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Book Review: Burned by Karen Moning

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Book Description:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Book Review:

I’ve been a long time reader of Karen Moning, all the way back to her highlander books. In my opinion, Iced was her finest work to date and one of my favorite books. I felt a great anticipation for Burned, which grew steadily in the two year wait. After all, if she could write Iced in a year, Burned had to be the end all be all of urban fantasy if it took her twice as long. Now, I’m feeling a bit singed myself.

Before I get into why I was disappointed, I still have to give Burned its due. The writing, the choice of words and the care put into every sentence, still sets Moning apart from the crowd. She’s a truly gifted wordsmith and this book was no different. My beef is with the plot. It wasn’t the concrete goal and conflict I’d come to expect from her. It almost seemed more of an after thought.

Another issue I had and this stems from my own personal tastes is, having so many point of views. When I read, I don’t like to get a taste of this and that, I want a main character I can feast upon. And the fact that the main point of view wasn’t Dani, like I’d been anticipating, didn’t help the matter. Yes, we do get some, but not nearly what I’d expected after coming off of Iced.

So how do I justify my four star rating? Because Moning, even at her worst, is much better than most.

4 Stars

Madeline

 

Book Review: The Loyal Heart by Merry Farmer

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Book Description:

Lady Aubrey has a problem. Several problems. Her childhood love, Ethan, has returned home from the Crusades, but he’s more interested in winning his land back than wooing her. She has to rescue a pair of nuns who are being held prisoner in Derby Castle’s tower by the sadistic Sheriff Buxton. And to top it all off she’s developing scandalous feelings for Buxton’s lackey, the dark and devilish Crispin. Faced with all that, what’s a girl to do but don a disguise as the Derbywood Bandit and take matters into her own hands?

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Book Review & Rafflecopter: Dark Siren by Eden Ashley

 

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To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.

When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn’t remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she’s just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.

A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.

But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.

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AUTHOR BIO:
I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.

My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!

Author links:
http://edenbynite.blogspot.ca/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7150184.Eden_Ashley
https://www.facebook.com/EdenAshleyAuthor
https://twitter.com/Eden_byNite

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Book Review:

This book had a catchy start, likable characters and and interesting storyline. But, and there always is a but, it took a long time to build up steam.

Let’s start with the positive. Kali was an interesting young woman with a unique ability to steal the life force from others. Her leading man, Rhane, was a nice compliment to her character and was tough in all the places you wanted him to be. The storyline was interesting and original.

Now to the dark side of things. It took a long to get into the story.  I started losing interest until I hit the halfway mark.  At that point things take an upturn and the pacing is much better.  In the end, you are still left with questions and it is a bit cliffy however, I’ll probably be checking out the next book in the series.

3. 5 Stars

Reviews by Regan