Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book Review: Silent Howl by Stacey Kennedy

THIS REVIEW WAS WRITTEN FOR: NIGHT OWL REVIEWS
RELEASE DATE: February 7th, 2011
CATEGORY: Paranormal Romance
ISBN:978-1-59578-767-5
PUBLISHERLiquid Silver Books
LENGTH: 102 pages in PDF format (50,428 word count)
HEAT LEVEL: Sultry/Steamy/Beware of Sexy Alpha werewolf ;-) 
BUY THE BOOKLiquid Silver Books $5.95 (various formats available)
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS
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*This ebook was provided to me by the author for review

SUMMARY:(blurb taken from author's site)
The Blue Bloods ~ Book Two
Liquid Silver Books ~ February 7, 2011
When murder threatens innocent lives, will one woman unleash the wolf within her or hide behind the human that cowers in fear.
Rynn Murphy is a werewolf and she is in a state of bliss―her junkie parents are in recovery for their drug addiction. Her Grandfather, Pops, suffering from Alzheimer’s has settled into a nursing home in Utah. And she has just witnessed the bonding ceremony of her friends, Nexi and Kyden from the Otherworld. With her mate, Briggs by her side, life can’t get any better…
But this happiness is about to end as Rynn is brought to Philadelphia. As a Blue Blood Werewolf, she has been given a special gift to possess a strong scent. And after horrific murders take place in the Pennsylvania territory, Rynn must use this ability to seek the killer out…
This task does not come easily, Rynn is struggling. The human in her flees from danger. The wolf in her is desperate to end his murderous rampage. Rynn must reconcile these two halves while these murders begin to cross State lines. Soon, danger will be all around them, and Rynn will have to decide what is more important―the human who remains in her or the wolves she has sworn to protect…

TEASER:
Plymouth, Minnesota may have been voted America’s best place to live by Money
Magazine, but Briggs would argue that point. It’s really a vague memory now. Such a
short time ago, his mate had walked home from a long shift with sore feet and a deep
ache to her back. What she hadn’t known at the time was that walk would change her life
forever. Attacked, bitten and then transformed into a werewolf—it was of no surprise to
him that she was still trying to adjust to the horrors of that night.


FAVORITE LINE:
Instead, she gave them a wave as she tore a strip off Valor's gravel driveway.

PLOT:
A great continuation of the Blue Blood series! I'm just as satisfied with Silent Howl as I was with the first installment An Everlasting Bite. After finishing the first book I immediately picked up the second ready for more of Rynn and Briggs. The action didn't stop with the ending of the first book. No sooner had she returned from her friends bonding ceremony, Rynn finds herself knee deep in danger once again. Ms. Kennedy delivered a dosage of action and tension while lavishing the reader with a love story meant to pull at the heart. There were definitely sexy moments of spicy love making between the hero and heroine, so watch out for one devilishly powerful alpha werewolf! He'll demand your attention for sure.
I love to see how authors pull together a spin off series based lightly on another series they've penned. Some have a hard time creating a new series that is unique and different yet the same as the original series, so far Ms. Kennedy . Yes, we as readers do demand different material while wanting more of the same! Ms. Kennedy has no such trouble. She's managed to keep my interest in her Blue Blood series with compelling characters and an interesting plot that follow the rules and restrictions of her Magical Sword series. At the same time, this story focuses more on the Earthworld rather than the Otherworld, where the guardians of all things mystical reside. The world building of Rynn's world runs parallel to our 'real' world, blending together werewolves with unknowing humans. The author focused more on helping Rynn accept her new life as a werewolf mated to the beta and the bond they have formed. In Silent howl, Rynn is coming into her own. This fact alone has been interesting to follow. The strength within her is, as I always say for a strong heroine, something of an inspiration. Something I'll take with me long after I have finished the book.
  
SETTING:
The story starts out in Rynn's home town of Plymouth, Minnesota then moves to the Otherworld for a wonderful and touching bonding ceremony for Rynn's friend, Nexi. However the good vibes and happy feelings don't last long when a murder has been reported and her help as a blue blood is required. Rynn soon finds herself running through the back woods from Philadelphia to Baltimore hot on the trail of the killers.  

WRITING:
Kennedy's Blue Blood series is told in third person. If you have read any of her other books you'll notice the lightness she sprinkles throughout her stories to add humor while also giving the reader that rush of adrenaline with her action scenes. She also writes in a unique style all her own. She forgoes weighing down her prose with to many details and opts for a more action packed book. The one thing I found in Silent Howl was the switch from third person to omniscient on a couple of occasions. The grammar was not as polished as I expected either, however neither slowed the reading nor broke my interest in wanting to find out what would happen by the end. 

CHARACTERS:
Rynn started out as a small character in Kennedy's Magical Sword series. Her story began after being violated by a werewolf in human form then attacked by the same werewolf while animal then left for dead, it was a miracle she lived at all. To pull herself up far enough to find the good in her life and to help others is a lesson I took away from this book. True she had a huge amount of help from her bonded mate, Briggs, but she had to have found the inner strength first before accepting the helps from others. This speaks highly of her as a strong heroine to me. Briggs of course proved himself a worthy mate for Rynn, as he never faltered in providing the love and strength as well as the understanding Rynn needed from her mate. Both characters have grown nicely together proving that love can help a person rise above the pain of their past and move on towards a solid life filled with happiness.

LAST THOUGHTS:
Ms. Kennedy has done it once again! Silent Howl should not be missed! Anyone that loves paranormal romance and wonderful characters that pull you into the story will enjoy this book. Her style is unique, and as I've said before, possibly unconventional, but her story telling is addictive none the less!

OTHER REVIEWS BY BOOKIN' IT FOR STACEY KENNEDY
BOOK 1 ~ The Blue Bloods ~ AN EVERLASTING BITE
BOOK 1 ~ The Magical Sword ~ THE WILLOW
BOOK 2 ~ The Magical Sword ~ THE WICKED
BOOK 3 ~  The Magical Sword ~ THE DEVIL'S KISS
BOOK 4 The Magical Sword ~  FIRST AND LAST
INTERVIEW WITH STACEY KENNEDY

WHO IS AUTHOR STACEY KENNEDY:
I love the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre and love a series more!! Nothing can hook me in more than an adventure and one that keeps on going. I love a page turner, one where I’m up at a ridiculous time and my eyes burn because I can’t stop reading. Witty characters, dominant men, danger, action, romance and hot sex―oh my!
My novels are lighthearted fantasy, heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again.  I’m not a planner.  I don’t write with a set idea because no matter what I plan, the characters’ voices always come through and demand I listen to them. So, I gave up trying to fight it!

Discover more about author Stacey Kennedy HERE!

MY RATING: 4.5 STARS
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Until Next time...Happy Reading!!!

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