This review is part of the Juniper Grove Book Solutions tour. I received a copy of Dysus Dreamer free for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Book: Dysus Dreamer (Halfling Chronicles Book 2) My review for book one.
Author: J.A. Garland
Published: July 1st, 2013
Publisher: Burst Books
Word Count: 70,000
Genre: Urban Paranormal Fantasy
Morality Rating: R for violence and minor adult language.
Readability Rating: 3 stars
About the Author:
Writing under the pen name, J.A. Garland, Jennifer is a full time firefighter in the state of California, an addicted trail runner, a connoisseur of all things cheese puff, and a urban fantasy author. When she isn’t slogging through the obstacles at a mud run, you can find her hunched over her computer unleashing demons, vampires, and werewolves upon the world.
Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?
J.A. Garland has only improved with this squeal to Instinct. Her writing style is clearer, plot is easier to follow, and the characters are fuller. However, the pacing issues remain and sometimes it is difficult to keep up with what is happening to who and why.
Plot: As with the first book in this series, the plot starts right away and the action doesn’t stop until the very last page- if then. Readers who love fast-moving and ever-changing plot twists will enjoy this story line. I found it a little hard to follow, and at times, confusing, but there is no shortage of plot in this story.
Characters: I thought J.A. Garland did a better job with fleshing out the characters in this story. In this book, we see a lot of the character Slade, which we saw little of in the first story. I appreciated the prospective from other characters rather than simply focusing on one character.
Setting: This book is mainly dialogue and action driven. There isn’t much focus on setting. Some of the story takes place in the demon world, and I would have liked to see a little more description on what that world looks like.
Writing: This book remains true to the writing style from the first book, but I thought J.A. Garland managed it a little better this time around. The action and dialogue didn’t read as forced to me. I found it easier to follow along with the action and characters than in the previous book.
If you like paranormal fantasy and urban fantasy, as well as a healthy dose of action from start to finish, you will probably love this book. If you like your character development and plot progression to take a little more time to develop, then you will probably feel like this book is rushed.
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