Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: Stone Cold Revenge by Jess Macallan

Stone Cold Revenge
Author: Jess Macallan
Publication: Entangled Edge (January 20, 2013)

Description: Forced by her maniacal father, the king of the shadow elves, to live in his house and train to become his heir, newly minted princess of the paranormal Elleodora Fredricks doesn’t think things could get much more complicated. On the outs with her gargoyle love interest, Jax, and confused about her relationship with her childhood sweetheart, MacLean the phoenix, Elle knows her fate decrees that her powers will manifest themselves in full on her twenty-eighth birthday, which is quickly approaching…

With help from two long-lost family members, some long-forgotten memories, and even her long-gone mother, Elle discovers there’s more to being part shadow elf than she ever knew. But will she be able to harness her unique abilities in time to take revenge on her enemies? For Elle, it’s all in a day’s work…

My Thoughts: STONE COLD REVENGE is a good middle book in a trilogy. When the story begins, Elle is just moving into the guest house at her father's estate as per their agreement. He wants to made her his heir and use her as a tool for whatever his purpose might be. Elle moves in because she is determined to kill him and his bullying torturer of an aide Luke. At the beginning I was worried because Elle had the will but not the skill needed to kill her father.

As the story goes on Elle begins to develop the skills that will let her defeat her father. As she nears her 28th birthday, talents are starting to surface. Elle also gathers allies other than her best friend and oracle Terryl and her two mates MacLean who is a phoenix and Jax who is a gargoyle. Elle's decision between the two of them is made early as she commits to Jax who is her current love rather than MacLean who was her childhood hero and love. Elle discovers that she has an uncle Elion and a fairy godmother Luna who will help her as much as they can. Being gods, their help is considerable but so are the limits placed on them to assist her.

Elle also learns more about her mother when she is given her diary. She learns more about how her father became the evil being who made her childhood one of terror and torture. Elle gains new powers but keeps the same snarky attitude that I came to love in the first book of this trilogy. I loved her banter with her very unconventional fairy godmother. 

I loved watching Elle mature through this story. I liked that she realized the costs of the gifts she was given. I look forward to the third book in this series because I really want to know how she will manage to defeat her father and claim her own power. 

Favorite Quote:
"You hate my father? Yeah, join the club. We should make T-shirts. But you'll have to wait for your membership number because there are so many people in front of you."
I was approached by Entangled Publishing to review this title and be part of the blog tour. I bought a copy for my Kindle. You can buy your copy here too.

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