Review Tour & Giveaway: Branded by Fire (Blood & Magic #4) by Danielle Annett
If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you’ll love Aria Naveed. Kicking butt and saving people is kind of her thing.
Lovers of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance do NOT want miss out on Danielle Annett’s BRANDED BY FIRE. You must see why Cherry Adair calls BRANDED BY FIRE a novel with “[b]reakneck pacing, a strong fierce heroine, and a twist at every corner”!Book Blurb:
Aria Naveed can’t decide what’s worse—being mate-bonded to Declan Valkenaar, the Alpha of the Pacific Northwest Pack, or owning up to the fact that she’s developing feelings for him.
Her bond to Declan is the one thing keeping her grounded and preventing her new power from destroying everything and everyone around her.
If Aria doesn’t tread carefully, especially where her heart is concerned, she’ll learn the hard way that if you play with fire, you'll always get burned.
Genre: Another-World, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves--
Ari is overwhelmed- be it with her own pyrokinetic powers, to the newly acquired telekinetic powers that don't trust her, to Declan the man that claimed her as his mate against her will. She is uncertain of how to deal with any of these situations, let alone the real threat of her crazy yet powerful mother, attempting to rid the world of any supernatural creatures. Ari needs to get a handle on her own emotions before she can take control of her powers, if only she could figure out how she feels.
I was informed that this was a standalone book that could be read on it's own, regardless of it being listed as book 4 in a series, and for the most part that was kinda true. There was enough backstory that I did not feel that I was completely in the dark about this exact moment in the characters lives, but there was so much character and relationship building (not to mention world building) I feel like I was missing. These are not new characters or a new problem, but a continuation from what I can tell. I got the basic gist of why Ari was so angry at Declan, but I was all for the mate bond right when the story started (disclaimer- I am a sucker for shapeshifter stories with mate bonds!), and maybe I would have felt differently if I had experienced the betrayal along with Ari that obviously occurred in a previous book. I would not recommend picking this up to read by itself, but instead as the fourth book in a series that grows and develops as you read.
My favorite part of the story was the brunch date, letting the reader see a softer side of Declan (and his rise to alphahood) as well as the start of what was a tentative intimacy between the two. I also really enjoyed the few chapters that were told from Declan's point of view, letting me into his head put a nice spin on his motivations- I would love more chapters, ooh even a full length story, told from his point of view. I feel like this story was a look into the minds of Ari and Declan as well as their relationship, more than anything else. That being said, there was a lot of action with fights to the death and cool/deadly uses of magic that made me fly through the pages.
Overall this felt like a novella more than an actual novel since it was only 112 pages as per my ereader, so it was a nice quick taste of the world Danielle has been creating. I would be interested to read the other books in the series to see how this part fits in and now I want to know how the series will play out in books to come. This would be a good urban fantasy series for anyone who is in between Kate Daniels books (this world felt kinda sorta familiar to that).
I received this title for reviewing purposes.
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, designer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series. Danielle writes about kick butt heroines in volatile settings and like her, most of them have some level of addiction to coffee.
When not writing, Danielle can be found hanging out with her two children whom she fondly refers to as her little monsters, or catching up on the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Game of Thrones.