge.

When Maiwenn and Kylian need to work together to investigate an unusually high number of missing persons all fingers point to the Queen of the Undead, and sharp-tongued and sharp-fanged conflicts follow...

** Warning: This review will contain spoilers!! **

In book two with the Patroness of Paris, we follow Maiwenn as she tries to unravel the mystery of people going missing throughout the city. The dreaded Turn is at their doorstep and Maiwenn is determined to keep the city safe despite leaked magic wreaking havoc.  And she’s certainly got her hands full because now Kylian is 100% back in the picture, along with the whole motley crew of vampires, demons, and shape shifters.

I enjoyed this book, but can honestly say that I’m not thrilled to read the third. I liked how vibrant the characters are and how much they add to the story. And I’m a history buff, so anytime I get to read about the magical city of Paris I’m happy. But the Patroness and Kylian’s relationship is ridiculous. I mean, we’re two books in and now at the end they’re going on a date? Really? It took two whole books? I’m not one to give up on a series, but this has frustrated me. Somehow, Pauline and Ben’s relationship stole the show as they quickly moved into being mated. Even when Ben gave the heartwarming advice to Maiwenn (and I’m sure all fans where nodding in agreement) but they both continued to drag out their relationship. When things like this happen, I tend to let a series go. It doesn’t seem fair to the reader and I’d much rather have the mystery of the fog continuing into book three than the Maiwenn/Kylian fiasco.

Regarding Pauline and Ben- I loved Ben. How his character came in and stole the romance show just shows how ineffective drawing out Maiwenn and Kylian’s relationship is. If I do decide to pick up book three, I’d be more interested in learning how Pauline and Ben’s relationship progresses than the main characters. Pauline is such an interesting fairy and I feel like I didn’t learn much about her.

Over all, The Hunt is On is a fun book and those who don’t mind Maiwenn’s painstakingly slow relationship will enjoy it. I give The Hunt is On 4 out of 5 stars.

Nov 22

Review: Blue Moon Rising (The Patroness #1) by Natalie Herzer

Review: Blue Moon Rising (The Patroness #1) by Natalie HerzerBlue Moon Rising by Natalie Herzer
Published June 2013
Format: eBook
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five-stars
Maiwenn Cadic doesn’t have a quiet and normal life.
This week won’t be any different.

Being the Patroness of Paris and protecting its inhabitants is a full time job but unfortunately it doesn’t pay the bills and so Maiwenn tries her best to make a living as a down-on-her luck private eye for odd cases.

When five shapeshifters end up dead, she knows it’s bad news and has to call in The Council. They immediately send their assassin Kylian Tremaine, a typical shapeshifter who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer and seems to see everything female as a damsel in distress - which Maiwenn is really not.

Together they will not only have to overcome their prejudices and obstacles in the form of a trigger-happy bounty hunter and a hungry rogue, but they will also have to trust each other in order to solve the murder before more bodies pile up.

 

This is a great read!

Maiwenn is AWESOME. I love me a strong heroine and Maiwenn is it! She takes hit after hit and keeps on going back, who can find fault in that? I couldn’t find any flaws with her character, which is always a pleasant surprise while reading a new book.

Kylian is HOT. Phew! That whole tall, dark, handsome and growly thing? Yeah, it works. He’s overprotective, sure, but I think the book’s synopsis plays that up too much. I went in thinking he’d be some chauvinistic freak, but he’s just the typical dominant alpha and he’s much sweeter than Natalie gives him credit for.

I really liked how Natalie Herzer incorporated our myths and religion into her story without it being too preachy. It felt authentic and made me enjoy the story more. To be honest, I loved EVERYTHING about the book except….the ending. I have huge issues with romance cliffhangers like the one that’s at the end and usually I won’t continue the series out of principle. I feel if you build up the sexual tension between two characters in a romance book, then you should at least let them make some ground in their physical relationship before ending the story and it didn’t happen in this first installment. I’ll go ahead and pick up book two, but I’ll be pouting about it.

All in all, Blue Moon Rising is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I’ll be keeping my eye on Natalie for sure. I give Blue Moon Rising 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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