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Scent and Shadow: an Aether Vitalis novel Paperback – December 21, 2011
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"The world of the Aether Vitalis is a fully developed web of paranormal creatures, ranging from vamps and shifters to mages and fairies. It's a world both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. I can't wait to read more from Mercy Loomis!" - Jesi Lea Ryan, author of Four Thousand Miles
About the Author
She finished writing her first vampire novel when she was in middle school, and hasn't stopped writing about them since. She loves stories about the paranormal because monsters are scary, but less scary than real people. Or at least less depressing.
Mercy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison one class short of an accidental certificate in Folklore. She credits her love of mythology to her mom reading Greek myths as bedtime stories, and her love of fantastical adventure stories to watching cheesy movies with her dad. Her love of history (and coffee!) is completely her husband's fault, but she doesn't know who's to blame for the fascination with physics.
She guesses that hanging out with Dad while he butchered deer also had an effect on her character, but exactly what effect, she leaves up to the reader.
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Top Customer Reviews
Amanda is also a very interesting character. She's not your typical college student. Amanda has some serious control issues. When Gabriel forces his way in and begins to take over her life, she finds herself in a battle for her humanity. The only problem is that the battle lines get blurred and it becomes hard for her to remember what it is she is fighting for.
The world of the Aether Vitalis is a fully developed web of paranormal creatures, ranging from vamps and shifters to mages and fairies. It's a world both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. I can't wait to read more from Mercy Loomis!
Overall, I give Scent and Shadow...
Plot - 5 bookmarks
Character development - 5 bookmarks
World building - 4 ½ bookmarks (For more information on the Aether Vitalis world, check this blog post out. [...])
Dream cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Aidan Turner (Gabriel), Kat Dennings (Amanda)
I loved the characters and finding out their back-stories. However, the author bounced around a lot from different characters POVs during the first quarter of the book that it was somewhat hard to find (pinpoint) where the plot was heading. Thankfully though by the middle of the book the plot evens out a bit and you get swept away in the many new twist and turns never quite sure which way the story will lead you. Then the ending just wraps everything up very nicely!! I was very happy about Paul & Cecelia, and I'm curious as to how the new situation between Amanda & Gabriel will work out.
I recommend this for those who like reading the darker type of paranormal books. FYI -- sexual content (hot and steamy) is in this book.
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review and a few teasers on my blog)
The other big part that bothered me was an event that takes place.
Gabriel rapes and murders a girl as punishment for Amanda. While at this time I realized Gabriel was not going to be the romantic leading man it just seemed overkill and the way Amanda reacts to it was too much for me. Sexual release and rape just cross a line for me.
Again this isn’t a romance, not really, it even borders on horror but I did like that the vampire was ruthless and a total psycho, but I didn’t like him. Amanda I did like, until the very ending then I was just like what the hey lol … but again I did like her to that point.
For me the book was a hodge podge of different emotions but the rape scene was too much for me knocking it down a full rating.