Title: Seizing Darkness (Fur, Fangs and Fairies, #1)
Author: Mariana Thorn
Published Date: April 26th 2014
Genre: Dark Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
With her past distant and forgotten Natalya has built herself a nice life. She has a job she finds rewarding as a special agent with the Paranormal Investigation Bureau. Her partner, Dante, isn’t too bad for a bloodsucking vampire. Val, her boss, is like a father to her. Her favorite part is that she lives near the Cascade Mountains. Whenever she needs a little vacation, she can shift into a tiger and go running in the woods. Life is good.
That is until recently. Agents are turning up dead and she can’t pin down what is going on. Little does she know that her past is about to come back and bite her in the tail. With no memories before the last year she is a little behind the curve in finding out what is going on. The investigation turns dangerous as the attack turn personal. Lives are on the line, including her own. Will Natalya find out what is going on before it’s too late?
Seizing Darkness was once published under a different title and Pen name. It has since been professionally edited and reworked. Thank you.
First we meet Natalya. She is a paranormal investigator for the PIB. She is a fearless female heroine with the looks and attitude to go along with it. Natalya has a former life that she doesn’t remember. The council head of the PIB is Val and he took her in. Her partner is Dante and he is vampire. We start with Natalya getting into a little of her own trouble before she is sent off to a scene to investigate a dead paranormal agent. In this world the humans know of the paranormals and they work together to keep peace. When things get out of hand, we meet Radek. Radek is the weretiger everyone loves to hate, including Natalya. Natalya ends up being targeted by the group that is killing agents and is finally given an option to regain her memory. She is faced with a horrible past that she must work through while trying to figure out the present and possibility of a future. The stakes are high when she realizes she has friends and family she will now do anything for.
Mariana Thorn has a way with keeping you in the middle of the action. There is always something going on. I have to admit that at the beginning I felt like I was bombarded with an overwhelming amount of characters but the author keeps everyone in line and gives it to you in a way that you remember them all. Natalya’s character experiences it all. Love, friendship, loneliness, conflict, and her inner demons. Even though this is paranormal you relate and connect to Natalya’s character, even her attraction to Radek! You get to the next part and you‘re like “what?!” There are twists and turns around every corner. I have yet to read a paranormal like this. There is a different pecking order with the paranormals and having them interact with the humans just works…especially when they aren’t sure if they should be afraid or not. This is a furry good time! Cannot wait for the sequel. But hang on….I will give no more spoilers but there is a huge cliffhanger at the end. We wrap up one problem and open a whole new world of drama.
This is a must read. An amazing start to what is sure to be a crazy series. Mariana Thorn will not let you down! Bring on the sequel!
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