ARC Review: Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn

Posted November 27, 2015 by Jennifer in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn
Autumn Thorns
by Yasmine Galenorn

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 27th 2015
Series: Whisper Hollow #1
Published by Jove
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
 

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“From the beginning, I was sucked into the world that Galenorn created in Whisper Hollow”
~ Under the Covers

Diving into a new paranormal series is something I haven’t done in forever.   Yasmine Galenorn is a brand new author for me, which is hard to believe, I know! Autumn Thorns is book one in Whisper Hollow. Kerris Fellwater is a spirit shaman by birthright, helping to shuttle the dead to their final resting places. She left the town of Whisper Hollow fifteen years ago, but the unexpected death of her grandmother leaves a spirit shaman vacancy that demands to be filled. Kerris knows that she must take up the reins, but the job won’t be an easy one.  A darkness has come over the town, with an enemy working behind the scenes to destroy her line. The disappearance of her mother when Kerris was little is beginning to look like a murder. After moving into her grandparent’s home, a mysterious and intriguing neighbor named Bryan offers to help make sense of a place that seems to have more questions than answers.

From the beginning, I was sucked into the world that Galenorn created in Whisper Hollow. It felt unique, with a mythology that was complex enough to be challenging, but not so much that I was lost. This is actually quite a lengthy book, and I attribute that to both the world building as well as the descriptiveness. Each scene is set up with care and while I worried that it might become long-winded, I actually never reached the point where I felt it was extraneous and unnecessary. Kerris is smart and strong and THANK GOODNESS doesn’t run away from her destiny, either as a spirit shaman or in love. She and Bryan have explosive chemistry and surprisingly down and dirty sex. He has enough dominance in him to make this reader of erotica turn her head and notice. While the romance has a definite presence, it takes backstage to the main story which is the mystery of Kerris’ mother’s disappearance. Therefore, I would characterize this more as urban fantasy or paranormal suspense with romantic elements.  The mystery is well done and I was genuinely surprised at some of the twists and turns that are thrown our way. I haven’t read anything from the author on the direction of the series, but it’s clear that Kerris’ story is far from over, and I expect her to have an overlying story arc over multiple books.

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About Yasmine Galenorn

Yasmine Galenorn is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of the Otherworld Series (Sisters of the Moon), the Fury Unbound Series, the Whisper Hollow Series, and the Fly By Night Series. In the past, she also wrote the Indigo Court Series, two mystery series and eight nonfiction metaphysical books. She is now turning toward the indie side of publishing and bringing out her own work.

Yasmine is a caffeine junkie and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos--the former in her china closet, the latter on her skin.

She is a shamanic witch, has been married to Samwise Galenorn since 1993, is the mother of four cats, and they reside in Kirkland WA.

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I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.
Jennifer

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Sounds good…thanks for the review Jennifer

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i got bored with the otherworld series and i just couldn’t get in to the indigo court series so i may wait on this …

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Sounds good, another one for my wishlist.