Monday, April 6, 2015
April showers.....bring book reviews!
Meet Lyla: Jinn, belly dancer, and the hottest new urban fantasy heroine in town.
To escape an arranged marriage, a jinni granted Lyla her wish: to live a thousand years as a jinni herself.
Now, her servitude is ending, but there are a few obstacles in Lyla's path to freedom. A Magi intent on binding her again, a jinni bent on vengeance, and not to mention the nightmare from her past that threatens to make her curse permanent -- and claim her very soul.
Jinn and Juice is the first in a new series by fantasy writer, Nicole Peeler set in a world of immortal curses, vengeful jinni and belly dancing.
Review: This was a fun read and kept me entertained, but I felt like the end left me a little hanging. Lyla is almost free when a dumb Magi binds her to him, and she is forced to obey him. The magi is not a bad guy and just needs her help, but all is not what it seems. Lyla has a whole cast of friends that made the story for me more then the romance between the jinni and magi. All in all, it is a humorous story that is good for a light read.
Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army.
Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on the theory that it takes one to catch one, Jace is send out with a special ops squad to hunt Gray down. But Jace is not the only one pursuing Gray, and the competition is after her too. What ensues is a desperate chase through city after city as duty and honor collide with love and sacrifice.
Review: This was an iffy story for me to read. I thought most of the plot was good and I enjoyed that the story was from Gary and Jace's point of view. From Jace's view you get some good fighting and lots of action. You also get an in depth look at the government program Jace has been forced to live in. Gary's life shows a contradictory view of basically what Jace life could of been if she had a sister that cared enough to keep her out of the program and go on the run. Gary is the good hearted guy that cares about people, while Jace cares about people in her own way (she likes to beat people up beacuse she cares). What I disliked about the story is that I felt like I was waiting for something the entire story but it never happened. I can't exactly put my finger on it, maybe, I just expected there to be more plot between Jace and Gary or maybe it was that there mind thing never got explained. I'm not sure but something was missing. Also, it took me a spell to get used the the shifters becoming other humans, but it was an original idea so I give props. I think this series has potential and I have higher hopes for the next book.