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review 2018-04-09 11:49
Between the Blade and the Heart
Between the Blade and the Heart - Amanda Hocking

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

This book was fun. An action packed paranormal adventure.

 

First book I read by this particular author, and I enjoyed it. The world building was a little haphazard, in this world there are all sorts of supernatural creatures around, all governed by Norse gods, and kept in control by Valkyries. Seemed to be a vaguely futuristic kind of society. A little unclear on when it was set. A little bit of history on the species and the set the governing body and the jobs of Valkyries.  When your time is up, a Valkyrie is sent to dispatch you to the next plane of existence. Valkyries only go through the female line, Marin is training to follow in her mother Marlow’s footsteps and is in the final steps of her training to become an official Valkyrie as well as attending a supernatural academy for classes.

 

Marin was tough and spunky, relatively sensible and a likeable MC. Also extra points – she was bisexual. She had a relationship with another female Valkyrie, Quinn. Which didn’t end brilliantly but they remained sort of friends.  Marin lives with her best friend, witch Oona and her beloved pet, some sort of a hybrid creature a little like a dog but not quite.

 

Lots of action, though I did find some of the characters to be a little flat, there didn’t seem to be much back story to hardly anyone other than Marin herself. There was very little seen of the academy she attends, there’s a few classes mentioned, and a rivalry with a classmate she doesn’t get on with. Though later on in the novel they do have a fairly interesting discussion about fate and destiny – which was about as deep as the novel got.

 

Mostly it was all action packed. Marin’s world is thrown into chaos when a handsome stranger breaks into her apartment demanding information on her mother. Something that was supposed to have happened didn’t and as a result people are being killed. Marin is stunned and furious, and with the stranger, Asher, by her side sets off to confront Marlow about what happened.

 

She’s shocked at the revelations and she and Asher decide to try and put things right and stop the killings. The supernatural beasties Marin is hunting are getting stronger, she’s feeling pain when she shouldn’t and it could all be a result of what went wrong many years ago. She gets help from witchy Oona and Quinn appears a few times saving her butt and becomes part of the group who work to find the bad guy and solve the mystery.

 

Of course, Marin is starting to develop feelings for Asher and finds herself getting closer again with Quinn, trying to understand why their relationship failed – something to do with something that’s been ingrained into Marin about Valkyries and love and how it never works. So Marin is struggling to come to terms with her feelings on top of this manhunt for a bad guy getting nastier and stronger as the time goes by.

 

A surprise death half way through doesn’t help at all.

 

 

A surprising twist at the end as well, as it turns out the bad guy they’re hunting is small fries and there’s an even bigger bad on the way. Left at cliff hanger of course.

(spoiler show)

 

 

Not particularly moving, while the world building wasn’t brilliant (in my opinion) it was interesting and it’s been a long time since I’ve found a paranormal adventure I’ve liked so much. Decent characters, and a fun read.

 

Looking forward to the next one in the duology.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Pan McMillan for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2016-07-22 10:32
DNF: The Immortals

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Unfortunately at about 45% I am bored and marking it as DNF. 

 

The premise of this one sounded really interesting, the goddess Artemis, no longer in full power has spent almost two thousand years on earth, her powers are practically non existent, though she remains ever the chaste huntress, she protects the women of New York City in the modern day who need help. Known as PI Selene DiSilver she stumbles on a dead body killed in a disturbingly familiar way. 

 

Theo Schultz is a classics/mythology professor, who knew the victim. They find themselves inadvertently working together when Theo discovers the crime  holds significant resemblance to an ancient Greek cult.

 

This wasn't a terrible book, it was just very long winded. The Artemis character was a surprisingly interesting interpretation. She appears to have absolutely no grasp of empathy or sympathy. She doesn't seem to get along with hardly anyone, other than her dog. She's blunt to the point of bordering on rude. She's a former goddess, who's powers and memories are diminished greatly, but seem to be coming back in small strides when more dead women start showing up. She loathes being weak and almost human and loathes having to work within the boundaries of human law enforcement. 

 

While Professor Schultz on the other hand, is charming and very likable. When his character his introduced, it/s at one of his lectures, and my initial though on the way the information on Greek classics and mythology was being presented, was I would love to take this class. It turns out Theo knew the victim, and well. And finds himself crossing paths with Selene.  Selene/Artemis wasn't the only former goddess involved, there's a whole host of familiar names (and some unfamiliar) deities that made appearances. The world building as far as that was concerned was pretty unique and interesting. 

 

My biggest problem with this was it got very boring very quickly. There was an awful lot of information relating to the murders to do with Ancient Greek history and it felt less like an interesting mythology class, more like a text book on ancient cults. I could only read maybe 10% at a time and find myself drifting. The actual untangling of the information and skirting round the on going police investigation and investigating parts got dull. 

 

While it's got a fairly original premise, I can't say I flat out hate it because I don't. I'm just bored with it. So calling it quits on this one.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for approving my request to view the title.  

 

 

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review 2015-12-29 14:28
Review: Compulsion
Compulsion - Martina Boone

I love a good southern gothic mystery complete with magic and romance, and the premise of this book got my attention right away when I was browsing on Amazon. I bought it immediately, (though must admit it’s been on my shelf for over a year) and finally got around to reading it when I needed something set in Southern USA for a reading challenge.

 

As it turned out, I absolutely loved this book. Captured my attention right from the start, with its characters and unique plot. Though I did get a bit confused every now and then as to what the connections where between the three families and how everyone tied together. Steeped in history, magic and intrigue the plot was fantastic.

 

MC, Barrie has a unique ability of being able to find things and not being able to rest until things are found, which leads her to being dragged into a plot by her cousin to help find the cousin’s lost family fortune. There’s all kinds of reasons why this is a very very bad idea, according to handsome neighbour and new boyfriend Eight (who has his own unique ability and twisty turny history with the cousin’s family) but Barrie’s compulsion to find things always seems to win. There’s a ton of drama, swoony swoony romance. And some brilliant family history going back to Civil War days.

 

An absolutely beautifully written paranormal angle as well, involving some breath taking description, though some tough and uncomfortable history to swallow.

 

Completely captivating and brilliant book.

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review 2015-11-16 11:14
DNF: Gilded
Gilded - Christina L. Farley

I received a copy from Netgalley. 

 

DNFing at 14%. Not really read enough to write much of a review. I just know that I don't like it. I'm not wowed by the main character. I don't like the style of the writing. I find the random Korean words and phrases thrown in (probably going for authenticity) jarring and distracting. I was really looking forward to something based on Korean mythology, something I know absolutely nothing about and therefore was quite excited to see in a YA novel, This book is not just working for me.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Skyscape and Two Lions for approving my request to view the title. 

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review 2015-05-23 12:38
Review: Stormwalker
Stormwalker - Allyson James

A great start to a series.

 

This book has pretty much everything I look for in an Urban Fantasy. Kick ass heroine, great mythology and world building, murder mystery side plot, sex on legs love interest, and sizzling romance. 

 

Check, check, check and double check on the love interest and romance. 

 

Janet has a strange superpower from iffy origins...she's a Stormwalker, she can control storms - rain and lightning, etc. The whole thing is steeped in the most wonderful Navajo mythology. On again/Off again boyfriend Mick is sexy and mysterious with a wickedly hot superpower of his own.

 

Starting off with an action packed punch, Janet is renovating an old hotel not far off from where she grew up. Along with being asked to come and investigate the disappearance of a Police Chief's daughter. Right off there's magical trouble, the reader is dropped right into the book's mythology and world building. Which lands her in hot water with the new local Sheriff. 

 

I loved the mythology, the way the magic is weaved into the plot and how normal it is in these people' lives. The only character I really did not like was Nash Jones, the new Sheriff in town. The man is an asshole right from the start and doesn't let up. Refuses to believe Janet no matter what, even when magic and superpowers are used right in front of him. It got very frustrating.

 

Janet and Mick's relationship was well written, intriguing and not without emotional background drama which made the book all the more compelling. Mick has plenty of supernatural secrets and powers of his own. All which come into play as the novel progresses. And there were some deliciously hot sex scenes. 

 

There were parts towards the end of the book where the magic and world building did get a little ludicrous and made me giggle a lot because it got to be so silly. Still, a solid start to a series with great characters. Definitely a series I will be looking forward to continuing.

 

Crosses off a Square for Spring 2015 Bookish Bingo - Rain or Storm in title. 

 

 

 

 

 

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