Published by Rook Hilt Publishing on 2016-04-23
Length: 161 pages
Reviewing eBook from My Book Shelf
Continuation of Book One .
Avalon, the first female born to the Dragon shifters in centuries, has hidden for most of her life. Running from monsters that rose because of her parents’ past. Sent away for her own protection, she’s raised by a stranger and trained with Paden, Maverick, and Jericho. They must make sure she will prevails once Spearwood calls on her.
If you’ve not read Spearwood Book 1 by A.S. Oren, do not read this review.
This is Spearwood for the adult crowd!!!! Spearwood Book 1.5 by A.S. Oren picks up right where the first left off. Avalon, Jericho, Dante, Bullock, and Mirren are still in the survival challenge. Avalon is reeling from whatever Minos did to her, causing her transformation to be painful and changing her dragon wings to angel. In this installment, Avalon needs to uncover what was done to her and quickly before Roseman catches on to her plans.
Avalon is an interesting character. She is tough as nails and not a typical damsel in distress. She doesn’t ask or want help form anyone. She’s too prideful in that aspect. Yet she has a big heart. She loves the guys, every single one of them, including those in her twin’s fold. She cares what happens to them, even when they don’t seem to care for her. That’s an admirable trait.
Then there’s the guys.
I don’t even know where to start with them! I have a favorite, but the author is billing this as a reverse harem so my favorite doesn’t matter because Avalon will choose them all in the end. This book features Paden and Maverick more than the rest. These two are brothers, grew up with Avalon at Edgar’s farm, and are total opposites. Maverick is outgoing, high-spirited, and not afraid to show his feelings. Paden is reserved, keeps his emotions to himself, and the alpha of the fold. Can you guess my favorite from these two 😉
There’s also Dante, Mirren and Bullock to contend with. Dante is not how I remember him from the original series, Maverick kind of took that role. But Dante is still a fun, charismatic character. I just don’t feel the connection I felt with him from the original. Mirren and Bullock These two have always been my favorite, even in the original series. I’m not sure how I feel about where they are heading in this new version. Mirren is still a jerk, doesn’t know he’s a part of the fold, and Avalon avoids him at all costs. Bullock is still a know-it-all but has a lot of secrets. One of my favorite scenes from the original series popped up in this book (not spoiling, you’ll have to read). I still felt the chemistry between him and Avalon. Maybe it’s all in my head but I don’t think so!
The plot of this book focuses on Avalon’s fall out with Jericho. Jericho isn’t a part of her fold. It never mattered to either of them until they arrived at Spearwood Academy. Now Jericho has to watch as she finds more of her fold. Of course he’s angry, hurt, jealous…just to name a few. With the falling out comes a whole new set of problems. The Knights (kind of like guardians at Spearwood or like glorified hall monitors) are recruiting and Avalon realizes that they were responsible for what happened at the end of Book 1. So many secrets and plot twists within this book!!
Overall I really enjoyed the book! The plot flows well and is super fast-paced. I read it in one sitting! Avalon and the guys are some of my favorite characters and the world-building mixed with pop-culture is great for this nerd. I do feel the need to warn that this book is for the adult crowd only (sorry kiddos!). There are some steamy scenes which the author said will get steamier and strong language. If you enjoy new adult, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, I highly recommend it!