Heart of Briar (The Portals #1)
That wasn't something Jan expected to hear--especially from strangers who'd just rescued her from some mysterious and ferocious creatures. And she really hadn't expected her rescuers to be shape-shifters....
Now it turns out her boyfriend, Tyler, hasn't gone missing, he's been stolen--and Jan's the only one who might be able...more
An interesting and promising start in this first book of the "Portals" duology by author Laura Anne Gilman.
Unlike what the cover may indicate, this is not a YA book. The characters are in their thirties, with established life's and relationships.
Jan and Tyler have been together for four months now. And they're in love...
But one day Tyler disappears without a trace. Neither of them has any family left, and Jan's questions are left with unanswered.
Four days after Tyler's disappearance Jan is appr...more
Much like Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime series, HEART OF BRIAR uses past fairy tales as a touchs...more
My only complaint was that I was a little confu...more
Much like Jasper Fforde's N...more
For a few days, Jan thought her boyfriend Tyler was just out of touch--and then that he was missing, and was frustrated that she couldn't file a missing person report.
And then two strange men--that one closer look aren't really human--tell her that he's been taken by elves. And his only hope is if she...more
Her main character, Jan, is not someone you would normally cast as the savior of the world. She is a computer geek with an inhaler who just happens to have a boyfriend who went missing. Everyone thinks he just up and left on his own but her T...more
A good story with an eye toward creating a believable, modern world of fantasy. The lead character grows from a shy, self-conscious girl to a strong, fierce woman. One fact that makes this journey so true, in the middle of a fantasy tale, is that she doesn't go from computer programmer to ninja. Another little detail is that in this age of super-hacking she doesn't try some crazy method of tracing someone's account or online activities.
Regardless of the main character's lack of skills, this book...more
I love Laura Anne Gilman's novels, so when I saw this one at Netgalley, I requested it on the spot. After reading it, I am glad I did. Mostly. I had one big issue with it.
This is the first book in the Portals duology, which isn't set in the Cosa Nostradamus world. No, this is a world filled with tension between the non-native Preternaturals and the native Supernaturals. I really liked that the Preters and the Supers behaved very differently. The Preters were cold, and only acted for the benefit...more
I received an advance copy courtesy of Harlequin.
For a romance novel, I enjoyed this a lot. It wasn't all just politics and sex. Heart of Briar had a nice story line and world building.
I find the character development in the novel to be "fair". Heroine seemed distance to me- for some reason I felt her actions were forced rather something she truly and emotionally wanted to do.
Author Gilman did a great job- just needs to improve on showing rather than telling...more
I couldn't put it down. The protagonist, Jan, wakes up to a problem, and the danger just keeps ratcheting up. Jan is smart and stubborn—and asthmatic. I loved her heading into danger, patting her pocket to make sure that she had her inhaler.
Like Gilman's Retrievers series, she adds supernatural beings to this world and makes them both plausible, and alien. Jan struggles to believe they're real, then to figure out wh...more
I never felt a serious connection between Tyler and Jan. I admit, I didn't care if she rescued him from the Preters or not. Her connection to Martin was far more interesting. Of course I'll have to read the next in t...more
By thirty, she was all three. She's a little focused that way.
After fifteen years working in NY publishing, Laura Anne became a full-time writer, with more than twenty novels under her various bylines, including the Nebula Award-nominated Vineart War trilogy, and the 10-book Cosa Nostradamus series....more