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See How She Runs (The Chronicles of Izzy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I can’t even begin to list every single thing I loved about this book. If I did that then it would literally be pages and pages of spoiler filled goodness. So for the sake of leaving some mystery for all of you wanting to read this in the future, I’ll have a go at reigning myself in.
This book begins with what essentially is really a super bad day in the office for the main character Izzy. She has no idea about what really is going on in the world or how it affects her and the people she knows. That is, until her peaceful oblivion is shattered. Once she has started this chain of events there is just no turning back, her old life is in the past and she has to learn about her new life quickly if she wants to survive. As with so many first books of a series, this book needs to spend a decent amount of its page space building up the back-story and the characters while setting the scene for the storyline to unfold. Michelle Graves goes above and beyond with covering all of these aspects. I loved the fact that I was learning a lot of (necessary) information but still was flicking through the pages feeling like the story was accelerating. I was captured straight away and didn’t for a second feel like anything didn’t ‘fit’ or was awkward or slow.
I love strong woman characters, and really who doesn’t?! When I open a book I want to love my main girl. I want to be completely in her corner... And Izzy has 100% got me in her corner. Her smart mouth, coupled with her completely inappropriate timing, as well as her caring personality combined with her relentless drive and fierce bravery made for one ah-mazing heroine. So many of her one-liners had me cracking up and I definitely wasn’t expecting to spend so much time giggling away to myself. I LOVED that Izzy and the other characters bought such a decent dose of humor. It’s definitely an aspect that not only made me completely obsessed with Izzy as a character, but also really set this book apart from others in its genre.
I can’t write this review and not make a special mention of Kennan. Kennan was the Mr Sexy-pants of the book; a title well deserved, may I say. His big gruff protector demeanor was perfect for this story; this guy was no one dimensional eye-candy. He was just as a big of a part of this story as Izzy was and I loved that his character was so well fleshed out. Just like with how I like my heroine to be kick-ass, if a male character wants to be book boyfriend material he needs to be a hot-big-strong-protector with a gooey-caramel centre... I can honestly say Kennan passes on all accounts. Book boyfriend material he most certainly is... He’s definitely one complex guy, yet despite all of the gruffness and complexity he is irresistibly lovable.
While I was reading this book I was describing it to my friend and told her that it was a lot heavier on the romance side than the action side. After finishing it I stick by that observation. The action is there... and it does kick up a notch towards the end and I know for certain there is a truck-load of action in the subsequent books (yep already read them! Literally. Could. Not. Stop.) But like I said before, this book is setting the stage. I love that Michelle Graves started this story off properly and spent the time exploring the characters and their relationships. Believe me, between the smart-assed jibes and the intense chemistry there is no time to be bored. This book has really set the stage for what I can tell, is going to be an amazing series.
Izzy puts the word sass is sassy. This girl takes no bull from anyone. And her inner monolog is priceless! She has to come into realization that the world she thought she knew was indeed fabricated to keep her safe. You would think that would scare her away but it doesn’t. She thinks everything happens for a reason and rolls with the punches. Her true calling as a seer has placed her on a most wanted list by many evil people. She needs to understand her ability so she can protect the innocent from the evil villains of the world.
I absolutely loved reading this story though Izzy’s eyes.
Keenan has been Izzy’s best friend for two years. Or that’s what she thought. Keenan is a very old soul who has been around for a very long time. He’s a smooth talker with the ladies and eventually Izzy starts to notice. He’s pretty darn HOT! Watching Keenan fight the desire he fills for Izzy drove me nuts! He knows he must protect her and wants to stay true to who he is. But these two are destined to be a power couple in my eyes.
Watching these two try and fight the pull they both had for one another was fantastic. Author Michelle Graves did a great job with keeping her characters on target. And Izzy’s inner ramblings when Keenan shuts her down are priceless. This girl has a way with words.
I was so ready to read this from the moment I read the synopsis, and it does not do it justice. I love some humor in a book, no matter what it's about I want it at times to make me laugh. For example, The Fault in Our Stars made me cry my eyes out, but it still made me laugh some too. So, I was happy to find that See How She Runs has lots of sarcasm/snark mixed right on in as I felt like it made the characters more real to me. So, for starters, that was one of my favorite parts of the book.
I love the pace that this book took on, it all seemed to flow together really well which, of course, sweeps you into the book so much more. The characters were pretty much all, for lack of a better word, awesome. I found myself so lost in Izzy's world that sometimes I had to remind myself to come up for air... and laundry. Darn laundry. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for something a little bit different than your run of the mill paranormal book since it's been a long time since I've read something with a seer in it, so it was like a breath of fresh for me. I love the fact that Izzy was seriously an awesome heroine, love when authors make their female characters independent! Oh, and there's one more reason for you to read this book-- Kennan. Just... yeah, that's all I have to say. You will so fall in love with that dude. So, if you're looking for your next world to get swept into, I highly recommend you jump head first into this one.
At the time I'm writing this post(5/5/14) See How She Runs is currently free on Amazon so what have you got to lose?
*I received this book for review from the author, but this in no way affected my thoughts as expressed in this review.*