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Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank
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Mar 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: paranormal-fantasy-sci-fi-romance
Read in March, 2009

I won't even begin to try to explain the world building in this series; I will just say that there are some very cool aspects (Middle East-influence) and some worrying parts (public sex for educational purposes). Basically, the Shadowdwellers live in darkness and are harmed by any type of light. They basically exist on two different planes, Realscape - our plane - and Shadowscape, a plane that is accessible only to Shadowdwellers and what they call the Lost, or humans whose souls have come disconnected from their bodies. Normally the Lost that roam Shadowscape are not aware of the Shadowdwellers or other Lost souls, but Ashla Townsend is the exception. After a car crash that left her in a coma, Ashla finds herself in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic NYC with no people. There are stores, there are restaurants, everything moves as it should, except there are no people. Trace is a vizier for the royal chancellors of the Shadowdwellers, and he is at once amazed and confused of how he can see Ashla, touch her, and speak to her when she appears to be one of the Lost. The two get off to a less than stellar start when she saves his life, and he inadvertently hurts her feelings. But Trace becomes obsessed, not only by the mystery behind Ashla's appearance in Shadowscape, but also by his growing feelings for her.

This book was such a relief after the huge bores of Elijah, Damon, and Noah. This is probably the best book by this author that I've read, and it's definitely the sexiest. Trace is a strong character who is made very vulnerable by his attraction to Ashla, and the reawakening of his sexual feelings after being celibate for 12 years. Ashla is a real woman with understandable fears after being left alone for what she thought was months. She's been hurt in the past, and she can't forget those scars very easily, but in the end, her feelings for Trace overcome. This is a fast-moving, interesting, unique world and an great couple. B+
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03/17/2009 page 95
28.79% "So far, this is actually pretty good. I'm glad I decided to read it."
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Great review, Corrine. You have encouraged me to read this. I have had trouble getting into Jacob, thus I think I'll read this one first.


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