Before The Storm
A New Adult Urban Fantasy
Domaine du Dragon Rose
A 5 grape blend pink wine
Lexi: It is official...I have read my first book labeled New Adult. And how much fun was this book!
Crystal: LoL I guess it was NA, I didn't even think of that while reading. I was so wrapped up in the fantasy part of it all, swept away by the magic, RL held no meaning. ☺ But, yay! Our readers don't know that I've been trying to get a NA book in you for a while now it seems. Silly me for not thinking of finding one with UF in it sooner!
Lexi: Yeah, yeah, you are leagues ahead of me, buuut good choice of an UF! Before the Storm is a paranormal romance/UF. For me it started out slow but the enigma that is a windwalker (which our heroine Halle happens to be) kept me going. And I am so glad it did! There is so much history behind Halle’s magic, and I still feel there is more for us to learn! That or steal her book written by the first windwalker. Did you get hooked right away on Halle?
Crystal: As a romance lover, I adored the fact that this UF had a little bit of PNR in it. Not too much, I don't think, to distract die hard UF readers but just enough to keep us romance readers happy. ☺ Before the Storm was a slow start for me as well and Halle was a very closed-off character, so that made it a bit harder to connect with her. But once the world of magic was revealed and answers slowly started to come, I was hooked! There were some odd names here and there that took a while to wrap my head around and remember who was who, but the world Claire Ashgrove has created here is unique and enchanting.
Lexi: This is a Claire Ashgrove book so we knew there would be some good romance in there somewhere. And she delivered, with Kale. I loved him the moment he showed up, knocking Halle to the ground. He is such a good guy and even though he may not always directly tell Halle the truth he is honorable. Anyone else going to chime in with a dreamy sigh?
Lexi: There are some other alluring characters in Before the Storm. Marcus Wintergrave for one. I really enjoyed how Claire introduced new paranormal beings/creatures. Nothing like getting up close and personal with a Jadukara biting your leg. Any favorite characters you are looking forward to seeing in the Windwalker series?
Lexi: Being my first foray into New Adult I was pleasantly surprised. Halle is young and clueless in many things, but she is strong and her sense of wonder as she uncovers her past and history are infectious. I am ready for book two!
Series: Windwalker #1
Author: Claire Ashgrove
Format: Paperback/ebook, 304 pages
Published: April 21st 2014 by Untamed Spirit
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Reviewer: Lexi and Crystal
Halle Rhoads has a terrifying gift--she can kill with the fury of the storm.
She should have known that kind of power wouldn't go unnoticed. Thrust into a world full of dark magic with a handsome stranger who claims he can teach her, she struggles to master her abilities and stumbles onto a dangerous truth. She's a windwalker, the chosen vessel of the ancient dragons who once ruled the world. Many will stop at nothing to possess the power in her blood, should they discover her secret. With necromancers hunting her and Halle's closest allies guarding secrets, mastering her magic becomes a matter of necessity.
But accepting her destiny is altogether different. For doing so means she must sacrifice everything.