by Desiree Lafawn
(Northwoods Fairy Tales, #1)
Publication date: July 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
I previously posted a blitz about this book with a promise that I would be reviewing it when I had the chance. Well, the time has come. Desiree Lafawn’s new novel is an adult paranormal romance. While the magic was different and unique, I had some issues with the storyline and occasionally with the writing.
Quinn was attacked by an evil entity in the forest as a teenager, but the great magic inside her helped transform a raven into a boy who saved her. After being taken to the hospital, she lived the next 10 years of her life thinking she was crazy as doctors told her that her memories were hallucinations. Wanting to find out what happened for herself, she travels back to the lodge where it happened and finds that the boy, Corbin – now a man, is still waiting for her. Will their bond still hold? Will Quinn be able to make peace with what happened? And Will she and Corbin be able to fight the evil that still roams the woods?
The magical usage in this book was creative and different than most paranormal books on the market. I had never read about these types of creatures before, which was a definite plus. Also, while the love between Corbin and Quinn was instantaneous (which I normally abhor), the storyline behind it made sense and made it more bearable. The characters were interesting and the story held my interest.
Here’s what I didn’t like. First, just a pet peeve, but the author’s favorite adverb was fairly. Every chapter seemed to have an adjective that was enhanced with it. I don’t know if it was because I had an ARC copy and she was using it as a stand in, or whether she really didn’t have access to a thesaurus, but it bugged me. The other thing that bothered me is that the first 80% of the book was just Quinn and Corbin reuniting. There was no conflict with the big baddie until the last few chapters of the book and that led to the rest of the story feeling rushed. I also couldn’t understand why the bad guy didn’t just grab Quinn by him/herself, saving the trouble of using others to get to her which ultimately caused his/her downfall. It seemed like a rather dumb mistake on the part of the villain.
Overall, this book was okay. It was a traditional paranormal romance in that it had the required sex scenes and deep love/lust between the main characters. The creatures were unique, but the story needed a bit of editing. If you’re a fan of romance over story, this might appeal to you, and it’s not a bad book. It’s just not a series that I see myself continuing.
3.5 out of 5 stars