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Andrea Cooper

~Review~ The Garnet Dagger by Andrea Cooper

Title: The Garnet Dagger

Author: Andrea Cooper


Publisher: Crimson Romance

Publication Date: March 25, 2013

ISBN-10: 1440565597

ISBN-13: 978-1440565595

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

My Thoughts:

The premise for this book had me really intrigued. An elf bitten by a vampire and banished from Elvin lands until he could break a curse on his people, a situation that had been prophesied hundreds and hundreds of years before he was born? Sounds pretty unique, if you ask me. It could have been great, epic even and the overall plot was pretty good, start to finish. Unfortunately, the execution left quite a bit to be desired.

The sentence structure was odd and confusing at times: “Wished for the sun to rise, to awaken these humans, as they call themselves” and redundant at others: “The excitement which made me excited…”  I assume the former was to discern the Elvin from the human dialogue but it just became distracting. The latter, hopefully just an oversight during editing. There were also numerous, seemingly superfluous, details that hopefully come in to play in later books (existence or non-existence of dragons, the humans believe in them, but the elf “knows” there’s no such thing…). In this one, they were just tedious to read though. I basically skimmed the last 20% of the book, just to get to the finale- Does he kill her or not?

Again, the plot was promising, and there were some good parts. The world-building provided some good imagery, and the background of the curse was well-thought out.  I hope the next in the series helps to redeem its predecessor.

Rating: 2

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More


~Review~ Viking Fire by Andrea Cooper

Title: Viking Fire

Author: Andrea Cooper


Publisher: Crimson Romance

Publication Date: July 29, 2013


Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe – Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.

My Thoughts:

I liked Viking Fire much better than one of this author’s previous books. Kaireen is a feisty redheaded Irish lass that has a deeply ingrained resentment towards the Vikings from the north. They’ve been known to raid and pillage the land and people with no care for anyone but themselves. She is loath of the idea of marriage in general, let alone to one of them.

Despite her continued rebuttals of his proposal, Bram manages to slowly worm his way into her heart. Through many adverse situations he repeatedly proves he is unlike many of his fellow Northmen. He is a man of honor, and of his word, and will no doubt be a worthy husband.

This book was well written and will easily transport the reader to the ninth century from the outset. The imagery and characters were believable and easy to connect with despite the difference in eras. I would enjoy following Bram and Kaireen and hope there are more books to come in this series.

Rating: 4

HEAT Rating: Mild Intimacy with Violence

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More

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