I'm really happy to share with you my opinion on an anthology which will be released soon " Dark Secrets" which include a favourite author of mine but also new favourite ( some i had read and just got even more fan of, some completely new)and new authors to me.... A wonderful group of women, very talented and generous as well because if you pre order the book now, before the release on the 29th, you can get it for 99cent only if you are in the USA.
Six stories for that price that's a great offer. But even better, they thought about those of us who love print books more and it will be released in print in the future as well.
I have opted to read the stories in order of the anthology and not jump directly to those of the authors i knew beforehand and i think i was a good way to go about it as I didn't get any specific expectations but was open to anything. I really recommend you this book if you love dark paranormal of if you want to try any of these authors, you have nothing to loose so don't hesitate.
I will give you my opinion, short as not to spoil too much, novella by novella so the post will be longer than usual but first a little words about each of them.
Genre: paranormal romance, noir, fantasy
Violence: mild to strong
Language: normal to strong
Violence: mild to strong
Language: normal to strong
Source: ebook received in exchange for an honest review
Marion, Missing by Rachel Caine
It was well written and heartbreaking .... i don’t see how you could remain unmoved by this story Rachel Caine really did well but for me it was too sad. So far she is the author i have the less affinities with so i’m not surprised if i don’t connect too much with it.
The story speaks about racism too and in a such a way that you are not really sure of what time it... of course you have element showing it’s the past but it done in sucha way that you really can imagine it still done now in some place of the word and that’s probably what makes it unsettling. It’s not my favourite short stories but mostly because ofthe topic and ending and how it left me. I must precise that this was REALLY wonderfully written.
Femme Fatale by Cynthia Eden
This was a novelty for me as i didn’t read this author before even if i do have at least one of her book in my TBR pile. In this short story about vampire and PI i really liked to be surprised as the author manages to maintain the doubt until the end.
It was well built and Mick is an inetresting Heroe, i liked how he wanted to stay honorable and all.
So very good reading time.
Dance with the Devil by Megan Hart
Another new author to me and new series of course. The good point is that you can absolutely read this without prior knowledge. If you are one of those who don’t like to read about demons and angel you should probably pass this one but if you have an open mind this is an interesting story.
I don’t think i would follow up this series though but as a try it was good
The Consort by Suzanne Johnson
I LOVE IT!!! Suzanne Johnson never disappointed me but this is simply fabulous, even if you have never heard of her series you can follow this easily and it just leave you wanting for more.
You have the action, humour some suspense and romance... just perfect I really liked Liandra, she is only half fae but she is strong willed and intelligent and couregous. Faulk... i just want to read more of him and his team it’s a wonderful treat that works wonderfully aside from the main series but i do hope we will see more of the characters we met here either in other shorts or in the main series but i want more^^
Heat’s Blood by Jeffe Kennedy , a Twelve Kingdoms novella
Oki this is my last liked in the anthology... it’s not bad written or anything, quite the opposite even but it’s not my cup of tea at all... i don’t like cruelty towards animals ( fae or not) or unjustified violence.... If only the vilains got what he/ she deserved but i didn’t feel as it was the case.
Some how i would have wanted the fae‘s wrath to apply judgement or something... i’m definitively not ready for the series after reading this, like i said it’s not bad written simply it’s not for me at this time. I reassure you it has an happy ending but i ‘m still upset days after reading it so better if i put it aside for a time
The Djinn in the Mirror by Mina Khan, a Djinn World novella
I loved this one as well. I had read and loved other works by this author but nothing about her stories with Djinn and now i really want to read those ( part of me want to see a certain revenge well deserved)
This novella is a little difficult to tell you about without spoiler but if you are new to her Djinn universe like i am don’t fear you will be swept by the story really easily! It’s engaging, mysterious and so well written.
There is romance, action, tension and a lot more
You will love Ash and Dalhia story i’m sure if you love magic, witches, djinn and want a good romance.
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review. Source: an ecopy received in excahnge of an honest review
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