Friday, August 11, 2017

Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve ~ Review & Giveaway

Source:  Purchased the audio book.

As a wolf shifter with razor-sharp senses, Jessa Lebron can perceive the slightest change in the air. And her lupine instincts go into overdrive right before her mother, who abandoned her years ago, returns to the pack bearing secrets that change everything.

The biggest secret of all: Jessa is dragon marked, a designation that places her in grave danger. The dragon marked are destined to resurrect the dragon king, a fearsome ancient warmonger. And they must be eliminated.

Soon Jessa is locked up in Vanguard, the notorious paranormal prison that houses criminal vampires, feys, and magic users. Thankfully, she’s not alone: Braxton Compass, her best friend and a dragon shifter, has her back. Jessa and Braxton must find a way to free themselves and the rest of the dragon marked. But can her pack mates help her stop the dragon king before his deadly return?

I've really, really needed a good read for a while now.  It's been a low summer reading break for me and I don't like it.  I finally figured out I needed paranormal reads to keep my interest right now.  So when a bookish friend suggested this series, I jumped to grab the first book.  And before I had gotten half way through it, I was buying the rest of the series.  Yep, this is just one of those series that captured me and held.  Devoured it and was so glad book two was already waiting.

What's really interesting about this series is how it's set around the supernatural prison system.  The city where this is set houses one of the prisons.  The supernaturals work at or support that prison.  There are five types of supernaturals:  shifters (all types of animals), fae, magic users, vampires  and the demi-fae which included all kinds of creatures from trolls to merpeople and more.  The dynamics of that type of a community was an interesting setting for this story.

The characters were excellent.  I loved Jessa.  She puts the bada$$ in shifter.  That girl does not put up with $hit from anyone especially her quads trying to shield her.  Her inner dialogue was funny and had me cracking up lots of times.  I'd compare her to Alex from Jennifer L Armentrout's Covenant series.  Add to her the four boys that are her best friends.  A set of quadruplets each a different member of each race, they were seriously protective of Jessa.  I adore all four boys but Braxton was my favorite.  He's a dragon shifter and he seemed to be much more attached to Jessa.  Altogether, this group of five made up a pack of friends that I was cheering for the whole book.

There were a lot of well developed secondary characters that made this book special.  The sorcerer was adorable.  The surprise arrivals certainly added an interesting dynamics to things.   And the head of the shifter packs, Jessa's father, had some explaining to do.  I really enjoyed how all of these players carved out an essential piece of the story making it richer and fuller.

The story was compelling and had me listening to every second.  I had an idea of who I wanted Jessa to end up with but of course that isn't what this book was about.  This first book sets the stage for the conflicts that are sure to come in book two.  And it does such a good job of crafting the story that I wanted to dive right into book two as soon as I finished the first. Yeah, it ends on a cliffhanger and you definitely want book two on hand for immediate consumption.

Really and truly enjoyed this one.  It was just what I needed.  Lots of good world building, well developed characters and a compelling story all had me devouring it.

Have you read it?  If you enjoy paranormal, then you should.  It's almost as good as a JLA book! (That is very high praise indeed).


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  1. "Favorite paranormal type? (Val's is shifter)" Uhh...vampires are OK!

  2. Love Shifters, Vampires, Werewolves, etc.

  3. Definitely shifters when it comes to the paranormal.

  4. For me I just want to get lost in the story and become attached to the characters. So I adore reading all kinds of paranormal books,and I'm sooo happy when one of them and I click perfectly. Btw you had me with the JLA comparisons, I have to read it now!

  5. I used to prefer Vampires but I am almost
    "vampired out"!
    I enjoyed my Dragon shifter tales I read/reviewed a few years ago. I would love to read another good dragon shifter tale.