Friday, June 15, 2012

New series Recommendation

Book #1

If you like whales...actually even if you don't especially like them, I would recommend this series. Okay, the first book in the series starts off more like a romance, with some animal storyline thrown in for good measure. An exciting ending and the promise for a continued/resolved romance subplot had me quickly signing up for book 2. That's when I knew this one was a keeper.
After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

My thoughts after reading book #2, Exhale:
Holy shnikes, this one is a new favorite. The followup to Inhale, a recent discovery, was more than a little surprising. I have to say, this one definitely doesn't disappoint, and accomplishes in graduating from a promising series that has a good romance and some original animal storyline filler to full-on awesome intrigue and storytelling.

I'm at a loss for words at the moment, but suffice it to say, if you liked the first book, you will be blown away by this one. No saccharine cookie-cutter romance or predictability here. If you guess what ultimately happens, then you are definitely more observant and smarter than me. My only warning is that each book seems end with a semi-cliffhanger. If you hate those like I do, I would recommend holding off until the series ends.

This book starts right where the last book leaves off, with *redacted due to spoilers*. Yes this took an awful long time to happen, but these books aren't filled with unnecessary drivel like some other series (Shades *cough* of Grey *cough-cough*). There is an actual story, worthy of my full undivided attention. The whales take more of an active role in this book, taking on more anthropomorphic characteristics. It actually tugged on my heart strings quite a bit, and I'm not a whale lover by any means.  It's not that I don't like them, I just never really gave them much thought.

I can't describe too much more without giving the plot away, so I'll just say that this book is fast paced and well worth the read if you liked the first book. As in, yes that's my full on recommendation to try this series out.

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

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