So, here’s the deal: Kelly has already reviewed this book on this blog. I am posting another review for three reasons:
- I need the reviews.
- I want to remind people that reviews DO sell books. (I wouldn’t have picked this book up if it weren’t for Kelly’s review.)
- I figured we could have some fun with this and see how alike Kelly and I really are. For the record, before writing my own review, I had not read Kelly’s review since it was originally posted in October 2012. I wrote my review, then went back to read Kelly’s. Then I picked out some sentences in Kelly’s review to add to mine.
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
(Darkest London, #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Historical Romance
Read: 1/14/2013 — 1/18/2013
In Six Words: Compelling look at Callihan’s 1881 London
1. Firelight [Kelly's review]
3. Winterblaze (Feb. 26th, 2013)
4. Shadowdance (2013)
Once the flames are ignited . . .
Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.
They will burn for eternity . . .
Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
Everyone knows by now my need to KNOW EVERYTHING, right? I fondly refer to myself as an information whore. Sometimes this works against my enjoyment of books when I don’t get enough information to satisfy my curiosity. Sometimes it has the opposite effect; I have to keep reading because I must know more. Firelight falls under the latter category. This book was so addicting, as Kristen Callihan managed to keep me guessing about everything that was going on, while still keeping me engaged and reading.
“A very big part of the allure was trying to figure out what had happened to Archer, what sort of supernatural critter he was and what sort of supernatural ability this translated to.”
And not only was I continually guessing about ALL THE THINGS in this book, Archer’s secrets were always just out of reach. The final reveal was one I was not expecting–but at the same time, it fully kept in line with all the hints that had been dropped along the way. And not only that, but it provides a unique element in the paranormal world. (No, I won’t tell you what. You’ll have to read it for yourself.) We get a brief glimpse at the world Kristen Callihan has built in 1881 London, and I think that the next book(s) will only continue to expand our knowledge of the world. And, I must say, I want to know MOAR.
“I am absolutely intrigued by the world building and what the future holds for this series. More, I say. MOAR!”
Though the romance between Archer and Miranda doesn’t really break any new grounds, it was familiar and comfortable, like putting on your pajamas and snuggling into bed on a cold day. Their push and pull was fun and entertaining. Nothing makes me happier than a romance with a headstrong heroine and the enigmatic hero who can’t help falling in love with her. WIN. Firelight was one of those books that just hits all the right spots. And I can’t wait for more.
[Firelight] was dark, gritty, mysterious, and full of fun.
My thoughts most definitely align with Kelly’s on this one. (And, in some cases, disturbingly so. We share a brain, y’all.) But, I loved this one and am very glad that I picked it up after Kelly’s review. Moonglow is already on my wishlist. If your reading tastes at all overlap with mine and Kelly’s, you’ll want to pick this one up.