Playing with Fire
on Aug. 29, 2017
Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover!
I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review.
When I first saw the cover, I wondered what I'd gotten myself into. I cannot be more honest than to tell the authors to invest in a quality cover because the current one doesn't do it justice! THIS BOOK WAS GREAT!
I enjoyed the characters, even the offensive techie, Rook. Of course, my favorite was the female protagonist, Renee.
I thought the use of magic and spells was refreshing. The variances in talents and how they interplayed in the world was cool. I am intrigued to learn more about the background story to Renee and the history of the magical families introduced to us in this book. I am thankful it is a series and looking forward to uncovering more information in book 2!
I highly recommend it for those interested in urban fantasy or paranormal crime stories! It was well-paced and entertaining all the way through!
Fly by Night
on Aug. 29, 2017
Into the Mind of Rook: a smart-mouthed criminal techie!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The story and characters we were introduced to in book one of the series, PLAYING WITH FIRE, are brought back to us in this fun read. However, this time, we are seeing life through Rook, which is fascinating. You get to see events and characters from book one in a whole new perspective, and Rooks personal dialogue is humorous.
This novel ticks all the boxes you'd expect for an urban fantasy crime story. There's plenty of action, double-crossing, and murder, as well as, entertaining conversations and relationship complexities. There are still some unanswered questions about certain relationships, but I'm okay with that since I know there's going to be at least another book in the series! And, no, it doesn't diminish the storyline in any way. It sort of added to the plot for me.
I have to say that, of all the characters, my favorite is Grace. She really resonated with me. Perhaps because she is a shapeshifter with her 'were' animal being a cat (*snort* - I am so a cat lady), but mainly because she is talented, intelligent, strong, and compassionate. I liked Renee because she was not only fascinating but she had a strength most people couldn't muster. I like Medium because he was so innocent, even when he wasn't. Rook and Stone I liked equally. Their discord not only added to the story for me, but I enjoyed seeing how they were actually cut from the mold, though in different ways. Meaning, one is neither better nor worse than the other - just shaped to react differently by circumstances of their lives - though, to me, they're different aspects of the same guy in many ways.
I definitely recommend this book. It has some curve balls you will certainly miss until they're revealed and it will keep your interest. It was a really fun book to read and I am looking forward to continuing the series! Well done!