Series: The Shadowminds #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Carina Press on April 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Libbie
Cass Weatherfield’s powers come with a deadly price.
Cass knows it was her telekinetic gift that killed a college classmate five years back, even if no one else believes her. She’s lived in hiding from her fellow shadowminds ever since, plagued by guilt and suppressing her abilities with sedatives. Until the night her past walks back into her life in the form of sexy Shane Tanner, the ex-boyfriend who trained her…and the one she left without saying goodbye.
When Shane tells her that his twin sister, Mina—Cass’s childhood friend—is missing, Cass vows to help, which means returning to New Orleans to use her dangerous skills in the search. But finding Mina only leads to darker questions. As Cass and Shane race to learn who is targeting shadowminds, they find themselves drawn to each other, body and soul. Just as their powerful intimacy reignites, events take a terrifying turn, and Cass realizes that to save the people she loves, she must embrace the powers that ruined her life.
Something I love about the paranormal world lately is that authors seem to be shying away from copycat success and really taking paranormal elements and, to quote Rose Hathaway, making them their bitch. TWISTED MIRACLES is a good example. Larrieu takes some elements of mind magic, adds a few twists of her own and makes a wholly enjoyable universe.
I think what I enjoyed most about TWISTED MIRACLES were the characters. Cass has power she doesn’t want and tries to run away from it. That works about as well as it ever does because there’s something different about her powers. Something destructive. Larrieu does a good job of making this difference a hurdle Cass has to jump rather than something that tickles the Mary Sue nerve. Cass struggles with what she is, with what she can do (and has done) and then has to work even harder to control it. She makes good and bad choices along the way, which makes for a great trip into her universe.
The supporting characters are just as richly developed as Cass. Shane, Lionel and Bruce, Mina and Jackson all add to the TWISTED MIRACLES universe with their own spin on how they see the world in general and their converter community specifically. I had to warm up a little to Shane but I did eventually. He’s trying to understand Cass, and his initial doubt just gives him more depth – much more than the automatic “I believe you, baby” would have.
And for anyone who’s read Larrieu’s novella, Anchored…yes, there’s a cameo.
It might have taken me a little time for TWISTED MIRACLES to put its hooks into me, but once it did, I was a goner and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
- Twisted Miracles