Friday, June 29, 2012

In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In Other Worlds (Includes: Were-Hunter, #1; The League, #3.5)

In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon

3.5 in The League series and a prequel to the Were-Hunter series

5 stars

In Other Worlds is a collection of novellas by the wonderfully talented Sherrilyn Kenyon. You can argue with me on the talented part, but I stand by my love for her books. On to the book… the first novella and the reason I checked this book out at the library is FIRE AND ICE. Fire and Ice is a part of the League series. The story follows Adran Quiakides the son of Kiara and Nykyrian (Born of Night). Adron was crippled after trading his life to save a pregnant lady’s from a nut case. He meets Livia at a bar. Livia is a princess who is forced to marry a man twice her age because she is a virgin. She decides to have a one-night stand to take away her virginity to get out of her marriage proposal. I love the League novels, even this novella, that has me wishing it was a novel. I loved Adron and it was funny how much he reminded me of his father Nykyrian. Livia was a sweet girl, but she was a very strong character. I wish it was longer…

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

Character Scale: 9.5

The second story is KNIGHTLY DREAMS. Knightly Dreams follows Taryn a girl who just got out of a terrible breakup and has a terrible day. Her day just kept going from bad to terrible with every step she took. Taryn stumbles upon a bookshop she’s never noticed before. She is persuaded to take a romance novel featuring Sparhawk the Brave. Sparkhawk wants out of the world he was created to live in, so he seeks out the help of the witch to help find a new world. When Taryn wakes up the next morning she finds Sparkhawk in her bed. Wow even after having read this a while back I’m still a little dazed by. I’m not sure what happened because it went from slow to so fast I had to reread some parts, but I enjoyed. Is it odd that I liked how it made my brain hurt? I like books that make me think and this book definitely had me doing that. I liked Taryn and Sparkhawk. They were good characters, but I liked Adron and Livia more.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

Character Scale: 7.5

The third and final story in this collection is DRAGONSWAN. Dragonswan is something of a prequel to the Were-Hunter series. Sebastian is a shape-shifting dragon cast off from his people for mistakes he has made. He meets Channon, a museum curator (I think that’s what she is, but I’m not sure… oh I know I’ll look on SK’s website real quick). It says she’s a professor/historian on her character profile, yea I could see that. So Sebastian meets her at a museaum while she is looking at the tapestry he has to steal to save his brother’s life. If you ask me Sebastian is a nice guy. I mean he was gonna steal to save his brother, who says he’s a disgrace and blah blah blah, which is just a really loving thing to do. He wins points for being heroic. Channon, eh she’s a plain character. She’s what I would call a Plain Jane. There wasn’t much to her and she was kinda boring at times.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5.5

Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

Character Scale: 6.5

Fire and Ice was my favorite of all these novellas. I had fun reading these novellas and I sped through them. It only took me a day to read this book and I’m not disappointed with Kenyon’s work.

Cover Thoughts: I like the cover, but the guy on it doesn’t look like any of the characters at least not how I pictured them to be.   

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