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Review: Silver Shark by Ilona Andrews

Posted March 14, 2017 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Silver Shark by Ilona AndrewsReviewer: Holly
Silver Shark (Kinsmen, #2) by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kinsmen #2
Published by NYLA
Publication Date: September 16th 2011
Pages: 96
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Claire Shannon is a killer. She uses no weapons, only her mind.
Born on a planet locked in a long war, Claire is a psycher, a woman with the ability to attack minds and infiltrate a biological computer network where psychers battle to the death. But when the war abruptly ends, Claire must hide her psycher's ability to survive. She is deported to a new planet, a vivid beautiful place, where she meets Venturo Escana, a powerful psycher, whose presence overwhelms both her mind and her body.
She thought she had left war and death behind, but now she must fight for her new life and this battle might just cost her everything...

Claire Shannon was born on the war planet Uley. For eons two companies fought over the right to use the planet’s resources, which meant nothing existed there but war and death. It was a gray planet with very little to do but fight, prepare and sleep. Claire is a trained Psycher, someone who can enter the bionet (think psychic plane, like the internet, Matrix style) and navigate through to access data and/or kill enemies. She’s a soldier. All comforts have been given up for the sake of the war. When the war suddenly ends, Claire hides her true self so she isn’t killed on sight (psychers are considered much too dangerous to be allowed to live) and ends up getting deported. Her new planet is filled with light and color, sounds, textures and strange flavors. For someone who lived with nothing but gray, it’s a lot to take in. But she’s determined to fit in and do her best.

She’s given housing, clothes and a job at the outset. She becomes the personal assistant to Venturo Escena, a  self-made businessman and psycher himself. She needs to fly under the radar so she isn’t killed for being a psycher herself, but she’s a true leader, she can’t help but push for more – for herself and others. It isn’t long before she’s indispensable to Venturo…or before she’s half in love with him. When one of her countrymen comes to her for help, she knows she can’t turn them away, even though it means possible exposure of who and what she really is.

The romance is secondary to the rest here, but it really worked. Andrews’ excels at building complex, multi-layered worlds. Both planets were easily imagined, as was Claire’s determination to live and succeed in her new life. I do wish this had been longer, or that there were more books in the series. At 96 pages, this ended much too soon. The conflicts were resolved, but I wasn’t ready for it to end.

3.5 out of 5


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Review: Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy

Posted July 27, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoyReviewer: Rowena
Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy
Published by NYLA
Publication Date: May 15th 2015
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Multicultural & Interracial, Contemporary
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A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from author of the bestselling Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy...

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?

When Ames told me about this book, I really wanted to check it out because How to get Away with Murder? I can dig it. So I had some pretty high hopes going into the story and at first, I didn’t think that I was going to finish it. I thought the dialogue was pretty cheesy and Thea low key got on my nerves with her attitude but for some reason, I couldn’t put this one down for good. I needed to find out what happened, if Thea ever got her Dad out of prison and what would happen between Levi and Thea because Levi wanted her something fierce.

What I can say about this book is that it ended up surprising me. I thought for sure in the beginning that I was going to hate this book because the heroine wasn’t really likable to me and the back and forth between here and then got on my nerves but I will say that JJ McAvoy did a great job of making me keep reading. I kept telling myself that I was done when Thea would snap at Levi about something dumb or when Levi would do something in class that made me low key not like him but I kept reading and when I finished, I wasn’t mad.

This wasn’t an easy book to read and while the characters made me roll my eyes down the street from time to time, there were things that I did like. I liked the relationship between Thea and her sister. I liked that her being black and him being white wasn’t a big deal. I liked Levi’s sister and best friend and I liked seeing Levi and Thea’s week together. So while this wasn’t the best book that I’ve read, it was still interesting and Thea’s story really came together in the end which was good so that’s something. And that cover? HOLY HOT DAMN, I LOVE IT!

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from NYLA. You can purchase it here or here in e-format.


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