4 of 5 stars to ‘Fury of Obsession’ by Coreene Callahan

Fury of obsession

 

Fun-filled cliche

Venom craves touch and longs to find a mate to call his own and share his life with. Life has never been easy for him though, especially when his very touch is lethal to all others. So when he stumbles across Evelyn Foxe, Venom can’t believe the turn of events. She is his perfect match in every way. The only person who is immune to the toxins of his touch.

The connection is instant and strong, but Venom is terrified of losing Evelyn if he reveals too much too soon. He plans to woo her before he unveils the truth of their fated connection and introduces her into the Night fury world. But then someone unleashes a biological weapon in Evelyn’s hometown and Venom knows he must act or risk losing her.

There’s an easy cadence to this series that overrides the romance formula writing and hooks you. This novel is rife with cliche metaphors, redundant clauses and cheesy alliteration and yet it remains enticing. It’s an easy read and the fantasy world created by Callahan is rich and fun-filled, with a huge dose of masculinity. The female lead in this novel was very one dimensional and cast as a typical female in distress, but the formula still worked well, making this a fun read.

5 of 5 stars to ‘Queen of shadows’ by Sarah J Maas

Queen of shadows

Crescendo

It was Celaena Sardothien who left for Wendolyn but not she who returns. Forged by fire and friendship, a new woman – a queen – returns in her place. Will Aelin Galathynius finally defeat the evil King of Adarlan? Will she free her friends from their torture? Will she finally take her rightful place as Queen of Terrasen?

The first few chapters of this, the fourth installment in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series had me worried. After having journeyed with Celaena through the first three books, the beginning of this novel felt like a step back in terms of her character development. The woman who had shed blood, tears and fire to become a queen, seemed to have shriveled back into the shell that was Celaena Sardothien.
And then Rowan arrived…
The action snowballed into a crescendo, characters bloomed, and the plot reached a magnificent high. One of my favorite things about this particular novel is the way Maas has tied up the strings in the last few chapters. She knows exactly how to round off the story and leave a reader satisfied, while still creating excitement for the novels to come.

Once again, the fantasy aspects were thrilling and I loved the inclusion of magic. The witches added a darker dimension, but this time, with a hint of hope. The love angle was a little disturbing at first because of the expectations created in the first few novels around the characters of Chaol and Rowan, but Maas paced the relationship development well.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

5 of 5 stars to ‘The Shadow Prince’ by Stacey O’Neale

Shadow Prince

Fantastic start to a great series

Rowan, only heir to Queen Prisma of the Fire court has spent most of his life in the mortal world, training and perfecting the art of fire. When he receives the call to return to Avalon, Rowan is intrigued and also hesitant. Queen Prisma has decided to abdicate her throne to her son, but Rowan knows that where the cruel Queen is concerned, there have to be ulterior motives at play. And he is right. Queen Prisma has set one task for Rowan to complete before he ascends the throne, to kill the innocent halfling daughter of the Air court King. Can Rowan complete his evil task and can he face the consequences of his actions?

It’s short, but if this novella is any indication of the rest of the series, I’m very excited! O’Neale has created a wonderfully complex, vivid world in a few short pages, an outstanding achievement for any author. Rowan’s character is swoon-worthy romantic, with just the right amount of ‘boyishness’. I absolutely loved the banter between Rowan and the Hound. It revealed so many parts of his character without ‘telling’ and was humorous and very ‘male’ at the same time. The creation of the world was unique, the plot fast-paced, the writing superb.

This author is one to watch out for!

5 of 5 stars to Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

 

 

 

Throne of glass

Absolute perfection

 

Celaena Sardothien has barely survived a year of slave labor in the salt mines of Endovier, so when the Crown Prince offers her a chance at freedom, she jumps at the opportunity. The King has devised a competition for the court’s entertainment, to choose a new royal assassin. Celaena, as the Crown Prince’s champion, must train with the Captain of the Royal guard to fight in a competition to win the title and the promise of her freedom. But when the contestants start turning up dead, Celaena realizes there may be more at stake than she thought.

This novel has earned a spot on my favorite novels of all time list. Everything about it is like a superbly matured Merlot. The gentle growth of the relationships between Celaena, Captain Westfall and Prince Dorian  were expertly developed without being over-powering, the descriptions were beautiful without cliche, the plot was suspenseful and the action scenes were edge-of-your-seat. In one word: Perfection! I can’t wait to find out what Celaena gets up to next!