BOOK REVIEW: RECURVE (THE ELEMENTAL SERIES, BOOK 1) by Shannon Mayer

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We at Just My Opinion Book Reviews are thrilled to have been given an ARC copy of Shannon Mayer’s first book in her newest series. Read on….it’s an incredible beginning to an intriguing series.

RECURVE
(THE ELEMENTAL SERIES, BOOK 1)

AUTHOR: SHANNON MAYER

AGE GROUP: NEW ADULT/ADULT

GENRE: ELEMENTAL URBAN FANTASY

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 31, 2015

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.

I’ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King’s Elite Guards, an Ender.

Option one will kill me.

Option two is meant to break me, but it’s the only way to survive.

Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?

Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances.  Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com  for more information on her novels.

 

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JUST MY OPINION’S REVIEW: Rating: ★★★★★

“Recurve is a slow burn….a waltz with incredible depth and creativity.”

Shannon Mayer is one of those rare authors who can cross genres with a fluid writing style that makes her stand out from all others. The Rylee Adamson Novels are my favorite urban fantasy series and have a very unique style to the writing. Rylee has her own voice without a doubt. The Nevermore Trilogy is an incredibly unique take on the apocalypse that no one else has done before and her romances are the type which take chances and break out of the normal New Adult mold. With Recurve, she’s introduced us to yet another voice of hers that is absolutely incredible. This story is full of love, betrayal, scheming, plotting, true friends and true possibilities.

The story of Larkspur begins with Recurve and is written in a manner which feels similar to a waltz. It isn’t the racing ahead full on action packed frenzy that Rylee Adamson is or the intensely suspenseful romance that The Nevermore books are, but it’s almost more enticing because of that. It’s a slow burn that by the end of the book leaves you feeling fulfilled and wanting more. We find another strong female protagonist in Lark, but one full of questions, insecurities and an inner strength she is only beginning to grab a hold of. The character growth of Lark just within this first novel is incredible – I can’t imagine how much more she’ll grow through the whole series. I felt like I just smoothly moved through this book. I was never once bored and the end came far too soon even though it’s a full length novel. I was left with actually FEELING this book. The descriptions of everything is so in depth and unique, you’re not reading, you’re constantly feeling everything. I experienced this book, I didn’t just read it.

The elemental world Ms. Mayer created is unlike any other I’ve read. The characters are so unique and each has their own purpose and future-it leaves things open to so many possibilities. While not a huge fantasy fan myself….I have found with Recurve, I am incredibly addicted to this elemental world and these characters who plot, love, inhabit and grow within it.

I feel disloyal to Rylee, but I honestly like Larkspur more and can see such an amazing future ahead of her. This is a series I will follow without a doubt and love to see the author stretching her wings with every new venture she has. She’s not afraid to do things other authors might be-yes, she kills characters off sometimes in her books – but no knowing what will unfold and the unexpectedness of her stories adds an undeniable draw to her work. Thank you for bringing us Lark and I can’t wait to take this new journey with her.

 

  • +  Well developed storyline with believable characters
  • +  Holds your attention from start to finish
  • +  The elemental world is not only unique but engaging
  • +  I truly loved the supporting cast just as much as the main characters
  • –  A bit too short, I wanted more even though it was a full length novel.  🙂

 

 

WHERE TO BUY “RECURVE”:

AMAZON
ITUNES
BARNES AND NOBLE
GOOGLE PLAY
SMASHWORDS
KOBO

TRENDING IN ROMANCE NOVELS…..

Maybe it’s just me….but I’m noticing something trending in the romance genre.

With Historical Romance, the dashing rake and innocent maiden ALWAYS works no matter how many times it’s been redone. Seriously, it’s always romantic and believable and different. There are so many authors writing it and yet it never gets old or stale. Probably why Harlequinn is still a force to be reckoned with.

With New Adult Romance, the bad boy and the good girl or the damaged characters with awful and haunting pasts being done over and over is driving me NUTS. I haven’t bought a NA Rom in FOREVER because of it. Seriously, every book is the same story just tweaked a bit. BORING!!!!

Why is this happening? Why am I feeling this way? Could it be because we’ve seen plenty of Historical Romances become classics yet never a New Adult Romance? Maybe because it’s such a new genre?

I don’t think so. I think it’s more the quality of writing and focus. First of all, in NA Rom, every book is almost guaranteed to have a sequel or God help me, different POV written as a follow up. Even when the original story was perfect as it was, many authors (especially self pubbed) feel they HAVE to write a follow up.  Sometimes this is a great recipe for success, but many times, it’s just feels forced. Sometimes, it’s okay to write a great story and leave it at that.

In Fantasy and Paranormal, a trilogy is a home run. It’s expected. When did we start expecting this from our trilogyromances though? What works in one genre doesn’t necessarily work in all genres. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE doesn’t have a sequel and it’s one of the top ten romance novels of ALL TIME. Interestingly, if you look up the Top Ten Romances of All Time on Google, you’ll get a few lists, but the top 50 on GoodReads is really interesting as it doesn’t include even ONE New Adult Romance. Not one.

With Historical Romances, I’ve noticed that while they have companion novels (you see the XXX Family in a whole series of works), they are still stand alones. They don’t beat the first story into the ground or even rehash it, but take some of the characters you were introduced to and just expand on their world with a whole NEW and original story. Although I will admit, if you put Fabio on your cover, I will NEVER read it.  Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong…there are some Historical series out there that I adore, it isn’t like it’s never done. THE OUTLANDER Novels by Diana Gabaldon are AH-MAZING!!

Maybe it’s just me….maybe I’m in a funk….I haven’t read Historical Romances since I was in my teens and twenties (no that’s not me in the picture), but I’m going back. I’ve already branched out into Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Horror and Mysteries (there are some fantastic and FUN comedic mysteries out there right now)…..but I’m literally feeling pulled back to Historical to get my romantic fix.

I can’t take another DEEP and EMOTIONALLY DISTURBING cast of characters and events to get my romance. I want light-hearted and fun again. Remember those romances where you wanted to BE the heroine??? I’ve never wanted to be a woman with so many issues I’m dysfunctional and come with TONS of baggage and fall in love with a man full of tattoos, mysteries, violence and ambivalence. While those first few were great reads, I still didn’t want to BE the heroine and never LOST myself in the book. Never.

I’d love to see some of these new self pubbed authors take a venture into Historical and see what they can come up with. Some of them have some great talent. I just think the NA Contemporary Romance is a bit misguided and the same story is being told over and over, with few exceptions. So….off I go to get a Historical fix on….but I’d love to know what you all feel! Please post on my FB page or Tweet me your thoughts on this subject (I may be WAY off base in my thinking)…..what are YOU reading now??

penny

RELEASE EVENT: BLIND SALVAGE (A RYLEE ADAMSON NOVEL, BOOK 5) by Shannon Mayer

BLIND SALVAGE RELEASE EVENT

&

RYLEE’S BIRTHDAY BASH

 
 

blind salvage (a rylee adamson novel, #5)

Author:  Shannon Mayer

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing Ltd.

Released: November 21st , 2013

Cover Art: Damon Za

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book description:

“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

Crossing into Ogre country is dangerous when you’re a polite, respectful gal. Which means I already know I’m in for a wild ride, despite the back-up I’ve brought along.

Even when things start to go sideways, and enemies close on us from every side, I still believe we have the upper hand.

How very blind can one person be when it comes to a salvage?

I’m about to find out.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL of the Rylee Adamson Novels (both paperback and ebooks) have been reformatted inside and look AMAZING!! The ebooks even include a new state of the art technology to help you keep track of characters from book to book.

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EXCLUSIVE UNVEILING OF THE NEW CINEMATIC TRAILER FOR THE RYLEE ADAMSON NOVELS

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SHANNON’S SECRET PROJECT

For months now, Shannon has been teasing you all with a “secret project” she’s been working on. Have you figured out yet what the puzzle pieces add up to? As her Christmas present to you all, she’s unveiling it now:

For the first time EVER you’ll get to hear what Alex is thinking inside his head with……

 

ALEX (A Rylee Adamson Short Story)

Author:  Shannon Mayer

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing Ltd.

Release date: December 12th , 2013

Cover designed by Damon Za

Available EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon on December 12, 2013

 

book description:

“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”

But this isn’t Rylee’s story.

It’s mine. Before I lost my ability to think like an adult. Before my body became stuck between wolf and human.

Before I knew the supernatural and Rylee even existed. This is the last of what I remember before I became a werewolf . . . this is the last of what is important to me.

And the moments I fought so hard to hang onto.

My name is Alex, and this is my story.

 

**Short story 14k Words**

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LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW!

Shannon will be doing a LIVE radio interview on BESTSELLING READS RADIO TODAY at 3pm PST. 

You can listen in here:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bestsellingreads

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LIVE WEBCAST!

Shannon will then hop over for a LIVE WEBCAST TODAY from 4-6pm PST on her dedicated USTREAM Channel (see link below). 

  • Shannon will be giving you insider information into her books and upcoming projects.  You’ll also be the first ones to hear the secret REVEALS.
  • You can ask her questions on any topic you want LIVE.
  • You can even ask questions about BLIND SALVAGE LIVE as you read (NO spoilers please)
  • She will be asking trivia questions for prizes every 15 minutes
  • There will be TWO GRAND PRIZES at the conclusion.  Hint:  It’s Alex related.

You can participate in this event here (you’ll need a Facebook account to logon):  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shannon-s-shenanigan-s
 
 

AUTHOR BIO:

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com for more information on her novels.

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Thank you to AToMR Book Tours and Shannon Mayer for including Just My Opinion Book Blog in this Release Event and Birthday Bash for Blind Salvage and The Rylee Adamson Novels.

 

RELEASE EVENT: NINETY EIGHT by Shannon Mayer

Celebrating the release of her newest contemporary romance, NINETY EIGHT, Shannon Mayer is hosting a fun week long event, ‘Crawl Between the Sheets 2013’!  Introducing NINETY EIGHT…..

RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2013

GENRE:  Adult Contemporary Romance

PUBLISHER: HiJinks Ink Publishing Ltd.

COVER ART: Damon Za

 

PURCHASE THE EBOOK NINETY EIGHT:

For a limited time, Ninety Eight will be priced at JUST $0.99!

AMAZON

Shannon’s other contemporary romance, High Risk Love, has also been reduced to $0.99 during the release event for Ninety Eight!

AMAZON

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Speed Limits

Lottery Tickets

Elevator Buttons

Numbers are everywhere—they play such a vital role in our everyday lives. But what would happen if we measured love with equations just as we do our morning cup of coffee? My nana had many recipes in her cupboards, but it was her calculations for love that she insisted I live my life by; and I’ve followed her rules all these years.

One Animal

One Moment

One Critical Impact

That’s all it took for the numbers to start flying in a jumbled mess through my brain as I stared into the violet eyes that would forever make me question my choices. In a split second, the possibilities and reality of true love are revealed and I’m questioning all I’ve ever known.

A Tree

White Fences

Stolen Moments

I can’t ignore the storm brewing around—and within—me. Everything I am is confronted by these new numbers, and all they represent. My past, present and future will all be determined by the gambles I make right here, right now. Again, it’s all about the numbers.

And what I’m learning is, one plus one doesn’t always equal two and sometimes three times isn’t always the charm.

 

CHARACTER INTERVIEW:

Penny

I am Brielle’s best friend, and we’ve known each other since we were kids. Maybe, now, I’m her only friend. But since she started dating Victor, she kind of dropped off the map, you know? Gave up so much to make him happy because of some stupid set of rules her nana laid out for her. Rules that if you ask me are just going to make Brielle miserable in the long run.

And damn, Victor is such a twat waffle! You know, he makes her pay for half of everything, even though they live together? And I mean everything. Even if they go out for dinner together, she has to pay for her meal and he makes three times as much money as she does.

But that’s not the really juicy gossip. No, Victor’s a total dud in the sack. Like “wah wah” bad. And she just keeps on faking it because he’s such a ‘good’ guy. God, I wish she’d just dump his ass and find someone else.

The way Brielle has been acting lately, I think she might almost be there, almost ready to kick Victor’s ass to the curb. She’s been talking about this new guy, someone she met by accident. And the look in her eye tells me that he might just be more than a friend, and my fingers are crossed that is the case. Because, after all Brielle has been through, she deserves to find that guy who makes her heart pound, one that makes her life light up again. I just hope it isn’t too late, that she doesn’t wait too long to make the change she so desperately needs.

 

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Welcome to “Crawl Between the Sheets 2013”!

This event is a web crawl scavenger hunt and you are ALL invited! Each day, different blogs will have different events for you to crawl around the web and enter the hunt.

  • GRAND PRIZE: IPAD MINI or $350 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included) winners choice.
  • RUNNER-UP PRIZE: $150 Amazon Gift Card (all Amazon territories included)

Today’s Web Crawl Events

To participate in today’s web crawl events, follow the directions below to receive your daily points. Once you have completed one of the 2-3 daily events, please return to Shannon’s website at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ and enter your submissions in the Rafflecopter found there!

 

TODAY’S EVENT:

3pts. Go to the AMAZING and FABULOUS Denise Grover Swanks website at: http://denisegroverswank.com/

  • Find out which one of her books has been optioned for a movie and who is tagged to play the main character?

Submit your answer as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

5pts. TWEET THIS: @DeniseMSwank I now follow Denise Grover Swank bcuz she supports other authors like @TheShannonMayer. Which is just very cool! (You MUST tag both Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your tweet as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

OR

ON FACEBOOK:  Go to Denise Grover Swanks Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/DeniseGroverSwank

  • LIKE her page AND
  • Enter this comment: “I liked @Author Denise Grover Swank’s Facebook page because not only is she an amazing writer, but she supports other authors like @Author Shannon Mayer. Which is just very cool.” (You MUST tag both Denise Grover Swank and Shannon Mayer)

Submit the link to your post as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

10 pts.   Go to Denise Grover Swank’s website at: http://denisegroverswank.com/

  • Sign up for her newsletter

Submit the email address you signed up with as your entry at http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ .

 

ALSO, every day during this event you may do the following to earn EXTRA points:

 

If you share this link: http://www.shannonmayer.com/crawl-between-the-sheets-2013/ on Facebook or Twitter, you can enter the URL link to your post/tweet to gain an extra point for the day. Even if you complete the other tasks for the day, you can STILL do this as well up to once a day! 🙂

 

To see other blogs and the rest of the week’s events, visit Shannon’s site and check out her News Blog!

(http://www.shannonmayer.com/)

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

She is the author of the The Rylee Adamson Novels, The Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series and several contemporary romances. Please visit her website at http://www.shannonmayer.com for more information on her novels.

 

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