Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Concealed by Christina Bauer (#2 Beholder)

Title: Concealed
Series: Beholder (#2)
Author: Christina Bauer
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 25th October 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge,2016 New Release Challenge2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): As a Grand Mistress Necromancer, Elea’s a witch who commands the ultimate power over spirit and bone. It’s magic that she’ll need in order to stop the Vicomte Gaspard from killing her Sisters by draining their magic along with their life force. To find and free her fellow witches, Elea must venture into some of the most dangerous places in the realm. What starts off as a rescue quest could easily turn into a suicide mission. And with the handsome warlock Rowan along to help, Elea may be risking more than her life. Her growing feelings for Rowan might put her heart on the line, too.  

Concealed is the second book in the Beholder series, and while it follows on from Cursed, you could possibly read it as a standalone. However I do think that it is better to read the series from the beginning as it introduces several of the characters and gives a background to why Elea was doing what she was doing. This review may contain minor spoilers for Cursed.

I like Elea, though she doesn't quite have Myla's (Bauer's heroine from Angelbound Origins) pizazz in my eyes, she was strong and determined. She also had a more fallable side that made her human and the book more interesting. I liked how she tried to cling onto the necromancer way and how she was trained, and yet she accepted that it might not be the right way.

The ending...well my heart broke for Elea. I saw the twist coming from quite early on, well kind of, I saw the heartbreaking bit coming, but it was still well done. Part of me worries more about Elea's future with her friend Amelia than with the other person involved though (I'm sure they'll work it out). I liked seeing Elea form friendships other than with Ada (her motivation throughout the book).

Now Philippe...not all too sure how I feel about him. He wasn't a bad character, in fact he was interesting and intrigueing, it was more what him being a character could end up meaning for Elea. I think the issue could be that there is already a love interest firmly cemented from the previous book, and I like Rowan, so I don't want someone coming in and messing it up for Elea.

I'm super intrigued about what is to come next, especially now that certain things are resolved!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Glitter
Author: Aprilynne Pike
From: Netgalley
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 25th October 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life. Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison. When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed. But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

This book had me hooked from the moment I read the blurb, which is why I read it three months before its release (aka in July!) and then as soon as I started reading it really drew me in. I lost track of time while reading, I dreamt about it, and after I finished I just wanted to keep reading (and I really hope there is a second book after that ending!) 

However, this book isn't for everyone and I fully recognise that some people won't like it. This is especially true because the main character is morally grey verging on all out bad. Danica also had some downright selfish moments which were balanced out a bit by her naivety and her growing sense of what was right. 

While Danica didn't always do the right thing I found that I liked her characterisation. At the beginning of Glitter she was incrediably naive, but events in the book did change her outlook, particularly when Saber was around and pointing out exactly what she was doing. Towards the end of the book as well she started growing up in other ways too. 

The romance between Danica and Saber was subtle. It was clear that they were attracted to each other, but it took them a while to actually get past that stage, mainly because there were things standing in the way. The subtlty worked really well with it. 

Now the Baroque-ness. I absolutely loved it. It was a blend of modern technology and Baroque culture, both in the dress style and some of the concept. There was court politics as well as hints at the company that runs things. It was intriguing and well constructed. 

I loved every minute of reading this book, it was a genuinely fantastic read (but maybe not for everyone!)

Monday, 24 October 2016

Flame by Michelle M Pillow (#2 Intergalatic Dating Agency)

Title: Flame
Series: Intergalatic Dating Agency (#2)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance 
Release Date: 24th October 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Vin (aka Flame) can't believe he's in yet another holding cell. Stupid Earthlings wouldn't know fun if it bit them in the hindquarters. Speaking of fun, the hot little number who claims she's a guard at the jail has been making his body respond in ways he's very happy about. If only she'd get on board with the plan and help him escape back to his ship. First she'd have to believe he's an alien. Right now she's taken to thinking he's crazy.

Flame is the second book in the Intergalatic Dating Agency series which follows the (mis)adventures of two brothers and their cousin in their search for love. The romance, between Vin and Angela, is standalone though there are references to the events in the previous books. This review is spoiler free.

What I love about Pillow's books, especially those where aliens visit other cultures, is that I also end up reading them with a smile on my face! Their naivety and misunderstandings create highly lovable characters who also come across as believable simply because they don't quite fit in as well as they should! This also adds more background to the Galaxy Brides company that plays such a large part in the Dragon Lords universe!

I loved Angela's response to discovering that there are aliens. While she didn't freak out freak out, it still took her time to come to terms with it, and even once she had there was still a natural curiousity, especially surrounding her budding romance with Vin.

Their romance worked well, it had an unconventional start (I love the fact that Vin suffered a sugar high from eating too much ice cream!) but they communicated with each other as well as having a good chemistry when it came to the physical side of their relationship.

The ending was so sweet as well, it was absolutely perfect and summed up Vin as a character. This series is fun and light hearted, and completely enjoyable when that's what you need!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland (#2 Sisters of the Craft)

Title: Heat of the Moment
Series: Sisters of the Craft (#2)
Author: Lori Handeland
From: Netgalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 30th June 2015
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge 2016 Reading Assignment2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads):  A spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift—and reignite a love long thought lost…Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth—that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense… until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center. Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life… and the man she will always love.

While Heat of the Moment contains a standalone couple, there were links to the previous book (In the Air Tonight) and important information linked the two books. However it has been a long time since I read In the Air Tonight but it was easy to remember what happened once I'd started Heat of the Moment. This review may contain minor spoilers. 

I really liked Becca, she was a strong female character who didn't take her life for granted. She had an affinity for animals which meant that she heard their thoughts, and while she learnt as a child not to express that, it didn't stop it happening. As a qualified vet, she's well known and respected in the community, which made her interactions with other characters seem natural. 

Her relationship with Owen was complicated by history, and the more was revealed about that the more I felt sorry for the young couple they'd been. While they'd both been hurt by the seperation, at first it seemed like completely Owen's fault, though when the truth was revealed it showed that that wasn't quite the case. 

I liked that characters from the previous book, including Raye, Bobby, Pru and Henry, were included in the story, and not just on the periphary. They were an integral part of the book and the plot. It was good seeing Raye again and seeing how she and Bobby had progressed in their relationships. 

There were a couple of mysteries in Heat of the Moment, one was who sacrificed the animals and set off the chain of events for the whole book, and one was who attempted murder. I had the latter right by the time the reveal came along, but was somewhat surprised when the former was revealed. 

The only thing that made me stumble on this book was the first time the POV shifted. Other than a break in the text there wasn't really anything that signified it had happened (it was first person POV for Becca and third person for Owen) but once I was used to it it was really only a minor thing. 

This was an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to finding out how it all ends in the final book.

Sunday Post (23/10/2016)

Sunday Post

Thank you to Kimberly @ caffinatedbookreviewer for hosting!

My Life This Week 

So after promising myself that I'd post Sunday Posts regularly I kind of massively fell off the radar...oops! I promise to get back on it now though! I went through a few months of being really down (I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression a few years ago and it hasn't seemed to have left me alone fully yet) and then other things kind of got in the way! I've done loads since my last Sunday Post consequently! I've been to a couple of weddings, finally completed my Brownie Guide warrant (making me a proper leader) and lost over 2 stone of weight, simply by being a bit more sensible with what I'm eating. I've also made ice cream cupcakes (I didn't eat one!) 

My Writing This Week 

Right, so this is where things have all changed completely since my last Sunday post! I finished book 2 of the Alventia series, Cloaked, and I've also finished my Phantom of the Opera retelling, which took a little bit of a departure from what I'd planned it on being. But anyway What Lies Beneath the Mask is now on Kindle Scout, so queue very nervous Laura obsessing slightly despite it being out of my control! I've also just started this really cool tournament/creative writing challenge called Author Vs Author, which I've been enjoying so far! I'm finally getting sorted on the other things I need too, like a mailing list (there's a signup on my side bar) and actually keeping my author blog up to date! 

And I thought that was going to be it when I wrote this post earlier in the week, but it turns out I was wrong...for the first time I've signed up to Nanowrimo! I've been doing a lot of thinking and planning about my writing recently and have decided I really need to write more, with the intention that next year I can really start to get my work out there! On that note (as of Friday night) I've reached 8000 words on my latest WIP, it's an idea that's been hanging around in my imagination for a while, but I finally got it started on Tuesday!

Reading This Week 

So because it's been so long I'm just going to do the books I've read this month so far, and then next week onwards I can start on what I read each week! As you may be able to see I have had a little binge read of Val McDermid's Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series!

Werewolves of New York: Darik by Faleena Hopkins (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Concealed by Christina Bauer (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge)
The Retribution by Val McDermid (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Mr Mysterious by JA Huss (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge)
Radar Deception by Mandy M Roth (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
Cross and Burn by Val McDermid (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Mr Monday by Shana Gray (2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge)
Flame by Michelle M Pillow (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge
Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Cocky Cowboy by Faleena Hopkins (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge
Aberrant by Ruth Silver (2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Reading Assignment)
The Dragon Shifter's Duty by Mandy M Roth (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge)
Cocky Romantic by Faleena Hopkins (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge)
Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur (2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, My TBR List)  
The Spaniard's Kiss by Nina Croft (2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame)  

On the Blog in the Past Week (and this is the past week not the past month!)

So this week I've had paranormal romance reviews of Werewolves of New York: Darik, The Dragon Shifter's Duty (a new release!) and . As well as a fantasy review of Blood Blade, and urban fantasy, Smoke on the Water.

The start of my binge reading of Val McDermid's Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series (well the last 5 books of it) started with Beneath the Bleeding and Fever of the Bone.

On my author blog I've been posting information about my latest book What Lies Beneath the Mask, including an excerpt, a bonus scene and a post about the settings in the book. There is more going further back too!

Around the Internet

This may take me a little time to compile because I've been lurking a lot this week! But definitely check out Michelle's feature this month, Monster and Book on (which I also did a guest post for!) I also read a really interesting article from Emma Darwin about the length of books (and if you think your manuscript is too long!) In a more light hearted vein though, I took this fun quiz on buzzfeed which is a British Tea Drinker's nightmare (they were right it really was!) Also here's a sign up link for a blitz for a fantastic author! Just thought I'd share!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid (#6 Fever of the Bone)

Title: Fever of the Bone
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (#6)
Author: Val McDermid
From: Amazon
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Release Date: 2009
Challenges:  2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads)Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, a killer unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer driven by the most perverted desires ...When teenager Jennifer Maidment's murdered and mutilated body is discovered, it is clear that there is a dangerous psychopath on the loose. But it's not long before Tony and DCI Carol Jordan realise it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Their chameleon-like killer is chatting with them online, pretending to share their interests and beliefs - and then luring them to their deaths. But just when Tony should be at the heart of the hunt, he's pushed to the margins by Carol's cost-cutting boss and replaced by a dangerously inexperienced profiler. Struggling with the newly awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most nerve-shattering investigation yet.

Fever of the Bone is the sixth in the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series. The crime and the solving of it are completely standalone, however the previous books (I've read all 5) help to create the background for the various characters and their relationships. This goes for characters other than Tony & Carol themselves too. I would suggest reading the previous books, not only are they good, but it gives a sense of whatever it is that is going on between Tony and Carol too (even they don't know what it is!) 

I first want to say that this book has really bitten me with the bug for reading the series. Despite being in the middle of a book that I'm really enjoying, by one of my favourite authors, I just want too dive back into Tony and Carol's world (and I may have lined up The Retribution on my kindle for when I've finished Concealed!) The pace, the plot and the characters all have that slightly addictive quality (plus I peeked ahead at the synopsis for The Retribution and Jacko Vance is back...that is going to be good! Well for the reader at least!) 

What I like about this series is that even without the interesting crimes and the fast paced solving of them, the characters in these books really give the reader something to enjoy. I found myself cheering for Paula going on a good date, and warming to Sam when he started being less selfminded, I liked some of the new characters, and that's without even touching on Tony and Carol! 

The main crime itself was intrigueing, though I had figured out the connection between the victims quite early on (there were some hints dropped) and I may have had a fist pump moment when it turned out that I was actually right! However it wasn't quite so easy to figure out who was behind it, and that all unravelled in a highly satisfying way. 

I really enjoyed Fever of the Bone, its up there with The Mermaids Singing as my favourite in the series I think!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Werewolves of New York: Darik by Faleena Hopkins (#3 Werewolves of New York)

Title: Werewolves of New York: Darik
Series: Werewolves of New York (#3)
Author: Faleena Hopkins
From: Amazon (Werewolves of New York Box Set)
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 13th July 2015
Challenges:  2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Darik Greyson was born merely human. But something horribly painful happened to him that ignited a spark in his soul at the age of thirteen, and his wolf was born... from tragedy. Now that he's part of a pack, he keeps having these dreams - nightmares, more like it - that tell him something is coming. Why does he feel a test is on the way... and if he doesn't pass he'll lose the woman whose face is never more than a blur. Talia Irizarry works the nightshift at Manhattan General. She's a nurse, and a good one. But the men in New York seem to prefer actresses and models over real women, and she's not holding her hopes high that this loneliness will ever go away. Seeking solace in a much needed vat of ice cream, she walks to the nearest bodega to buy one. What she finds is two gunmen with a different plan...

While Werewolves of New York: Darik is part of the Werewolves of New York series it could be read as a standalone, however reading the previous books in the series gives a good back story to the other characters and rounds out the story. This book also adds more to the werewolve lore of the universe. 

I loved seeing more the pack's architecture business in this one, it's been constant since book one, but this fleshed it out a bit more, with a particular emphasis on how they would make buildings green. It completely fits with what readers already knew about the pack. I also liked how the architecture thing tied into Darik's past a little bit. 

Whereas most of the wolves seem to be very against finding their mate, Darik seemed very determined to find her. There was very little fighting what Talia was to him and that was definitely a refreshing take on the mating thing. 

I liked Talia, she was calm in the face of danger, but she also stood up for herself. While her budding relationship with Darik was sweet, it was her banter with Dontae and giving him as good as he gave that really endeared me to her! 

I must say I am very intrigued about Dontae and the hints that came about his story in this book! 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Blood Blade by Debbie Cassidy (Sleeping Gods Prequel)

Title: Blood Blade: Forest of Demons Novella
Series: Sleeping Gods (Prequel)
Author: Debbie Cassidy
From: Instafreebie
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 13th February 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): You can’t run from destiny...Malika wants nothing more than to be ordinary, to forget her horrific past and live safely under a mountain with her adoptive father. But fate is not so kind, and destiny will not be denied. A single revelation can change everything...There is power in Malika’s blood, power that comes with a responsibility she would rather run from. With a mentor who pushes her to the limit and sets her blood on fire, she must allow herself to become the very best version of herself without losing her heart in the process. For there is no room for love on the battlefield.

Blood Blade is a prequel to Forest of Demons, and while I spent my time reading looking for links between the stories (and I think I worked it out though it remains to be seen if I'm right!) The two books can be read as standalones though they are both fantastic so I would recommend reading them both!

The main character, Malika, really went on a journey. While she started the book naive in some ways (but definitely not in others) and the journey she went on changed her into the woman she needed to be. She had to think in a political way as well as as a commander and that made her a complex and interesting character. 

There was a subtle romantic story in Blood Blade, though it wasn't a driving factor behind Malika's story. What started as mere attraction grew into more as the characters got to know each other and came to feel more. It did lead to Malika making certain decisions, but not necessarily the ones you would expect. 

There was a fairly small cast of characters, and that meant that the time in the book could really focus on Malika and the action surrounding her. I wasn't sure about some of the characters, and others made me dislike them intensly, though I do have a slight feeling that we may not quite be fnished with several of the characters!

This was a great read, I would greatly recommend it!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Critical Intelligence by Mandy M Roth (#2 Immortal Ops)

Title: Critical Intelligence
Series: Immortal Ops (#2)
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: 6th October 2016 (Re Release)
Challenges: 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): When loyalties are questioned and bonds forged, the Immortal Ops find themselves fighting a war to guard not only their secrets, but their lives as well.  Missy Carter leads a rather boring, overworked life as a system analyst for the State Department or rather, that’s what she lets everyone believe. In reality her life is anything but boring. As a Shadow Agent with the Paranormal Security and Intelligence, she’s seen and done it all. Intelligence is her specialty, assassination is her hobby. The only problem is that the things she spies on don’t die easily. In fact, some of them were dead to begin with. She’s learned to handle anything life can throw at her. That is until the biggest paramilitary pain her backside shows up again. Lucky for him, he’s good looking.  Roi Majors, wolf-shifter and second in command of the I-Ops, is having a hard time believing that Intel can only get half the information needed to bring down an underground ring of vampires with big-spending backers who are hell-bent on creating a race of supernaturals with multiple strands of DNA in them. When he finds himself paired with the one woman in the world who seems immune to his self-proclaimed charms, he can’t wait to see her to safety and then bid her good riddance. He never counted on falling in love with her. And he sure in the hell never counted on her claiming to be an agent with a branch of the government no human should know about. 

Critical Intelligence is the 2nd book in the I-Ops or Immortal Ops series. While it refers to events in the previous book a lot, and includes characters that were introduced in the previous book, it could be read as a standalone. However for the full effect, I would recommend reading the books in order. This review should be spoiler free. 

I loved Missy in the previous book, she was fiesty and didn't mind telling Roi what she really thought. Though at the time I was reading I was also thinking that there was some good chemistry going on between them, and that definitely continued into this book. The two of them sparred with words at each other and I loved that they didn't back down. 

Missy was a seriously tough woman too! She was strong and independent and wasn't about to let Roi, or anyone else tell her what to do. As other things came out about her it became more and more clear that she'd always been like that and I thought that that made her true character ring true with the reader. 

I love the comaraderie between the men in these books too, and that doesn't just go for Roth's I-Ops series but the other interelated worlds that she's created. Each has their own feel to it, and each reveals something else about the world, but each is also unique. The bonds and banter between the characters is definitely something I love reading though. 

This book came at just the right time for me; I was finishing reading something else and just wanted something like this. As with Roth's previous books I enjoyed reading every minute and I can't wait t read more from this series!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Dragon Shifter's Duty by Mandy M Roth (#2 PSI Ops Shadow Agents)

Title: The Dragon Shifter's Duty
Series: PSI Ops/Shadow Agents (#2)
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: 18th October 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): He's locked away...
She's being hunted...
Undercover special operative and dragon-shifter Ezra has fallen into enemy hands. He knew better than to stray from the mission, but he couldn't fight his natural need to protect the innocent. When he senses the desperate call of his mate, there is no stopping this wild, fire-breathing, alpha male. He won't go down without a fight and he'll destroy anyone and anything that stands in his way of happiness and love.

The Dragon Shifter's Duty is book 2 of the Shadow Agents series (part of the Immortal Ops & PSI Ops universe) but can be read as a standalone. The couple, Ezra and Holland, are completely standalone and there are only minor links to previous books (some of which Ezra has briefly appeared in). This review is spoiler free. 

I get excited before reading any Roth book, particularly those that are set in her main universe. It's one of those where I know that everything will turn out alright (because this is a universe where true mates exist) but also that things may not go quite the way that anyone could think, and The Dragon Shifter's Duty was definitely that! 

There was great chemistry between Holland and Ezra once they're both adults (more about that in a minute) and I didn't doubt for a minute that they belonged together. They were both determined and a bit stubborn but loyal to a fault. They complimented each other and I loved that Ezra didn't just want Holland to just bow down to him. 

Now the first chapter! It was definitely one of the highlights of the book for me! 5 year old Holland was super cute and the interactions between her and Ezra (who was already mature - trust me it's not creepy but he's a dragon shifter so way old!) made me smile. It was a great start to the book and the nicknames they gave each other were even cuter. 

Thisi book added to the over all story arc through all of the series and books, fleshing out things that the reader already knew and bring the PSI Ops and Immortal Ops closer to the real bad guys!