OK... ANY book that quotes Monty Python is a WINNER in my 'book'!
"We shall say 'ni' again to you if you do not appease us."
This is a REALLY fabulous YA story... and this YA is a very adult YA. I wouldn't worry about teens reading it, but there is some racy undertones.
"Bite your lip. It's hot. Makes me want to go kick some Viking ass."
The story revolves around Birdie, who has had a less than stellar life. It's so nice to see a somewhat younger character still set today that hasn't been born with a silver spoon or raised by the Cleaver family. There are big bad things out there, and Birdie knows it. She still keeps her wits about her and doesn't succumb to petty greed or other base emotions.
"Jiminy Crickets, I can't handle the pressure."
Do you have a magic mirror that sees into my brain, Julie? I say this ALL the time!
The story flows well, absolutely grabs you from the very first page. And the wit, I absolutely adore books that can make me laugh. And Monty Python and Lord of the Rings references are NEVER a bad thing.
"I've been watching you, Birdie."
"That answer just earned you ten more points on your already very impressive creep-o-meter score."
I really appreciated how VERY unique, and different this story was. I love vamps and shifters, but this was just brilliant. Unique slant all it's own, adds history and lore in small doses, adds a healthy helping of swoon-worthy romance, drags it through a field of fantasy while still keeping it's feet firmly grounded in the present. You get supernatural epic quest meets a rags to riches romance/drama soap... in a good way, definitely in a good way.
"No. Oh, hell no. 'You gotta be kidding me!' I clench my fists. "I am not Bilfro Baggins. You are not a wizard with a pointy hat, and this is not the one ring of power.'"
And Grey... must not leave out at least a teaser of the rock n' roll hotness that is Grey! Hey's hot, he's in a band, he's like rich... but like any good hot male lead, he has his own problems. Grey has that mysterious, can't look away allure that makes you want to be in Birdie's shoes.
"'Perfect technique,' he says, as I manipulate the sticks. 'You're golden.'
I want another lesson."
"And that, kids, is how it's done."
Okay, Dark Obsession Chronicles is in for a real TREAT!
Julie Reece, author of Crux has joined me today for an interview!
*And there was much rejoicing*
24 mph, and that’s quite enough of that young lady, or I’ll be requiring a shrubbery. That or you may be forced to wipe other people’s bottoms and face Tim.
Julie, thanks so much for putting up with my goofy questions! Your book is an absolute gem, and I hope everyone runs out to try it for themselves!
Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess... or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!
Kind Regards,Julie Antonovich Reecewww.juliereece.com
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