In Rebel of the Sands, a girl flees her hometown with a mysterious stranger through lands filled with magic and danger. In Bloody Acquisitions, everyone’s favorite vampire accountant deals with hunters, pocket dimensions, and rival vampire clans. In Elemental Thief, a thief with magic works with an enemy to get back an artifact she stole before it ends up in the wrong hands. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three fantasy books!
I definitely enjoyed this book. I loved how the world was a mix of the Old West, Middle Eastern culture, and fantasy. I liked how Amani wasn't a perfect character who always took the moral highground---sometimes she thought about doing the wrong thing, sometimes she did do the wrong thing---but she grew as the story went on. The demdji (half-djinn) aspect was cool. I liked seeing the different abilities the demdji had, the different ways the author used djinn mythology. One thing I didn't like though was that the romance felt forced; I didn't feel anything between Amani and Jin. I also never really connected to Amani. Mostly, the way I feel about this book is that I liked it, but I don't know if I liked it enough to spend the time and money to continue the series. But if it sounds good to you, I would recommend it!
This was yet another sweet, light, funny, enjoyable audiobook in the Fred series. It's getting harder for me to review them though since I've liked the same things every time. Fred is definitely a unique, atypical sort of vampire, but that's what makes him so likeable. The found family aspect is great too. I also thought it was neat getting to see a vampire hunter from a vampire's perspective. There are lots of books/movies/shows in which hunters just go around killing any creature they find, but just because someone is paranormal, that doesn't means they're a monster. Oh, also, I would totally read a book about Arch. Anyone who can sit at a table pointing a gun at hostile vampires with one hand and casually eat his meal with the other is someone I want to know more about lol. Anyway, these are not the most action-packed or gripping books out there, but they're definitely enjoyable to listen to!
*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a good start to a new series by an author whose previous fantasy series I really liked. The pacing, the writing, the story, the characters, all of it was good. But that's the thing, this one was good but not great for me. I think all the dangerous stuff and secrets and sinister plots and twists just felt like a bit too much, although they did keep things surprising and interesting. Also, just a note, although this book didn't have any romance, I get the feeling there might be some in future books. I'm not sure this was quite right for my tastes, but I think plenty of readers will love this book and its dystopian/post-apoc world, elemental magic, mysterious characters, and headstrong teenage protagonist.
Have you read any of these fantasy books?
What's the most unique world mash-up you've ever read about?
Do you ever come across side characters you'd love to know more about?
Have you ever read about elemental magic?