Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)

Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Zebra Books
Release Date: August 01, 2008
Page Count: 361
Source: Bought
Read Between: December 08 - December 12, 2012
Tag Line: Evil brings out the best in her...
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirts and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherwordly ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...

Opening Sentence: I'd seen weirder things than a haunted shoe, but not many.


Warning: This is an adult paranormal book

Richelle Mead has firmly attached herself to me as one of my favorite authors of all time and with Storm Born she has only managed to make that hold even stronger. To say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book would be an understatement.

There were a few parts that went a lot slower then I was hoping for, but they didn't lower the pluses of the book for me.

Storm Born starts off with an action scene and reconfirms the fact that Mead is one of the best authors of kick-ass heroines out there. While I don't really like the name Eugenie, I love the female behind the name. She is witty, she is sharp and she knows how to kick some major booty. All while still remaining fabulous.

Eugenie Markham is a shaman who protects the human race from all the "mythological" beasties of the world. However, she is so much more. More then even she realizes. Something that has been kept from her by her mother and step-father. As the book goes along and Eugenie starts to become the target for practically all the mythological creatures out there, at least the male species, she comes to find out about a prophecy. One that foretells of her first born child leading the way for the concur of the human race. This leads to a lot of trouble for Eugenie. Who is busy fighting the advances of all the unwanted "love".

In her quest to save a young girl from the Otherworld, she comes into contact with two very different men. Both of who seek her attention for different reason. One of them is Kiyo, a kitsune who knows how to be an animal in the bedroom. Eugenie quickly finds herself falling for this hunch of male flesh, until she finds out about the secret that he's hiding from her. This fact quickly makes her run into the arms of Dorian, a Faerie King who has a taste for bondage. He becomes her teacher, in more ways then one.

Ohhhhh Ms. Mead... you naughty naughty girl you. You have finally managed to write in a love triangle that hasn't thoroughly annoyed the heck out of me. This love triangle is completely different then most I have read about. And it is actually important to the story line for once. Eugenie genuinely finds herself stuck between two sexy men. But who will she choose? That is if she chooses either of them?

While the beginning of this book was a little slow for me, I found myself hooked about 4 or so chapters in. Especially since Richelle didn't wait long for some sexy steamy time. Oh how I love Richelle's impulsive kick-ass heroines who take what they want and don't regret it later.

Storm Born was a good book to read. I can't wait to get my hands on Thorn Queen and see where Richelle takes us next on Eugenie's story. I especially can't what to read what happens between her and Kiyo as well as her and Dorian. I guess I will just have to wait and read.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an amazing read. A love triangle that doesn't annoy the hell out of the reader? I have to see this for myself! Thanks for the awesome review. I will have to give this series a try.

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