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Posted January 14, 2014
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Calinda B has again written a fast paced, gripping tale that will have you dragged along on Marissa's emotional roller coaster. I found myself unconsciously and silently snarling half the time when bad things were happening or laughing during the good times.
I didn't like it as much as the first book in the series. Don't get me wrong. The book is fantastic, and it'll have you on the edge of your seat. But you don't see that much of Daniel in this story, and I kind of missed him. I really like Daniel, especially more than Rafe. To me, Daniel is real, a three dimensional character. You get to like him even more in this novel, even though he plays a much smaller role in it. He gets to be a much better person here, realizing his faults, fearing the damage he could do, fearing the damage he might have already done, fearing that he might become like his father.
Rafe is the opposite, in many ways, to Daniel. And yet, even though he is the opposite to most of the bad things about Daniel, I didn't like him as much. Daniel is a good person in spite of the dark powers he controls. Rafe is a killer in spite of the innocence at his command. He knows what is right, what's smart, and he does all the wrong things anyway. Admittedly, all the main characters have done this at one point or other, but Rafe does it repeatedly, continuously. As a character, he's interesting, even fun, but I don't like him as a romantic interest for Marissa. Just a friend. He's a great friend, playful, protective.
I don't want to give too much away, but there is a point where I feel betrayed by Marissa. I'm very lenient, laid back with regard to how relationships can form and what is acceptable, but there are certain things you just don't do. And, of course, Marissa does them.
The last negative thing, I would say, was from the very beginning, when she's involuntarily committed. I know enough to know that the circumstances around her commitment don't mesh with Washington state law. The facility would have been risking a lot, too much, by doing what they did. You can't be involuntarily committed without a court order, which means her case would have been brought before a judge after 72 hours. She also wouldn't have been force fed drugs if she refused them. That's against the law. There could be ways of keeping her there against her will, but if the facility didn't even try to pretend to follow the rules, somebody would squeal and they would be in major trouble.
Now, at this point, you're probably wondering why I think this is such a good book. It is. There are just a couple things I didn't like. Like I said, even though Daniel has such a small role, you really bond with him, grow to like him even more. Marissa is totally awesome. I was going to say something else, but remembered Amazon doesn't allow curse words… She really comes into her own, powers-wise.
Armando Navid makes for an interesting bad guy. He seems at the same time like he's everywhere and you can't hide from him, while he's also a bit of a joke. He's a bit crazy (but aren't they all?) and his choices of spells to perform just make you laugh sometimes.
Calinda really exercises for imagination muscles in this novel. I really liked the Shadow places (I don't remember what they're called). Really cool. Really weird. I don't even know how to describe them. A force all their own, rules that don't exist, anything it wants to be, anything you want it to be.
Going over the book in my head, I can't help but keep smiling. I really had a blast reading it. It would easily be a five star review, if not for the couple of things that bugged me. But it is, honestly, a fantastic read. Well worth your time.
Posted January 14, 2014
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
This is the second book in the "Beckoning" series and I enjoyed it as much as the first.
At times, I found it was hard to visualize/understand what was going on. But, then it occured to me that the heroine of the book (Melissa) didn't know what was going on either so I could relate to her better. As Melissa found out new things about herself and her new life, the reader found out at the same time.
I was in love with Daniel after the first book, but now I'm in love with Rafe too. Melissa has a difficult choice to make and many more lessons to learn about being a light numen.
I can't wait for book three to see where the story takes me.
This is the first book in The Beckoning series. I am not sure what subject this paranormal romance goes under: witches, sorcerers, wizards, elementals, or maybe a new Light/Dark category. Whichever sub-category you want to put it under, I was impressed with this intriguing and unique read.
I will admit, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it during the first chapter or two. I could not get into the heroine’s character, she seemed to be a little off or something, but she is an artist, so I decided maybe the author was trying to give the reader an artist’s perspective. Also, the story had already grabbed my attention, so I kept reading. I was very glad I did. Suspense grows as the story continues and Marissa learns that not only are there new things in this world, she is one of them. The hero, Daniel is her new love interest and as she gets to know him, she has to learn to control her new powers, accept that her life may be in danger and contend with an annoying ex. Daniel is an intriguing hero who has many secrets that keep the reader in suspense as you learn each new one.
The rocky romance between the two is an entertaining emotional rollercoaster mix of romancing, fighting, lust, learning and very hot sex. The chemistry between them explodes from the pages, leaving the reader wanting more.
As Marissa trains to handle her newly found magic, she must discover who her enemies are and who her friends are, while unraveling secrets from the past, present and future that seem to be piling up around her.
The supporting characters add an interesting mix, that humor, charm and surprises to the tale.
Even with the bumpy start, I found this book has it all, beguiling characters, suspense, romance and humor. This story also has unique elements that add something special to the personalities of the characters, the sex, and the battle with their enemies. I am looking forward to learning more about the mysteries of this bewitching world that the author has created.