- File Size: 857 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (May 23, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 23, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CGHSW11
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Away (The Folk Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book was a bit confusing initially as she introduced the various families but didn't really give any info about why they were paranormal. I assume this was done because in this world, they are hiding their true natures, not "out" to humans. The main character, Annie, is a human woman who knows nothing about them, so they are only revealed as she starts to learn more. She's come to Golden, CO and gotten a job as a waitress in a bar that unbeknownst to her, caters to the paranormal families. As the book opens, she is starting to notice some strange things about the bar patrons, and then, at the end of the night, she has a run in with a group of Fae (she doesn't know that's what they are) and could swear that one of them was her long-lost older brother. He walked into a cave in the mountains at age 18 (leaving her at the mouth of the cave), disappeared, and was presumed dead. Also on the same night, Annie meets the hero, Grim, who she is told is a type of detective, so the next day, she hires him to try to find her brother. She doesn't yet know that Grim is actual part of a paranormal organization that is charged with policing the local families and making sure that they don't reveal themselves to humans.
I find that Meg excels in writing romances between adults. Her characters fall in love and actually trust and talk to each other instead of acting childish and running away whenever they are hurt. Annie and Grim are no exception. As the book goes on, Annie is targeted by some supernatural creatures, and when it becomes clear to Grim that she is in danger, he promptly discloses the truth about the paranormal families in the area to her so that she knows what she's dealing with. Usually, this would be endlessly drawn out and the poor human hero or heroine would be left in the dark way too long, so I really appreciated that the author didn't do that here. Plus, Grim is already falling hard for Annie and wants to protect her. He doesn't deny his feelings are try to hide them, but lets her know how is starting to feel and I loved that.
All in all, I really liked the book and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next one. My initial confusion with the worldbuilding cleared up as the book went on. My only complaint was that there wasn't enough magic, but again that's by design as in this world, the paranormals have all pretty much lost the really strong magic that they had and are now just left with remnants - enough to set them apart, but not enough to make them all powerful.
I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy.
I've never read any of Meg's books before so I didn't know what to expect. I really enjoyed this story, and look forward to reading more in the series.
I did get a little confused in the beginning by who was who and how they fitted into the story, there are a lot of different supernatural groups, and they integrate differently. It took me a while to work out just how they all fit together. Maybe a glossary of characters would be helpful? Explaining things like the difference between the Ward and the Guard when at first they both seemed to me to be doing the same thing. I certainly didn't guess who was behind things, and I love a story that catches me out like that.
I found the characters pretty realistic, even fantasy folk have to feel real to me. I liked Grim, liked his determination to do what was right, when it was needed, to find out the truth, not just do a supernatural cover-up from the humans thing. Annie was great too, and her story very plausible.
First books in a series have a difficult task, introducing a new world and characters while delivering an interesting story. This book does that pretty well I feel, could have had a little more depth and drama but that's me...I love drama. Its not heart stopping romance, nor edge of seat scariness, but a fun read, and a world I want to read more from.
Stars: Four, an excellent start and I'll look out for book two.
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