I may have been at a little disadvantaged as I haven’t read the series from the beginning, however I still enjoyed the book. The 'Wal...moreNetgalley Review:
I may have been at a little disadvantaged as I haven’t read the series from the beginning, however I still enjoyed the book. The 'Walker Paper' series follows Joanne Walker, a mechanic and ex-police officer (after being bitten by a werewolf), Irish Shaman, with gifts that she will only use to survive.
Raven Calls opens with Joanne having a 'need' to travel to Ireland; where she has to confront her past and face her future. However, she won’t be alone as her former police boss and on hold love interest Mike Morrison sends Joanne’s BFF and gruff cabbie Gary Muldoon to Dublin to try to keep her out of trouble. The two take-off on an amazing adventure fraught with mystery and danger around every corner.
I want to say more about Raven Calls, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I loved this book and now I’m definitely going to go back and read through the whole series. How didn't I know about this series earlier?
There is a lot of mythology and background that makes the book somewhat confusing if you haven’t read any of the previous books. Although, in saying that, I found learning about the lore, legends and history were quite fun. Many parts of the book had me smirking and laughing! I love that in a book, it’s the easiest way to get me hooked on a series.
Michelle Rowans new book Dark Kiss has been on my "I Want It Now" list for quite a while. The first thing that drew me to Dark Kiss was the awesomely...moreMichelle Rowans new book Dark Kiss has been on my "I Want It Now" list for quite a while. The first thing that drew me to Dark Kiss was the awesomely sexy angel on the cover! Oh so dreamy! The next was the great synopsis which had me intrigued, hooked and squealing with anticipation.
The main heroine Samantha has her life flipped upside down after a literally "soul stealing" kiss. However, even though Samantha's soul is gone, she hasn't turned into a bad person... Samantha is still the same person except now she has a constant hunger for souls. Samantha is such a likeable character, with her willing to help even if it puts herself in danger and the fact that even though she should be angry and bitter about losing her soul, Samantha stays strong and tries to work out how to fix this disastrous situation.
Bishop who was apparently sent to lead the group of angels and demons who are trying to get rid of the Grays and save Trinity, doesn't have it very easy himself. After being pushed out of heaven and landing on earth without any protection his mind is pretty much scrambled egg except for when Samantha is touching him. Only then does his mind clear, and he becomes himself once again. Although that's not his only problem... Bishop starts to have feelings for Samantha even though she is a Gray, and he should kill her! That and the fact that he also needs to protect Samantha from the other angels and demons in the group who make it known more than once that Samantha is essentially the enemy. Bishop with his more often than not scrambled brain isn't the most appealing angel I've ever read about, but I hope that his true sexy strong nature comes out more in the next book.
Overall, Rowan has written an exciting, mysterious and addicting read! I love the side characters, especially. Bring on the next book because I cannot wait! (less)
From the first few sentences, I liked the character Alex! She was believable and realistic. We first meet Alex while she is doing the drunken walk hom...moreFrom the first few sentences, I liked the character Alex! She was believable and realistic. We first meet Alex while she is doing the drunken walk home with her best friend Claire after her boyfriend Eddie has cheated on her once again. Now I know exactly what that’s like; I've been in her shoes before. The difference being, I didn't wake up as a Vârcolac (were-vamp hybrid) the next day!
If you've read the synopsis, then you know the storyline, so I’m going to skip giving you a summary and move to giving you my thoughts.
Alexandra Jones has a lot of inner strength, and it’s a lucky thing that she does as she is going to need every bit of it. From the moment she wakes up in Nathan's house it’s seems like she has one emotional turmoil after the other to deal with. Alex finds out that she is now a Vârcolac and can never return to the life she once lead, her best-friend and pretty much a sister Claire was killed during the attack, the original Vârcolacs are after her as she is the only female Vârcolac in existence and she has to put up with Nathan’s at times surly attitude and mixed signals.
I found myself wanting to know more of Nathan's thought and feelings and I wasn’t disappointed as nearing the end we have a whole chapter just from Nathan's perspective. Throughout the book, you see that Nathan is a very closed off and at times comes off as cold and uncaring. At one moment, I liked him and in the next sentence he really got on my nerves and it seemed like he made Alex feel the same way!
Towle has done an extremely good job with making the side characters just as interesting and enjoyable as Alex and Nathan. I loved Nathan’s younger brother Sol and his easy-going nature and their father Jack, who could only be described as calm, caring and perceptible.
Overall, this was a great paranormal read, which had me shocked and gasping quite a few times throughout the book. There were a few things that niggled me about the book, but that was more about Nathan’s attitude at times and nothing to do with the storyline or writing. The ending leaves no doubt that there will be a second book coming soon and I personally cannot wait! (less)