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Monday, 29 August 2016

#SPOTLIGHT, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Taken (Five Fates #2) by Amy McKinley

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Paranormal, Romance, Mythology


Forged through trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla evolves into a mortiferous weapon. When the prophecy activates, what is honed for protection becomes a misused tool for death. ‬ 

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice with the onset of the soul-divide. But when a premonition of a deadly female offers hope, he gambles his very existence. ‬ 

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.‬‬ 

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Taken is the second book in the Five Fates series, and is Layla and Thaull's story. In this, we find out about Layla's past, and why she refuses to let anyone get close. Thaull is part Phantom and without an acknowledged bond to his mate, he will fall victim to the relentless rage that is part of his Phantom heritage. 

This book is full of detail, agonising suspense, and steam. Whether Layla is fighting off Wraith, hitting the hay with Thaull, or trying to understand her past, she is definitely not a damsel in distress, much to Thaull's frustration as he tries to keep her in one place!

Very well written, and a wonderful book in the series, this gives you all the answers you need whilst still leaving you wanting the other stories. Definitely recommended and I will be reading more in this series when they become available. 

* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *

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 Layla scowled as her sister moved closer. Why did she have to be so tall? Kepri’s height annoyed her too. Feeling small sucked. Shifting her focus, she launched her knives again. With each progressive strike, her hands shook less, her confidence returning.
Thankfully, her headstrong sister kept quiet, giving her the space she needed. Soon, the sounds around Layla lost their edge, as did the intensity that ground on her nerves; the cool morning breeze acted as a balm. The moodiness of the glen was replaced with a crisp, beautiful day. She inhaled the first full breath in unrestricted lungs and glanced at Kepri with the beginnings of a smile until her sister opened her big mouth and asked about the order she was waiting on.
“Seriously, Kepri? I’ve got a lot on my plate right now.” Pressing her lips together, Layla walked to the target and yanked out the knives before she faced her sister once more. With the activation of the curse and her past riding her hard, she didn’t need one more thing to worry about. Her sister coming around, risking herself, wasn’t what she wanted.
Layla motioned to her workshop. “They’re in there, completed. Look, sis, I can’t take on any more right now. I’m swamped. You need to hold off and really, I prefer filling orders for Shoeld, not this realm.” Wary of the backlash of her stubborn sister, she crossed her arms and tensed for the potential verbal barrage.
“Listen, I’ll cut you some slack since you’re obviously going through—” Kepri motioned to Layla’s entire being. “—something. But I need the medieval pieces you craft for my collections. They aid all of us. Each connection I establish is a possible step in the right direction toward an answer in breaking the curse.”
“You can’t be certain of that.” Layla scrunched her nose at Kepri’s self-absorption. “I get that they help you to talk with more people, which in turn connects you to even more ancient artifacts, and you scry for answers.” Answers I need. “Come on, Kepri, you are not the only one looking.” Layla took a step back, rubbing her forehead. “I’m sorry, I get that it helps you, but I need a break.” Silence met her apology.
With a curt nod, Kepri gave a tight-lipped smile.
What she really needed was Kepri to stay away, aside from figuring out the change she sensed inside her; she worried about who was coming.

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Paranormal, Romance, Mythology


Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her. 

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction? 

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4 out of 5 (very good)

Jade is a demi-goddess - she has a god for a father and a demon for a mother. Not only that, but she has a curse from the Fates hanging over her and the Oneiroi hunting her. Jade isn't alone in this though, her four sisters share the curse and the circumstances. She can feel the darkness inside her growing and gaining control as the curse starts to awaken. She needs to find her 'balance' if she is in any way going to stop it from taking her over.

This is a story that manages to be steamy whilst not actually describing anything in too much detail. There is lots of action as Nightmare - one of the Oneiroi - finds Jade and takes her to his realm. Fighting demons, zombies, poison-dart throwing monkeys, it's all in here.

Smoothly written and with a fast but flowing pace, this is one to enjoy and from all indications, is the first of the series. Recommended.

* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *

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Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. Her series, the Five Fates is underway with the first two books released and the next three soon to follow. She is excited to finish the series and begin the next that's already demanding attention. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Merissa. I appreciate you taking the time to review Taken and giving and am happy to answer any questions. Best of luck in the drawing!