Amaryllis

Bibliographic Information 

Audiobook $96.00
Paperback $7.99
Hardback $16.00
Kindle $5.99
Associated ISBNs 9780671569037
9780671021436 — Paperback
9781574901399 — Hardcover
9781451624014

Rating (VOYA)

4Q, 3P

This is a really well written and well thought out novel. The plot and characters are pretty believable and the world Castle built is pretty fleshed out.

It is a Paranormal Romance, which won’t appeal to everyone, even romance readers.

Readers Annotation

 

Summary

Amaryllis is a high powered prism in New Seattle. She is hired by tychoon Lucas to help him discover if an employee being manipulated psychically. They are instantly attracted to one another. After the job is complete, Lucas comes up to Amaryllis’ apartment and the two connect.

Amaryllis becomes intrigued by the mystery of her former mentor’s death, and Lucas. She goes to her mentor’s former office and talks to the secretary. She gets a mysterious phone call that tells her to go to an exotic club and talk to a dancer there. She goes with Lucas and discovers his psychic talent is much greater than he lets on. They sleep together.

Amaryllis and Lucas see each other despite the fact that they’re both filling out match making applications (people get matched to get married, its not socially accepted to match yourslf). Amaryllis and Lucas break into the University at night and he hires a private investigator for her.

They solve the mystery of who killed Amaryllis’ mentor and decide to get married. It turns out that the match making company had matched them anyway.

Evaluation

This reminds me a lot of a fanfiction trope, I wonder if the trope originated from here… This is a really trope filled romance, but its still really good. Virgin girl, rich experienced man. Instant attraction. Little mystery. Psychic powers. The power of LOVE. Despite all that, its actually a really well written story with an intriguing world and characters.

I think the plot was pretty good. I always find insta-attraction unbelievable, but most people wouldn’t. The little mystery was nice and the way that the two characters came together is pretty believable.

The two main characters (Amaryllis and Lucas) are very well fleshed out, though the side characters can suffer a bit from one dimension traits. The setting was pretty compelling though there were some questions. The action was pretty convincing. The only problem I had with the characters was that Amaryllis was almost unbelievably naiive.

I really enjoyed this one, and got pretty invested in the story. I think anyone who like Paranormal Romance will like this one. Its a pretty good book.

Genre

Futuristic Romance

Readalikes

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Significance

A really well written Paranormal Romance is hard to find, and this is one of them. Really compelling plot and characters.

Book Discussion Questions and Ideas

What do you think about the conventions of Talents/Prisms?

Was the romance believable? Or the fact that they did end up matched?

Discuss the pros and cons of arranged marriage in the context of the story.

Author’s website

Janye Ann Krentz

Awards

 

Reviews

Amazon editorial reviews

Goodreads

Why I Chose It

Another Required Read. It did have a bit of genre appeal, with an interesting premise.

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Dragon Bound

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Bibliographic Information 

Audiobook $29.99
Paperback $7.19
Hardback x
Kindle $7.99
Associated ISBNs 9780425241509
9781101514399

Rating (VOYA)

3Q, 4P

This is a pretty cliche Paranormal Romance, that isn’t very well written. Its not horrible, but its no Amaryllis.

Its pretty par for the course plot-wise, but it has a sarcastic voice that is appealing. It won’t be appealing to anyone who doesn’t like romance novels.

Readers Annotation

She stole from a Dragon, and now she’s been caught by him.

Summary

Pia has been blackmailed into stealing something from the Dragon Dragos. She stole a penny. She puts a spell on her ex so he can’t speak about her, and goes on the lamb. She runs to the Elven lands in the south. Dragos uses a witch to track Pia down, and comes to her in her dreams. Dragos finds her shortly.

The two are strong armed into leaving Elven territory and are promptly abducted by goblins working for Dragos’ arch-nemesis the Dark Elf lord. Dragos breaks them out, they sleep together and go back to his penthouse. Dragos puts her under guard.

Pia discovers she’s pregnant, get abducted by Dark Elves and taken to the other world. She gets free and Dragos rescues her.

Evaluation

This is the most ridiculous book I’ve ever read.

This is just silly. He’s huge, hung, dark and broody. Of course the instantly are attracted to each other (she after all, is some mysterious sparkly (literally) creature and she STOLE FROM HIM!). Of course they hook up (a lot). Its all the cliches. But its actually fun? Its so over the top ridiculous that its fun? It takes itself pretty serious, but at the same time it knows what it is. This book was stupid, and stupidly fun.

The plot is silly and predictable. The characters are pretty amusing, except for the ones that are the VILLAIN, and the barely touched on Elves. The setting was pretty compelling. Its an interesting world where people know about the Elder Races and there are holes into the other world.

I think people who like Paranormal Romance, or Romance in general would like this book. Its stupidly fun.

There are so many flaws! Seriously. Why the insta-romance? What’s so special about Pia? OMG, you’re a big beautiful man I love you! You’re a beautiful (sparkly) woman I must have you! Seriously, this book is not big on plot.

Genre

Paranormal Romance

Readalikes

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

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Significance

A sarcastic heroine, some subverting of gender roles, and some lady power all in a ridiculous wrapping.

Book Discussion Questions and Ideas

What did you think about the reveal of Pia’s supernatural self?

Discuss Pia and Dragos’ relationship.

What do you think of the world Thea Harrison has built?

Author’s website

Thea Harrison

Awards

RITA Award for Paranormal Romance

Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award – Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: 2011

Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award – Book of the Year: 2011

Reviews

PW

Amazon

Why I Chose It

I wanted to go full Paranormal Romance so I looked at all the RITA winners for Paranormal Romance and this seemed like the most ridiculous plot I could handle.

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