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Boreal and John Grey (Boreal and John Grey #1-5)

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Dangerous Shades, magical portals, sexy elves and a spunky heroine. Welcome to Ella's world.

This is the complete First Season of the series Boreal and John Grey, books 1-5 (The Encounter, The Gate, The Dragon, The Dream and The Truth.

Centuries ago, they nearly conquered humankind. But their Gate to our world closed, leaving them out. Now the elves have found a way back.

Kindle Edition, 538 pages
Published June 2013
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Aug 04, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is actually a set of five novellas that make up the complete first season of the series “Boreal and John Grey" (The Encounter, The Gate, The Dragon, The Dream and The Truth).

I was totally drawn into this urban fantasy; Ella Benson is an agent of a secret paranormal investigation team trying to keep her world safe from increasingly dangerous creatures that are slipping into her dimension from another realm. The story is told mainly through Ella so we get to know her character extremely well,
Barbara Elsborg
Jun 14, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was amazing
This is a fast moving, action packed, strange creature filled romp of a story. A mix of Norse folklore and a vivid imagination, Ms Thoma has written a multi-layered, intelligent tale that never lets up from the first page to the last. I don't want to talk about the plot too much because I don't want to spoil the story. If you like urban fantasy - you'll like this. If you like paranormal romances - you'll like this.
Ella is a worthy heroine, brave and resourceful with a touch of mystery about her.
Caroline Barker
Aug 18, 2013 Caroline Barker rated it it was amazing
Chrystalla Thoma’s Boreal and John Grey has become one of my new favourite urban fantasy/paranormal book series. Absolutely hooked from the cover and first pages alone, I could not bear to put this book down (and I had to being the summer hols, spending time with my kids and all)!! There is definitely something for everyone (say 15yrs+) with this magical story of the human world having Gates appear from another world, where it brings Shades, snakes, dragons, dwarves and goblins, not to mention ...more
Jun 28, 2013 A.E. rated it it was amazing
Make sure you buy the complete Season 1 of "Boreal and John Grey" because after the first episode, you're going to be so addicted that you'll be clamoring for more, and as each episode ends with its cliffhanger, each one is better than the one that came before it, and trust me, you will want to have the rest of the story available immediately because you won't be able to put this book down. Season 1 is a collection of all five "episodes" or books 1-5 so far, and our story revolves around the ...more
Arlene Webb
Jun 14, 2013 Arlene Webb rated it it was amazing
Each episode of this five novella box set flows seamlessly into the next. Finn and Ella are characters I instantly bonded with, and I couldn't flip the pages fast enough as I became immersed in a detailed yet fast paced plot. Norse mythology, unique and fresh spins on Elves, dragons and so forth including an intriguing new type character that I’d give away a major spoiler by detailing but found fascinating. Add in a sweet romance with the perfect amount of tension and resolution, and I’ll ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Naiya rated it liked it
Written in five “episodes” of about 50-pages each, this little series (“season”) is fun and fast. I’m no fan of TV terminology in my reading (Associations: episodes, seasons, why is Grimm so terrible? ZIVA WHY DID YOU LEAVE US), but the elves and the stoic male lead with his tragic past more than makes up for any mental sidetracking into all the shows I am currently watching except I’m not because I don’t have the time, but -

Right, the book! Heartthrob male lead Finn’s combo of stoic stubbornnes
Kevis Hendrickson
Let me get this out of the way. I'm not a big fan of urban fantasy books. Maybe it's the contemporary setting unconvincingly juxtaposed with folklorish elements that turns me off. Or perhaps, it’s the endless recycling of familiar supernatural types such as vampires and werewolves that fails to draw me in. But I can honestly say that if more urban fantasy books were like this series, I'd have to take a second look at the genre.

Boreal and John Grey (Season One) avoids the pitfall of similar books
Kia Shiru
Jun 29, 2013 Kia Shiru rated it it was amazing
Where to start for this book.

First things first:
- Kick ass female character
- who is real and believable (and who doesn’t get raped)
- super hot and sexy elf
- who also is a great fighter
- and who actually has flaws that are realistic
- great plot

It’s hard to come up with something that I didn’t like about this story, maybe the ending... With which I mean, the fact that it ended.
I loved Ella, she was real, she kicked ass and wasn’t without flaws, of which one is that he has a wandering mind, which I
Natasha House
Jan 04, 2014 Natasha House rated it it was amazing
Boreal and John Grey is about Ella a paranormal-type agent who fights these creatures called “Shades” that slip from another world into ours. She’s fighting for her life when a mysterious stranger appears and saves her on more than one occasion. You dive into Ella’s world with lore that is woven throughout the story, and it doesn’t feel like it’s just dumped on you as a reader. The 3rd person element in the story seriously felt like first person to me (which I really liked!) and you felt as if ...more
Patty Bentley
Jun 24, 2013 Patty Bentley rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy action, romance, dragons, wolves, multiheaded flying snakes as well as other paranormal creatures you will enjoy Christalla Thom's well spun tale. Ella Benson a agent of the Paranormal Bureau strong tough with a compelling desire to be needed. Then there is Finn a silver haired unyielding fighter who has a need to belong together they uncover secrets about themselves and try to keep our world being invaded by elves and other unsavory creatures. Ms.Thoma's detailed depiction of the ...more
Kristin Scearce
Jun 29, 2013 Kristin Scearce rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

If you like action and fantasy, this would be the series for you! Written in episodic form, we read about Ella, an agent for the Paranormal Bureau, just trying to do her job and stay alive at the same time. There's weird things crossing over into our world, known as Shades, and every day there's more and more. Then along comes Finn, a mysterious man who saves Ella's life on more than one occasion, and she must determine if he'
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Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. I have proven my tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.
I like to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. I live in Cyprus with my husband and my vast herds of books. I write fantasy and sci
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Other Books in the Series

Boreal and John Grey (5 books)
  • The Encounter (Boreal and John Grey, #1)
  • The Gate (Boreal and John Grey, #2)
  • The Dragon (Boreal and John Grey, #3)
  • The Dream (Boreal and John Grey, #4)
  • The Truth (Boreal and John Grey #5)

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