Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SUNNY: SERIES REVIEW - Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter

SUMMARY from Goodreads:

A HIDDEN FIRE - A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery he'd abandoned years before. He never expected a young librarian could hold the key to the search, nor could he have expected the danger she would attract. Now he and Beatrice De Novo will follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation they never could have predicted.

THIS SAME EARTH - Beatrice De Novo thought she had left the supernatural world behind…for the most part. But when the past becomes the present, will she leave her quiet life in Los Angeles to follow a mystery she thought had abandoned her? Where has Giovanni Vecchio been, and why has he returned? Giovanni has his own questions, and he’s looking to her for answers.

A FORCE OF WIND -  Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo  travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China to seek the help of an ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they’ve been looking for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret will come to light.

A FALL OF WATER - Still grieving from their loss in the far East, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, and rivalries churn beneath the glittering facade of the old Roman court. They quickly realize that allies might be enemies, and ancient rivals could hold the key to a deadly secret.

REVIEW:  What can you say about a story that includes the hunt for an ancient manuscript, a 500 year old vampire, a treasure hunt, a spunky, kick-ass librarian, political intrigue and an enduring love story. Can you say fantastic? 

We get to travel to beautiful locations around the world from the US to Europe to Asia and exploring the powers of each of the elements: Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water.  Beatrice and Giovanni chase after an ancient formula that could spell the end of the vampire world.  Supported by very strong secondary characters, this mystery is exciting and heart pounding. 

I have a new favorite male fictional character.  His name is Giovanni Vecchio.  He's a little alpha, a little self-sacrificing, a lotta possessive, a lotta charismatic, and a LOTTA loving! There is something about him that resonates with me.  Maybe it's the way he sacrifices to be with Beatrice, maybe it's the way he cares for her - it is consuming. Oh, did I mention he is also a LOVER OF BOOKS?!

I've decided that anything that Elizabeth Hunter writes, I'm going to read. She really knows how to unwind a story with perfect timing and as they say in the music world - perfect pitch.

IN A NUTSHELL: Beautiful love story, beautiful friendships, intense mystery and drama.  I give this book a five star rating!

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