I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kissed by Fire by Danielle Annett
Series: Blood & Magic #2
Published by Independent on September 15, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
As Friend of the Pack, Aria Naveed should be untouchable, protected by the most influential group in the Pacific Northwest. But someone is unleashing rogue vampires to hunt her down, and she is determined to find out why.
When Aria gains command of Sanborn Place and takes on a case involving a mysterious paranormal, her life is put in more peril than ever as she finds herself bound to an influential power player. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s puppet, but must tread carefully as she traverses the streets of Spokane, WA, or risk being overwhelmed by the forces moving against her.
As the only known pyrokinetic in the area, Aria is in high demand, but not for her services. It seems that to those in power, she’s worth more dead than alive, and if a mysterious enemy has their way, she won’t live long enough to find out why.
I read Kissed by Fire in just two days! That’s pretty quick for me in general, but when you consider my current reading habits with the new job, that’s extraordinary! I just had such a good time with every minute of Kissed by Fire and I can’t wait for more of this fun world and characters that Danielle Annett has built.
I think my favorite part of this series is the main character, Aria. She has so much freaking potential – I mean she basically spontaneously combusts! But she doesn’t have the BEST control of that ability yet. There’s nothing I love more in my Urban Fantasy than a character that with SOMEDAY be incredibly kick ass, but is still a little bit hampered by their own weaknesses. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Aria already has plenty of reasons to be called kick ass. The control she does have over her ability is dangerous and she’s trained enough to be a threat without it. But MAN!! When she gets control of her abilities…. just watch out, it’s going to be scary as hell!
But there’s more to her than her abilities – she’s got a complicated past and when we enter Kissed by Fire, Aria is facing that past in unexpected, painful ways. Her grief and resulting foolheardy mistakes were well-written. And the consequences of one her mistakes were… WHOA! I’m so excited for where that particularly story thread is going to go. Vague enough? Well you’ll have to read it to figure out what I’m talking about, I’m not into spoilers 😉
I also really enjoy this world, broken by the Awkenening – when humans became aware of paranormals and stupidly tried to defeat them. Humans continue to be dumb (suprised? me either!) and one of the central themes of the series is the scheming that Aria is working to uncover involving Shifters, Vampires, and Humans. People like Aria – a pscyh – are considered human because of their genetic “sameness” but Aria doesn’t see things so black and white. She’s best friends with a pack member, and as Kissed by Fire begins Aria has basically moved in with the pack. Needless to say, a plan to restore human supremacy doesn’t sit right with Aria, not at the expense of lives. So seeing her work to take that plot apart has been fun.
My one complaint with Kissed by Fire would be that a lot of the biggest, plot changing moments felt stumbled upon. Aria is doing a lot, but she’s not really accomplishing much because of her efforts. In a lot of ways she’s good a stumbling into the right path and at other times, is pushed like a pawn into paths (which may or may not be the right path). Despite that lack, I enjoy her blundering successes and I’m nervous about the moments I think she’s been a pawn that she may not even realize yet – so it’s mostly working for me!
Depsite being called Kissed by Fire, don’t be fooled into thinking this is going to have a lot of romance. It doesn’t. But it’s Urban Fantasy, so I”m not really looking for it. But there are romantic threads and a couple kisses – so I have a feeling future books will see a bit more romantic steam too!
So much still hangs unanswered as Kissed by Fire ended and I just can’t wait to see what happens next!
ABOUT BOOK 1 in the series
CURSED by FIRE
Released: Jan 28, 2015
See my review
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.
Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.
When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
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