Book Review: Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn

I hope you guys aren’t going to get tired of hearing about Yasmine Galenorn, because I do intend to try and read all of the Otherworld series, and there are (as of right now) sixteen of them. Here’s a review of the third book in the series – Darkling.

Darkling

I was happy to see that this book tells the story of the third of the D’Artigo sisters – Menolly. She is a vampire, which means that, as of yet, we haven’t seen as much of her as we have of the other two sisters. As a vamp, she can’t go out during the day, so when they’ve been off doing things, she’s been down in the basement. Because of this, she has in the past come off as a bit of a flat character. In this book, however, we find out why.

All of the D’Artigo sisters have had the experience of being ostracized due to their half-breed status. Menolly has been separated from them even further because of being a vampire. She can’t spend as much time with her sisters and can’t be there for them all the time. She feels very isolated, but doesn’t want to burden her sisters with that fact, since there isn’t really anything they can do about it.

Menolly puts up a strong front, but her isolation is only part of it. We find out exactly how she became a vampire, and boy oh boy . . . it’s not pretty. At all. She was spying for the OIA on a group of vampires led by a man named Dredge. Unfortunately, Dredge catches her, tortures her in every way possible, then changes her into a vampire so she can go back to her home and attack her sisters. Her sisters, by the way, have no idea how bad the attack was because Menolly shielded them from the truth.

Dredge is up to no good though, creating a bunch of newborn vampires to wreck havoc on the city. He’s also most likely in league with Shadow Wing, the greater demon who is trying to destroy everything. Menolly has to face her fears and try to sever her ties to her vampire sire.

This book is my favorite of the series yet. Menolly is definitely a kick-ass heroine, which I always appreciate, but she has a softer side as well. This book allows you to see that. Another thing that was fun – we get to see Otherworld! Menolly and Camille travel through Otherworld, avoiding the fairy queen’s people, to both find out information and to help Menolly escape from Dredge’s influence for good. I hope we get to spend more time there in later books.

Once I get through with some of the other books I have to review, I will definitely move on to book four in this series. These books are so much fun to read!

Book Review: Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

Today’s book review is of the second book in the Otherworld series – Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn.

Changeling

To start off with, I am really appreciating the fact that Galenorn is willing to experiment with some tried and true fantasy ideas. It makes her stories really fresh and interesting, not to mention a lot of fun to read. Also – you never know what’s going to happen.

Changeling tells the story of Delilah, the middle of the three D’Artigo sisters. Delilah is a werecat, but doesn’t transform into a big, fearsome beast – she transforms into a tabby. Because of her mixed, half-human half-fae blood, Delilah doesn’t always have control over her transformations, much as Camille didn’t have the best control over her spells. All three sisters are pulled back into the action when they learn about a series of mysterious murders happening in one of the local werepuma tribes.

I will break here and say that I really love that there are lots of different kinds of weres, not just werewolves.

This also brings Zachary Lyonnesse into the picture, a georgeous werepuma who has come to the sisters to help solve the mystery. The sisters, of course, wonder if these attacks have any connection to the demon Shadow Wing, who is still at large and trying to retrieve the seven seals. Delilah is also very much attracted to Zachary, despite her current relationship with Chase, her full-blooded human boyfriend. The fireworks, they are going off. Big time.

And if you’re wondering what the girls will have to fight in this go around – one word: werespiders. Because spiders weren’t creepy enough.

Changeling was another fun read that I enjoyed thoroughly. I love that I’ve found this new series, especially since the story keeps changing and evolving, introducing all kinds of new things into their mythology. The characters are fun, the stakes are high, and I can’t wait to read more.

Book Review: Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

You remember, back at the beginning of the year, I made the commitment that I would that every book series that I began in 2014. And I mean to keep that, I do. Really. Then my podcast co-host suggested that we read Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn for the show. I readily agreed, since I know that she has good taste. I checked it out on GoodReads and saw that it was the first book in a series.

And then I saw that this series currently has fifteen books in it. That’s . . . a lot. Luckily, the first book drew me in and made me excited. Otherwise, I’d be in trouble.

Witchling

In Witchling, we meet the D’Artigo sisters: Camille, Delilah and Menolly. The three are half-fairy, half-human, now living Earthside. This first book is told from Camille’s point of view. She is a witch, but due to her half-breeding, her spells don’t always go right. Her sisters have similar issues. Delilah ended up being a were, but instead of a fearsome beast, she turns into a tabby cat. She also doesn’t have the best control over her transformations. Menolly has a whole other issue – she has been turned into a vampire.

At the start of the book, supernatural creatures are now out of the “broom closet,” so to speak. Most full blooded humans (also called FBH) are fascinated by the fae, but there are of course some who are less than pleased. The D’Artigo sisters work for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, charged with keeping relations between humans and supernaturals smooth. Unfortunately, someone out there is murdering supernaturals. Jocko, a “small” giant, is found dead, the rope used to strangle him seething with demon energy. Camille and her sisters are pulled into the mystery of trying to find out where these demons came from and what they are doing Earthside.

Demons are not the only thing to worry about. There’s also trouble brewing at home, which threatens to throw Otherworld into a devastating civil war and cutting off the Earthside fae from their homes. In addition to all that, Camille has personal problems of her own, namely men. There’s Chase, a FBH operative for the OIA who is doing everything he can to win Camille’s affections (it’s not working). There’s Trillian, a dark Svartan and the bad boy that Camille can not resist. There’s Morio, a Japanese kitsune sent to help them. And then, the most complicated of them all – Smoky. He’s not exactly human or fae. He’s a dragon, who can when necessary take human form (and no, Smoky is not his real name, but he won’t give them that).

If you’re looking for serious literature, this is not for you, but this book was a good time. The mythology and paranormal stuff was interesting, the characters are fun, and the story has a lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing. I really like these three sisters. They have a strong bond with one another and you can’t help but root for them, even though they are somewhat inept at what they do. And yes, even though this series has a ton of books, I plan to finish it. I’ve already finished book two, Changeling, and I am half way through book three, Darkling. Reviews of those will come along soon.

Teaser Tuesday for February 18th

Teaser Tuesday

Sorry for my absence from the blog world, folks. Between the weather and personal stuff going on, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. I’m back to do a Teaser Tuesday for you though, hosted as always by the lovely MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here’s how to play:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here’s a description of a very intriguing character.

He had a five o’clock shadow that wouldn’t quit. The beard gave him a rugged look, and I couldn’t pull my gaze away. I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about the man, but I had to admit that he was gorgeous in a lumberjack sort of way.

Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

I’m enjoying the heck out of these books. They’re fun and fast paced, with interesting characters and lots of supernatural drama. I will hopefully have a review of Witchling, the first book in the series, up some time this week.

Please leave your teasers in comments!