Thursday, January 9, 2014

SUNNY: BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, and GIVEAWAY "Shine" by Dannika Dark

(Mageri Series, Bk #5)
By Dannika Dark

Love is infinite.
Hate is absolute.

In the short span of a year, Silver has gone from becoming a Mage to discovering the truth about her unique genetics. Logan Cross went from her mortal enemy to her immortal lover, but a threat is fast approaching like an inevitable storm. Attacks are underway against the Mageri and one man is behind it—an elusive foe who is an unstoppable force. Nero is not Silver’s only concern as someone close to her is arrested for treason. In the midst of chaos, Silver discovers she cannot protect everyone from the wrath of fate, including her own Ghuardian.

Justus finally opens his heart, but an unexpected turn of events could darken his soul forever. Secrets are revealed that will leave you reeling from one twist after the next. Would you sacrifice everything for love?

Destiny has set sail and once she alters her course, no one’s life will ever be the same in this explosive conclusion to the Mageri Series.

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A deep vibration rose from his chest. Logan backed me up and the next thing I knew, I was lying on the hood of Justus’s sleek Porsche. What was once a vast collection of exquisite cars was now a collection of three, aside from the Ducati, which he rarely drove.

Logan’s ravenous tongue found a sensitive spot on my neck that made me crave his skin against mine. I slipped my hands beneath his shirt, scratching at his strong back. I loved the way his body felt. The taut muscles along his abs, the baby-fine hair on his arms and legs, the masculine cut of his jaw, and especially right now, the thick press between my legs. The hood of the car dented from our weight and Logan’s heated breath stirred a voice within me that wanted to say “to hell with it” and have sex right on top of my Ghuardian’s one-hundred-thousand-dollar Porsche.

“Wait, Logan. We’re going to mess up his car.”

When his tongue entered my mouth, the complaint was forgotten.

Until the garage door lifted up.

REVIEW (Mild spoiler ahead):
As I finished this book, I took a moment to pause and think about how far we have come with Zoe/Silver.  It has been quite the journey which has taken us to some difficult places but with creativity and imagination always.  

The strength of this series is the storytelling and it is no different for this final installment of the Mageri series.  I can tell that Dannika Dark is a romantic at heart.  Every relationship that we have come to love is strengthened.  The story is not always happy and there are some moments that my heart feels heavy, but this story does have a happily ever after.  You will find all your favorites back: Logan, Justus, Paige, Simon, Christian, Finn, Sunny, Novis, Adam, and all the Cross brothers.  In some ways, this is one of the weaknesses of the story.  By bringing back all the characters from the previous stories, I am reminded that there is still so much to learn about, especially the Cross brothers.  We are also introduced to a new, important character, but there is not enough of her to really get an attachment.  Still others get a nice sense of closure - especially Silver, Justus, and Adam.  To me, Adam's story has a nice resolution - one that left me satisfied (except for his interactions with Sadie.  Please, Dannika, say there will be more to this story).  

Dannika Dark's writing is very straightforward.  There is little ambiguity and subtlety.  It is both her strength and weakness. Her direct writing allows for a strong narrative.  She knows the story she wants to tell and takes us along in the journey and it is a joy. However, sometimes that forthrightness has a scent of being preachy. It is not distracting to the storyline, but I wonder if the story could be a little more nuanced.   

Dannika Dark shows her affection for her characters by giving them a wonderful story to end this series.  What began as a buddy reads on Goodreads has reached a satisfying end. So happy to be a part of this journey. 

This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.


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