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Book Review: Lost in Paradise (World in Shadows #4) By Bridget Blackwood

Lost in Paradise (World in Shadows #4)
By Bridget Blackwood

July 27th 2016

262 pages
Determined not to be ruled by Siren law, Ianthe of the Lorelei suffers the consequences of a quickly intensifying Fae Civil War. Seeking refuge from the violence Ianthe agrees to join a quest to aid Winter Summersun, a contender for the Fae thrones.

Zander Rush is the half-Mer treasure hunter hired by Winter to retrieve an ancient prize from the sea. He’ll need a Siren’s help if he wants to get close enough to touch the shipwreck where it's hidden. Sirens aren’t known for being helpful; they thrive on death and misery. His only chance of success lies with the unusual Ianthe.

On their journey, they’ll face storms, sharks, Sirens, Mer, diminished gods of old, and untold monsters of the deep. Zander will learn that his reluctance to learn about Fae history hinders him. Ianthe will see she’s stronger than she ever knew and that she's more than an outcast Siren. Together they’ll find that Life's greatest treasures can’t be held in your hands.

Lost in Paradise is a high seas adventure set in the World in Shadows universe. Rogue siren Ianthe of the Lorelei, confidante to the Bonvillian family, finds herself thrust into danger as a result of the looming fae civil war. Helpless in her current situation, Ianthe agrees to join the dangerous mission of Zander Rush, a half human/half-merman treasure seeker. Their goal: retrieve a magical relic that will give Winter Summersun an edge in her fight for the fae throne.

World in Shadows is a consistently entertaining and engaging paranormal series. The characters are well crafted, the setting creative, and the over-arching story line complex. I enjoyed the fantastic nautical aspects of this installment. Sirens, mermaids, mermen, sea gods, and monsters were fun additions to the series. The romantic relationship between Ianthe and Rush is a slow bloom; it’s a more realistic evolution as opposed to some of the instant attraction stories common to the genre.

My basic criticism of Lost in Paradise centres on want. In my review of book three, Belong to the Night, I noted the momentum of this series and my adamant belief it’s headed towards an explosive conclusion. While I enjoyed Lost in Paradise, I felt the series slightly stall. Winter and Varian are my favourite character. It’s clear they’re going to factor heavily in the future, it’s just taking a long time to get there; their plot advanced only marginally in this installment.

I’m unsure of the planned trajectory for this series, but I hope the main event begins to unravel more quickly as frustration is beginning to mount.

About the Author:
I'm a hopeless romantic and a sucker for love stories with a happy ending. I grew up in East Texas, where I met and married my high school sweetheart. Together we moved to Southern Illinois and have called it home for over a decade now.

The characters in my head are loud and bossy. I began writing down their stories in self defense. My first book, Rising Shadows, comes out on February 14, 2014, the first in a paranormal romance series called World in Shadows.

A social butterfly by nature, I love to talk. When I am not writing, I enjoys video games, going out for dinner so I don't have to cook, and laughing as much as possible. I am a big horror movie junkie, I watch gobs of them. I have an addiction to eye shadow, crazy hair colors, tattoos, and glitter.

At home, I'm a wife and mother of three children, Blackwood Boy, Ballerina Blackwood, and Baby Blackwood. I also claim my fur babies; a pug, a boxer, and four cats bent on world domination.

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