Am I allowed to whine first in a review? Is that uncool? Well, I've just got to whine a little teeny bit. I'll tell you why. Whenever I read a book by Janette Rallison (or C.J. Hill) I walk away frustrated because I know the next book will take FOREVER to come out. The wait between books seems SO, SO long. (best whiny voice here) Why can't they just come out sooner so I don't have to wait so long?! Why are there no promises of a next book already in the works? Why?
Okay. Whine over.
I only say all that because I love this book. My daughter loves this book. We had a sob fest over the fact that we'd have to wait so long get the next book- if there even will be one. (oh. did I say the whining was over? oops. my bad.) It's the same deal with the Slayer series. You know? I need the next books faster than they are coming out. What can I do to help that process along? Send the author chocolate? Or maybe just write really awesome reviews so everyone else will want to read the books too and then we'll all join up together and WHINE. It probably won't work. The author has five kids and she's probably immune anyway. It happens with kids.
This book is paranormal with an Egyptian twist on vampires. They aren't vampires, but yeah, they kinda are. I loved all the Egyptian stuff, it was cool. I could imagine easily every setting that the story took me from the hot Arizona monsoon (I've lived through those) to the sand in Egypt (I haven't been there) and on the east coast beach. I feel like I traveled the world in this book. I even went to Antarctica and England!
I loved the struggle Aislynn had between what was right and what was wrong for the two warring groups. Those lines seemed so blurred to her- especially when love and loyalty came into play. It was interesting to me how I felt that confusion too. I love when the female leads are smart girls, resourceful and also compassionate. That is exactly what I got with Aislynn.
This book has awesome pacing. I was compelled to keep reading. I didn't want to put it down and I was maybe just slightly annoyed when I had to in order to feed the children. :) I love books that leave me wanting more. The action and romance was evenly distributed to give the book a balanced feel. My favorite scenes were the ones with rain references. Oh, kissing in the rain is hot. H-O-T.
So, yeah. Another fantastic book by Janette Rallison. Who, if she has any compassion and mercy in her heart will beging writing the next book today. :)
Enjoy the following excerpt!
I was on my feet and running down the path before I could fully process what was happening. The dark swarm flew toward me. Their wings sounded like the dull hum of an incoming storm. I didn’t have to see them to know they were scarabs—the flesh-eating kind. The Horusians had pinpointed our location and flown in beetles to kill us. How they found us, I didn’t know.
As I fled down the slope, I slipped. My feet jerked out in front of me. I hit the ground, hard, skidding and then flipped over. I tumbled down the slope, clawing at the ice, trying to get a handhold. White flashes of snow jumbled together in my vision. Finally, I hit a flat spot. I managed to stop, pick myself up, and run again. Panic wrapped around me. I couldn’t make it off the ridge before the scarabs reached me, and even if I could, I had nowhere to hide from the beetles on this open stretch of land. Still, I ran. I wouldn’t stand still for death.
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