Tour’s Books Blog

November 17, 2009

Book Review: Dragon Storm by Bianca D’Arc

  • Title: Dragon Storm
  • Author: Bianca D’Arc
  • Type: Alternate world paranormal romance
  • Genre: Erotic ménage romance; shifter; series
  • Sub-genre: Dragon Knights series
  • My Grade: C+ (3.2*)
  • Rating: xx
  • Length: about 80,000 words – full novel length for $4.95 introductory to be $5.50
  • Where Available: ebook available at Samhain; not available in print at this time
  • FTC Disclosure: purchased ebook on publisher website

Bianca D’Arc is a favorite writer of mine and when she’s on, she’s excellent, when she isn’t, it’s often average with glimmers of her potential coming through.  Unfortunately, Dragon Storm falls into that second group.  I don’t know if it’s the pressure to write too many books a year or not, but this fluctuation in the depth of character and complexity of story is very noticeable.  The same wide variations can be seen in her Blood Brothers vampire series.  In her Dragon Knights series, it stays mostly above average, but here we go back to shallow, poorly developed characters whose sole purpose seems to be to introduce another set of lead characters.  If you haven’t read her previous Dragon Knights books, you might find some of this confusing. (more…)

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August 1, 2009

Book Review: The Wolf by Jean Johnson

The Sons of Destiny series by Jean John got off to a so-so start with The Sword.  I’ve now finished Book 2, The Wolf, and Book 3, The Master is underway.  Here’s how things are moving.

  • Title: The Wolf
  • Author: Jean Johnson
  • Type: Fantasy
  • Genre: Alternate World
  • Sub-genre: Magician/Shifter
  • My Grade: C+ (3.4*)
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Where Available:  Any bookstore

The Wolf has a storyline that was pretty much as predictable as the tides, but the pacing, the improved world building and the ending gave the story an edge over The Sword.  It felt like Ms Johnson was starting to get into her own story here and began building a more interesting, complex world for her characters.   We have the fully expected story of Wolver and Alys, his childhood friend in a ‘woman in jeopardy’ sort of trope.  Alys is a ward of her evil uncle (a non-blood uncle to the 8 brothers), the mage who has been sending all of the illegal war-creatures and magical attacks at the castle. (more…)

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