Thursday, September 22, 2016

Uncaged Review - Shadow Born by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton

As seen in Issue 2 of Uncaged Book Reviews. To see the full issue, see the link below.

Shadow Born
Jasmine Walt & Rebecca 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
New Adults OK

Blurb: Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret... and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed. 
Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancé dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play.
Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible.
If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know?

Uncaged Review: I actually picked this book up as it was on my “wanting to read” pile for awhile. This is promising new series in the land of Urban Fantasy. I liked the lore of the supernatural world that the authors present, and the characters are complex.

Brooke is a Detective with the Chicago PD, and transfers (temporary) out to Salem, Mass. to help uncover the truth about her fiance’s murder. Already knowing about vampires in Chicago, she soon learns there are many other supernaturals, and even Brooke herself has powers that put her in the supernatural group.

As she starts her investigation, she meets with a powerful fae, Maddock. The two team together to solve a case of missing supernaturals, and in return, Maddock will help her find out more about her fiance Tom’s death.

This is a very rocky relationship, but it’s not really romantic, at least not in the first book. The attraction the two feel for each other smolders under the surface, but I would not consider this a romance, at least not yet.

I think this has a lot of potential to be a great new series. Suspenseful, and full of action, it may easily find it’s place in the convoluted Paranormal genre. It’s listed on Amazon as New Adult, Fantasy, SciFi - but it sits firmly in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal world to me. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars

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