Dark Swan #1, Storm Born by Richelle Mead, a book review.

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine. Another book review and another book by Richelle Mead. This time the first novel of the Dark Swan series is up: Storm Born, and it’s not a YA book.

I’m trying something different this time for my book reviews and I like to hear what you think about it:

Goodreads description:

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…

My thoughts about it:

When first reading this book it was kind of confusing. I didn’t know what it was about, and it doesn’t get a lot clearer in the first couple of pages. I even thought about not reading any further and put the book away.

A book, for me, needs to be in my heart in the first couple of pages, and this one didn’t, so I had my doubts but continued any way. And was I glad I did. I fell in love with Kiyo, the half human, half kitsune guy. The way Richelle describes him, and oh my, does she describes him.

Although, the first time I learned there was a kitsune in this book I sighed, loud. The first time I came across kitsune was in the vampire diaries, by L.J. Smith. And they sucked big-time. I hated the whole kitsune lore and the way they were used in the vampire diaries books, so I was a little bit afraid Richelle would use theme in the same way, but fortunately not.

And another thing I love about this book, not a YA book any more. I read the vampire academy novels and she does a good job building up the tension between two people. But when it comes to the hot steamy scenes, the climax (no pun intended) it kinda lets you down. But in the dark swan novel? Richelle makes up for it, big time.

Also, getting Dorian in the mix, he perusing Eugene and the comments he makes about her and to two of them getting together, is a lot of fun to read. Although I still sometimes question the whole shaman thing. I don’t know. It doesn’t interest me that much. For me it’s a sideline story and I see the whole Kiyo, Dorian, Eugene interaction more as the main story. And that’s why I love it. Eugene is questioning her own motives about being human and this brings in another great storyline in the mix.

So, if you read through the first couple of pages until things get interested I rate this book 7.5 out of 10. And I can’t wait till read the other books.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.


About hotcutegirlygeek

Hi I’m Mendy, 30, live in the Netherlands together with my lovely cat Sir James. I’m a social worker who works with drug addicts and homeless people by day and a geek, avid blogger and aspiring author by heart. I read, write, blog, bake and create. More about Hot Cute Girly Geek

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