Dark is Her Nature
For Hire: Teachers for special school in Virginia countryside. Must be able to handle teenagers with special abilities. Cannot be afraid to discipline werewolves, wizards, elves and other assorted hormonal teens. Apply at the School of Necessary Magic.
Alison is a young Drow princess whose power is just beginning to grow inside of her – too bad for the dark forces a...more
It was a little difficult keeping the flow of the story straight, such as the major/minor characters, etc.
I wonder if it might have been due to the authors attempting to lay the entire groundwork, and squeeze most, if not all, of the characters into the first book. I'm no author, but I can't help but wonder if these issues were reworked, poss ...more
It’s part of an established world, but I haven’t read any of the other books to know the world ...more
I love Allison and am interested in learning more about Izzie but at times this book was choppy in how the authors tried to intertwine the story lines might have given only three stars if Allison wasn’t in the book. Also when dealing with magic schools you can’t help but compare to HP. That said I honestly am no fan of Liera for the same reason as this book, but love Brownstone and Shay stories. Hoping with next installment I can give a five ...more
The reason I chose this series is because I love the Alison character from TUMB series. The power behind her and the potential she has is just an amazing story to be told. Probably better than the Harry Potter series and that is saying something because I love the Harry universe JKR created! This series has the potential to be that and more!! She is a drow princess (doesn't really know what that mean but we know from her mom's display of power in the T ...more
First, the authors couldn't seem to decide who was the protagonist, with irritating narrative shifts almost every chapter. Then there was no real conflict in the novel, no antagonist, and no follow through on any of the (weak) conflict that was there. Nothing was resolved, nothing was delved into deep enough to hold interest and the teachers were all so good as to be unbelievable.
Minor Spoilers below.
Even more irritati ...more
The book introduces Izzie, a Light Elf and more, who's enrolled at the School of Necessary Magic after she and her parents are attacked, by an evil force seeking to obtain Izzie's power. To further protect their daughter, her parents ask that she and they have their memories magically wiped, so they cannot betray her if captured and to spare Izzie the pain of separation.
Brought to join the school as room-mate and soon fast friend to Izzie, is Drow p ...more
(FYI I tend to only review one book per series, unless I completely change my mind on a series, so want to change my scoring down a lot)
How I rate Stars: 5* = I loved (must read all I can find ...more
I won this book in a giveaway and was the first book I have ever read by these authors. So I probably should have done my research prior because there are quite a bit of holes and questions left unanswered that probably were touched on in some other book.
Dark is Her Nature starts off fast with a battle between Izzie and her parents vs dark wizards. Though it is never explained or brought up in this book what the fight may have been about, or it's importance (hopef ...more
Absolutely fantastic read. Loved it!! Five mismatched girls are roomed together in their first year at a school of magic. One is an orphan, one has had her memory wiped (to protect her), one is extremely introvert, one is a social fashionista and one is normal. They all have magic but two don't know how to use it. Regardless they make friends with a trio of boys. This covers their trials and tribulations as they manoeuvre through the first year. A wonderful plot t ...more
A new series that I just discovered. Apparently with many other books already written in this universe that I will be checking out. This book is similar to Harry Potter and Hogwarts. And so much that it is kids going to a magical high school to learn how to control their magic. More magical beings go to school then just witches and wizards though. It has a great cast of characters and a great story so far. There are dark forces out there as well ...more
Allison is also a Drow (a character from frp games) and it will be interesting to see how ...more
Interesting storyline. There were a few times where I felt the pacing was a bit off and the conversation a bit clumsy. This is not written from one characters point of view so it did chop and change here and there between any of the main group of characters. This is a bit of a different style and took a bit to get used to. I had to re-read to work out who the author as describing. Overall, tho ...more
I waited awhile to read this one. I am a huge fan of the Brownstone series. I was expecting this book to be all about Allison; my bad.
First off, this book is mostly told between the experiences of two teenagers attending the school; Allison and Izzy. There is really only one small adventure that I believe is the precursor to the rest of the series, but other than that NOTHING happens except the introduction of support characters.
I believe the author's are trying to establish t ...more
I made it to the 3rd book in this series, didn’t finish it. Boring. Books with no story line, just bla bla. Middle schooler diary. Dead end story threads. Holy continuity errors! The first book Mara has been headmistress for 15 years. That made me blink. In the 3rd book even though only 1 school year has past it is referenced it has been 20 years. What grade year some students are change. Can’t say others without spoilers. The gargoyle I was excited to ...more
This is the first book about Alison who is a Drow princess, but hasn't told her friends yet because she isn't quite sure herself what that means. The book is similar to the Harry Potter series in that the main characters are magically inclined teenagers and are prone to not always obeying the rules of their school. I can forsee numerous mis-adventures arising from this group as they scramble their way to adulthood. This is a very good b ...more
I couldn't tell if the heroine was Izzie, who had her memories removed, or Allison, the Drow princess. Both girls are first years at the school and make friends with about five others. There was no plot in this story...merely minor events that occured sporadically. It had the potential to be a great story and had its intriguing moments, but it just didn't do it for me. There were lots of qu ...more
I wish I knew the order of these books before I got started reading them. I believe if I had read them in order I would have grown to like them even more. As it is, I'm finding that I prefer Raine at the school to Allison. I enjoy Allison more as the boss than in this book. I like the characters. Their gifts to each other were funny and thoughtful and so very them. I find Shay and Brownstone not very warm in this book. I imagine that changed somewhere along the way. Away we go on an ad ...more
This book is a nice setup for a young adult book centered around Alison & her friends, all of which are interesting teenagers. And the school they attend is interesting but reminded me a lot at times of Hogwarts from the "Harry Potter" books. So I think many young adults who like How books will also like this one for those factors. But adults like me might find themselves torn between not wanting to read about teenage anxieties but wanting to know how the Izzy mystery & magic ...more
I am guessing there are about 60k words in this book. That makes it barely a novel size. With all the challenges with the dialog and continuity, it would seem like this was written during NaNoWriMo. ...more
I'm a long time fan of both Michael & Martha's books, and I've loved them all, but this one is something special. If you're new to either of these authors (or any of the dozens of authors they collaborate with), start with this book.
I guarantee, it will leave you hungry for more of their stories, and they've got plenty more. And don't be afraid to hop into any of the other universes they've created! ...more
Alison is brought to the school by Brownstone and Shay to learn her magic and be safe. She makes friends with Izzie and others in her class. I like the character development of Alison and her friends. The inclusion of characters from other books is interesting. Will Luke the Werewolf boy 's loyalty to Alison strengthen? I look forward to the next book. ...more