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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Shadowfae - Erica Hayes

"Steal souls.
Live in hell.
Never die.
In a city infested with psychotic fairies and run by sadistic vampire mafiosi, life as a soul-sucking succubus rarely involves lacy lingerie, hot guys or great sex.Instead, Jade must spend her nights seducing gangsters and murderers, or simpering as a trophy girl for hell's minions.So when she discovers a forbidden ritual that promises to break hell's thrall and set her free, she's got nothing to lose, even if it involves seducing the four most repellent souls in town.But when you're cheating hell, there's always a catch... " -Product desciption from author website.

Jade was greedy as a human, craving for power, and got what she was looking for in a crazy twisted kind of way. She's a succubus. She got the power to enthrall men and suck their soul out of their body.
It wasn't what she was looking for, and after 140 years, she is blazée and depressed until she meets Rajah.Rajah, the incubus. She despise him and yet is drawn to him in a way she can't explain.She might not know yet, but he holds the key to her freedom. Will she be able to break her shackles?

First let's get a few facts straight.

This is NOT a young adult novel.

It should come with a warning "Please read carefully, you might be aroused".

Erica Hayes' debut novel is well written, and oh so steamy. The vocabulary is really diverse, my french-ness was challenged all the way. There are words in that book I didn't even know exist!The plot is well built, and the world is so special. Described to us clear as crystal, yet no humans knows what laying under their noses. Faeries, vampires, demons.

In the first half of the book I felt drowned in sex scenes. They are incredibly well written, so detailed, it turns you on not matter what. I would compare sex scenes in a book with Ice Cream: No matter how rich and exquisite it is, if you take to much it will make you sick. The was just to much sexuality in the first half for my personal taste, and it weighted down the story.

The second half though, WOW. The plot wrapped up, the intrigue unfolded and it was great! Yes there was still kinky encounters but they felt right. I think in that part of the book the steamy scenes were supporting the plot and not the other way around. It was hot, spicy, and well rounded.

The characters were awesome, I loved how Jade was still naive even though she is over 100 years old. Rajah is lovely in his own damned-soul kind of way, loves her but doesn't know how to handle it. I felt pity for Kane (the demon holding both Jade and Rajah in thrall), the guy is so lonely and depressed.

Overall it is a good book, I hope the second book will follow nicely to the second half of the book.

Great work Erica, I'm waiting for the next round!

Click to read Shadowfae's prequel.
Click to read Shadowfae's excerpt.

The chronicles series:
Shadowglass (march 2010)
Book stats:
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition edition (Oct 13 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312578008
ISBN-13: 978-0312578008

Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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3 People left their mark' :

  1. wow, that steamy huh. The cover looks pretty hot, it first reminded me of the LA Banks covers. Great review

  2. Hi :)
    Thanks for the great post!
    I am looking forward to reading SHADOWFAE.
    All the best,

  3. Great review! I'm quite looking forward to reading this, but I'll be wary of the possible 'too many sex scenes' syndrome.