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Awakening the Fire

Awakening the Fire

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by Ally Shields

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Arianna Calin has sworn to keep the peace in Riverdale. Most of the Otherworlders prefer to haunt the Olde Town district--partying at vampire strip clubs, dining in elegant supper clubs, and inhabiting the cliffside caverns along the Mississippi. Being a cop is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, and Ari's got her gun, a good sharp knife, and a few handy charms


Arianna Calin has sworn to keep the peace in Riverdale. Most of the Otherworlders prefer to haunt the Olde Town district--partying at vampire strip clubs, dining in elegant supper clubs, and inhabiting the cliffside caverns along the Mississippi. Being a cop is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, and Ari's got her gun, a good sharp knife, and a few handy charms against things that go bump in the streets. She's also a fire witch--a pedigree that comes in handy, since her partner's only human.

But when a virtual reality drug hits the streets, people (and non-people) start to die, and an elusive pack of werewolves threatens the status quo. Ari and Ryan are drawn into a web of murder and evil that will lead sworn enemies to a confrontation, and while the city simmers around them, only Ari can prevent an all-out supernatural war...

Editorial Reviews

The Romance Studio - Kathy F.
"I can't wait for the rest of the series from this exciting new author because I will definitely be reading them all."
Paranormal Romance Guild - Linda Tonis
1st Place Winner:

Best Urban Fantasy Series

2014 PRG Reviewer's Choice Awards

"If you love paranormal and a good mystery, then I can't recommend this book enough."

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Etopia Press
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Ally Shields is the pseudonym of Janet L Buck, a former attorney and juvenile officer, residing in the Midwest.

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Awakening the Fire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Kelsmitt More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I was a little concerned starting the book.  The story started with alot of imagery that and I was worried it was one of those books that described every small detail.  But the truth is it set the stage for the story and dove right into the good stuff.  You get an understanding of the young witch with an incredible amount of responsibility and power.  Ari, the main character, is mature and levelheaded, with a good sense of humor.  In addition to Ari, you meet Ryan her human counterpart and Andreas, her vampire counterpart. You are brought into a world that supernatural beings coincide with humans.  I found it very interesting that there were two factions of law enforcement, one for humans and one for the supernatural.  The story is about cases that involve both, and how the two groups work together solving abnormal cases.  I found this very entertaining and could not stop once I started reading this book.  I was very happy to have the second book to continue the story.  I am looking forward to reading more in this story.  Ally Shields is definitely a writer to watch.  
Brinda_Berry More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading this book, I was reminded of all the things I loved about the first two Anita Blake (Laurell K. Hamilton) books. Ari, the heroine, is somebody you can root for in a book. She's committed to her job, smart as a whip, and vulnerable to a sexy guy. When I say vulnerable, I mean that you can sense her attraction to the powerful vampire in town. It doesn't mean she jumped into bed after meeting him. I loved the tension.  I also felt like this book was similar to watching CSI (which I love). There are twists, interesting suspects, and murders to solve. Although it's a paranormal, Shields does a terrific job of making it seem normal to hang out with a witch and vampires. There are other supernatural creatures as well, but Shields doesn't belabor the descriptions.   Ally Shields is an author to watch. I try to take off my writer's cap while reading for pleasure. It's difficult. I can honestly say that I am in awe of her skill in subtle world-building, snappy and entertaining dialogue, and characters I grew to love. Speaking of dialogue, I laughed a lot at the humorous interactions between Ari and the other characters. Shields is highly quotable. 
lrjohnson13 More than 1 year ago
The author has captured the essence of a good fast moving plot. The world building and fantastically described characters is wonderful to read. The relationships between the characters are heartfelt and meaningful even to the reader. The author is able to intertwine flawlessly the plethora of different fantasy species comingling and existing together while keeping their unique personality characteristics intact. I am highly anticipating reading the next book in the series. Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
2TNWalkers More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book had a even balance of everything. Cannot wait to read the next in the series and according to the authors webpage she has teh next two books already at the publishers...
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great series from the first book to the last! One of my favorites. Ari is a great character.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
I loved this read! It was my first by this author and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series! If you are a fan of supernatural/paranormal and like when it mixes with the real world, this is going to rock your socks. I thought the storyline was excellent. It was very unique, in both the plot and the way it was told. It mixed the real world and the imaginary very well, not giving us too much of either, but blending in a way that they were truly intermingled with one another. I also liked that the story didn't just have one person who was working to fix the 'issue' and solve what is happening, it was a team and the team was a mixture of all sorts. The characters were developed brilliantly. There was depth, personality and a certain quirk about them that made me really connect with them. I liked that each was unique, but they still interacted, and even if they didn't always agree, they stuck together for the greater good. There were strong and intelligent characters leading the team, and they were passionate and empathetic. I found the pace really matched the story. We had fast paced sections, to really set apart the fact that there was a rush and a dire need to solve the crime and to find out who was behind it and why. There were also slower sections that really matched the fact that they needed to stop and think, to really breakdown what was taking place. I felt like this made it a lot more real. The story was easy to connect with and I really found myself hooked. I couldn't wait to get back and read more and now I find myself itching to dive into book two. I highly recommend this series. I think it is a brilliant book and I can tell that the rest of the series is going to continue to get even better. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest an unbiased opinion.
Chanzie More than 1 year ago
rating 3.5 / 5 stars This is the second time reading Awakening the Fire. It really is amazing how much you don't pick up the first time you read a book, and it's so great how much more you notice the next time you read it. The book starts off with an intense and intriguing scene with Ari out on patrol as the Guardian of Olde Town.  Characters 3/5 Ally creates well rounded and likable characters. There is some room for development but good grounding was formed in this book. Ari - Ari is feisty and you can connect with her easily. I find it amazing that she survives on so little sleep! She is a great heroine - she holds her own ground and doesn't swoon and fall over when she meets the  hero of the book. I was very intrigued by her powers that are developing, and are yet to develop. Andreas - Andreas is smooth and charming. Even in the book he doesn't fit the stereotype of your typical vampire. He plays a low key role for the first half of the book and a much bigger role in second half. He is an intriguing and interesting character. I liked this character and am eager to see how he develops further in the series. Steffan - Steffan is your fun, friendly, fun to be around, nice guy/werewolf. He was my favourite character in the book. If Ari doesn't end up with Andreas, I hope she gives it a shot with Steffan! Plot, Pace & Writing Style 4/5 You definitely ease into the story easily. Ally has a great easy writing style - the pace is great, the story has a very nice flow and the story has good world building.  Cover talk 3/5 - I like the cover - It's got a nice paranormal feel to it and I love the purple flames! Final Thoughts: I will definitely continue with this series and have high hopes for it.
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Isis_Nocturne More than 1 year ago
Awakening the Fire is a FANTASTIC book! It's the first in a series, and tells the story of Ari, a fire witch and Guardian in a world where humans live next to all sort of preternatural creatures. Her job is to keep the peace, but one night, Ari stumbles onto a werewolf attacking a couple of kids. She fights the werewolf off, saving the children, and shortly thereafter meets a vampire named Andreas. This coincidental meeting leads Ari onto a huge crime that is ongoing. As a cop, she investigates with the help of Andreas and many others, later discovering that the crimes are all part of something much larger than she ever dreamed. This book pulled me and didn't let go until the epilogue ended. I loved Ari and her determination to solve the crimes she was faced with. I also enjoyed her relationships with the other characters in the book. She is a strong heroine and easily moves the book along. I highly recommend Awakening the Fire to all urban fantasy/mystery fans, as well as anyone who enjoys strong characters and witty dialogue. This book is the newest addition to my keeper shelf! I give this book 5 stars and look forward to reading the next book in the series! Note: I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. This had no effect on my review. Note II: This review is cross-posted to Shelfari, Amazon, and Goodreads.
PD1 More than 1 year ago
I usually do not read paranormal books but I feel that this book is outstanding. The book kept my interest all the way through and only seemed to get better with every page. What a great first book. I am hoping to read many more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book ...with you are into witches or not, you will enjoy this story! Great book and I can't wait for the next one!
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Really enjoyed this book, hope this author writes more.