Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review: Liulf (18+) + Giveaway


Title:  Liulf: Alpha of the Mahdrah Ahlee (New Scotia Pack #1) 
Author:  Victoria Danann
Genre:  Paranormal Romance 17+
Series: New Scotia Pack 
Publication Date:  October 18, 2014 
Publisher: Andromeda LLC dba 7th House
Event Organized By:  Literati Author Services, Inc.


~ Synopsis ~


First of a series of three novellas about the Brothers Cu Ahlee.

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Victoria Danann, wrote this series as a follow up, based on Moonlight, Best Vampire~Shifter Novel of 2013.

For a thousand years the highlander werewolves of Scotia have enjoyed the protection of the fae monarchy, but the straining population has forced them to adapt or die. Or move.

Liulf has spent centuries waiting for a true mating while others settled for comfortable compatibility. When he emerged as the new alpha, little did he know he'd find her when he leads his pack to a new world.

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This is my first read from author Victoria Danann. My first impression is that she writes an awesome accent. I loved it but I did have minor trouble understanding some of their word meanings at first but I was able to get the gist of the meanings through context. Once I figured that out, it was smooth sailing. I had no trouble imagining their voices since they flowed pretty well in my head. 

This is a pretty quick read for me. I liked this novella because it was written in a decent manner and I did not tired of reading so it kept up at a good pace. The plot was pretty straight forward and took place in the lovely place of Scotia. I enjoyed the little magical twists Danann threw into the story. I always enjoy seeing how other people view magic or other paranormals.

The reader is reading from an omniscient point of view which throws a lot at the reader who hasn't known these characters for very long. It's not overwhelming but I felt like there was a lack of mystery or something for the reader to figure out for themselves. We were in several heads but I felt as if I were told more than shown in some aspects which I suppose is ok considering this is a novella. Still I think it could have been better executed and some of it was unnecessary.

I liked Liulf well enough but I couldn't find myself liking Rain Falling too much. I wasn't pleased with her easy change of heart as much even if it sort of made sense to me. I felt like it was too easy and too soon.  I wasn't sure what the purpose of the third brother in this story but I assume he's more involved in a larger part of a story that I haven't read yet.

There is a love scene near the end but I wouldn't call it too erotic. I had thought there would be more explicit material but it was more tame than I thought. Perhaps, I had higher hopes because of the cover. lol

Overall, this is a nice fast read which I recommend if you like werewolves, traveling, and people with awesome accents. 

3.2 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

~ About the Author ~

USA Today Bestselling Author

2013 Winner in the categories of:
BEST PARNORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL (Vampires & Shifters) - Moonlight</ li>

My early work (eight-years-old) would be called fan fiction today. I began by writing my version of Bobbsey Twins novels on legal pads that my dad brought home from the office. As an only child - in the days before children became little electronic receivers - there was often not much to do other than seek amusement in my own head.

Childhood fantasies involved being the only girl (for some odd reason) at a ranch for wayward boys. Yes. I do realize this sounds vaguely familiar. T hose fantasies were supported by real life events because the boys included me in the afternoon neighborhood games whether it was cowboy/Indians or G.I. Joe.

When I left the Bobbsey Twins behind I didn't write again until I was married with children and in my mid-twenties. I completed a paranormal romance and gave it to my spouse to read. After hearing his criticisms I didn't write again for decades. At the time I didn't understand that he's the absolute farthest thing from my audience.

It turned out to be a blessing because during that time that I didn't write, I lived an extremely full life. I traveled a lot, raised a family, got an education (I have an M.A. in Psychology.) and explored my compulsion to be a spiritual seeker. The fantasies were a constant companion throughout. The faces and names of the characters changed as I matured, but they remained a source of comfort. T hey helped me through hell raising teenagers and three near-death scares.

By the time I started writing again, I had something to say. I write cross-genre with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners - usually - whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

If you're interested in me personally, I am also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock. This is Roadhouse, the very best in Classic Rock, taken near The Last Concert Cafe, Houston Texas, 2011. I'm the utility player which means I play rhythm guitar, keyboards, sing back ups and a few leads. I authored and illustrated Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners for fifteen years. I live in The Woodlands, Texas, which is why I sometimes joke about being the witch in the woods. Married. Four children. One very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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