Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Rising Shadows by Bridget Blackwood

Title: Rising Shadows (World in Shadows)
Author: Bridget Blackwood
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3.5
Sexual - 3

Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown
into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers. Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans. There’s a war quietly brewing in the shadows. Rachel stands between mankind and those creatures that live in the darkness. Enhanced with power she doesn't understand, she’ll tip the scales, but who is the real enemy?

I don't usually go with half stars on a review, but this book was too good to be considered average, but had just a handful of small things that kept it from a four.  The beginning of the book was incredibly confusing at first.  We are thrown into a world with very little explanation - very much like the main character is.  The author does a good job of showing the reader the confusion Rachel experiences, but I just don't like being confused - a personal thing.

Once  Rachel hooked up with the paranormals things got much much better.  I love the world Bridget Blackwood has created.  It was a great mix of reality and fantasy with the paranormal trying to fit in, but never quite being able to all the way.  But Rachel is an anomaly, she doesn't fit in either world and her abilities and trust will be pushed to their limits.

I don't want to give too much away about the romance because it comes fast and sudden and is a turning point to the story.  They are incredibly sweet and loyal to each other and seem like a great match.  Their relationship was a great way to develop and really show off the good and bad of both characters.

There were tons of side characters that I would love to know more about.  I think the politics and relationships Blackwood has started to develop here could turn into a very successful series.

Keep an eye out for book 1.5
My review will be up soon.

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