ASHES REBORN is a brilliant urban fantasy story with unique characters and a plot filled with action, suspeReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
ASHES REBORN is a brilliant urban fantasy story with unique characters and a plot filled with action, suspense, and intrigue. The mythology of phoenixes is complex and refreshing in a genre filled with vampires, witches, and werewolves. The reincarnation and resurrection abilities of phoenixes is fascinating and I would have welcomed a few more pages just explaining those abilities. While the story got bogged down and confusing at times with too many story lines, the main story thread was fun and action packed.
All of the characters were well developed and I found myself actually really caring about what happens to them which is pretty amazing considering I hadn't read the previous books to even establish a connection with them beforehand. I enjoyed seeing how a phoenix's powers work and seeing Emberly battle bad guys with awesome fire powers was pretty cool. I wasn't a huge fan of the romantic relationships Emberly is involved with. They seemed overly convoluted at times and slowed down the more interesting plot involving research on a plague like virus that could kill tons of people.
While I enjoyed Emberly as a classic urban fantasy heroine, I took issue with her reaction to her rape. First of all rape is never something I look forward to reading and it's made much worse when Emberly shakes it off as if it was nothing. I get having to move the plot forward, but in some cases stopping the story to reflect on a rape or another traumatic event warrants a pause in the action. Also, this rape in no way affected the plot nor did it involve any character development or growth for any of the characters. It could have been cut out or been a simple kidnapping with a few punches and kicks thrown and the story would have been the same. She even ends up comforting her friend who feels the rape through her. That felt really wrong to me, as it takes away her rightful victimhood and does a disservice to people who have actually been through this trauma.
Aside from my huge issue on the rape, ASHES REBORN had a fun, action-packed plot and some cool phoenix mythology that I wouldn't mind delving into more....more
Each book in the Salvation Pack series does a masterful job of engrossing you in the life and troubles of aReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
Each book in the Salvation Pack series does a masterful job of engrossing you in the life and troubles of an individual and their soon-to-be mate, while weaving them easily into the pack's extended family. WOLF IN HER SOUL continues this trend with Reece and Hannah's lives. Overall, the plot had an intriguing thriller-esque quality to it with plenty of tense moments balanced out with the passion of Reece and Hannah's blossoming romance.
I loved the idea that Reece had dreams of Hannah for years and altered his life to search for her. Not being a huge romantic myself I thought that was actually a really huge romantic, touching, and risky thing for him to do. Hannah's story was super heartbreaking so I was quite happy to watch her get a happily ever after with Reece. Luckily there was a lack of the more annoying traits alphas tend to have in these books so I was on board with Reece and Hannah being together from the beginning. I loved the care Reece took with making Hannah feel safe considering her backstory.
While I liked the thrill of finding out who was stalking Hannah and the danger involved in that chase, the conclusion was not satisfying. The issue with Hannah's father and his reason for leaving her was not that great and I felt that they should have been angrier with him. It felt like the story shrugged off the fact that he left his daughter to deal with life in a constant state of fear and paranoia. I needed more explanation from him and various other odd plot points surrounding Hannah's stalker.
Aside from my issues with the conclusion of WOLF IN HER SOUL, the story was solidly entertaining and the characters were people who you wanted to root for right away. I find this series to be one of my comfort reads for some reason and will definitely continue on with future books!...more