AND BLUE SKIES FROM PAIN, the second book in Stina Leicht’s The Fey and The Fallen series is beautifully written and brings a supernatural undertone to a violent era in 1970’s Ireland. I was curious about how the paranormal aspects would fit in with such a complex and tumultuous point in history. What I found interesting was the parallels of politics and conflict brought about by mistrust and ingrained prejudices among the Catholic Church with the Fey (which they consider to be demons) and the Protestant and Catholic conflicts in Ireland. Throughout the book the slightest misstep could spell war for the Fey and the Church which masterfully matched the underlying pressures felt by people in Ireland.
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From page one FEVER simmers with danger, chemistry, and Alpha hero deliciousness. And despite all that action, Swan still does a fantastic job having her characters navigate this steamy plot without sacrificing their depth. Well-executed romance with a light paranormal frosting, these two characters could have spent the entire book on a deserted island and I’d still be eagerly turning pages.
Though Paranormal YA abounds with magical teens in special boarding schools, Rachel McClellan takes a different tact. In FRACTURED LIGHT we meet her heroine while Llona is still in her cocoon, hiding her powers amidst the anonymity of high school and struggling to define her future.
A DEMON DOES IT BETTER takes place at Crying Souls Hospital where magical beings come to be healed. Much of the comedy in this book came from the antics, patients, and hospital staff at this ‘magical being-only’ hospital. The comedic moments were necessary to balance some of the disturbing and intense events which occurred in the prison-like hospital ward. While Lili tried to unravel the mystery of several disappearances at Crying Souls, the one mystery that held most of my attention was Jared’s imprisonment.
While I am a big fan of the whole Hunter Kiss series, I have always had a particular soft spot for Maxine’s boys. THE MORTAL BONE is their book, and I could not be happier with it. The seismic upsets of A WILD LIGHT are still sending out little aftershocks, but THE MORTAL BONE is one of the most linear and accessible books in the series. Not that it won’t test your assumptions, not that it won’t break your heart… but it will do so in a straightforward and easy to follow manner.
A short, sweet little novella to tide me over until the next full length Elder Races book comes out, TRUE COLORS emphasizes the “romance” in Paranormal Romance. Though we get a street level view of two Wyrs with normal jobs, and the introduction of a new, unexpected Wyr breed, the focus in TRUE COLORS is more a universal humanity of attraction rather than the Elder Races mythology.