Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Savage by B.N. Toler book 3 in the Healer series ....a don't miss novel.
I'm befuddled, yes befuddled this story has twisted me up into a pretzel and I don't know how to feel. What a ride! I loved books 1 and 2 in this series but with this book it takes the series from really good to GREAT!
I've been asked many times how to classify this series is it paranormal romance, UF is it young adult what? All I can say is yes! The series starts out with the main character Aldo being young adult...high school age but so much happens and as we ride the twists and turns of her story she grows into new adult ...the story slides in and out of Urban Fantasy to paranormal romance to dark urban fantasy with romantic elements. It is all these things but most of all it is Aldo's story..her life, her loves, her losses, her challenges and in this last novel her pain. The change from this annoying almost TSTL character to this dark, gritty, kickass heroine was remarkable and we the reader got to experience all her emotional experiences and take this ride with her.
I truly noted B.N. Toler's growth as an author through this series as well. Don't get me wrong I love her contemporary romances as well but this series is the one where her skill shines. In Savage, she has created a darker world, with more pain, it is gritty and well Savage. The characters also take on this darker more haunting aspect, even the character who we met in book one have grown and developed more of an edge. I found as I was reading that every time I turned a page there was something different about someone, as I approached the last chapters I found my HEA that I must have in my reads only to have BN rip my heart out with another twist.
So for all you potential readers out there...read book 1 and 2 first...it is a MUST. Ms Toler was wonderful enough to give a great reminder prologue that will tweek your memory since so many things happened in the previous books and I for one really appreciated this. Make sure you have drinks and snacks handy cause once you start you will not be able to put the book down...and if you are thinking of getting any sleep I suggest you do away with that illusion now. The book will grab you and not let go. Also when the books ends you will want to smack Ms Toler on the back of the head and say YES ...YES ...YES...why are you asking....just get to it!
With all this you will know I"m giving this outstanding novel a 5 star rating and a t'irla recommendation with excellence. A definite can't miss book for 2014...I know it made my top 10 list. Now...go buy it....and get reading so we can all chat about it!
Note: this novel was given to me by the author for an honest review.