Hiya! In honor of Karen’s new release (I know, I’m a few days late), I’m posting reviews for both Relentless and the sequel Refuge. I devoured both, and Karen leaves her readers (or at least me) absolutely ravenous for more. I was lucky enough to be included on her launch team and received an ARC of Refuge.
So, first, Relentless.
Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.
In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.
Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.
6 stars! Five is not enough. I’d give it a million, but I don’t think I have that much space. Haven’t been so thoroughly drawn into a New world since a picked up Shadow Falls. Action, shady dealings, and fantastic, fascinating creatures right from the beginning. Sara is a wonderful heroine with a great many strengths and natural flaws. Stubborn and strong, I love watching her go toe to toe with everyone and doing what she feels is right no matter what. Plus we get Roland, broody Nikolas, and Dimples ;). After reading this, I was absolutely ravenous for Refuge. Karen Lynch writes fantastic fiction, and I can’t wait to she what she has in store for us next!
And now Refuge! Let’s start with a teaser:
To keep the people she loves safe, Sara left everything she knew behind. She soon learns this new world is nothing like her old one, and she struggles to make a place for herself among the Mohiri. But it soon becomes apparent to Sara and to everyone one around her that she is not your typical warrior.
As the weeks pass, Sara builds new relationships, copes with her new trainers, and tries to manage her ever-changing powers, while keeping her unique heritage a secret. Looming in the background is the constant shadow of the Master who will do anything to find her.
Sara finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that uncovers her true strengths and awakens a part of her she never knew existed. She experiences the delight of new friendships, the sweetness and pain of first love, and a loss so deep it could be the thing that finally breaks her. At the end of it all, she discovers that the one place she was supposed to be safe might not be the refuge she thought it was.
6 stars again. I’d put more, because it absolutely deserves it, but breaking the 5 star system says it all, right?
If Relentless was spark, Refuge is fireworks. Action every time you turn the page, new friends, enemies, family, and creatures that will keep you up reading long after you promise yourself “just a few more minutes”. Its a thrilling ride, full of sizzle, spunk, revelations, new faces, secrets, heartache, and betrayals. I love each and every one of Sara’s new friends every bit as much as I fell for the original crew in Relentless. And the sparks fly, in more ways than one ;).
Eagerly awaiting news of book 3, here, and I encourage my followers to pick up Relentless while it’s free, as well as snatch up copies of Refuge while they’re at it!
Karen Lynch is quite the mistress of storytelling, and I quite rabidly await whatever she has for us next, be it Sara, Jordon, Madeline, or a new world entirely!
How about one more teaser before you go: