Sunday, September 15, 2013
MY THOUGHTS: Blaze of Secrets (Book 1 of the Asylums for Magical Threats) by Jessie Donovan
About the Book
To avoid persecution, the Feiru will do anything to keep their elemental magic a secret from humans -- even lock away their children for life. Few know what goes on inside the prison system for magic users, but that is about to change...
Kiarra Melini overhears the dangerous secrets of her blood and decides that if Feiru elemental magic is to survive, she needs to die. But before she can finish the deed, a handsome black-clad man kidnaps her from prison and introduces her to an anti-prison activist group. As the prison retrieval squad hunts for her, Kiarra must overcome the demons of her past or risk losing not only her new found freedom, but also the man who reawakens her desires and captures her heart.
Jaxton Ward finally rescues his older brother from prison, but instead of helping with his brother's recovery, he's ordered to train Kiarra -- a stubborn elemental fire user who claims her magic is gone. But just as Kiarra starts trusting hi with her secrets, the prison enforcers catch up with them. Now Jaxton must find a way to keep his family safe while also protecting the only woman able to ignite both his tempter and his passions.
Blaze of Secrets
(Book 1 of the Asylums for Magical Threats)
is now available:
eBook ISBN: 978-0989733601
Print ISBN: 978-0615852195
About the Author
Jessie Donovan wrote her first story at age five, and after discovering the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey in junior high, realized that people actually wanted to read stories like those floating around inside her head. From there on out, she was determined to tap into her over-active imagination and write a book someday.
After living abroad for five years and earning degrees in Japanese, Anthropology, and Secondary Education, she buckled down and finally wrote her first full-length book. While that story will never see the light of day, it laid the world-building groundwork of what would become her debut paranormal romance, Blaze of Secrets.
Jessie loves to interact with readers, and when not traipsing around some foreign country on a shoestring, can often be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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NOTE: This review contains NO spoilers
I'm always open to reading books from new authors...and, I'm glad I did with Jessie Donovan's debut novel, Blaze of Secrets. Being in a genre that I enjoy reading, paranormal romance, the book's overview piqued my interest. I was lucky to get a free ebook from Jessie to read, then review on Goodreads. And, I am so glad that I did get that opportunity to read this debut novel.
Jessie Donovan has an incredible knack for world-building with amazing detail...as well as her character development throughout the story. However, Blaze of Secrets did seem to be a bit slow on introducing me to this Feiru world, but that passed quickly as the mystery and intrigue took over as many "secrets" were put into play that took me on a whirlwind adventure of espionage and clandestine operations.
I was drawn in to this secret world of the Feiru and the "secrets" that revolved around them...that's what author Jessie Donovan did with the opening of this story. After reading each chapter, more and more was revealed...and, there was no doubt that there was more than meets the eye to the plot of this story. Being the first book of the Asylums for Magical Threats, Jessie definitely wrote an exciting, thrilling and adventurous opening for this series. I couldn't put the book down until the "secrets" were revealed. Her characters were well developed and her world-building was intriguing. I absolutely enjoyed all the character's chemistry with each other....at times, I found myself laughing as these characters interacted with each other. And, her plot...well, Jessie Donovan did an amazing job at grabbing my interest and curiosity with enough action-packed scenarios and mystery to keep me from putting the book down until the situation was resolved and answers were given. As for the romance part, there's enough to keep it "steamy."
Blaze of Secrets is a story filled with a mix of the paranormal element, mystery, action, suspense, drama and romance that kept me turning the pages. I definitely enjoyed that whole clandestine/espionage and intrigue element in the book. And, now, I find myself looking forward to reading Book 2 of the Asylums for Magical Threats series.
My rating 4.25 out of 5 stars