May 31, 2013

My Friday Review: Centaur Legacy

Title: Blood Debt (Touched Series Book 1)
Author: Nancy Straight
My Rating: 4 conch
Source: Received for review - blog tour
Buy At: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Summary from Goodreads: Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.

The Review: After facing the loss of her mother, Camille discovers truths about her family that she wasn't quite ready for. I enjoyed Nancy's take on a new mythological creature and I hope that we get to learn more about them. Camille, for the most part, was a character I liked, although she neglected to focus on her strengths (powers) at times when it really didn't make sense to me. With the multiple POVs, the reader was able to get a larger picture of the plot and I think that worked. Drake, Camille's love interest, was likeable but the connection between them felt too sudden. I'm hoping that there is some kind of mythological reasoning behind the insta-love, I-can't-live-another-day-without-you confessions. Overall, this book was action packed with a nice blend of plot, character development, and world building. I'm looking forward to picking up the next one!

The Good: I loved the title - very fitting. Also a new type of mythology not overdone in this genre.

The Issue: Insta-love and I would have liked to see a stronger ending (despite being a series).
The Rating: 4 conch. Overall a great start to a new series and I'm anxious to read more.
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Title: Centaur Legacy (Touched Series Book 2)
Author:Nancy Straight
My Rating: 4 conch
Buy At: Amazon
Summary from Goodreads: Camille and Drake are on the run from the head of the Centaur Council, seeking the mythical pasture of Thessaly and a family heirloom that may keep them safe. As their journey progresses from the rolling hills of Ireland to the snow covered forests of South Dakota, Cami learns more about her mother’s secrets, including a twin brother and a Centaur legacy that puts a death warrant on her entire family.

Camille and Drake don't know who to trust or where to hide. Camille’s family is quick to come to her aid, but who among them can be trusted?

A supernatural benefactor forces Drake to choose between being the man he wants to be and the Centaur warrior Camille needs him to be

The Review: I liked this one better than the first. It picked up right where Blood Debt ended and was full of action from start to finish. I like those kinds of books where you barely have a chance to catch your breath, and Nancy didn't disappoint. We get to see Camille learn more about who she is and accept her powers with grace. I'm glad that there was more about Drake and Camille's relationship because I had a hard time feeling it in the first installment. Drake is an honorable Centaur, so honorable, we're thrown for a loop toward the end of the book. I'm also enjoying learning more about the secondary characters and am intrigued to see how that plays into the bigger plotlines. In all, this one kept me guessing and I'm glad Centaur Legacy is now out because I want to know how Drake is going to get through customs!

The Good: Fast-paced, lots of action and more development on the romance side.

The Issue: Would like to see more Cameron and some twists that I'm not sure how they will play out.

The Rating: 4 conch. Exciting second book and looking forward to the next.

Title: Cold Blood (Book Two of The Dirty Blood Series)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
My Rating: 4 conch
Buy At: Amazon

Summary from Goodreads: Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected. For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles. Unless they're kicking your butt in the process.

At least I've got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De'Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he's destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn't going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point's evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?

The Review: In this book, we get to meet a whole new group of characters as Tara is shipped off to boarding school. And this isn't just any boarding school, but a place where she has to learn who she is...and fast. We don't get to see much of Wes in this one, and it made it hard for me to believe their undying love for each other. Especially with how quickly she is attracted to Alex. But that being said...I think I like Alex better. I guess I'll have to see where it all goes in the next book (which I'm reading now!). There is an interesting scientific twist with hybrids and I found that intriguing. Although at first I missed the characters from Dirty Blood, I grew to like these new ones and I'm anxious to see how they all connect. Yes, the wolves still talked but I think I'm getting over that now!

The Good: New well-developed characters that I hope will continue on with the story.

The Issue: The love triangle...not sure how I feel about it yet.
The Rating: 4 conch. Solid second book leaving me wanting more. - See more at:

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