Saturday, May 21, 2011
All Things Weird & Wonderful Saturday!
Each Saturday Royal Reviews will be posting a review about a book that is both Weird & Wonderful. A book that has that extra special quality that makes you want to tell random people about its Weird and Wonderful ways. So please join us as we take a look at All Things Weird & Wonderful!
This weeks Weird & Wonderful book is AWAKEN THE HIGHLAND WARRIOR by Anita Clenney
Title: Awaken The Highland Warrior
Author: Anita Clenney
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
How I Read it: Mass-Market ARC from Publisher
Release Date: May 2011
A MAN FROM ANOTHER TIME,
AND ANOTHER WORLD…
Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. He has been sleeping for centuries when Bree Kirkland inadvertently waked him, and he’s hungry in more ways than one….
COULD BE THE TREASURE SHE’S BEEN SEEKING ALL HER LIFE…
Modern Bree shocks Faelan in every way imaginable-her dress, her speech, her spunkiness. And he infuriates Bree every time he tries to protect her-can’t he see she can take care of herself?
With horrific demon enemies suddenly on the move, Bree discovers that Faelan’s duty as protector is in his blood, and she’s the only one who can feed him, body and soul….
(from the back of the arc)
This was my first time reading a novel by Anita Clenney and I have to say it will not be my last. Her writing has a brilliant flow that captivates the reader, and in certain spots, I found myself reading even fast as the action picked up. Being a paranormal I was surprised at how interested I became in this novel, normally I tend to lose focus as the plot takes on more of a science fiction vibe, yet with this novel, even though it is paranormal, I found the plot to be believable (not that I believe these things can happen, just that the writing wasn’t forced or so out of whack it made you stop and go what in the world).
The characters were brilliant and very enjoyable to read and each brought their own bit of weird and wonderful into the mix.
Bree is obsessed with the past, particularly the American Civil War, yet her world turns topsy-turvy when she discovers that the ‘treasure’ she though was contained in a vault is actually a Highland warrior from another era. Drawing on bits of information from the Book of Battles, which her Grandmother had in her possession, Bree cannot decide if Faelan is a warrior, or a demon.
Faelan, is a Highland Warrior- although not the typical warrior one might expect, instead of battling other Highland clans, he battled demons and no, not the personal kind. Awakening centuries later, Faelan finds that so much has changed. Women in his days should have been cherished and protected, yet it seems that women these days, particularly Bree, seems to want no part of the protection he has to offer. Torn between duty and desire things become a bit heated, as he has to rely on Bree for his every need.
Of course, when you have a hero you must also have to have a villain, so allow me to introduce you to the creepy Druan. We see his villainy in the prologue, burying a vault or rather watching as his minion buries the vault. We also get a sense of foreboding with the last sentence “Nothing could stop him now.” We then discover that Druan is intent on unleashing dieses that would destroy the world.
Over all this was a rather interesting paranormal romance. The concept was intriguing to read as well, and who would not want to awaken a Highland warrior? This book held elements of both the weird and the wonderful, and I found that I could not put it down.
Overall, the plot can in summed up in a few lines. Bree awaken a Highland warrior who is tall, dark, kilted, and highly irresistible. Faelan, said warrior, must try not to allow his longing for Bree to interfere with his mission to kill Druan, the evil villain intent on starting a demon-germ warfare.
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Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 8:51 AM