I found Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson quite by accident. I was looking to write a blog about #gargoyle books and I came across hers. So, I investigated. I found her book on Amazon. I tweeted her. She was kind enough to tweet back. Then, I downloaded Revelation to my iPhone Kindle app and off I went. I was doing so much reading, I had to read upside down to unkink my neck. No joke. She was nervous because we both love gargoyles, so it was fun tweeting her my progress as I read. Well, I have to say I loved this book. It has everything in it your paranormal heart could desire: gargoyles, angels, faeries, an assortment of demons and of course gargoyles, wait I said that already. There were so many things I liked about Revelation, so lets start with the main guy, Asher. Holy cow. Holy moly. Holy hotness.
This is what I saw when I read about Asher. Conflicted. Intense. Indigo eyes, she said. Jeans and white T-shirt, she said. Tattooed with a---- (you'll have to read that yourself).
But, I digress. Let's get to the center of the story. The focus is on Eve, an orphan raised by her maternal aunt, who has just begun college as a communications major stuck in a boring architecture class, where she meets Asher St. Michael (Mr. Indigo Eyes). He's infuriating. She's tenacious. His lips are more interesting than the professor's boring lecture on medieval building design. It doesn't take too long for Eve to realize something is up between her terrifyingly real nightmares and her inexplicable draw to Asher. She faces off with demon dogs and a bent gargoyle, all of whom are agents of Lucifer. Eve discovers she has a special place among humans and the paranormal creatures she encounters. Her ability to fulfill her destiny, or not, will affect everyone around her.
Bottom line, Randi has created fantastic characters and a great paranormal world.This is a wonderful new adult/young adult read. It was fast. Easy to get into. And can I say...THAT ENDING!! What?! I'm on to book two because I need to know what happens. I enjoyed this book until my neck hurt, so how could I give it less than 5 stars? Available @ Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.
Randi Cooley Wilson
Mark of the Princess by B.C. Morin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished reading Mark of the Princess from Kingdom Chronicles. I remember when the author B.C. Morin first started posting teasers about her novel series. She has created a very colorful world of faeries and mythical beings. In her fae world, the faeries carry marks on their skin, like a tattoo, that emerges as they develop their particular talent or power. The first novel revolves around Princess Alannah, whose mark is steeped in mystery. She is frustrated that she is maturing and doesn't know what her power is supposed to be. She has light hearted adventures with her companions Evyette, Tristan and Kaleb.
But life becomes dangerous and complicated by the dark forces of Miligo and Samil. Alannah needs protection which is unexpectedly provided by a brooding warrior named Brennus. He's darkly handsome and just aloof enough so that you want him to be the guy that gets the girl! Life gets emotionally complicated, as Alannah finds her passions drawing her to Brennus. In the end, their choices are stripped from them and the path to happy-ever-after for Alannah and Brennus appears to be a dead end. B.C. Morin left me wanting to know what happens next. On to book two!
Kingdom Chronicles reminded me of Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I think the characters in the book are sweet enough for young teens and YA with plenty of adventure. Lots of talk about clothing and the excitement of young love will appeal to this crowd. Some formatting issues detracted from the story, but I already peeked at book two on Amazon and it appears the second book addressed those kinds of issues. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I need to know what happens to Brennus and Alannah! Well done first novel.
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