It’s a good thing that Shannon Mayer’s books are calorie-free because I’d be breaking out my fat pants right about now afterReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
It’s a good thing that Shannon Mayer’s books are calorie-free because I’d be breaking out my fat pants right about now after reading thirteen of her titles in eight months. Her writing style is irresistible for adrenaline addicts like me, and this series is even more so than her RYLEE ADAMSON novels on account of the nominal romantic thread. The only thing that ran hotter in FIRESTORM than the lava and Salamanders was the treachery.
This installment had a full house worth of plot lines with a queen out for blood after the deaths of her Enders, murdering firewyrms running rampant and cloaked figures with secret agendas. Every turn Lark took in the Pit was rife with danger, and her lack of a verbal filter certainly didn’t help the situation any either. Discovering who the real villain was proved to be as galling as navigating the mountain’s treacherous labyrinth of tunnels.
Larkspur’s evolution has been slow going, but I think that’s intentional on the author’s part. The ELEMENTAL world is a hazardous place with four powerful families competing for dominance which makes choosing who to trust the largest challenge of all. However, there was some forward mouvement where Lark’s magic was concerned that left me hungry for the next book, but also a little scared of what kind of impact it might have on the heroine’s psyche.
Mayer lured me with her action, hooked me with her protagonist, and reeled me in with her secondary characters. Ash spent most of this story locked in a cell, so that freed up space for Cactus to strut. I really don’t know which out of the two I prefer as a match for the lead; I’m just praying that no angst will be involved. Peta, Lark’s familiar, was easily my favourite ally. Her dialogue was entertaining, and I loved their relationship’s progression.
FIRESTORM brought the heat to the ELEMENTAL series!...more
BREAKWATER was a twisty, come-out-swinging book that really propelled this series and its characters forward in a big way. ThReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
BREAKWATER was a twisty, come-out-swinging book that really propelled this series and its characters forward in a big way. The first installment revolved around the Earth Elementals which by their very definition made them less alien than the Undine so, in volume 2, Shannon Mayer was able to fully let her creative cat (Peta) out of the bag by initiating readers to the secrets of the Deep.
Belladonna didn’t exactly leave me with a pleasant taste in my mouth after RECURVE, so she had a lot to prove as far as this story went. The author handled her evolution from prissy Princess to tactful Ambassador with grace, and even mended the rift between the sisters much to my delight. Likewise, Mayer also added new layers to the protagonist’s relationship with Ash that left me equally content.
I enjoyed the politicking a great deal in this novel what with the battle for the throne, the delicate maneuvering by the other Elementals, and the advancement of this series’ larger plot arc. Seeds of doubt were planted on all sides which converted the ending into a fun puzzle to be solved. Requiem was a treacherously evil antagonist that just wouldn’t die, and I loved every minute of his reign.
The Deep lived up to its name by emphasizing the constant fear of drowning, uncovering the monsters that dwell in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, and exposing the nastier aspects of Undine society. If you’re familiar with this author’s other works—be on the lookout for a Tracker holler—then this advisory is not required, but for the rest of you… This book touches on slavery, rape, and many violent deaths.
Shannon Mayer unleashed the Kraken in BREAKWATER, and her name was Olive. :) ~ 4.5 Stars...more
My desire to one-click Shannon Mayer’s Elementals grew with every RYLEE ADAMSON installment I read until Larkspur’s characterReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
My desire to one-click Shannon Mayer’s Elementals grew with every RYLEE ADAMSON installment I read until Larkspur’s character was officially introduced in several novellas as well as book 9 which also happened to be the point where I finished playing catch-up on that particular story line, and what ultimately prompted me to take-up RECURVE. This title unfolds thirty some years prior to PRICELESS, so if you were hoping for continuity (like I was), you’ll be bummed at first, but happily that feeling will be short lived.
There are a couple of treasured series about Elementals that already call my shelves home therefore I had a few minor concerns about world-building overlap. Mayer quickly demonstrated why this was her rodeo though by adding a fifth power type to the customary four, channeling certain aspects Fae royalty, and having one of her RYLEE ADAMSON secondaries throw his lot in with Lark’s. There was also a slight variation to her half-breeds that helped to further differentiate her style, and a handful of unique concepts which were one-of-a-kind.
Larkspur didn’t immediately emanate “Urban Fantasy heroine” like this author’s previous female lead did, but in a lot of ways this was a more robust book 1 due to a number of reasons. The flashbacks were vital in setting the tone and in establishing the Big Bad, and the Enders training played an important role in expediting Lark’s evolution from Seeder to Princess. By the wrap-up, the protagonist had already made great strides, most of which were accomplished with minimal to no powers, so now that the magical block is toast, things should heat up significantly.
No characters have felt the weight of Mayer’s axe yet, other than the usual collateral damage; however, picking who to ship for wasn’t exactly straightforward. Allies transformed into foes, and villains into friends at every turn, so identifying who’ll survive this author’s machinations is anyone’s guess. I liked Ash quite a bit, and Granite was pretty copacetic too… until he wasn’t. Cassava’s still at large, and we’ve only examined Earth in any amount of detail which means that THE ELEMENTAL SERIES is just getting started.
Shannon Mayer has me even further in her thrall now thanks to RECURVE....more
I’ve been a rather fickle reader where selecting my favourite ETERNAL MATES installment is concerned; first I fell in love wiReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
I’ve been a rather fickle reader where selecting my favourite ETERNAL MATES installment is concerned; first I fell in love with Loren & Olivia, then it was Cavanaugh & Eloise, and now I’m all about Harbin & Aya. MARKED BY AN ASSASSIN was a marvelous addition to this series with its feline inspired fight scenes, poignant romance story, and the way that it tied into some of the earlier books.
Key points in the two protagonists’ pasts were established in the opening chapters giving the characters a lifetime’s worth of history in one quick pass, so that way Felicity Heaton was able to get to the core of this title faster. This approach suited me perfectly because the plot was of the just-keeps-on-giving variety, and the author definitely made the most of her 263 pages.
Even though this series can be read out of order, we get a different perspective on a pivotal scene that occurred in TAKEN BY A DRAGON, and I’ve already given two of the previous novels top ratings prior to doing so again with #8 which means that you have nothing to lose by starting with KISSED BY A DARK PRINCE. Anyway, I digress, that was far from being the only memorable part; all of the action rocked too!
Initially, I didn’t have much of an opinion of Harbin aside from the knowledge that he was Cavanaugh’s brother, but combine twenty years worth of assassin training with an unrelenting quest for vengeance and a soft spot for his childhood crush, and you have an irresistible male lead. Aya was quite the spitfire as well, and Hartt / Fuery were a curious pair that I hope we’ll see more of in the future.
MARKED BY AN ASSASSIN had ooh-la-la in all of the right places!...more
As a general rule, I skip novellas. However, as I was flipping through the opening pages of Book 9, I came across an author's note that stated that itAs a general rule, I skip novellas. However, as I was flipping through the opening pages of Book 9, I came across an author's note that stated that it would be a VERY good idea to read STITCHED before getting started. So, may it be noted that although I don't listen to my husband, I will blindly follow Shannon Mayer. I wasn't thrilled with the price tag mind you because at only 100 pages it's selling for the same dollar amount as the first three installments. I enjoyed learning about how Faris became a vampire, and the motivations behind Rylee's side quest to gather spell ingredients were genuine. I also definitely understand why it's a crucial part of the series. On to RISING DARKNESS! ...more
I was hesitant to jump straight into this one with it being labeled HALF-MOON HOLLOW #4.5 because I read it before THE SINGLEReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
I was hesitant to jump straight into this one with it being labeled HALF-MOON HOLLOW #4.5 because I read it before THE SINGLE UNDEAD MOMS CLUB (book 4), and was worried about bouncing around Molly Harper’s universe too much. Her titles usually stand well enough on their own though, so I went for it. FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES was an easygoing e-novella featuring one of my favourite characters, and a fab way to spend my breaks at work.
Getting the low down on how Andrea had eluded Dick Cheney’s charm when all other women have failed was interesting. Ex-boyfriend horror stories are fairly common, but this girl’s is a little more messed up than most. It helped me to better understand her, instead of being confounded by her lack of interest in such a choice cut of vampire.
This short wasn’t as funny as expected. Cheney usually has me snickering over practically every scene he’s in; however in this particular instance he was fully focused on the prize, winning Andrea’s heart. I know, I know, it’s Paranormal Romance, so that should have been a given, although honestly I would have been happy with a 100 page long Dick monologue!
I really enjoyed the Ophelia & Sophie bit, and getting another perspective on Zeb & Jolene’s werewolf wedding was definitely a perk. Andrea & Dick Cheney had some pretty tender moments as well. I especially liked his speal to her at the end when she finally caves, and agrees to give “them” a chance. It was simply the perfect amount of aaaww.
I’m always in the mood for more Molly Harper, and FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES hit the spot!...more
Kelley Armstrong has a reputation for doing the unexpected, but in all of my years of following the OTHERWORLD STORIES I neveReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
Kelley Armstrong has a reputation for doing the unexpected, but in all of my years of following the OTHERWORLD STORIES I never would have guessed that Malcolm Danvers would be re-inducted into the American Pack. I genuinely thought that the probability of pigs flying was higher! DRIVEN begins with him meeting Elena in Bulgaria to discuss terms, ends with the unveiling of his true reason for rejoining, and there’s a kickass mutt hunt in-between.
This short takes place a couple of months after FORSAKEN, so because the two are closely intertwined it’s recommended that you read both. And, although the novella stands well enough on its own, newcomers will definitely miss out on the long running character histories. Malcolm didn’t become the nightmare of the werewolf world overnight, and in order to truly appreciate his level of depravity it’s important to start from ground zero.
Michaels is my favourite OTHERWORLD narrator, and I loved that she was this title’s lead. She’s getting more adept in her role as Alpha, and I really enjoyed how she handled Danvers senior. Wolves have a long life span, and the way the Pack is run has drastically changed since Malcolm was an enforcer, so it was fun watching him date himself, and I took real pleasure in the fact that his infamy was lost on the younger generation.
The Cain family needs no introduction because quite frankly they wrote the book on mutt bad behaviour. The plot surrounding the skinned weres was quite good, and I liked that Armstrong incorporated a few little bonuses that her rabid fans are sure to appreciate. Namely, the twins had a pretty awesome scene with Danvers, and Nick and Vanessa got a slice of a HEA which was nice. Davis also had one chapter from his POV—future Pack member?
August is an insanely busy month for me, and I’m not referring to real life stuff. I’m talking about the sheer number of mustReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
August is an insanely busy month for me, and I’m not referring to real life stuff. I’m talking about the sheer number of must-read Paranormal titles that are in the pipeline. I found out about this book two weeks before it went on sale, and don’t tell the rest of the pretties that are currently sitting in my review queue, but they all got vetoed by Molly Harper, and her werewolves. More sex, and a co-author helped to sweeten the deal.
I know that we’ve only just met, however I straight up LOVED the characters! Galina is a strong, independent woman who’s out to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Andrey was a great pick for her for a partner; he’s a heavy hitter in their operation, yet he didn’t stand in Sudenko’s way of accomplishing her goals. Konstantin & Nik were SO cute, and Irina was pretty bold for a human. All raving aside though, Alexei & Maksim can go suck an egg!
The story delivered way more than I’d bargained for with its romantic entanglements, crime syndicate style subterfuge, and family double-crosses. When I booted up my Kindle, I fully expected to feel uncomfortable reading this novel in public either because of uncontrollable giggling spurts, or graphic humping. And, although it wasn’t quite as funny as some of Jacey Conrad’s alter ego’s works, the booty calls were on fire thanks to Gia Corona’s Erotica background.
It was the plot that gave this title a leg up on the Paranormal Romance genre, and just on book 1’s in general. I liked the idea of Russian werewolf mafia, and thought that the authors intertwined all three elements to perfection. The point that I am trying to make is that FROM RUSSIA WITH CLAWS is the whole package; the Sudenko’s are a fantastic cast, the HEA provided immediate bliss, and the prospect that additional installments may be in the works is gravy.
FROM RUSSIA WITH CLAWS was Gia Corona & Jacey Conrad’s first full length team effort, and I’m definitely hoping that it won’t be their last....more
BLOOD OF THE LOST passed my final installment must-have checklist with flying colours; all of this series’ characters were inReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
BLOOD OF THE LOST passed my final installment must-have checklist with flying colours; all of this series’ characters were in attendance (both living & deceased), no stone was left unturned with regards to pending questions, and the do-or-die battle was glorious. Heck, I even liked how the love triangle was settled, and that there was actually a legit reason for Shannon Mayer’s unusually high body count instead of just an author’s prerogative.
There was no shortage of explanations in this book, and I was surprised by how well thought out they all were. Minor threads tend to slip along the way forcing quick convenient resolutions, but not Mayer, her wrap-up was so clean it squeaked. I was very impressed with her plotting prowess, and how every tangent was brought to a fitting conclusion without compromising the pacing or action. It’s apparent that all of the outcomes were outlined in advance, and that nothing was incidental.
Rylee has evolved into a powerhouse over the course of ten novels, and yet she was stripped of everything that made her special ability-wise when she confronted Orion which forced her to dig deep, and ensured that the closing fight was fresh and unique. However, as much as I appreciated that fact, and that all of the supernatural factions contributed; I was bummed by the author’s trust-in-the-power-of-love approach as opposed to her customary stabby-stabby. It was kinda… trite.
While awaiting this title I started reading THE ELEMENTALS series, and found the timeline somewhat confusing, so I’d recommend following RYLEE ADAMSON to its completion prior to commencing Lark’s story. Mayer came dangerously close to two of my deal breakers (i.e. character revival & a love triangle HEA where both guys win) only to pull out of her hair-raising nose dive, and reach an outcome that was beyond satisfying after such a close call with the ghastly alternative.
BLOOD OF THE LOST is proof that you CAN have your cake and eat it too!...more
There’s an author note at the beginning of this book that strongly encourages readers to check-out the novella, STITCHED, priReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
There’s an author note at the beginning of this book that strongly encourages readers to check-out the novella, STITCHED, prior to diving in, and after personally having done so I’d like to reinforce how important that 100 page tale is towards understanding RISING DARKNESS. Also, if you’ve been considering giving THE ELEMENTAL spin-off novels a whirl as I have, this installment will definitely convince you. So, you’ve been warned, by downloading this title you’re basically adding a minimum of one short and another series to your TBR pile.
WOUNDED was devastating on the Rylee / Liam front; however a ray of hope did peek through the clouds in #8.5 which was further explored in this volume. Mayer did manage to circumvent two of my Speculative Fiction deal breakers (i.e. dead peeps stay dead & no ghost HEAs), but the outcome was WEIRD to say the least, and with only one book left to go the romantic thread will either be a train wreck or a stroke of genius.
I mentioned in my previous review how much I enjoyed Pam’s POV, and that carried over to this novel; I thought that the author captured her internal struggle exquisitely, and in such a way that it wasn’t damaging to her character, unlike her approach to Milly. Also, the aftershocks that stemmed from Pam’s final side choice in the coming battle made for some interesting offshoots including Elemental correlations, and Alex. Oh. My. God. ALEX!
The plot line was another winner with Rylee’s search for the Great Wolf followed by that of the Destroyer. Again, Mayer blew my expectations out of the water by revealing surprising connections with some of this series’ cast as well as previously visited locations and past events. And, of course no RYLEE ADAMSON installment would be complete without the death of a secondary. Up until this point I’ve been unaffected by all except one, but I was saddened by this latest casualty.
My binge read has officially come to an end with RISING DARKNESS, and now I must wait for BLOOD OF THE LOST. Gah! ...more
In my last review I complained that this series lacked feels. I really should have put two-and-two together, and realized thaReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
In my last review I complained that this series lacked feels. I really should have put two-and-two together, and realized that Shannon Mayer was saving the heart shredding for WOUNDED because the title says it all. The first paragraphs tally up the ally / RIP count thus far, and the numbers are pretty significant on both sides; one tombstone was missing though, and even though the author has been trying to mentally prepare us for several installments now, I was still ill-equipped for the prophecy’s next victim.
This novel was told from three different POVs: Rylee, Liam & Pam’s. The two former weren’t anything new, but the latter has been more of a side character up until this point, so I enjoyed gaining more perspective on the young witch. Pam had her own demons to fight in this volume as Giselle’s prediction was realized on top of the hoards that are wrecking havoc on Earth preparing the way for the Four Horsemen, and Orion.
I thought that the trap the black covens set for Adamson was overkill with India, Kyle, Simon & her adoptive parents as bait. The protagonist has more than proven her willingness to risk her life for her family, and especially children, that the pentagon lure belittled this book’s villains by making them seem somewhat incompetent. Nevertheless, the good vs. evil skirmish was fitting for an eighth installment.
Ok, so on to the elephant in the room. Mayer hasn’t exactly been shy about slitting throats in this series, but it’s one thing to off minor players, and quite another to take out a linchpin. Plus, it didn’t go down AT ALL like I had expected. Yes, the basics ensured that the prophecy was fulfilled; however the means, method, and reasons were show stoppers. I read STITCHED, the novella, immediately afterward, and there may still be hope.
Nothing can prepare you for WOUNDED, except maybe a stiff drink, so bottoms up!...more
My thoughts on this series were originally all over the map, but after two strong back-to-back installments I’m no longer wafReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
My thoughts on this series were originally all over the map, but after two strong back-to-back installments I’m no longer waffling. There were some parts of VEILED THREAT that chafed, namely Erik & Ophelia, not the characters themselves just their acquisition and I know that I’m beginning to sound like a broken record because Shannon Mayer increases the RYLEE ADAMSON secondary count by at least one per book however it still irritates me. Anyway, the answers and groundwork that this novel brought far exceeded my personal annoyances, so it’s all good.
Crumbs about the Blood of the Lost have been dropped throughout the world-building; however this volume ripped that particular riddle wide open, and caused all that came before it to make a whole lot more sense. Erik & Ophelia played a huge role in that, so their presence was justified even though their ties to Rylee should have in all likelihood been broached in previous installments. I also had a knee-jerk reaction to the “figure eight” scene thinking it was too opportune, but I bit my tongue, and the author went in a different direction with it which worked out.
The plot development with regards to Milly wasn’t much of a bombshell, although Mayer did link it to the protagonist as well in a roundabout way, thus in spite of the transparent bits, there were a few surprises. And, this novel’s story was in some ways a bid to buy time to prep for the closing hurrah; however there was still plenty of action, and a couple of very important pieces fell into place, so albeit that it wasn’t my favourite out of seven, it brought something to the RYLEE ADAMSON table, and at the end of the day that’s all that a reader can ask for.
I found that I lost sight of the heroine somewhat; she did exactly what she needed to do. Period. She allowed herself one tear for a fallen comrade, and a moment vis-a-vis the witches’ predicament, but for the most part she was all business. I’m concerned that the author is going to skirt most of the emotional stuff for the duration. As much as I love that Rylee never takes a day off, I can’t help except feel like I’m missing out on that side of her personality. Liam sat on the bench a lot too. The only character that was his usual delightful self was Alex. I ♥ that werewolf!
The payoff starts in VEILED THREAT—the next three books are going to be all-consuming. BRING IT!...more
Just when I think that this series couldn’t possibly get any better, my pre-order of SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT shows up on my KindlReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
Just when I think that this series couldn’t possibly get any better, my pre-order of SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT shows up on my Kindle. This was an installment of extremes; I’m talking maximum horrors, unbreakable romance, and mega revelations. The Padma story arc was pretty thrilling on its own, but Amanda Bonilla lobbed in so many extras that no matter what you’ve been craving more of, you’ll be one satisfied SHAEDE ASSASSIN customer.
Darian’s heinie has taken a beating for the bulk of the past four novels, and in this latest addition she gets to battle the madness that is the Realm of Illusion. Then it’s Xander’s turn. Ty, Asher, Julian, Myles & Louella get to experience it up close and personal as well during their rescue mission. The end product was some grade-A, dark Urban Fantasy coupled with imaginative world-building, and action that extended beyond the physical.
Bonilla has been sending her readers on a merry chase for answers ever since Ty’s character was introduced, and although she hasn’t kept us completely clueless, she hasn’t exactly been generous with the dets either. Well, the beans finally get spilled! Not completely of course, however we learn more about the Synod, Darian’s ring, and exactly how far-reaching Ty’s powers really are. This alone had me making room for this book on my keeper shelf.
SHAEDE ASSASSIN fans have witnessed Darian at her worst, and at her best, but in this installment she was kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one side she has the family that she’s longed for all of her life while as on the other she has a bond that trumps time & space, and it’s starting to look like she can’t have both. But, then after that cliffhanger the choice may have been taken away from her altogether. Being left in limbo until #6 is going to KILL ME.
By the end of SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT you’ll be seriously considering selling your soul to Amanda Bonilla for a taste of what’s to come....more
This book opened with Giselle “reading” the members of Rylee’s team which was such a tease because Shannon Mayer gave fans aReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
This book opened with Giselle “reading” the members of Rylee’s team which was such a tease because Shannon Mayer gave fans a quick taste of what’s to come, snatched it away, and then proceeded to distract us with yet another super-charged story. Way to hook me with short-term action while also guaranteeing that the RYLEE ADAMSON series stays at the very top of my to-be-read pile. TRACKER was a smidgen less airtight than the previous installment, so I deducted half a star. It was Milly’s fault.
I enjoyed the spread of this novel’s plot; it was beautifully executed, and also managed to weave in a bit of foreshadowing along the way. The heroine’s dilemma was one that I could relate to in that sometimes you have no choice except to pick the best of the worst, and in Adamson’s case that came down to Faris or Berget. A vampire Emperor/ess must be chosen, and unfortunately its slim pickings as far as the candidates are concerned, that is until Rylee creatively drafts a plan C.
Frank and Tara are the two newest black sheep to join the protagonist’s save-the-world squad which I wasn’t thrilled about because BLIND SALVAGE was the first installment that didn’t add any characters, and I’d dared to hope for a moment that the author’s long list of secondaries was finally complete. Guess not. Mayer does however dispose of an existing ally, so technically the tally only goes up by one. And, yeah, that means another dude(tte) bites the dust—rest easy, it’s not a big loss.
Milly continues to be the main thorn in my side in this series. She went from questionable, to downright loathsome, so I was happy to see her at long last get her just desserts. Her fall from grace lasted five books, thus in my opinion her punishment should have gone on for a minimum of two volumes which made the flimsy twelve chapters a huge outrage. I understand the need for it, but I will never be able to believe in her comeback because of its brevity which may cause problems for me later on.
TRACKER was Shannon Mayer’s second bull’s-eye! ~ 4.5 Stars...more
I have a couple of favourite locales when it comes to Paranormal Romance; New Orleans for obvious reasons, and Hell, becauseReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
I have a couple of favourite locales when it comes to Paranormal Romance; New Orleans for obvious reasons, and Hell, because the fiery pit of torment just shouts ACTION, and I love me some good vs. evil battles. Another fun thing about this particular setting is that anything goes, and Felicity Heaton brought it with the Devil’s version of paradise along with the other not so pleasant aspects of the underworld. The odds of finding one’s soulmate in such a place are as likely as a snowball’s chance in yeah—Hell, and yet that’s exactly what happens to Lucifer & Nina.
This book can be read as a stand-alone, but Veiron, Erin & Dante do show up, so having some familiarity with HER DEMONIC ANGEL will make you appreciate their presence more, and it’ll be easier to get some of the inside jokes. Overall though, this installment works on its own, so if you want to skip straight to the prince of darkness’ story, go right ahead. And, I can’t say that I blame you because there’s definitely something sexy about a bad boy of biblical proportions going gaga over a woman.
One of the best elements of HER SINFUL ANGEL was getting the lowdown on the man himself. I’ve never really thought about Satan’s fall from his POV, but the author goes there while also tossing his one true love at him. By the end of this tale, you feel for the guy, you absolutely do. Nina did her thing well too; she has a tiny dark side to her which helps them connect on a basic level, and her ex was a total bonehead, so she’s done her time, and is entitled to her happy ending.
The plot arc was straight to the point yet effective. I think that I would have rolled my eyes at it had I read this novel a few years back; however it was just the thing that I needed at precisely the right moment. My book to mood ratio was dead on with this pick! Anyway, yes, it’s slightly corny, but sometimes you just NEED a shot of dreams-do-come-true while you’re lounging by the pool with your eReader, drinking a cold beer, and trying extremely hard to forget that tomorrow is Monday.
HER SINFUL ANGEL is sitting pretty at the very top of my HER ANGEL series scoreboard....more
I’ve been hemming and hawing about this series since the get-go, but Shannon Mayer dropped all of the white noise in BLIND SAReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
I’ve been hemming and hawing about this series since the get-go, but Shannon Mayer dropped all of the white noise in BLIND SALVAGE, and at long last got down to the nitty gritty. No new secondaries were added, and some of the plot threads started to make sense. The story also revolved mainly around the heroine for a change, and Rylee got her butt handed to her more than once which is exactly what I’ve been holding out for. Weird I know, however this book is what Urban Fantasy is all about in my opinion, and what RYLEE ADAMSON has been in short supply of—a good sucker punch to the guts!
A lot was unmasked in this novel; the cause of Milly’s betrayal, Berget’s master plan, Faris’ hidden agenda, and the Tracker prophecy gains steam. Yet, despite all of the above, this installment felt like a carefully honed edge. Past occurrences clicked, future possibilities were divulged, and the protagonist’s road to date albeit winding, no longer seemed as though it was simply dumb luck. It took five books for this series to come together, but come together it did, and in a rather dramatic way I might add. I guess in this author’s case, slow and steady wins the race!
Even though I’ve read hundreds of pages that have starred RYLEE ADAMSON, I still feel like I barely know her at all because her crew has been priority #1, and up until presently, at least one extra member has joined in every volume. Adamson had to go at it alone a great deal in BLIND SALVAGE, and when allies were needed they actually HELPED her instead of adding more problems to the pile. I was ecstatic with the amount of face time that fans got to take in, and that was the push I needed to sign my name on the dotted line to be counted among Rylee’s ride-or-die.
The O’Shea / romance saga was mostly put on hold which had me exhaling a sigh of relief; he still has some alpha issues to work out, and has yet to learn how to play nice with others, however Mayer drops a discreet grenade in this book, and if (when) it detonates, I might regret sending so much hate his way. The author also axes another character while taking steps to recoup a lost soul, so at this point I can only cross every body part I have, and pray that my favourites make it out of this series alive. Either way, I’m locked in, so do your worst, Shannon Mayer!
BLIND SALVAGE activated phase two of RYLEE ADAMSON, and it was 5-stars all the way....more
I agreed to review this novel entirely on a whim; Phyllis Ames is a new-to-me author, and standalone Urban Fantasy is rare, sReviewed by: Rabid Reads.
I agreed to review this novel entirely on a whim; Phyllis Ames is a new-to-me author, and standalone Urban Fantasy is rare, so of course I said gimme. The wolf on the cover may have helped cinch the deal, but make no mistake, this story is about a cougar. Attorney and heroine are practically oxymorons, however Amber made it work, and if that wasn’t enough to cause FROZEN IN AMBER to standout, the protagonist was also a vegetarian kitty.
The structure of the law firm, and of WerCougar politics in general were similar to Kelley Armstrong’s sorcerer run cabals, and miss Treganis’ place in the hierarchy was kinda like Lucas Cortez’s, so if you enjoy that type of set-up (which I do) then you’re sure to dig the feline version. Solo installments do have their downfalls though, the author had to cram all of the crucial UF elements into one book, and consequently some areas were stronger than others.
Amber was a pretty kooky character what with her dietary choices, refusal to shift unless absolutely necessary and her overall reluctance to live as most Wers do. I’d expected more humour considering the lead’s numerous personality quirks, but the tone was a little too serious for my tastes. Yet, that didn’t stop Treganis from falling madly deeply in love with Adler after a measly three weeks. It contradicted her otherwise straight arrow demeanour in my opinion.
The plot seemed like it was building up to something big given the experimental therapy, moles within the firm, Grampy’s secrets, and so on and so forth. Wrapping up a large scope story in 400 pages is a feat enough in itself, however incorporating a HEA as well is asking for trouble. The solution to Amber and Adler’s pickle was entirely too cleanly executed. Again, there are pros and cons to series vs. single works. By and large, Ames did good.
FROZEN IN AMBER was a break from the norm, and the minimal commitment was nice. A summer read through and through! ~ 3.5 Stars...more