Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#BookReview - Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1) by Shannon Mayer

Title: Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Supernatural

From the Back Cover:

“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.” 

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

I’m on the FBI’s wanted list. 

I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life. 

But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn’t know a thing about the supernatural. 

One whose kisses set me on fire.

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My Review:

I absolutely love strong, kick-ass heroines... and Rylee Adamson is no exception. Ever since she lost her sister due to mysterious circumstances at a young age, her supernatural abilities have come "online" and she has the rare ability to Track. When children go missing and the authorities don't have any leads, the parents of these children frequently seek Rylee out as a last resort. Armed with only a photograph and a name, she can find them -- dead or alive.

The supernatural world of witches, werewolves, orcs, trolls, harpies, vampires, and unicorns is definitely memorable and highly entertaining. I loved seeing the different approach to all of these creatures and Rylee's unusual place in the world. The characters were a lot of fun and many of them endearing (Giselle, Alex, and even our irksome FBI agent). The first book in this series has a lot of promise and I'm anxious to follow along to see how the rest of the series develops.

The story itself was very good... my only issues was that the world-building and characters could have used some more development. I would have liked to have seen the story and characters fleshed out a little bit more so we could get more into Rylee's head and really experience her emotions. I'm writing this review after I've already read the second book (and onto the third)... and I will say that the author's writing has improved since the first one. I'm anxious to see how it further evolves in the later books.

On a side note, there's a little bit of romantic tension... and a little bit of romance in the next book. However, I don't think writing romance or intimate scenes is this author's strong suit. It's the characters relationships and the story itself that really shines and sucks the readers into the world.

Overall, I do recommend this book to fans of Paranormal, Supernatural, and Urban Fantasy. It's a pretty quick, fast read... and if you're like me, you'll immediately pick up the second book in the series. You really can't go wrong. Now... I'm off to go read more about Rylee and her (mis)adventures.

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About the Author:

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, I was born into a family of Star Wars nuts. I have a lot of siblings (somewhere I lost count but I think there was more than could be numbered on one hand) and being one of the young padawans I was subjected to Star Wars marathons, on a regular basis. If you’ve read any of my books you’ll see there is often a reference to said movies as a small homage to my upbringing. May the force be with you and all that jazz.
I started writing when I realized I didn’t want to grow up not believing in magic, or not believing in creatures everyone else said didn’t exist. That being said, I have never seen a fairy, unicorn or dragon. I had a neighbour who swore they fed the leprechauns in their garden, but I never caught the little buggers no matter how long I lay in wait. (And consequently had to help the neighbours plant new flowers to replace those I killed waiting for the leprechauns to show their faces.)
Along the way, I found my husband who is the rock that keeps me from floating away into my dreams, and we have a little boy who is the centre of our world. Living on a farm keeps us busy (as if the writing wasn’t enough) and I have more than my share of stories about wrestling with cows, helping birth calves and ending up in the creek during the process, falling in the mud (we’ll call it mud but we all know that on a farm, mud is rarely mud) and chasing escaped livestock in the hopes the four legged convicts don’t make it to the highway.
I’ve taken up archery, and the goal is to move into horseback archery in time (you know, when I can hit the target on a consistent basis) and when no one is looking, I love to bake (this doesn’t happen often as it’s hard to keep the sweet treats in stock with two boys in the house.)
As to what’s coming next for me? More stories (since those never stop inside my head, I might as well share them with all of you!) and more adventures. Pretty much, when the fancy strikes, I’ll jump on it. Leap before you look I’m sure that motto was created for me.
Or was that . . . think big and dream bigger, ready, set, pull the trigger . . . yeah. That one is a good one too. But only if you have a gun. And are hunting elephants. Which is not cool because of so many reasons. Let’s stick with the first one with an addendum.
Leap before you look and let your dreams carry you on their wings. And that, my friends, is me in a nutshell.
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