Wow, this book... I just don't really know what to say. This is by far my favorite book from...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
Wow, this book... I just don't really know what to say. This is by far my favorite book from Hollis Shiloh so far!
A Wizard's Shelter tells the tale of Elliot who is a disgraced magician sent home to his sister because he recklessly collapsed a building using his magic. Depressed and miserable, he just wants some familial comfort from his twin sister but when he arrives at her lighthouse, he meets Rue, his sister's assistant. What starts as a friendly relationship blossoms into something completely foreign to Elliot that he's not all too comfortable with. On top of that, Elliot's magic has turned wild and uncontrollable and the only thing that saves him from total destruction is Rue's selkie power that grounds him. But selkie's mate for life and Elliot doesn't know if he can be with a man but he can't seem to live without Rue. When a magic judge comes calling, will any of it really matter in the end?
I really enjoyed this book to the point that I got so sucked into it that I didn't realize how much time had passed until I finished. While the story is an average novella size, it neither feels too long nor too short. It was the perfect length to get the point across. I especially loved the characters and how they balanced each other out. Rue is calm, collected and grounded while Elliot is lost, confused and out of control. They complement and understand each other and ultimately they are very sweet. They start out as friends and become very comfortable quickly and it isn't until Elliot's sister brings it to Elliot's attention that he realizes there's possibly more to what they have than strictly platonic feelings. It's sweet how oblivious he was but even sweeter because of how Rue handles it.
I think my only issue with this story is that it was a bit repetitive. The writing at times was a little stunted but mostly there were a lot of repetitive words, repetitive phrases and even observations that kept being mentioned. It wasn't horrible but it stuck out enough for me to notice and, especially in the beginning, made me stumble over the sentences.
Besides that, this was a great book. I loved that it dealt with a different kind of shifter and even more so that the author used selkies. There are so many mythical and unique shifters out there that it's always a delight to read one that isn't written about often. The characters were cute and I adored their connection and I really liked the conflict of wild magic. Overall, a delightful read that I definitely recommend for anyone looking for something short, sweet and interesting.(less)
This is a cute, humorous story of how Lio, a cupid, gets caught shooting illegal lust arrows...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
This is a cute, humorous story of how Lio, a cupid, gets caught shooting illegal lust arrows at unsanctioned individuals by Ethan, an Aztec God who’s also working as a cupid. Lio only makes matters worse when he sticks Ethan with one of the lust arrows when he tries to prove a point. Unfortunately for Lio, the arrow has the opposite effect on Ethan than Lio thought and not only does he now have a horny God near him but now he’s facing feelings he never wanted to feel again.
Right from the blurb I knew this short story was going to be funny and I was right. Lio is a sassy gay cupid who is only a touch bitter about ‘true love’. He’s been burned in the past by lovers who have only used him to steal his powers and he’s not going to get burned again! Until Ethan shows up and shatters all the barriers Lio has against sleeping with his own kind. I loved that Lio was so quick to give a sarcastic or catty comment but I also liked that Ethan was able to banter back with him. Where Lio is fun and bitter, Ethan is dark and solemn but still believes in love. They are complete opposites.
I loved them together but readers should be aware that, while these two have a connection that they obviously act on, this isn’t exactly a romance in the general sense. Basically it is a one night stand with the possibility of something more in the future. Also, readers should be aware that this story includes a good amount of voyeurism and not only that but it is what ultimately leads Lio and Ethan to do what they end up doing.
While I liked that Lio forced Ethan to ‘come to the dark side’, I found that this really wasn’t my kind of story. As someone who doesn’t enjoy a lot of sex in the books I’m reading, I found this one to have way too much sex for my tastes. Not only are Lio and Ethan getting it on for half the story but before that, they’re watching another gay couple go at it too and for me, that was just too much. Not to mention, I felt like the story was very open-ended and left me with a ton of questions like why Ethan kept saying certain things and then never explained them.
In the end, this a cute story. I loved the beginning and I loved that there was such a good connection between the two but the story was too unfinished and had too much sex for my tastes. However, that is a personal preference so anyone looking for something short with a good amount of humor, a clever setting and some hot sex should totally give this one a try!(less)
I’m going to be completely honest here. Last year, I tried to read this one and just couldn’...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
I’m going to be completely honest here. Last year, I tried to read this one and just couldn’t get into it so I set it aside for when I was in the right mood. Then a few days ago, I found it on my kindle and thought, “Oh, a Derr book? Perfect!” and dived right into the story, so engrossed in it that I barely stopped to sleep.
Ms. Derr tells a tale where there are many types of creatures that inhabit the world: Paladins, Necromancers, Demons, Priests, Warlocks and Alchemists. In this world, paladins and priests fight often against demons and necromancers and a different part of the country enslaves alchemists because they’re so ‘dangerous’ they can’t be trusted without a master. The story is complicated and, honestly, goes into several different directions, with twists and turns, harsh moments and sweet moments, and even has a few anxious and funny parts. I don’t want to go into detail because it’s hard to cover everything. What I will say is that this world starts off with every creature being divided and hated or feared. As the story progresses, lies are uncovered, feelings are developed and by the end, powerful forces bond together to make something that revitalized not only the people but the world. This probably sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo but it was an AMAZING book and had so much depth and uniqueness that I couldn’t help but love it!
The novel really features only one main couple – Sorin and Koray – and how the two are opposites but have a connection they can’t break. As Sorin is the High Paladin, he’s been engrained to hate and kill necromancers, which is what Koray is. Where Sorin is light and warmth with a sunny smile, Koray is dark and cold, quick to give a sneer. Between them, there’s something deeper than just attraction but there are misunderstandings they can’t seem to work past and confusion that causes them some strain.
There are other characters that make a big impact on the story, though, such as Cerant & Neikirk and Brekk & Emel. While their stories aren’t as deep as Sorin and Koray, readers should be aware that there are multiple couples and POV switches throughout the book to accommodate their parts in the story. The novel takes the reader on a journey where the Goddess is guiding all these characters into saving her people. It was interesting to see how old history was uncovered and how it ended up linking all these people together.
I absolutely loved this story. It was fascinating, captivating and I honestly did not want it to end. Megan Derr has been a favorite author of mine for years now and that hasn’t changed at all. This story was just as great as her other stories I’ve read. If you’re a fantasy lover who likes some action and suspense with a dash of romance, give this one a try because I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.(less)
As soon as I finished Crow and Firefly, I immediately dived into this story because I just a...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
As soon as I finished Crow and Firefly, I immediately dived into this story because I just adored the start of Ari and Dagur's journey. I wanted to know how their relationship worked, if they managed to make it into something beyond just a tolerate relationship. Thankfully, they did more than just accept each other, they loved each other. In this tale, Ari is back in his hometown after four years, showing his adopted son what it was like. While there, he comes across another shifter who is terrified that something has happened to her beloved. Ari, being very sympathetic, promises to find the missing fiancé. Unfortunately, when he arrives back home, he finds out that Dagur is nowhere to be seen since he was informed his uncle, the King, has died. Worried about Dagur, he takes off in search of him and unwittingly uncovers not only a deadly plan to kidnap Dagur but also an attempted assassination... while still stumbling upon the missing fiancé.
As with Crow and Firefly, I absolutely loved this story and the characters. Ari is not only stubborn but he's amusing. I loved that he's grown so accustomed to who he is and his marriage with Dagur. Dagur, on the other hand, is very secretive about Ari, which is why no one really knows whether Dagur is married to a woman or to a man... or even if that person is alive. I found the fact that people speculated on Dagur's spouse being alive amusing because, after all, Dagur has a reputation of being 'cruel'. Still, I really liked the two together because the reader gets a glimpsed into just how close the two have come in the past four years and how much better BOTH their lives are.
I only had two issues. One, it was still TOO short! I would have LOVED to read a novel about Ari and Dagur, not only because I just know Ari would get up to some entertaining mischief but also because I would love to see more of a romance between Ari and Dagur in a situation that isn't rife with nervousness or fear. My second issue is that four years have passed and we didn't get to see any of those four years, none of the developing relationship, the love that blossomed, raising their son. I was a little saddened about that. But it didn't affect my overall enjoyment that much, it just made me wish there was a story that took place right after the marriage.
In the end, I enjoyed this one even more than the first story in this series. It's a different kind of shifter setting, where shifters are a well-known fact and either feared or revered. The characters are interesting and more than entertaining and the situations they find themselves in are interesting to say the least! I sincerely hope there's more to come of Ari and Dagur in the future because I would love to see more of them especially if it means more of them at court.(less)
I really, really liked this one. It’s almost like a fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
I really, really liked this one. It’s almost like a fairy tale where the ugly duckling turns into a beautiful swan and two men – Ling and Prince Damarion – are so lonely their lives have been completely miserable. Now, they are both in positions that make their lives even more hellacious causing Ling to runaway and find employment in Prince Rion’s castle. From there they meet when no other servant wants to take Rion his meal and what eventually blossoms is not only a friendship but a love as well.
There’s something about this short little story that really gets to me. I just adored it and I loved both Ling and Rion. Where Ling has been hated for simply being the son of the Oracle, Rion has been hated for being the son of the False King. They are like two peas in a pod and completely understand each other because of what they’ve had to endure simply for being born they way they were. It’s sad but it’s also sweet the way they connect so easily. The story is about that connection but also about them finding out the truth and really understanding who they are inside. And let’s just say, they are both surprised in what they end up finding out by the end.
My only issues with this one is that, again, it is too short. I would have loved to see Ling and Rion while they got to know each other. So many conversations and pranks they played that was just told instead of shown. I missed out on that. Another thing is that six years have passed since events in The Oracle's Flame end and A LOT has happened such as how Prince Edan got the throne back. I was a little confused because we didn’t get to see that taking place in The Oracle's Flame nor in this book so I was a little disappointed we didn’t experience something that seemed so crucial.
All in all, this was still a good story. It’s sweet and a little sad but short enough that you could read it in under an hour. I really enjoyed it and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment, The Oracle’s Golem!(less)
I really enjoyed this one because while it was sweet, there were darker parts to it...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
I really enjoyed this one because while it was sweet, there were darker parts to it that meant it was never too sweet. It’s about how Colin and his brother, Peyton, end up going to the Moon Compound before they’re supposed to. This compound was created so that new shifters didn’t get the opportunity to hurt anyone else since the first years of shifting are the most brutal. Colin doesn’t want to be there but mixed with his sudden loss of his pack and being thrust into a new place, he’s more battered than ever… until he meets Sloan, an alpha filled with fierce protectiveness when it comes to the new omega. Can these two manage to find love in such a harsh reality?
What I really liked about this story is the different way in which the shifters were handled. These shifters are filled with a lot of dark spots. One, they shift around 21 years old and those first few shifts are brutal, filled with so much pain that death is desperately wanted. These newly shifted people aren’t cognitive of who’s around them… no, they’ll hurt anyone if they get too close. Aggression and possessiveness is high and before a full moon, fights are not uncommon. Add to that, they’re in a facility that is like a prison, where they’re locked up at night with bars for doors, unable to leave especially around the full moon. Honestly, it’s a fantastic spin on the usual shifter story but also harsh.
Another thing I liked is that Colin and Sloan didn’t immediately fall into bed. Yes, they ‘fell in love’ pretty fast and there was that spark that ignited their somewhat slow development into their eventual mating and, honestly, they really couldn’t even have sex without a guard popping in and breaking things up. Even so, I loved that Colin was so emotionally damaged but still had that pull to take care of Sloan. At the same time, Sloan was so possessive of Colin but he also did his best to shield Colin from the worst of what the halls of the Moon Compound has to offer. It’s sweet in a way but I found it also a little sad.
I think my only complaint is that this book was not nearly long enough. The world is fabulous but I feel like I barely understand it. For example, a simple question of what the difference is between an alpha and omega was never answered. Yes, there’s the obvious physical difference but what other traits marked shifters as either alpha or omega? Also, the connection Colin and Sloan has is very real but we didn’t get to see it develop. We were mostly told about the talking between them and how they got to know each other. I would have loved to experience that for myself, especially since we barely know anything about Sloan; where he comes from, if he has family, etc.
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. It’s different from the typical shifter story, although it still has that certain ‘fluff’ that some books have. It’s sweet but it’s also somewhat sad. With the way it ended, however, I’m eager to move onto the next book in the series, Full Moon Feral.(less)