Friday, July 29, 2016

#Book #Review & #Giveaway ~ Kissed by Fire (Blood & Magic, Book 2) by Danielle Annett @chapterxchapter @Danielle_Annett

Welcome to the tour for Danielle Annett's Blood and Magic Series. Today you will read my review of Kissed by Fire, Book 2 in the series. My review for Cursed by Fire, Book 1, was published earlier this week.

About Kissed by Fire (Blood & Magic 2) by Danielle Annett

Release Date: September 13, 2015

As Friend of the Pack, Aria Naveed should be untouchable, protected by the most influential group in the Pacific Northwest. But someone is unleashing rogue vampires to hunt her down, and she is determined to find out why.

When Aria gains command of Sanborn Place and takes on a case involving a mysterious paranormal, her life is put in more peril than ever as she finds herself bound to an influential power player. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s puppet, but must tread carefully as she traverses the streets of Spokane, WA, or risk being overwhelmed by the forces moving against her.

As the only known pyrokinetic in the area, Aria is in high demand, but not for her services. It seems that to those in power, she’s worth more dead than alive, and if a mysterious enemy has their way, she won’t live long enough to find out why.

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My Review:

Warning ~ There will be book 1 spoilers!  Proceed with caution.

After the murder of Mike the owner of Sanborn Place, Aria is informed that the company has been left to her.  Her first case takes her to a farm with paranormal activity.  When the supernatural being comes out of the shadows, it's more powerful than she could have ever imagined.  Calling in her back up, she makes a decision that nearly costs Aria her life.  Her savior does something that saves her life but binds her, as well.

This twist in Kissed by Fire was exactly what I, as a reader, needed, even though I didn't know I needed it until it happened.  I was unprepared for the union but many things in book 1 began to fall into place after the turn of events.  The emotional charges between Aria and her savior are dynamic.  Certain scenes that played out were so realistically written that I felt the emotions that were conveyed.  Powerful!

I enjoyed reading Kissed by Fire.  The second book in the series is even better than the first - and I really liked the first one, too.  The books are fast paced and easy to follow.  Aria isn't the perfect heroine - in fact, she's extremely flawed.  She's had a very tumultuous life thus far and a blast from her past makes things a bit hard for her.  Aria is reckless and impetuous, acting before she thinks about the potential consequences, and is historically unable to ask for help because she has the "I can do anything" attitude.  She learns a lot about herself in Kissed by Fire that helps tamp down the "I can do anything" attitude and forces her to realize that she's not going it alone anymore.  There are other people in her life that care for her and want to help.  Strong and independent is great but putting yourself in harms way to prove a point is just reckless.

The world created by Danielle Annett in the Blood and Magic series is standard for urban fantasy novels.  While book 1 seemed typical and unoriginal, Kissed by Fire changes that up a bit, in my opinion.  I liked the development in Aria's life that binds her to someone.  He's not there to control her (although, I think she would beg to differ) but support her in a way that she's not used to, which is why she has such a hard time wrapping her head around what their binding mean. I also enjoyed the sneak peak into the compound where Aria is taken after a brutal vampire attack, bringing to light just exactly what is going at within the HAC. The characters include shifters of various animal clans, vampires, super-humans, and a harpy.  There are action sequences that deliver and keep the reader engaged.  All-in-all I found Kissed by Fire to be a great second book in the Blood and Magic series.

Review copy provided by the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

About Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic 1) by Danielle Annett

Release Date: January 28, 2015

It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.

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Purchase Links:

Cursed by Fire: BAM | Indies | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Kissed by Fire: BAM | Indies | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Link to Tour Schedule:

Meet the Author:

Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, 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.

Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

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Giveaway Information:

Contest ends August 12, 2016

One (1) winner will receive a print copy of books 1 and 2, and a $10 Amazon GC (INT)

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Janet W. said...

Sounds like a great read!

Natalie said...

I like the cover! She looks so strong!

Sapphyria said...

Thank you both for dropping by :)

Crystal Cox said...

Awesome review! I always love when series just get better with each book!!

Sapphyria said...

Thanks Crystal! I love it when they just keep getting better even when the prior books rock!