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Professionally, I've been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I've never worked in that field. It's anybody's guess what I'll be when I grow up.
Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It's one I've finally gotten to spend a significant amount of time on while I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease.
Donna K. Weaver
on Dec. 23, 2013 :
WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Being a half-blood is inconvenient on a good day, especially when the half you got from your mother is werewolf. Valeriah can’t take wolf form, but the full moon still fills her with manic energy. Running helps; a tired werewolf is a good werewolf.
Living perennially caught between two worlds--human and werewolf, magic and non-magic--doesn't leave much room for love. That suits Valeriah just fine. She's never had any luck with that anyway.
Until her cousin’s life is threatened, that is, and out of necessity she accepts the help of a mysterious young man to protect Cristel. Rolf is everything that makes Valeriah's pulse speed up in spite of herself. Now, with Cristel's life in the balance, is the worst possible time for that kind of complication.
But Rolf's secrets could destroy her trust and that might cost her life.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The way the story unfolds and we're introduced to this magical world--knowing there's a human nonmagical world just across the way is fun--especially when they have to go back and forth. I enjoyed watching Valeriah have to work with her more violent wolfish tendencies and it was an interesting opposite to her cousin Cristel. Their history and the truth about what happened to Val's family is tragic and made my blood boil.
And Rolf? Yeah. He's got secrets. Nice twist.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2012 :
This is a suspense story, a heart-warming romance novel and a delightful romp through two worlds; one of which is a magical universe and the other is the everyday world of southern California. With dragons, unicorns and werewolves, along with their hybrid offspring mixing it up with cops and newsmen. Once into the story, it is hard to put down, as it reveals magical mysteries, a romance and a trek to unlock the secret of portals between the two universes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 20, 2012 :
This is a fantasy story, so I can't really get away with calling it enchanting. But it is a plain fact that once I started reading it, I could not stop until I had finished the entire book in one evening.
I think balanced is a good word to use when describing this book. It presents a truly magical alternate reality, while keeping the characters who inhabit that magic realm realistic enough for the reader to identify with them. It's insidious. You are halfway through the fourth chapter before you realize that you can't get loose. The romance aspect is carried out in a touching manner, but without getting bogged down in mush.
(reviewed the day of purchase)