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My Familiar Stranger (Order of the Black Swan, #1) - Victoria Danann

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review 2014-03-12 03:25
My Familiar Stranger: The Order of the Black Swan: 1
My Familiar Stranger (Order of the Black Swan, #1) - Victoria Danann To save her life Elona was pushed thru alternative dimensional hole. She comes out of a beaten mess. Not knowing what she was the secret order she was thrown into wanted her dead except one person. As she heals she learns that in this alternative world there was another her but she died as a child. She learns there are vampires and one with a particular interest in her. She learns she has super strength and super speed. After Elona has healed and has bonded with the order of the black swan she sees a place for her but the order is not sure they want a girl to join. I had a hard time keeping my interest in this book. I liked it the more it went on. The love triangle did keep my attention. I liked Ram the elf and Elona as a couple. Yes there are also elves in this story. I thought was interesting how they gave her super powers. I think it would be interesting to find out why she has them in another book. I picked up this book free from amazon on the kindle. Fantasy is my favorite genre. I feel like the story did not flow or make a connection to me. It was an okay start to a series and I will say that the 2nd does have chance of me reading it.
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review 2013-10-06 13:43
Another Fantastic Story From The Order of The Black Swan!
Gathering Storm - Victoria Danann

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

 

Gathering Storm is the fifth instalment of Victoria Danann's Order of The Black Swan series, which, I have to say, has quickly become one of my favourite paranormal romance series. Book five continues right where Moonlight left off, as is the case with all of the others. Lithe and Storm are enjoying their unusual baby girl, Elora and Ram are living at Jefferson Unit with little Helm because it's safer for them while Elora is being hunted by Reglenclan. Jefferson Unit is going through some changes and while Sol is on vacation, glen is left in charge with the help of Storm. All is going well until Deliverance is supposed to take Storm to Jefferson one morning but somehow loses him in the passes.

 

“'Tis a good thin’ that Stormy and I put the bad in Bad Company, else the two of us might be intimidated by unhappy mates standin' o’er us with mean faces and hands on delectably curvy hips.”

 

I actually think that this is one of my favourite storylines so far. The idea and the way it's been executed is really great. I won't go into too much detail, but with the introduction to a surprising new character--one I really hope we see again and who gets a HEA for himself--I was amazed at how Danann kept things so different with him. (Those of you who've read it should know what I mean) His introduction was great and also the way he changed throughout the book. I also really loved the relationship between him and Rosie, especially with it being under such strange circumstances. I was really routing for the guy in the end.

 

We also get to know Z team a little more in this book and although they're not in it that much, it's got me interested to see them again in the future. We're also introduced to some of Jeffersons trainees, a few of which I can't wait to see again and watch them grow into fully fledged Knights of the Order.

 

When she removed her hand, there was a key sitting on the shiny black slate. Holding the cuffs toward Deliverance, she said, "You will use these. When you arrive with our guest, I’ll unlock the cuffs." Deliverance knew he had made an even bigger mess of his mess, but couldn't help being who he was. So, picking up the cuffs, he said, "And you just happened to have these lying around because..." "It was an inside joke between my husband and me. You remember my husband? THE ONE YOU LOST!”

 

What I love about Danann's writing style is, well... everything! Particularly the strong character development. You really do feel like you know each and every one of them and with each book I feel like I'm visiting old friends. I love the camaraderie between them all and it really feels like a real family unit. I also love how the main characters from one book also get to play a part in the next and are not sidelined, even if it's just for a few scenes. The way she structures her stories is really a testament to her talent. The plot never let's up and each instalment is packed with suspense, humour and love.

 

There is so much going on in each story that you never want to stop turning the page. I've had difficulty putting down every book in the Order of The Black Swan series and Gathering Storm was no exception. In fact, it was worse with this one! I got absolutely nothing done until I'd read the last page. If you haven't read any of the Order of The Black Swan series then I highly recommend that you do, but be sure to read them in order. I'm so looking forward to book 6, especially after that sneak peek of Chapter 1 at the end of the book!

Victoria you tease!

 

Review also posted on mybooksnthings.com

Source: www.mybooksnthings.com/2013/10/victoria-danann-gathering-storm-blog.html
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review 2013-09-01 00:00
The Witch's Dream (Order of the Black Swan, #2) - Victoria Danann Solid 1.5 Stars-*Mild Spoilers*

This book was extremely disappointing for me.

For one, this book wasn't about Storm & Litha it was about what everything looked like & what everyone was wearing. In great detail, of every single paragraph I might add. And our beloved Ram & Elora took center stage in this one as well. While I love me some Ram, & his coupling with Elora was wonderful, FOR THEIR BOOK. They took up too much precious time in this one. And way too much of the spotlight from Storm & the development for he & Litha. But honestly the first 50% of this novel was given to the description of every single thing pertaining to furniture & clothing. WHO THE HECK CARES?! I'm all for set up & while this lyrical prose was more than welcome in book 1, it had no place in this book. It was way too drawn out. It caused the story to drag & to top it all off, it was pointless. If half the effort was put into the development of Storm & Litha's story & basically the whole plot for that matter, that was put into the description of inanimate objects, this story would have been beyond incredible & an added wonderful 2nd installment to this series.

The book started off with promise. You get a brief but informative background on Deliverance A new demon character who appears to be the central focus for the plot & for Litha. But you soon come to see just how badly the author drops the ball with this. Just how "simple" his place turns out to be within this story. How easy & utterly unbelievable (and not in a good way) & ANTI-CLIMACTIC, the turn of events become from his actions & the aftermath of all things that are resolved, or should I say NOT resolved....Mainly Kay & Katrina??? Where was Kay's reaction to when Litha came back? Where was his demands for answers with Litha about Deliverance concerning what occurred with the love of his life Katrina? None of this was even touched on after the fact. For that matter, where was Litha's reaction upon learning her true heritage? I mean this all left me like...
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But yet we're getting constant updates on pointless crap with the families, their surroundings, what they're eating & how happy & in love Ram & Elora still are?
WTH??
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And what's the deal with ALL of the main characters leaving The Order? This is only the 2nd book!

Also, I must get this off of my chest... Look, I get & am all for the Female Empowerment Movement. But you can't have a lead heroine be excellent with EVERY SINGLE THING she tries without encountering obstacles. It's not believable & it doesn't always endear the heroine to the readers. It's more likely to irritate them. Like now. Heck even their male counterparts aren't excellent with everything they try. I was willing to over look this a bit in the 1st book, even though it was pushing the envelope then. But it's just getting flat out ridiculous now in this book. Case & point? You'll see when Elora yes, the Queen of "I do everything right the first time & with flare" has her 1st meeting with the handsome Werewolf King, Stalkson Grey *rolls eyes*

Oh & nothing hot happens in this book. No blood pumping, highly deserved carnal pleasure after the suffering, of any kind, happens.
There are some things that allude to this, but nothing shown worth reading about that will make you happy.

I must be honest & admit that this entire book has been kinda ridiculous. But it doesn't stop me from being curious about what will happen next in book 3. I'm really hoping that this book was just one of those books you just have to get through in a series & the horribleness of it is not a trend. Cos there is so much going on, so many different characters being introduced that you will have to read them in order.

I can't recommend this book on the grounds of it being another great installment to the series. As you can see I'm HIGHLY disappointed with it. But I will say you should read it if you are committed to reading this series in order. Especially if you're basing your hope & expectations on how good book 1 is. As I did myself.

I'm just warning you to not expect to be blown away with this one. Your love or hate for this book, could go either way.

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review 2013-06-14 00:00
My Familiar Stranger (Order of the Black Swan, #1)
My Familiar Stranger (Order of the Black Swan, #1) - Victoria Danann
I have a hard time deciding between 4 or 3 stars, because I really want to give it 3.5 stars. lol

I loved the story but I had a hard time buying the relationship between Elora and Ram. It didn't really work for me. It should have, but it just didn't...I don't know, dudes.

It's like... Ram is funny but such an idiot sometimes, while Elora was mostly too damn serious and boring for me but she also had idiot moments. They sorta fit but mostly didn't, and it just seemed weird. Especially since they are destined mates yada, yada, yada.

And it's been a while since I read it but I don't remember Elora recognizing Ram as her mate, even though she's apparently elf as well and therefore should have been having that feeling from around the beginning, like Ram did.

Regardless, I recommend this. It's a good read.
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