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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Book Review: Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan
Author: Alexa Egan
Series: Imnada Brotherhood, book 1
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: From publisher for review
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For more information visit Alexa Egan's website
Reviewed by: Stephanie
Actress Bianca Parrino had no idea going to her friend Adam's funeral would plunge her into a paranormal world. Captain Mac Flannery is Imnada, a secret race of shape shifters. Even though his kind turned their backs on him after he was cursed by a Fae, Mac thinks it's vital to his people's survival that they remain hidden. Fearing his comrade revealed himself to Bianca, Mac inserts himself into her life to see if she knows anything as he looks for Adam's murderer. Not one to sit idly by, Bianca joins the search and uncovers a world she never knew existed. A world that, despite a growing attraction, she has no place in.
In Regency era England, Bianca's independent thinking is ahead of her time. Free from a abusive marriage, she's a successful actress who has closed her heart off from love and wishes to live alone. A panther shifter, Mac was shunned by his own people after he was cursed. Since then, he's grown cold and wishes for nothing more than the end of his curse so he may return to the clan that brutally cast him out. Having read similar books, it was easy to predict that Bianca and Mac would alternate from giving into the burning desire and denying it exists because they can't possibly have a future together. Neither the romance nor either of these characters are terrible, both are strong individuals who really care for each other but have obstacles to overcome, but it's nothing I haven't read before.
What attracted me in was the Imnada. They've hidden themselves away after a war with the Fae that nearly killed them all. Now, it's their ancient way of thinking that's inching them closer and closer to extinction. There are those who believe, including Mac towards the end, that things need to change before their kind is no more. There's shape shifting action and some history revealed but I thought the surface was only scratched. I really want the light shinned on this mysterious race because everything I've learned so far has been very interesting and the possibility of learning more will have me coming back.
Bianca and Adam's main focus, aside from failing to ignore their obvious feelings, is to find their friend Adam's killer and also learn how he broke free of the curse he, Mac, and two of their Imnada comrades share. But the killer has not gone away and has Mac and Bianca next on the hit list. It's no secret as to who the killer is or what the motives are because that's revealed early on but the anticipation and uncertainty of when everything is going to collide added suspense and I believe paid off well in the end.
Demon's Curse is an engaging, well-written story with a lot to offer. The romance and main characters were predictable but it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the HEA. Some parts were slow, I usually anticipate some lagging in historical books, yet I thought this was a good start to something that could grow to be great.