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Friday, August 16, 2013

Review: Shadowed Threads by Shannon Mayer

Book 4, Rylee Adamson Series
Publisher:  HiJinks Ink Publishing
Date:   August 15, 2013
Pages:  206 pages/388 KB (e-book) 
Rating:  4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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Told in the first person.  And at times it seems as if Rylee is talking directly to the reader.

This book is part of a series but I recommend that you not read this as a stand-alone.  This is my first book in the series and I think that if you want to understand who Rylee is, and the rest of the characters, you need to go back and read the books you’ve missed (if any) – I intend to do that especially after I read the first chapter.  Shannon has me hooked – I’m intrigued!

This story starts off with a wolf that is hungry for a taste of witch.  Then the story switches to Rylee fighting a black panther.  His name is Will and he happens to be a cop.  That scene is perfect movie, or TV series, material. 

Jack is a character that makes me think of Charlie from “Charlie’s Angels” fame.  It’s not quite the same because in the series you never get to meet Charlie but it’s how much he cares about Rylee’s little group.  There are too many characters in this book to mention so you will just have to get your own copy so that you will meet them all.

This is certainly a book that is full of action starting right from the first page.  We see all different kinds of paranormal characters here that would be a great fit for the Syfy Channel.  Shannon then has me laughing during some serious moments.  I don’t know if that was intentional or not but I loved it – it made the scenes seem just that more real.  It also becomes apparent that this series must be read in order because of Rylee’s interactions with Milly. 

If you have a list of music you listen to while reading, might I suggest that you listen to Freddie Mercury and Queen when reading this book.  The music just seemed to fit perfectly.  I found it helped to set the mood.  If you go to her web site,, she’ll give you a play list for some of her characters.

For me, my favorite character was Alex – I know, you’d think it would be kick-ass Rylee.  But as Rylee says, he’s always saving her ass and he’s such a gentle soul.  You can’t help but smile.  But I have to say that at one point, I was a little jealous of Rylee because she gets to ride on a dragon – I have dragon envy.  My problem though is heights – oh well, I’ll just have to dream (it’s amazing how we’re not afraid of anything in some of our dreams).  I also see some traces of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – but in the early days.  I didn’t like Buffy too much toward the end of the series.  Rylee would have been much better!  One thing about reading a paranormal, that when you try to think about comparing characters you can only compare them to the characters/actors we see on the screen - unless you happen to know someone who also happens to be some kind of paranormal.

This story may seem confusing because there are so many twists and turns so don’t try to speed read.  Also, Shannon is great about not revealing anything too soon.  It’s what makes the reader want to turn the page and to continue reading this great series.  And you will be happy to know that book five, titled Salvaged, is tentatively scheduled for October 24.

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