Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review - Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe @KrisRadcliffe

Games of Fate
Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon #1
by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Goodreads blurb:  Rysa Torres misses information. Loses concentration. Her attention problems randomize her life but she pushes forward anyway, doing the best she can—until monsters activate a part of her she didn’t know she had.

As visions of the future whip inside her head, Rysa realizes the truth: She’s a Fate.

And she will set fire to the world.

All her options explode. Her family ripped away, what little control she had destroyed, Rysa is left with one choice: Will she die to stop the coming flames, or will she allow the man and the dragon she loves to die in her place?

Games of Fate begins Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon, a New Adult Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic Elements by Kris Austen Radcliffe. Set in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa and Ladon—and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures: Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.

It starts here, now, with one young woman’s fight against a burning future—and against the death of the man she loves.

Contains Adult Sexual Content and some violent imagery.

About the Author:  As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with only a hardcover copy of The Dragonriders of Pern and a sharpened toothbrush. That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling worlds—dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction. After co-authoring Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication, Kris returned to academia. But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of Fates, Shifters, and Dragons—and unexpected, true love.

Kris lives in Minnesota with her husband, two daughters, Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying her house. That battered-but-true copy of “Dragonriders”? She found it yesterday. It’s time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!
I bought this book because I was given the opportunity to review book 2 and wanted to start the series at the beginning.  I would read this book first not Prolusio, but this is just my recommendation because I wished I would have read this first.  If I have time, I’m going to go back and read Prolusio again, and then move on to Conpulsio and Flux of Skin.

The cover to me is bland to me, but it does reference a few things significant to the book :)

Okay first I think you should know this book is written so you get the full confusion of the main character who has ADHD.  It is a bit disorienting, and I was definitely confused in the beginning.  So if being confused while reading a story bothers you, you might not want to read this story (it will be your loss though in my opinion).

This book is packed with action and mini stories of several of the characters through the book but imagine how many stories you’d have to tell if you had lived twenty-three centuries.  If you don’t remember a century is a hundred years, so twenty-three of them is a really long time to build up stories.

Rysa is a very interesting character, and this is the story of her kind of finding herself against all odds and learning to trust and have confidence in herself.  I see students struggle with this all the time, so it is amazing to see if happening in a book.

Ladon and Dragon are a powerhouse team, and I love them both.  They are strong, sexy protectors who slowly reveal themselves along the way as to who they really are.

The family drama, secrets, and Burners make for a great story that you never see the turns coming as Kris reveals them.  I am really starting to like this series and I hope it continues to grow because I really want to love it :)

I recommend this book to all the paranormal dragon fans who don’t mind the ADHD perspective and a little confusion so you understand the main character.

See my review of Prolusio!!

Interested in reading???

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