Saturday, September 17, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - STORM BORN by RICHELLE MEAD - DARK SWAN # 1 4.5 KIYO STARS!!

By : Richelle Mead
Published By : Bantam Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from library , 493 Pages

RATING : 4.5 UBER SMEXI KIYO STARS WITH A SIDE ORDER OF DORIAN!

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...


BOOK REVIEW:



When a book starts off with a possessed Nike shoe, you just want to keep turning those pages. I loved ‘Storm Born’. The title is perfect for the story.


Eugenie Markham is a Tuscan 26yr old Shaman, who loves Milky Way chocolate bars. She wears the tattoos of violets and leaves spread across her lower back. Her eyes are violet. On her right upper arm she has the tattoo of a snake, Hectate, Goddess of Magic and a crescent moon and tattooed on her left upper arm, butterfly wings wrap around and touch behind her arm, half black , half white, the Goddess Persephone. Behind her neck, connecting her back is tattooed a moon with an abstract woman’s face in it , Selene, sexual Goddess. She carry’s athames , a Glock .22 and a wand, these are her weapons for survival against the Otherworld that inhabit the human world.


Nandi and Volusian are her enslaved souls , her minions. Finn just decided to hang around one day and does what Eugenie requests.


Volusian, I really like him. He is pure evil and tells Eugenie time and time again what he will do to her when he is released, not very pleasant what he has in mind. His bark seems worse than his bite, or is it?


Nandi is a Zulu woman who is enslaved for 3 years to Eugenie, accused of witchcraft centuries ago, bound to Eugenie for her service in exchange for eventual peace.


Eugenie’s housemate Tim, is of Polish background but his genes have given him a strong Native American appearance, go figure. He looks more Indian than the locals, why not try and cash in on it and the women. He is a hoot!


Wil Delaney’s sister has been abducted by fey and he needs Eugenie’s help. Together with her minions she crosses over to the Otherworld in body, a very dangerous , foolish venture to retrieve Jasmine from Aeson.


In the Otherworld , Eugenie is led to King Dorian , who really grew on me. He discovers the Milky Way chocolate delight and enjoys croquet among other things and learns what a Brazilian wax is...* waggles eyebrows*. He is quite the character and has found a special spot in his heart for Eugenie. He also knows a lot of secrets that he lets Eugenie discover for herself, no matter how painful.


Kiyo , tall dark handsome, Japanese mother, Latino father..oooo yes he is as good as he sounds. We get a wonderful introduction to this hottie. I love the names of his cats, Death, Famine, Pestilence, War and Mr Whiskers..ha!


One minute nobody knows Eugenie’s name, the next a whole line up of horny gentry are after her, not stopping until they get her pregnant, something Eugenie is in no hurry to do.


There are some great twists in this story , I love a good twist, keeps the brain thinking. I have also started Richelle’s , Georgina Kincaid series and am having trouble deciding which one I like the best. Dark Swan or Georgina Kincaid? ....hmmm.


The Dark Swan series is proving to be a sexy, mad mouse rollercoaster ride of sharp turns, hot guys, an evil minion, horny gentry, lust, silk ties ( think mild bondage) Milky Way bars, an ex relationship that may not be so distant and a new land that needs attending. I’m looking forward to cracking open ‘Thorn Queen’.


FAVE QUOTES:


“I want to make love to you while that indecision still torments you, while you’re still not sure if I’m a god or a monster or simply a human like you. I want to be with you in that ultimate moment of vulnerability, when your desire wars with your instincts and every touch of my body triggers both fear and pleasure in you.”



“Once I beget Storm King’s heir, all gentry will pass into this world, smiting the race of humans.”

“Okay, Mr. Old Testament. I can’t honestly believe you just used ‘beget’and ‘smiting’ in the same sentence.”



I looked around at us all: me in my nightgown, Kiyo bare-chested, Dorian in his extravagant robes, and Tim in his Native getup.
 “God ,” I muttered, standing up, “we look like the Village People.”



“Oh , God. I’m trapped in the %^#&$#ing Chronicles of Narnia.”






Michelle

2 comments:

  1. I'm not really familiar with Mead aside from seeing a lot of Vampire Academy raves. Thanks for posting this, I'm glad she has adults for the not so YA generation :)

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  2. Hi Braine,

    I shall be posting my Georgina Kincaid reviews shortly, must get the books back to library, as it is they are probably going to be chasing me with a rolling pin as I am couple days over due, didnt want to mess up the series in order mojo. I have a habit of reserving books and getting book 3 , then 2 weeks later book 1 and 2 which leaves me with severe time restraints. Georgina Kincaid series is very adult, great fun to read. '

    Michelle

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