Berls’s 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 13

July 22, 2013 Challenges & Readathons 0

Picking up where we left off, here’s day thirteen in the 15 Day Blogger challenge. It’s hosted by “Good Books, Good Wine,” if you’d like to check it out.

Day 13: Describe 1 underappreciated book EVERYONE should read.  
While I was perusing my bookshelves trying to pick out a book for today’s challenge, I was astounded to discover how few reviews Diana Pharaoh Francis’s Horngate Witches series has received. The first book in Horngate Witches – Bitter Night – has only 207 reviews… and it’s so good, how is that even possible?
From Goodreads:
Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle’s personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she’s lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before….

The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is….

So why should you read it? I haven’t written a review yet, but here’s some highlights:
  • Francis created a refreshing and exciting new Supernatural world. No vampires. No werewolves. Nothing you’ve come to expect.
  • Max, the Shadowblade Prime and main character in this novel, is an incredible heroine. She’s a human turned into a supernatural creature against her will and she’s not thrilled about the servitude that came with her supernatural strength, healing or youth. She’s tough, she’s vulnerable, she’s lovable. You can’t help but adore her.
  • The action! This is true Urban Fantasy in my opinion. Yes there’s a love interest, but that is beyond secondary. This book (and the others in the series) are non-stop action, mystery, and excitement. They’re also filled with incredible descriptions (Warning: not for the queasy) that put you right there.

Ok there’s so much more about this series to love, but I don’t want to ruin it for you, because you’re getting ready to buy it/check it out from the library right now… right?!?

If you are interested in it – it’s only $6.83 on Amazon Kindle, which is pretty cheap. And if you prefer a paper back, that’s only $7.19. I’d break my $5 rule for this series.

I just love finding diamonds in the rough!
What books do you love that are underappreciated?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

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