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review 2014-01-08 18:27
New Release Review: Forsaken by Jacquelyn Frank
Forsaken - Jacquelyn Frank

There's something to be said when you finish a book and immediately want the next book in the series. Jacquelyn Frank's The World of the Nightwalkers books is just that kind of series. The Nightwalkers are a breed of supernatural beings that dwell in the night. Each book focuses on one specific couple. The lead couple in Forsaken is the human mercenary Leo Alvarez and his Night Angel love interest Faith.

 

The story picks up immediately after the events of the previous book where Leo was introduced to the world of the Nightwalkers in a rather nasty and painful way. Leo is scarred, both mentally and physically. He is recovering at the Nightwalkers' Arizona compound surrounded by his "family" Docia (Tameri) and Jackson (Menes).

 

In this book Leo and Faith seek out the assistance of a powerful Djynn after an attack on the compound leaves Jackson mortally wounded. I think I enjoyed this part the most - Gray the Mavid was a very impressive character. I loved how Leo and Faith had to bargain with the djynn who wanted them to go on an impossible task in order to secure his help.

 

Leo and Faith were wonderful together. The attraction is strong and Leo fights it constantly. At some points, I thought that Leo was being an ass. Their love does win out and the sex is hot and steamy. The ending brought tears to my eyes, it was so nicely done.

 

Apep the villain just gets more and more evil as the series progresses. He is also so very full of himself, too. Apep took on the form of a woman and he ponders the limitations of this form:

"This form is so limiting," Apep observed, once again inspecting himself in the mirror. "I can't sense things as well as I should. It's seriously curtailing my omniscience. However as time goes on it should improve. I am, after all, me."

I think that one of the things that I love about this series is that it is based upon Egyptian mythology. Each Nightwalker carries the soul of an Egyptian god and is hosted within a human body. The human blends with the Egyptian soul and benefits from that soul's power and knowledge. I also like the variety of paranormal creatures in this series. There's gargoyles, flying horses, djynn, angels and more.

 

Forsaken is a strong addition to The World of the Nightwalkers series. I'm so glad that Forged is coming out in April.

 

Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for a review copy of this book.

 

Review posted at Badass Book Reviews.

 

Note - trigger warning - there is a male rape scene in this book.

Source: badassbookreviews.com/new-release-review-forsaken-by-jacquelyn-frank
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review 2013-06-28 00:00
Forever - Jacquelyn Frank This review was originally posted on my Alaskan Bookie Website at:http://alaskanbookie.com/review/forever/This is the story of Jackson Waverly and Menes. Jackson was a police officer who was killed while trying to protect his sister. When he first crossed over, he was met by an ancient Egyptian spirit named Menes. The spirit gave him a choice, he could continue onto the other side or he could return to his life. The catch: If he returns to his life, he will have to share his body with Menes. Both men would exist inside Jackson and they would share his life.Jackson had his own problems and drama in his life, now he will add all the things the former pharaoh, Menes, has going on too. Menes is in love with his wife Hatshepsut and theirs is a love that has traversed centuries and many bodywalker pairings. Each time they are joined into another body, Menes will hunt for Hatshepsut and woo her into loving him all over again. He has to woo her because when she is awakened she will also be joined with another person and the other person has to learn to love Menes as well.The whole centuries old love that Menes and Hatshepsut have is an awesome story in itself. Jackson is a stubborn man and he is not going to just give up control of himself to Menes without a fight. He understands he made a choice to share, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his own feelings and desires that he wants to see fulfilled. Especially his desire for Dr. Marissa Anderson. Dr. Anderson is a healthy vibrant woman, not someone who is about to die. In order for Hatshepsut to be reborn, she has to have a willing vessel, one that is on the brink of death. Will Jackson have to put his own feelings and desires aside so Menes can find a willing vessel or will Menes yield to Jackson’s desire for Dr. Anderson? Will they come to some sort of agreement before it’s too late?I love how Jacquelyn Frank draws out the romance between her characters. You really get a buildup of action, drama, and romance before they move onto the more intimate relationships. The world building is also great. Lots of background information is dealt out in smaller chunks so you don’t feel overwhelmed or like you are reading a history book. I loved all the Egyptian stuff woven into the story. I especially love the interaction between Jackson and Menes. It was like putting two type ‘A’ chefs together to make one chocolate dessert from scratch! Each man has his own recipes and own way of doing things, but they will accomplish nothing if they don’t learn to cooperate. Once they start to cooperate, maybe, just maybe, they can learn from each other. And once they perfect their technique, will they use it to lure the enticing Dr. Marissa to their side? This is the second book in the World of Nightwalker’s series and I highly recommend that you read the first one Forbidden before you read this. Although not impossible to follow along, I believe the background you get from the first book will really help you to understand what is happening in the second. My final thought: This book was awesome and you should get a copy and read it today!
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review 2013-06-23 00:00
Forbidden - Jacquelyn Frank,Xe Sands This review was originally published on my Alaskan Bookie Website at:http://alaskanbookie.com/review/forbidden-2/My ReviewI loved this new world created by Jacquelyn Frank. It is not exactly a new world, but an introduction to new ‘creatures’ in the same world as her other ‘Nightwalkers’ series. (Guess that’s why it is called World of Nightwalkers so you will know the difference.) You could read this book without reading any of the other Nightwalker series books and not feel like you are left in the dark. This is a totally different type of Nightwalker being, one that shares two souls, called Bodywalkers. Each time one of the Bodywalkers die, it is one hundred years before they can be eligible for resurrection. The King and Queen of the Bodywalkers have a romance that goes way back. They are so in love with each other that they cannot imagine a life without the other. Every time they are resurrected, they find each other and fall in love all over again. It has been one hundred years since the King and Queen have walked the Earth, so their time has arrived to be resurrected. So when Docia shows up with a strong Bodywalker soul, they believe her to be their Queen, and the others know the king will not be far behind.Because there had been no mention of the Bodywalkers in any of her previous books, I wasn’t sure that Ms. Frank was going to this series to the others, but she does. That should lead to a totally epic story when she gets all the Nightwalkers tied together. In the meantime, this was a great start for the World of the Nightwalkers series and I look forward to the next in the series.The Narration ReviewI listened to this story as an audiobook, narrated by Xe Sands. This is not the first book I have listened to narrated by Xe Sands and I am sure it won’t be the last. For those that have not heard Xe’s narration before I will tell you she has a rich voice (think dark chocolate truffles) and great diction. Just like you would expect get many different types of chocolate assorted chocolates in a box, Xe is able to bring a full cast of characters from the book into her narration.
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review 2013-05-27 00:00
Didn't get the premise
Forbidden - Jacquelyn Frank,Xe Sands

This is my first book by Ms. Frank. I enjoyed it somewhat but I had some problems with the premise so now I'm not sure I'll continue reading the series.

I didn't fully understand the business of the two souls - it didn't ring true to me no matter the explanations. I also didn't like how Ms. Frank goes on and on with internal dialogue in the middle of action scenes. Several times I was like...get moving! The bad guys are coming!

Xe Sands rocked the narration - her male voices are amazing - so I'll be sure to look for more of her narrations. Just not sure they will be by this author.

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review 2013-05-26 00:00
Forbidden - Jacquelyn Frank 4.5 stars
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