Origin Exposed (Descended of Dragons, #2)

Origin Exposed (Descended of Dragons, #2)

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by Jen Crane

Descended of Dragons, Book 2
Approx. 215 Pages

A Dangerous Secret

In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of powerful skin changers. She struggles to keep this rare form a


Descended of Dragons, Book 2
Approx. 215 Pages

A Dangerous Secret

In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of powerful skin changers. She struggles to keep this rare form a secret, even from her closest friends.

A Bitter Betrayal

Stella turns to her mentor Rowan Gresham for help. The charming but enigmatic Gresham forms a plan to improve her troublesome public image. The problem? The plan revolves around betraying the only family she has left.

A Potential for Something Real

When Gresham’s motives come into question Stella must rely on the new friends she’s made at a college for magical shifters. The feral bunch helps set Stella’s inner beast free. As these friendships flourish, so does the magnetism she’s always felt toward fierce and noble Ewan Bristol. But it’s so strong it threatens to overwhelm her.

Can Stella afford to open her heart now, when her entire future’s at stake, or is it abolted shut for eternity?

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Carpe Noctem Publishing, LLC
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Descended of Dragons , #2
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Though she grew up on a working cattle ranch, Jen Crane has been into fantasy and sci-fi since seeing a bootleg tape of The Princess Bride.

Jen has a master’s degree, and solid work histories in government and non-profit administration. But just in the nick of time she pronounced life too real for nonfiction. She now creates endearing characters and alternate realms filled with adventure, magic, and love.

Jen is happily living out her dream in The South with her husband and children, striking that delicate balance between inspiration and frustration.

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Origin Exposed (Descended of Dragons, #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I was chomping on the bit to have this story and see where things would take Stella, Gresham and Ewan, and boy was I NOT disappointed! There are once again, more plot twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, with the action coming thick and fast. Every page is completely imbued with emotions, whether it is sadness or joy. There were times when I thought my own heart was breaking and it wasn't even one of the main characters! As for Stella, Gresham and Ewan themselves - Stella has a lot on her plate in this book. She does insist on keeping secrets from those who care about her, which isn't altogether surprising being as she keeps being told not to say anything to anyone. To be honest, I was a bit surprised at the reaction to Gresham. It's not like anything he has said or done has been that well hidden so it took me a while to understand her 'over-reaction'. To be fair though, I'm more than happy with how things are turning out with Ewan! Can I just add though, that since Jen has proven herself to be a wicked author, I'm not banking on anything with anyone until I see it in print! ;) An excellent continuation of the series and I really can't wait for more. Definitely recommended. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, fun reading and fantastic author. Please we want more!!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous 23 hours ago
In this installment of Descended of Dragons, Stella’s world is changing even more. Now that she knows she’s an omni—a shifter who can change into any animal—as well as a dragon shifter, she must learn to harness her powers. On top of that, she’s discovered that she has family on the dragon side, which isn’t such a good thing. After all, her family are the ones that the folktales are about. They are the dragons whom the sorcerer enslaved and had kill thousands of Thayerians. Needless to say, being a dragon—while being completely awesome— is not a good thing to be, especially when your mother and family were the dragons that almost killed entire species in Thayer. Origin Exposed has a lot more action than Rare Form. Now that Stella knows what she is, she’s now trying to learn how to use her newfound powers. Not only that but she tries to connect with her grandmother, uncle, and cousin without anyone knowing, in order to learn more about her dragon side. Of course, that poses a lot of problems in itself for obvious reasons. I was actually surprised to see that there was a lot less happenings while attending Radix than in the previous book. The author really focused more on Stella and building her character than her day to day life in school. I will be honest and say that I was a little sad that the school took a backseat in this one. I was really interested in the workings of what goes on in all these magical classes and was hoping for more of that Harry Potter feel of experiencing the unknown. Alas, the romance heats up more in this book but not in the way I would have thought… and I LOVED it. I loved the turn the author took with it. Mainly because I love the dynamics of the two. I love the connection that they have and how well they just fit. I really wish I could go into it but it’s kind of a plot twist in this novel and I don’t want to give anything away. I was really captivated by Origin Exposed. I found myself forgetting about dinner on the stove (not the safest thing), staying up late reading until my eyes couldn’t stay opened anymore, and I even put in earplugs while the Mr. watched the NBA playoffs in order to continue reading the book without distraction. While this doesn’t necessarily end on a cliffhanger, I am dying to get my hands on the next book. I need to know what’s next for Stella.
KimTeamer More than 1 year ago
Where do I begin with my review, regarding this incredible fantasy book that is Origin Exposed?!?! It was a potent dose of excitement mixed with fire and suspense. I L-O-V-E-D it!!!+++ (Yes, that's right. This book gets 3 exclamation marks plus 2 thumbs up and a shiny, gold star.) I kid you not, book two was even better than book one. In this book, we get to take a closer look at the lives and relationships of the characters who were introduced in the first book. We get to learn about the fire dragons, we get to hear about the taboo associated with mixed breed relationships, we get to see the power plays and manipulations of those who should have been looking out for the good of Stella and her friends, and so much more. What completely gut-punched me though was the rightness...umm...wrongness (???squeak) of Stella and Ewan. I cannot not believe I'm saying this, but I, the strong Stell-Ro supporter and cheerleader, really loved how Ewan came across in this book. (Well, minus the caveman rigidity when he sought answers about the mystery dragon. Still, I adored his genuine passion and heart interest in Stella.) The unexpected twists that came with the final two conflicts in this book had me on pins and needles. I could say more (trust me, I totally could), but I won't. All I know is that at the end of the day, I am well and truly hooked on this series. Bring it! Rating: 5/5 Recommend: Yes Chemistry/Intensity: Yes Conflict/Drama: Yes Family Dysfunction: Yes Audience: A, NA Status: Fantasy, Romance Stand-Alone: Yes Series: Yes