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Shadow Flare (Ruby Calloway #2) By: D.N. Erikson

Shadow Flare (Ruby Calloway #2) By: D.N. Erikson

Plot:

Magical cults are better left alone. Especially when they’ve got friends in high places.

When twenty-three bodies are discovered on the edge of the Fallout Zone, the FBI calls in Ruby Callaway and Colton Roark to investigate. From the powerful dark magic branded into the bodies, Ruby quickly determines those responsible: the Crusaders of Paradisum. Which is impossible, considering Ruby killed their Crusading Prophet, scattering the cult to the wind over a century ago.

But some people just don’t know when to stay dead – especially when they’ve made new friends in powerful places. And that’s a problem Ruby needs to fix.

Before it kills her first.

Review:

It took me a while to get into this book. Part of that is that I had two library books I had to read before I could read this and since they were cozy mysteries it took me a little while to shift gears. Part of it was also because it used a plot device I’m not overly fond of, it started off with an action scene and then flashed back twenty-four hours. Hawaii Five-0 does that a lot and it’s started to annoy me.

Anyway, by fifty-five percent into the book I was invested and interested again. I wish there was a bit more world building and a bit more detail. There was also a lot going on, with multiple life and death plots which made it slightly hard to keep up with what was going on and what action had to do with which plot.

All in all, it wasn’t as good as the first book, but I’m still invested in the series and looking forward to the third and final book.

3/5

One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2) By: Rachel Aaron

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One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers #2) By: Rachel Aaron

Plot:

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side.

Review:

There was a ton going on in this book, lot of immenent death, and seers manipulating the future, and dimensional travel. There was a new dragon introduced that was fun, she wasn’t as evil as the other dragons seem to be. I like the dragons that aren’t as one dimensional, but so far it seems like most of them are, though Justin isn’t bad. He’s just young and stupid so you kind of expect him to act the way he does. I really hate Bethesda, she’s just so stupid. I don’t think I’m supposed to think she is, but that’s all I can think.

Julius was still great and while Marci isn’t growing on me I don’t hate her. She had some small development this book but still not too interested in her.

Bob is awesome.

Didn’t really see the end coming so that was nice. I’m curious to see how things are going to turn out with what happened at the end. I doubt it’s going to be pretty.

4/5

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) By: Rachel Aaron

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Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) By: Rachel Aaron

Plot:

As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…

Review:

I’ve been going through books I’ve downloaded but not read and I discovered this one. I remember reading the sample for this and liking it but for whatever reason I didn’t read it as soon as I downloaded it.

I love when I find a good book I’d forgotten about. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the world created. It was fun and interesting and I loved that Julius was nice, basically a goodie two shoes, but life was so hard for him. I hate when people say it’s easy for the people that always choose good to be good. You can see how much Julius suffers because of it but it doesn’t make his character boring, you feel for him and it’s fun to see him start to stand up for himself.

The side characters were hit or miss for me. I liked the dragons, but I thought that Marci was just eh. She wasn’t annoying or stupid she just didn’t really do anything for me. She’s got potential so we’ll see what happens.

Really liked the book and I’ve already started to next.

4/5

Witch for Hire (Witch for Hire #1) By: N.E. Conneely

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Witch for Hire (Witch for Hire #1) By: N.E. Conneely

Plot:

Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a warlock who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents. Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it’s another day at the office. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces. And she still hasn’t found those trolls.
Review:

This was a pleasant surprise. I honestly can’t remember when I got this book, it’s been sitting on my kindle for a long time apparently.

First off, the world that was created was fleshed out and felt new and interesting. Well, maybe not new, but it wasn’t just your typical add supernatural elements and stir. The supernatural has always existed and humans at some point had been slaves. There was history and little things for each species, it was interesting and fresh for me.

Second, I really liked how the story progressed. You were basically just following Michelle around in her life with no indication that anything bigger might happen. It was fairly chill up until the end and even that wasn’t too balls to the wall. It was a nice change of pace from constant action in an urban fantasy, but it was by no means boring. Getting to see the world and all that was going on made things fun.

Those two points really made me enjoy the book. Michelle as a character isn’t anything amazing, but she has the possibility to grow on me. There were also a few other characters that I enjoyed, though, I hope the secrecy around her parents isn’t dragged out.

All in all, I’m excited to have found this book and I’m looking forward to the next.

4/5