I am a fan of Melissa F. Olson’s Scarlett Bernard series, so when I saw she had a new series coming out I instantly preordered it. If I already know that I like the author and the book is in the same genre I generally don’t read the summary because they often have spoilers in them. So it was a very pleasant surprise when I started listening to Boundary Crossed and discovered it is set in the same world as the Scarlett Bernard series.
The best way to describe my feelings towards this series in general is love-hate. It felt even moreso while reading the third book, THE CURSE DEFIERS. It’s not a bad book, not even a bad series, it’s just becoming more and more obvious that it’s not for me.
Turns out I don’t have a lot to say about UNBORN. It was an interesting story, a little fallen angel, some Greek gods thrown in, and some nasty evil types that like to feed on souls and leave the unsuspecting human empty and free for possession by evil.
When I saw THE SOURCE come up for review, I remembered how much I loved The Line, how it kept me so wrapped up at the end that I literally couldn’t put it down for the last 100 pages or so. That memory had me making grabby hands toward the second in the series. I wish I could say I was as pulled in this time, but the truth is, I wasn’t.
When I finished the first book of The Curse Keepers series, I was on the fence about whether or not I was going to continue. When I saw THE CURSE BREAKERS come up on the review list, though, I picked it up without hesitation. For all my meh about the first book, I was intrigued about where the plot would go to pick it back up.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from THE LINE. I’d never heard of the author before, but I’ve had a thing for witches since long before a wizard named Harry entered the literary world so I thought why not give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.
I really wanted to like THE CURSE KEEPERS. It sounded like it had everything I look for when it comes to searching out new authors: a romance, a few ghosts, curses, ancient magic – right up my literary alley. Unfortunately, I wasn’t all that pleasantly surprised with THE CURSE KEEPERS. It had its moments, but not enough to make me chair dance while I read.
SEVEN KINDS OF HELL is the first full length novel in the Fangborn series, but it’s not the first story set in this world. I’ve read and reviewed two short stories set in the Fangborn universe (there have been four–see the series tab below for links) and was thrilled to get to jump into a more expansive novel featuring an archaeologist no less (possibly my favorite literary profession), along with the Stueben siblings from the short stories. I’m sorry to say I was less thrilled by the somewhat staid story and rather bland characters.