Storm Born by Richelle Mead
Published: August 1st, 2008
Age group: Adult
Series: Dark Swan, #1
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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 spirits 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 Otherworldy 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...
I wasn't blown away by her Vampire Academy series (yet?) or Succubus Blues (review coming soon), but after hearing Amber raving about this series, I picked it up. And finished it a day later - it was just that good.
Eugenie is a kick-ass female character who has been raised to hate Otherworldly folk. When her real name is leaked, and every male Otherworldly creature wants to get in her pants, her life takes an unexpected twist. Thrown in the middle of a prophecy, she needs to figure out who she can trust, while trying to fend off advances from just about everyone.
There was something about this book that had me sucked in. The combination of a kick-ass heroine, amazing chemistry between the characters, a carefully constructed world and some sizzling scenes made it impossible for me to put the book down and I couldn't wait to devour the second book. I loved the interaction between the characters. They came alive, and I love it when that happens.
While the plot wasn't all that unpredictable, I found Storm Born to be a great read. It read easily and quickly, and most importantly, I really enjoyed myself while reading it. I found myself chuckling at some scenes and overall I just really liked this book. I'm glad to have picked it up.
It's an exciting start to a new series and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. Maybe I should also give her VA series another try..?