Review/Giveaway of Amber Sweetapple’s The Houri Legends Series
Posted by cynthiashepp
(Giveaway details at bottom. Please read review first!)
Today I am going to do something a little different. I was asked to review the second book of Amber Sweetapple’s series, but I had never read the first, so I had to do that of course. But I did not want to just do the second review in case some of you had not read the first book. So, I am going to do a mini review of book one and a more detailed one of book 2. Y’all are lucky though because I have 3 copies of book 1, 2 ebooks and 1 signed paperback, to giveaway away, so you can get started on the series.
Book 1- Jack and Djinn
This story revolves around Jack, an mechanic and artist, and Miriam, a woman just realizing that she is more than she ever imagined. Miriam is in an abusive relationship with Ben, a former Marine that served two tours in Afghanistan. The clever part about this book is that it goes back and forth between the past and the present. The present revolves around a homicide detective, Carson, who is investigating the death of a man that was burned to a crisp in a very unusual way, and the past describes Jack and Miriam’s history and what led to the death.
Miriam falls for Jack while in a relationship with Ben, after he saves her one night after Ben beats her up, though she continues to see Ben. She comes off as slightly weak at first, but as her story unfolds you see that she has had a very hard life. As she gets more deeply involved with Jack, Miriam realizes that something is awakening in her, some kind of power she never knew existed, much less had. She eventually realizes that she is half Djinn, a mystical creature that has an element as a power.
This story grabbed me in from the first. I loved watching Miriam come into herself and the romance between Jack and Miriam. It is sweet, sexy, and packed with adventure as Miriam realizes the scope of her powers and comes to terms with the bully Ben. You are also introduced to many other characters that are prominent in the next book, such as Nadira, a water elemental. Ok, I do not think I am even capable of a mini review, lol, so I will make myself stop right here and just tell you that Jack and Djinn is a magical ride full of romance, and adventure. I give it 5 stars for originality and for how smoothly the story flowed.
Book 2- Djinn and Tonic
Book 2 starts off with Detective Carson Hale, from the previous book. He is a slightly alcoholic man that is sitting at a bar, contemplating the case of Miriam and Ben. The waitress, Leila, entices him into conversation. She seems to understand the strange undercurrents of the case. They get cozy in thw bar as Carson admits that he is interested in her. This is where things take a turn into weird. During their kiss, Carson gets knocked out, and wakes up to the impossible.
Carson was knocked out by Hassan, a horrible man, that feels he has a right to Leila because they are betrothed, against her will I might add. This is when you realize that Leila has powers as well, and her powers are air. Hassan destroys the bar where she works, as does she fighting him back. The unexplained destruction of the bar from fire and hurricane force winds stumps Carson. He knows that something is not right and that there is something different about Leila.
The story follows Carson and Leila as they fall in love, but their love seems like it is not meant to be. Leila is a kick butt chick, but she knows more than anyone that if she does not marry Hassan, there will be dire consequences for her people. She is an Ifriti, which is similar to a Djinn, and her culture is way different from normal human culture. Her people are capable of living for centuries, and a human marrriage is frowned upon. If she does not marry Hassan, a war could start between the Djinn and the Ifriti.
This story is full of magic as well, and full of conflict and will have you rooting for the characters to the very last page. I hated Hassan. I just wanted to go through the book and use his own magic against him. Carson goes through hell for Leila, a mere human against a whole Ifriti clan. Leila’s father, who she believes does not even love her, and Nadira, the water elemental, play pivotal roles in the culmination of this book. Jack and his grandfather also make appearences. The characters are so well thought out and you instantly connect with them. There are so many open-ended storylines that you just know that the next book in the installment is going to be just as great as these two. Plus, (and this is always a plus in my book lol), the books are HOT. Imagine almost making love inside of a tornado…hmmmmm 😉 I give this book 5 stars as well, and I cannot wait for the next book in The Houri Legends. I so hope it is Nadira’s story!
Quotes from the Book:
“My opinion does matter. I will not marry you. Never.”
“Do you like me, check yes or no.”
“It’s a scary thought, but it’s happening. You don’t belong on the ifrit side, Leila.”
Once again, if I have talked you into reading these books, please leave a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author. I will put links for the books under the covers.
This giveaway will be like all the others. A comment about the review or a question for the author is MANDATORY! Extra entries can be earned by showing some love! I have 2 ebooks and 1 signed paperback of Jack and Djinn up for grabs. Make sure you tell me what you did so that I can count your extra entries.
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Giveaway ends 8/27 at 8pm CST. Winners will be chose using a random name generator. Good Luck!
Posted on August 22, 2012, in BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS and tagged amazon, Amazon Kindle, amazon paperback, amber sweetapple, author, book, book review, djinn and tonic, elements, giveaway, jack and djinn, magic, paranormal, reader, review. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.