It was kind of addictive. I started the book and several times decided to stop but couldn't, because I wanted to know how it will end. So I finished it and now I have no idea how to rate it.
The beginning was quite interesting and mysterious. Veronica gets dumped by his cheating boyfriend and suddenly sees a handsome young man, who is wearing a kilt. The next moment the man disappears. A bit later Veronica travels to Scotland with her friend Mackenna, who has inherited her aunts cottage. In Scotland Veronica again sees the same man and hears about Doon - a magical land hidden behind a veil of mist, which can be visited only once in a hundred years. The village people are sure that Mackenna's aunt was one of the people who had seen Doon with her own eyes.
When girls find aunt's diary and the rings, Veronica decides to prove that Doon exists. Mackenna doesn't believe in it but plays along, so that Veronica could go on after she realizes Doon is just a fairytale.
It turns out Doon is real and before you know the girls are thrown into a dungeon, accused by being the accomplices to a witch, who has tries to destroy Doon for centuries. Veronica's dream man turns out to be the crown prince of Doon, who can't stand the girl and acts like a total jerk.
Doon was a weird place with indoor plumbing, sword fights, sushi, and carriages. At first it was so strange, but there was a rather good explanation of this mixing of centuries.
Some days ago I moaned about the lack of books with true female friendship, well Veronica and Mackenna were really good friends. But the girls themselves were ... I don't have good enough word for this. Some examples maybe:
[spoiler]* they don't like their looks but think the other one is absolutely gorgeous.
* Mackenna has no time or patience to read her aunt's diary. She's stomping around the room and singing hits from musicals while Veronica is reading the diary.
* They are accused of witchcraft and instead of keeping her mouth shut, Mackenna threatens a man with some "Disney magic".
* The other time she decides to be silent and let Veronica speak, but opens her big mouth anyway and makes things worse again.[/spoiler]
Veronica plays a martyr almost the whole story.
[spoiler]* She believes it's her duty to save Doon without saying anything to Mackenna or James.
* Although James tells her, that he is a grown up and for once would like to make his own decisions (it turns out when you are a crown prince, your whole life is planned before your birth), Veronica just takes his choices away, because she "knows" what is best for James and Doon.
* She also makes assumptions without knowing all the facts and almost kills everyone.
And James, I actually thought he was bipolar. His mood swings were confusing as hell. Later I understood his behaviour but his stalling was annoying.
I actually liked Duncan, Fiona, and Fergus. They had some sense and although some things were so obvious, those didn't bother me as much as all that stuff I wrote before.
I so hoped it to be a 5 star read because of Scotland, travelling to a fairytale land, magic, but unfortunately it wasn't so.
I spent a sleepless night reading the story. I kid you not, I've slept only three hours because I couldn't put the book down. Thank heavens I'm on holiday.
Uprooted was fantastic. Almost perfect. The world was so deliciously creepy. The Wood, the tower, even the castle was like a never ending spookfest. And I loved it - the tension, the danger. Absolutely freaking amazing. And it got even better because Agnieszka was the best heroine ever. I liked her magic and the way she destroyed her gowns. A true heroine with substance. But the best was her friendship with Kasia. I reveled in it because there are so few books about true friendship between females. A lot of books I've read have been about girls or women in men's world. Or when a female character has a female friend it usually ends with tears and backstabbing.
I'm too tired and rambling already. I give it 4.5 stars. And the reason is the big battle at the end of the story. As I said before, I love tension and danger and the book can have death but this was just a meaningless slaughter.
Still, great book. Read it.
This book was so damn slow. Nothing actually happened and the characters were just weird. The main character was 27 but sometimes she acted like a teenager. Then there was her best friend, who met a man and a few days later she basically lived with a guy. Who does that?
And the Master Vampire Ethan was a jerk. I actually wanted Merit to stake him. Who dresses an unconscious woman into a cocktail dress and gives her a manicure? A pervert? A serial killer? And later Ethan had the nerve to pimp Merit. I was so mad I wanted to scream.
The only aspects of the book I liked, were the fact that Merit was reluctant to be a vampire, and the house system the vampires had.
I'm not sure whether to read the second book or not. Tell me if it's worth the while.
The magical world stands on the brink of war, unless two extraordinary shifters can bridge the gulf between them.
Dire wolf shifter and Shifter Tribunal agent Rayne Chekal poses as a prisoner to take down an illegal auction house that trafficks in shifters. Arvik Inuktan, agent for the Wizard Imperium and secret mythic shifter, infiltrated the auction staff with the same mission objective.
Rayne finds him sexy as hell, but confusing. Her inner wolf says they're in the mating dance, but to her, it feels more like a flailing tumble down the stairs. Arvik finds her irresistible, smart, and gorgeous. His inner beasts say Rayne is their mate, but he realizes he must track down his dark, forgotten past if he hopes to have a future with her.
However, when the auction house falls, they open a whole new can of worms. War is coming. Separated, they must figure out what they can do to stop this, and hope the other can forgive them for the choices they're forced to make.
When Rayne and Arvik meet on the battlefield, can they overcome their differences and work together to stop the evil, or will this war engulf the magical world?
Continue the enthralling paranormal romance with Dire Wolf Wanted, the fourth book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.
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Dire Wolf Wanted is a complete story with an HEA and no cliffhanger, but your reading experience will be enhanced if you've read Shift of Destiny and Heart of a Dire Wolf first.
Excitement and adventure keep readers on the edge of their seat throughout the thrilling romance. Arvik and Rayne are more than they seem and this story quickly escalates as they both unleash their true selves to take on the bad guys and these strong, fascinating characters easily pulls readers right along with them. Some differences and some difficult choices will have to be overcome if they have any chance of a happy ever after but the chemistry sizzles and the passion heats things up even as circumstances force them apart which keeps readers wondering throughout this suspenseful romance.
The fast pace and smooth flowing plot ensures readers enjoy the thrills and adrenaline pumping intrigue throughout the story with daring escapes, rescues and an exhilarating battle that unites the lovers despite the fact that they are on opposing sides. This fascinating and wonderfully unique shifter world is a delightful reading experience that tantalize readers with magic, romance, action and suspense.
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Dire Wolf Wanted is the 4th book in the Ice Age Shifters series
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1 Shifter Mate Magic
2 Shift of Destiny
3 Heart of a Dire Wolf
4 Dire Wolf Wanted
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Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist. Be the first to know about new releases by signing up for her newsletter at bit.ly/CVN-news or read her blog at Author.CarolVanNatta.com, or find her on Facebook at CarolVanNattaAuthor.
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