After hearing glowing praises for this book I wasn’t quite sure what to do. There are plenty of instances where I don’t like book series that others tAfter hearing glowing praises for this book I wasn’t quite sure what to do. There are plenty of instances where I don’t like book series that others tend to rave about. But the premise sounded interesting so I decided to give this one a shot. I’m very glad I did! It was a refreshing read. I tried one book by this author before and couldn’t get into it so that probably didn’t help with my initial hesitation. But overall I would say that Radiance delivers on just about all cylinders. I respected how much world building Draven was able to pack into a relatively short book without making it feel like a complete info dump. Something like this is often twice as long and twice as confusing.
The characterization was well done. I’m not an easy sell when it comes to that kind of thing, but I immediately grew to care about both Brishen and Ildiko. They were likable and easy to root for. Draven also knows how to create characters we love to hate! Brishen’s mother is a piece of work, but you definitely can’t say that she doesn’t keep things interesting.
I probably would have given this a 5 out of 5 if not for a certain development toward the end. What happens sort of feels unnecessary to me and done mostly for shock value. Maybe if it happened in a sequel or had more build up I would feel differently.
I’m actually considering going back to read that first book from her that I didn’t finish. It might prove to be a pleasant surprise and pull me in this time around. Sometimes it’s not always that a book is bad. You just have to be in the right mood for it at the time.
Overall you can certainly count me in with the lot that thinks this is a great read and since it appears to be the start of a series, I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!...more
It was a pretty generic read. The only interesting part for me is that this takes place at the University of Maryland, College Park. That's my alma maIt was a pretty generic read. The only interesting part for me is that this takes place at the University of Maryland, College Park. That's my alma mater. Unfortunately the imagery is a bit lacking. I was hoping this would evoke a sense of nostalgia for me, but it's like the author reserved that more for describing food and pretty much anything else but the campus. The relationships and the obvious potential love triangle felt a bit forced and rushed. I think more time should have been spent building chemistry for one guy instead. But hey, it's a freebie and wasn't a long commitment. *shrugs*...more
I normally don't do police procedural novels, but this has a distinct feel for me and the characters are taking on their own personalities. Jaye WellsI normally don't do police procedural novels, but this has a distinct feel for me and the characters are taking on their own personalities. Jaye Wells really brings this world to life. Our protagonist has her fair share of struggles trying to refrain from the use of magic. Remember, it's a bit different how it works in this world. Magic is practically a metaphor for drug use, from requiring AA meetings to "cooking." As a Breaking Bad fan, that always amuses me. Kate is really feeling the effects of her decisions from the first book which reinforces how unique this brand of magic is. I like that the characters are somewhat realistic. They have their flaws and make bad and selfish decisions just like anyone else. I found them relatable and I actually am becoming invested in her relationships with those around her, including her brother and best friend. She's caught between a rock and a hard place.
I found it entertaining from beginning to end. I do get a hint of a love triangle brewing, so you might want to steer clear if that trope irks you to no end. I don't like them either and if it gets to be too much I will table this series until we have a definitive answer. But for now I'm enjoying the ride and the author's *ahem* vivid and morbid imagination. It's not for the faint of heart. Overall it was a more even book than the first one. The first novel started off strong and lost some steam toward the end, but this one is a bit more even and strong all throughout. I am looking forward to visiting this world again....more