Friday, February 28, 2020

Fang And Claw by Evangeline Anderson ~ Review

Fang And Claw
Evangeline Anderson
(Nocturne Academy, #2)
Publication date: February 22nd, 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

My name is Kaitlyn Fellows and I’ll never be the same.
The Fire stole everything from me.
My home…my family…even my beauty.
The right side of my face is normal–even pretty. But the left side, I hide in shame. That’s where The Fire marked me…scarred me forever.
At Nocturne Academy I’m nothing–just a little Norm girl with no supernatural powers and a disfigured face.
Which is why it’s so strange that a big, Handsome Drake like Ari Reyes should take an interest in me.
But it isn’t only Ari who’s interested in me.
For under his high cheekbones and clear amber eyes, he hides another, much more frightening visage–A Drake, the fire-breathing monster that lives within him.
A monster who has decided I should be his alone.
Can I survive Ari’s love for me? And more importantly, can I survive the love of his Drake?
Because once a girl has been claimed by a Drake, the only way out is through The Fire.
What am I going to do?

Hmmm what to say about this book?

I am a huge parnormal reader and dragons (Drakes in this world) are a favorite. So I was drawn to this one. I admit to letting the cover draw me to open it. But I was very much sucked in my the story.

I love that Kaitlyn has some image struggles. She was burned in a fire that took her parents. She is bullied and judged by those marks. I love the character growth as she comes to accept the love of a Drake and his other half, Ari.

I loved the world where witches, vampires and fae all go to school in a place that clearly has some issues. I loved the friendship that Kaitlyn has with her mismatched friends who all love and support her. I love that they have her back.

Though I didn't read the first book in this series, I was able to keep up quite well. The author does a good job of explaining the relationships and enough of the first books story that I was fine.

I did have a few issues with the book. It needs more polish. It's incredibly long and I think that could be cleaned up a bit. I believe that some things just take too long but others have been neglected. While the book is dual point of view, Ari doesn't get his due. I never felt the connection to him that I wanted to. I adore him as a character but I felt like I missed way too much. I felt we had a stronger connection to his Drake than to him as a human. That disappointed me.

I debated the rating on this because of my issues but I decided on the four stars because the story did keep me stuck in the pages. Though I found myself questing the need for certain scenes and missing the presence of Ari often, it wasn't enough to stop me from reading through it in a couple of days.

I feel like anyone with a strong love for paranormal books will equally be pulling into the pages. I just wish that I knew Ari better. There were only two things I really knew about him - he had a strong love for Kaitlyn and he would do anything to protect and stay with her. I wanted more about him.


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