Mini Reviews – A Dragon King & Monster Hunters

Posted December 31, 2017 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Mini Reviews – A Dragon King & Monster HuntersConstantine: A History Series: Dark Kings #11.6
by Donna Grant
Published by Self Published on September 12, 2017
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 65
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Who is Constantine, King of Dragon Kings? It’s a question asked by many. Here is your chance to learn some of this enigmatic leader’s history – and get a unique look inside the Dragon Kings.

This is a short story involving Constantine from the New York Times bestselling Dark Kings series from Donna Grant.

 

Constantine: A History is a must read for all Dark Kings fans! This is a short novella that gives us some insight on the mysterious King of Kings. Reading in his POV fans see a softer side of Constantine. It is clear the decision he made against Ulrik has always weighed on his shoulders but he does have a responsibility for the dragon kings and the mortals they swore to protect. This is a quick read and I wish it was a little longer. Author Donna Grant says in the introduction Constantine’s full story would be the final book of the series, and I’m just not yet ready for this series to end. I haven’t read the Reapers series (yet) so reading this novella does spoil the series. But it is ok and now I need to start the Reapers series.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

About Donna Grant

Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews.

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

Mini Reviews – A Dragon King & Monster HuntersOdd & True by Cat Winters
Published by Amulet Books on September 12, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 358
Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

 

Odd & True was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a monster thriller but was captivated with the story of sisters, Odette and Trudchen, and their journey to becoming a family again. Od and Tru grew up on tales of monsters and being members of a long line of protectors. In reality the family secrets tear the girls away from their home and into a life of struggle. The story follows the trials the girls face and is told in shifts from present to past time. This is the first book I’ve read from author Cat Winters and I enjoyed her writing style. The chapters alternate POV and time periods, but the change was smooth and filled in the missing gaps of the story. I really liked Od and Tru, their love and loyalty for each other is strong. There is a small element of paranormal in this story but the focus is on the sisters relationship. I really enjoyed this book but wished it was a series. I loved the ending but I wished there was more adventures for the sisters.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

About Cat Winters

Cat Winters is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author of fiction that blends history with the supernatural. Her young adult works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, and the forthcoming ODD & TRUE (Sept. 2017). Her adult novels are THE UNINVITED and YESTERNIGHT. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her books have appeared on numerous state and "best of" lists.

Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

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2 responses to “Mini Reviews – A Dragon King & Monster Hunters

    • Kathy

      This was my first Cat Winters book. I liked her writing style and the story was creative. I’ll have to check out her other books. Thanks Melanie!