This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Stalked by Flames! It’s Dancing with Flames by Susan Illene!
Plot Synopsis: Dragons are on the warpath. Two heroes will risk everything to protect the ones they love. Bailey Monzac slays dragons. Between her imperviousness to their flames and the training she received from the shape-shifter Aidan, Bailey can finally hold her own. When her ally is called away for clan business, the slayer must go solo to investigate a horrifying case of children being abducted by dragons. And the only way she can find them is by killing a whole lot of the fire-breathing beasts. Aidan’s father is dying. The pendragon will appoint a successor through a brutal competition, and Aidan may be the only one willing to play by the rules. Escaping with his life could be his toughest challenge yet.
Plot: After having become a full Dragon Slayer at the end of the first book, Bailey is now a full fledged badass, and she now knows that. This entry is pretty great as it expands on Aidan’s life with his clan, while we see Bailey deal with her own problems as a growing Dragon Slayer. I was thoroughly hooked to the series by the end of this book, so that should tell you something.
Characters: We get to meet a few new characters, but Phoebe is probably my favorite side character in this entry. She definitely has much more of a presence in this book than in the first. That all being said I found Aidan and Bailey to be my favorites overall.
Overall: An excellent sequel, this series has quickly risen to the upper reaches of my watch lists. For any Urban Fantasy fans, you’ll love this series.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Action, Drama, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first entry in a series I found recently. It’s Stalked by Flames, Book 01 of the Dragon’s Breath series, by Susan Illene!
Plot Synopsis: Bailey Monzac has just graduated college and is leaving town for her parents’ ranch in Texas when a massive earthquake unleashes the unthinkable on the world: fire-breathing dragons. Chaos erupts as people flee for their lives…
Plot: The plot of this first book was pretty awesome and had me hooked after the first chapter. I found the switching between points of view between the two leads, Bailey and Aiden to be very interesting. It gave great insight to their respective perspectives. The plot wasn’t Sanderson quality amazing, but it wasn’t far below that.
Characters: Bailey is a kick ass female lead, something that longtime readers of my columns will know I always enjoy. Aiden on the other hand is a pretty awesome male lead, but not quite what I was expecting either. The rest of the cast is pretty great as well, Conrad was my favorite of the side characters.
Overall: This is an excellent Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy series, that will satisfy lovers of either genre.
For those who like: Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy, Dragons, Magic, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Dragon Marked. It’s Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve!
Plot Synopsis: When the formidable power of Jessa Lebron’s mark was unleashed, during her impulsive foray into Vanguard, the American supernatural prison, she learned the truth. She’s a dual shifter: wolf, and as an added bonus, dragon – of the fluffy persuasion. Yep, she’s one special cupcake. Now, pursued by the Four, powerful hunters of the dragon marked, she has no choice but to run. At least she has her impossibly gorgeous and infuriating best friends by her side, the Compass quads. Not only are they powerful and hella useful in a fight, but most of the time they’re also semi-entertaining too.
Plot: The plot of this entry wasn’t as good as the first, in fact it was pretty troperific. It had so many stereotypes pop up that I was actually really annoyed by the end of the book. I’m still debating whether I’ll listen to the final book after how bad this entry was.
Characters: We get introduced to a couple new people, but mostly it focuses on the people we knew from Book 01. The newcomers were all pretty annoying to me for the most part.
Overall: A pretty mediocre sequel, you may want to pass on it.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I stumbled across recently in my local library. It’s Dragon Marked, Book 01 of the Supernatural Prison series, by Jaymin Eve!
Plot Synopsis: There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey. Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.
Plot: The plot is fairly good, it’s nothing like Sanderson levels of amazing, but it’s hundreds of times better than something like Twilight. This all being said I had a fun time with this book and I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.
Characters: The cast of characters is pretty interesting, although my favorite is probably Jessa because of her take no bullshit attitude. That being said the Compass brothers are pretty awesome too. The rest of the cast is great, although there are some things that could probably be improved with some of the other side characters.
Overall: This was a fairly fun book, probably a great read for young adult readers. More mature readers may find it less appealing.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Magic, Vampires, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Fae, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the second book in the Chicagoland Vampire Series. It’s Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill!
Plot Synopsis: Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite. But once the public learns about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly—the citizens might start sharpening their stakes.
Cadogan House Master, vampire Ethan Sullivan, wants Merit, the House’s newest Novitiate, to reconnect with her upper-class family and work with the city’s other supernaturals to keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media.
Plot: The plot gets pretty intense fairly quickly and it’s quite a satisfying entry in the series. There are some parts I don’t enjoy, but that’s because of the use of certain romantic tropes.
Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters in this book, my favorite being Gabriel. That being said Ethan and Merit are still their snarky selves and I enjoy the heck out of them as well. Jeff is still another favorite and hopefully he’ll continue to be so in future books.
Overall: This is an excellent entry in a series that’s shaping up to be quite awesome.
This week I’m covering another Urban Fantasy book series, it’s the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill.
Plot Synopsis: Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Plot: The plot isn’t amazing, but it’s not terrible either. It’s okay.
Characters: Merit has plenty of snark and that makes her a great narrator for this series.
Overall: If you like Urban Fantasy and don’t mind only a decent plot you should read this series.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Action, Drama, Decent Plot, Excellent Characters.