Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review: Fire On the Island by J.K. Hogan


Synopsis:                 “She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. 
She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. 
Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem” 

All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her 
mother's insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the 
souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she 
alone can end it. 

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching 
paranormal phenomena. He doesn't expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the 
woman who will turn his world upside down. 

Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is 
part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit 
world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, 
the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. 
Alastore does everything in his power to eliminate them but, unbeknownst to all of them, Isla is 
the only one with the ability to stop him for good. 

Review:  I loved this book.  Seriously.  I cannot wait for book two to come out.  I love that it takes place in Scotland.  I love that it's about witches, but has a different spin than any other witch book that I've ever read.  

Isla, is our heroine, and she is a spunky, self-sufficient gal.  She does what she thinks is right even when the people of the island she lives on, treat her bad because she is a witch.  She has faced a ton of adversity in her young life, but it has made her a stronger person.  Her relationship with Jeremiah is pretty steamy when she lets him in.

The book has a ton of great side characters.  Callum and Jack are funny and are great friends to Isla.  I love Marduk.  He has a snarky sense of humor, and really makes parts of the story with some of his zingers.  I am hoping we learn about the secret that Brynna is hiding, in the sequel.

This book is perfectly paced and well written.  The characters are very well developed and there is no info dumping.  You really get emotionally invested in the characters and the things they're experiencing.  I read this book in one long sitting - because I couldn't wait to finish it.  I couldn't stop turning pages until the very last page.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising* 

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