Secret Ones (Dream of Asarlai #1)
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Secret Ones (Dream of Asarlai #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  17 reviews
She's from an ancient clan. He has no family. Can they save the world ... together? Maggie Shaunessy is used to keeping secrets. She's a fantastic teacher, but she's also gadda, part of a hidden, powerful race - and she has a habit of annoying the wrong people. Until Lucas Valeroso meets Maggie, he had no idea what awaited him: super-human powers, a smart and beautiful wom...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by HarperVoyager
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Secret Ones is a wonderful debut that promises an excellent series to come.

It’s a little hard to pick a genre to place Secret Ones into. Although there is a VERY strong romance element, in a paranormal setting, there is also a theme of mystery throughout that moves it into the urban fantasy genre. But what I can decide on... it’s good.

We have the world building around a whole new race that co-exists with humans, and the world building is done quite well, with slow introduction to the rather comp...more
A decent read with a Cup-A-Soup in bed on a sick day! (part 2)
Vampires. Werewolves. Alpha males. Women in leather trousers. Regrettable tattoos. Snark. These elements are the mortar that binds so much of today’s urban fantasy, joining together a vast body of work whose component pieces are, like a Monet, indistinguishable if one steps back a little. But while this interchangeability is great news for graphic design teams, who can simply overlay a series of different titles over the exact same cover image to infinity (and beyond), it’s less so for the reade...more
Tsana Dolichva
Review originally posted here:

Secret Ones is Nichole Murphy’s debut novel, published by Harper Voyager (Aus) in 2010. It’s a paranormal romance novel set in Ireland and rural New South Wales. Being a paranormal romance, rather than straight urban fantasy, the romantic plot line was significantly more prominent than what I usually read, which was an interesting change of pace.

The main character, Maggie, is one of the gadda, a race of magic-wielding people...more
Lauren Murphy
This review was first posted at The Australian Bookshelf

I wasn’t quite sure how to rate the Secret Ones. Its premise
was definitely promising and I was very enthusiastic to read an Aussie SciFi fantasy novel, however I was left feeling a little underwhelmed.

Stretching out of the usual paranormal genre, Murphy introduces us to Maggie Shaunessy who is gadda, a secret race on earth with
hidden powers. They mainly conjugate in the town of Sclossin in Ireland. Maggie has a big mouth and is always get...more
Celia Powell
"So, who are the secret ones?" someone asked me when I was reading this book. "Um - a secret race of people with magical powers called the gadda," I answered. It's not a terribly fascinating premise. (Also, gadda? Eh.) I mean, I appreciate the attempt at originality - this is paranormal romance/urban fantasy without vampires or werewolves - but when your secret paranormal race are basically humans with fantastic magical powers... there's not a lot of tension there. Oh, they can't have sex with h...more
This is one of my favorite books. Fresh, new, love it. READ THIS BOOK.

Nicole Murphy takes no time at all transporting you into another world, one not far from ours, but just different enough that it engulfs you. This is an un-put-downable book. I've never read anything quite like it and I can't wait to get the second.

I am quite fortunate to have won this, seeing as how I live in America, getting this would have been near impossible for me, and I would have had to ::gasp:: wait. This trilogy, I c...more
Tara Sharp
It was an alright book. It didn't have me at the edge of my seat or lying awake for hours not being able to put it down. I found the whole Gadda magical thing hard to take seriously. I ended up just treating it like a romance novel because I was just interested to see what would happen with Maggie and Lucas (Holly too). I did get into it towards the end. I am looking forward to reading the sequels.
Took me a little while to get into, possibly because I was mildly brain-overloaded from Aussiecon 4 (!)

But I love the premise of this story - magic beings who are indistinguishable from humans - and the balance between the main themes of coming-into-power, romance and sinister world-destroying baddies. Look forward to more in the series!

Oh, and page 310 is a corker ... tee hee!
I loved this book. Who are the secret ones well if you want to find out more and have a good read this book is for you. I have found another writer I will had to my list. Highly recommended a great story.
I really enjoyed this book. There was so much going on that it felt like I was watching a movie. Can't wait to read the next book. This could be a great movie!
Eleni Konstantine
Love the invention of a new race on earth - the Gadda. Found what they could do with the power interesting. On to book 2, me thinks.
3.5* a really good debut novel with an interesting world. Loved the Aussie Irish mix.
Another awesome Aussie effort, dying for the next two in the series.
Loved the different magical view in this series! Good read
Charmaine Clancy
Fun and sexy read!
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Nicole has been telling stories for as long as she can remember and been writing them down since primary school.

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