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Rare Form

(Descended of Dragons #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,234 ratings  ·  93 reviews
A Secret Past
Fiery redhead Stella Stonewall can’t decide between a margarita and a manhattan.
The rest of her life? Please. Stella has never really fit in, and her pretty world comes crashing down when she learns it was never her world at all.
Rowan Gresham is domineering, brooding, and as sexy as chocolate-dipped sin. When he transports Stella to the magical realm of her p
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Carpe Noctem Publishing, LLC
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****


What a fun read! Stella is a strong girl that just finished college. She knew she was meant for more in life, but she didn't expect to be from a different realm. With her mentor's guidance, she enters a new school to embrace her unknown power.

Rowan Gresham is a sexy and confident man that will melt your panties. As Stella's mentor, they spend a lot of time together, and their strong chemistry is obvious. There is some nudity in the book since people can shift into animals,
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 fun, confusing, and fascinating stars. This is a Paranormal/Fantasy New Adult novel and is a first for me because they are usually Contemporary Romance aged or Young Adult situated. Stella's life completely falls off its axis when she quite literally crashes into Rowan Gresham. Gresham tells her she's not a human and she belongs in a parallel universe that he's taking her to.

Fucking Gresham! That's really a good way to sum up my feelings involving Gresham because he brings me joy, pain, and a
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The overall story was not bad. I was drawn to the book cuz of hints of dragons. I happen to love dragons and romance. However, this book just came short. The characters were ok and stiff. I did not feel drawn to them at all or the connection. Our MC, Stella, was a college student and smart mouth in a way. She was born and raised in a human world without any knowledge of the supernatural. One fine day she literally collides with the hottest guy and well, everything she knows as reality is shifted ...more
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first read by Jen and I was completely taken over by her! Her writing was so easy to get lost in from the very first word and kept you completely intrigued from cover to cover. I read this in one sitting as evidence of this.
This book follows Stella Stonewall, a college graduate who never really knew where she came from. She never fit in anywhere and had difficulty picturing her future. Her story starts as she meets a S.E.X.Y.
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Reminded me a lot of Firebolt by Adrienne Woods... And I really enjoyed it! ...more
I received Omega in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Omega is set in modern day times where Greek gods are the rules and humans are treated as the inferior people. Things are about to change now that a human girl has been born to be the last Oracle with the mark of the double omega. She’s spent her life living with the monks in the forest training, while the nymphs steal all her potential guys after all they haven’t been able to keep up with her. When ...more
Andrea: BookStoreFinds
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, Jen is awesome. She is funny and so sweet and I'm so grateful that she contacted me to see if I wanted to read and review her book, because I absolutely loved it! (THANK YOU JEN!!)

Rare Form is about college student Stella Stonewall. About to graduate and still having no idea what shes going to do with her life, Stella goes about her days aimlessly. When her life collides with sexy brooding Gresham, and I mean literally, She runs her mustang into his SUV, She finds out that he's been lo
Received a copy in exchange for a fair review,

All you have to do is mention one word, dragons and I am sold!

This is a lot different to The Alchemist of Loom by Elise, but I am still glad I read it. Stella one day has a very unfortunate incident with her car and the next thing you know she is in the arms of tall, strong and handsome. Gresham.

Gresham introduces Stella to a whole new world, Thayer where all kind of magical creatures exist and live in harmony that is until Brandubh ruins their hom
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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Rare Form is the first book in the new adult paranormal series, called Descended from Dragons. I love not only the cover, but also the fact that I know this book will deal with dragon shifters in some way. I don't get to read too many books about dragon shifters, and after reading Rare Form- I want more! And I have to let you in on a little secret. (half secret really, because I don't want to spoil anything.) but ther
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The ending was odd. I'm not getting why Gresham kept his identity a secret. Nor Stella's reaction after the dragons fled. I like Ewan & wonder about the chemistry between him & Stella.
This book reads very well until 3/4 in. The Root is a place I'd love to study anything at frankly. The description about Thayer is interesting. Stella being told she has supernatural talents is quite the shock to her, but she's rolling with it well.
Stella being an Omni (dual shifter, at the end of book 1) is what h
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jen Crane knocks it out of the ballpark in her debut fantasy novel, Rare Form. What's not to love with a kick-ass heroine, a swoon-worthy older man, and magic? The story begins with Stella Stonewall's ordinary day turning extraordinary. The main character Stella is a hoot, funny, and sharp. She embraces her new surroundings when she steps into a different world (literally). The descriptions of a supernatural college life had me wanting to attend Radix. I loved Stella's new friends and the way sh ...more
No Escape Like a Book
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read, favorites
Awesome dragon story. I love how this series began, the intrigue and mystery surrounding Stella's origins. This was such a great read, I jumped right into the second book after I finished. Can't wait to see where this story goes. ...more
Nada Sobhi
Rare Form by Jen Crane is the first instalment in the Descended of Dragons series. Narrated in the first person from redhead Stella Stonewall's perspective, the novel opens with Stella leaving college and unsure of what to do in her life, when she crashes her car in another and a lamppost.
From the first chapter we are introduced to Rowan Gresham, another main character, who tells Stella that he has been looking for her and that he has information about her father – a man Stella has never met an
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is starting out as an excellent series. Stella is an excellent character that is finding her way through a different reality and taking the reader with her. She's funny and strong. Remember when you start this to have the next book ready since they bleed into each other seamlessly. ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rare Form, Descended of Dragons: Book 1, Jen Crane

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and fantasy.

Well, this sounded great fun – and it was. Its something different from the norm, shape shifters, but in a kind of parallel dimension, and with others magics being used too. 

Its the first book in a new series and that’s always a difficult job, delivering a good story while introducing the reader to a new world and the people within it, and its a hard balance to get right.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING. Oh, it’s been too long since I read a great fantasy romance…I don’t usually read the preview of the next book that you find at the end, but this time I could not stop myself. I WANT IT.

Okay, let’s get down to business. The first thing that really sticks out to me is the world-building. It was perfect. Honestly, I could see every single thing, every single place that was described, perfectly in my head. And Radix? It was SO my kind of place. I loved the old-fashioned feel,
I did really enjoy this book. I liked the humor and the amazing friends the main character, Stella, had. I loved the way Thayer and its people were described and I loved Stella's personality. Stella was witty, funny, and strong, but what I loved the most about her was that she never aimed to be higher than what she was or try to deny everything and go back to her disappointing and normal life. I've noticed lately that in fantasy/paranormal novels the main character is always either trying to bec ...more
Kathleen R.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall Stars: 4 STARS


When finding love, will she chose to listen to her heart or to her head?

Fiery redhead Stella Stonewall can’t decide between a margarita and a manhattan.
The rest of her life? Please. Stella has never really fit in, and her pretty world comes crashing down when she learns it was never her world at all. Rowan Gresham is domineering, brooding, and as sexy as chocolate-dipped sin. When he transports Stella to the magical realm of her parents she recognizes her
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy and romance lovers
Shelves: romance, favorites
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. I could not get enough! I think I might have cried when I realized that I had finished it in basically 1 sitting. (I will not confirm actual tears).

Stella is a character I never want to stop reading. She was funny and sarcastic at times, serious at others and like an awe struck child when appropriate. The emotions and feelings coming from this character were so strong, I felt everything along with the story. The
Holly (epiloguebookblog)
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm soooooo geeking out over this book right now!!

Rare Form is quite a bit different from my typical reading fare. Before starting this one, I hadn't read fantasy/sci-fi in a while. Suffice it to say, I'm so thankful to have stepped out of my comfort zone.

What stood out the most to me (aside from the unique, fantastical world Jen has created) was the scorching sexual tension between Stella and Gresham. I had so much fun picturing the latter, tweaking my vision of him with each new discovery. He'
Alicia Peek
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rare Form by jen crane

4.5 stars

I was given this arc book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author and anyone else affiliated with this title.

Jen crane is an amazing writer in which she offers us a break from a reality known to a world of magic and adventure with secrets and mystery on every corner.

Rare form takes us on the journey of Stella stonewall and her discovery of a lineage that is to impossible to believe. We always look back in history of the strong belief of
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, new-adult-novels
I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Dragons man. I don't know what it is about them, but I absolutely love stories about dragons. And this one was pretty amazing! I loved the fact that Stella had no idea what was going on and that she fought tooth and nail to figure out all of the missing pieces in her life.

I really hate her mother. She is such a coward and I just wanted to slap her for leaving Stella in the place she was in - which was nowhere since she h
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars, loved every Omni second of it.

My first book by Jen crane and although it ended in a semi cliffhanger (it's a series) I went ahead and pre-ordered the second book (both books come out the same day, lucky ya'll... I will have to wait a few weeks).

Stella has just completed her undergraduate degree when she learns a life changing secret (so sad to see the beast go). And, damn, it's a good secret. In a world where she never really fit, she finds that sense of belonging amongst others whole h
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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*ARC received for an honest review, thank you!

So first thing first, I really enjoyed this book, I loved the characters, I loved the story and I loved the original idea behind it. However, it was so short! I wanted this book to go on forever and ever, learn more about the characters and the awesome world that this author created. I just don't feel like there were enough pages to really go in depth with the characters, and because of this, while I did en
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great book. This book is about a young lady named Stella Stonewall. She was raised in a single parent household whose mother refused to discuss her father and who he is. Just as she's about to graduate college, enters Mr Gresham. Mr Gresham explains to Stella that she is from another world and she must go there to learn about her heritage and powers.

I really liked the story. In a way Ms Crane jumped right into th
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is the debut novel of Jen Crane and she has started with a belter! There are some brilliant one-liners in here, and she has given a new meaning between a younger girl and an older man!

So many characters in here to draw you in! Stella herself is cracking! She deals with life-changing events with attitude and aplomb, whilst committing herself fully. Gresham is simply gorgeous and I can't get enough of him. Timbra is sweet but with a sassy edge. Ewan - what can I say about him? He intrigues me
Beyond the Pages
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rare Form was a mature version of Harry Potter mixed with the Mortal Instruments. It was an intriguing story that captured my attention a lot. The characters were diverse and layered. The underlying shapeshifter storyline with its evident display of classes and divisions was interesting. The ever-building and completely unresolved conflict that presented itself hauntingly lingered and then burst into uncontrollable high flames that could not be extinguished. I followed the protagonists movements ...more
Maghon Thomas
This book is absolutely amazing!! A girl in college finds out she's actually a dragon shifter and is shown a whole new beautiful world! It's fun and intriguing and a wonderful story with amazing characters and a completely well written villain to go with it!

Stella is a lovable witty character who has a lot to come to terms with. She's strong and smart and had me cheering for her! She meets new friends and bit so nice enemies. The side characters are just as well written as Stella. I loved them
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-collection
I received this ARC book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

I haven't read a book where the main focus is on dragons before, but I really enjoyed reading Jen Crane's world of Thayer and the characters within it. It's a short book with quick chapters, so sometimes the story seems rushed and short on details. The action just happens and is straight to the point. Stella is a strong and independent character who is not without her flaws. The grammar and editing of the copy I received needed some w
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I love books that kind of have a parallel world or a hidden world. I would love to suddenly be taken to a really cool magical college or school, I loved that part it was fun and I think this author did a great job with that. I'm excited for the next one to come out. I wasn't sure about the ending and the way her mother reacted but clearly there's more to be told there, So I'm going to hang on for the next book!

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“I could not recall the last time I had been so flagrantly insulted.

Don't make enemies, I told myself.
Swallow your pride.
Hold your tongue.

But the fact was, I had real difficulty with those particular virtues.”
“I had reason to be wary of Rowan Gresham.

Crazy doesn't always look crazy.

Sometimes it looks like the most handsome and refined gentleman ever encountered in one's short life.”
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