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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Double Book Review: Twisted Miracles (The Shadowminds #1) by A.J. Larrieu

Twisted Miracles (The Shadowminds #1)
by A.J. Larrieu

Print Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Carina Press (April 7, 2014)
Cass Weatherfield’s powers come with a deadly price.

Cass knows it was her telekinetic gift that killed a college classmate five years back, even if no one else believes her. She’s lived in hiding from her fellow shadowminds ever since, plagued by guilt and suppressing her abilities with sedatives. Until the night her past walks back into her life in the form of sexy Shane Tanner, the ex-boyfriend who trained her…and the one she left without saying goodbye.

When Shane tells her that his twin sister, Mina—Cass’s childhood friend—is missing, Cass vows to help, which means returning to New Orleans to use her dangerous skills in the search. But finding Mina only leads to darker questions. As Cass and Shane race to learn who is targeting shadowminds, they find themselves drawn to each other, body and soul. Just as their powerful intimacy reignites, events take a terrifying turn, and Cass realizes that to save the people she loves, she must embrace the powers that ruined her life

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DeniseZ's review
Twisted Miracles opens with Cass who is alone after moving to San Francisco to escape her telekinetic abilities and attempting to suppress them with sedatives. She is unable to come to terms with the guilt over causing the death of a classmate and wants nothing to do with her gift or the Shadowminds community that raised her, fearing she will cause harm to them or others. However, no matter how hard she tries to run from herself or her gifts there is no escape. There is someone out there who is targeting the community, her best childhood friend is missing, and others are dying; pulling her back into the very life she has tried to escape.

This is a great urban fantasy with a new twist that sucks you in from the very first page. There are different abilities and levels of abilities, guardians, a struggle for good versus evil, and has all the suspense, action, and mystery this greedy reader could desire. The story is well written with wonderfully colorful characters that tug at your heart leaving you wanting more and more. There is also an underlying romance that heats up the pages with some great sensual smexy action. 

Twisted Miracles is a journey of self-realization for Cass, as well as a tale of love and loss, the search for where she belongs, and just who she wants to travel that journey with. The ending was very satisfying and does not leave the reader hanging, but rather eager for the next installment in the series to see what these characters will be up to with their next adventure. I would definitely recommend this for adult urban fantasy fans interested in a taste of something different with great characters and an exciting ride. I received this book from NetGalley.

Sharon's review
How subjective are reviews? Well, I couldn't get into this story. It ended up being a DNF for me. I didn't connect with the characters which meant no excitement for the events unfolding. All the reviews on amazon are 4 and 5 maybe it's me.

About the Author:
A.J. Larrieu grew up in small-town Louisiana, where she spent her summers working in her family's bakery, exploring the swamps around her home and reading science fiction and fantasy novels under the covers. She attended Louisiana State University, where she majored in biochemistry and wrote bad poetry on the side. Despite pursuing a Ph.D. in biology, and by the time she graduated, she had an addiction to writing sexy urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Her debut novel, Twisted Miracles, kicks off her dark, romantic urban fantasy series, The Shadowminds, which follows a group of humans with psychic powers through New Orleans' supernatural underworld. A.J. is currently a working biophysicist in San Francisco, where she lives with her family and too many books.
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1 comment:

  1. I don't think so Sharon, I have read more reviews where the reader did not connect with Cass, or just not like her, for trying to get out of doing her thing time and again, and never being a real kick ass heroine as we like them. So for me, it is not on my wishlist.