I have to confess that Emmaline Troy is one of my favorite heroines in a paranormal romance. Sometimes-only sometimes -I get especially tired of books...moreI have to confess that Emmaline Troy is one of my favorite heroines in a paranormal romance. Sometimes-only sometimes -I get especially tired of books where the heroine is the feisty, aggressive person right from the get-go. Did they pop from the womb, full Rambo-ette, ready to take on the world? (My friend swears her daughter did.) How did they get that way? It is sometimes more interesting to see a meek personality like Emma develop. Yes, she has been sheltered and she's a wuss, but she grows into a beautiful, complex blend of Vampire and Valkyrie. Plus, I loved her wardrobe. She doesn’t have a dog like most of my favorite heroines do…but wait, I forgot, Lachlain MacRieve fits that bill. :)
I also have to confess that, up until Emma, I didn't read a lot of paranormal romances. I had read all of Kresley Cole's books. That is another reason this is on my 'all-time-favorites' bookshelf. It was the one that opened me up to the genre.(less)
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in...moreEffrijim: AKA Jim [image error]
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in this book that she anthropomorphizes with a hilarious “woe is me” tone in his voice – oh, excuse me, a Newfoundland, as Jim prefers to be called! This first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series is a hoot! Ms. Rosenblat sounds completely different than she does in the Amelia Peabody Mysteries.
Still, I enjoyed this book more than I should have and laughed at all the silly set-up scenarios that contribute to all of Abaddon and the Paris Otherworld chasing after Aisling. Of course, maybe this is worth squabbling over: (view spoiler)[ Gold Dragon or. . . “An aquamanile is a form of ewer, usually made of metal, used for the ritual washing of hand by a priest or other liturgical person. They were very common in medieval times.” (hide spoiler)]
I have no idea if Ms. Rosenblat’s French and Hungarian accents are spot-on or not, but I loved listening to them, both male or female. I’ll definitely continue with the series on audiobooks. . . (view spoiler)[if only for more of Jim! LOL! Yes, Drake, the hero, is yummy, but Jim made me laugh. Book #4.5 below is just a short story, featuring him. (hide spoiler)]
Keeping the Characters Straight - Help (you're going to need it) from Shelfari.com Sara Keegan: An Accountant, owner of a new age book shop called "The Scrying Glass". Quinn Tyrell: Pyr, a silver and blue dragon, the Smith. Erik Sorensson: Pyr, a pewter and onyx dragon, leader of the Pyrs Donovan Shea: Pyr, lapis lazuli and gold dragon Lucien: Slayer, topaz yellow dragon Boris Vassily: Slayer, ruby red dragon, leader. Ambrose: Slayer, gold dragon Niall Talbot: Pyr, amethyst and platinum dragon Rafferty Powell: Pyr, opal and gold dragon Sloane Forbes: Pyr, tourmaline dragon Sigmund Guthrie: Slayer, malachite green and silver dragon, Erik's son Sophie: Wyvern dragon, Pyr, crystal white, only female. Everett: Slayer, tourquoise dragon Xavier: Slayer, garnet red dragon Magda: Sara's aunt Delaney Shea: Pyr, emerald and gold dragon
★★★½✩ I was really enjoying this first in the Dragonfire series; loved the characters (and there were a lot!), loved the plot, and this made it for a fast page-turning read.
Then. Things. Changed.
I felt the author played a little fast & loose with the abilities and magic of the characters and world. She didn't have her “rules” firm enough, IMHO. Why didn't a character used that ability earlier? (Which happened more than once!) (view spoiler)[What was with the hero’s keen not-so-keen sense of smell? Why didn't a character recognize another character? Why didn’t the hero ensure the safety of his lady before antagonizing a potential foe, and then rapidly try to erect a defense? Especially given his history. (view spoiler)[Why could one character shape shift to enable escape, but didn’t do so earlier? Oh, because they didn’t know. But wait, they did! (hide spoiler)] Why didn’t the dirt in the tunnel stop the smoke? I don’t know about that world, but here in the Real one, it does. (hide spoiler)] And on and on.
Some parts of the book were fun and engaging, I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and I could forgive a few little things as a “first in the series book” - but the inconsistencies just started snowballing out of control, making me roll my eyes one too many times and lose interest. (And I was really, really interested the first 3/4 of the book!)
I did this as a “buddy read,” so of course I finished; I think my fellow “BRs” liked it more than I did, so you should probably give it a chance. In fact, I’m willing to give this author another shot. I’m just getting the next in the series from the library. ☺