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5+ stars for Flame & Shadow by AK Nevermore #urbanfantasy #fantasyromance #uf #bookreview

Title: Flame & Shadow

Author: AK Nevermore

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance


Book Blurb: 


Half-daemon Envy Starr is destined to die on Midsummer’s Eve, still a virgin, on some crappy cult’s live-stream feed. With thirty days left to live, the chance to escape her fate and get some action compels her into her absentee father’s world of beautifully cultured cruelty.

Once there, she’s the object of a deadly game, slated to alter the Fae realm’s power structure. Worse, the rules keep changing, and everyone has an ulterior motive, including her dae-licious guide, Brennan. Under a geas he’s desperate to break, she can’t trust him, or herself. Stupid Stockholm syndrome.

But unless she can come to terms with what lies in her heart, her unlikely survival will be a fate worse than death. For her, and the rest of Fae.


My Review: 


Envy jumps into the snake pit and with no one to trust, she’ll have to rely on her instincts and her heart’s desire. Whoa, this book packs a punch. Take a kick butt heroine, make her the captive of a sexy as sin mentor, give her thirty days to change the power grid of the Fae realm and watch heads roll. Oh, and don’t forget the heroine is like a fish out of water and oozes snarkiness. Flame & Shadow is my newest addiction, and I can’t get enough of this book.


Let’s start with the characters. I connected with Envy right away. She’s such an intriguing heroine with beauty, a wicked mother, daddy issues, and colorful language spewing out of her mouth. She’s not superficial and it was fascinating to read from her viewpoint. Brennan is a complex hero/anti-hero. I also connected with him, even though he smoked too much for my taste. His mysterious vibe kept me fully invested in the story. In reality, he’s the perfect straight man for Envy’s dark humor. He keeps her grounded. The rest of the characters are equally well-written. It’s a huge cast of characters yet easy to follow along due to their originality.


The world-building is impressive. AK Nevermore takes what’s common knowledge about Fae realms and flips it on its ear. She creates a whole new world, and its intricacies and layers of detail is brilliantly executed. I got sucked in right away and stayed in this world until the last page.


I enjoyed reading Flame & Shadow so much. I can’t wait to read it again. AK Nevermore is a rising star and I look forward to reading all of her books.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


AK Nevermore enjoys operating heavy machinery, freebases coffee, and gives up sarcasm for Lent every year. A Jane-of-all-trades, she’s a certified chef and restores antiques when she’s not running down the dream in her beat-up camo Chucks.

Unable to ignore the voices in her head, and unwilling to become medicated, she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy full time, along with copious amounts of copy, and a column on SFF. She volunteers for far too many committees, teaches creative writing, and on the rare occasion, sleeps.


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Reviewed by: Nancy


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