Archive | July 2013

Cara’s Review ~ Fairy Dust

Fairy DustFairy Dust
by Carol Shenold

Half fae/half witch, Ande Ryan’s deepest desires are simple: a stress-free, fun evening with a nice guy, to earn the respect of her peers in the Paranormal Investigation Unit, and at long last, learn to use her Goddess given fae magic.

Instead, she fights a demon, gets mugged by a pixie, meets her soul mate and oh yeah, has to try and defeat a wizard with the help of a six-foot elf and a wolf—Cal Masterson.

Cal had no idea that his first encounter with Ande Ryan would include a fight with a demon or an intense attraction to the red-haired fairy who displays as much courage and determination as any wolf in his pack. Will Cal overcome his need to protect her as they both fight the odds and allow her fulfill her destiny?

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Cara’s Review:
Could you find new love and save the world in less than sixty pages? Ande Ryan did, and surprisingly, she did it well. As the book states it is part of a series, we shall learn more about this (slightly inept) magic wielding fairy. Ande is a teeny tiny bit of a woman- half Witch and half Fae. I always love the hybrids- they are either hated or revered, have stunning powers or are a bit lacking in control of the powers. Ande is part of the Paranormal Investigation Unit- the “brush under the rug” unit, in charge of catching out of control pixies and the like. In one afternoon, she finds out someone wants the Titania Amulet her father left behind, and is attacked by murderous flowers, ghouls, trolls, and an angry pixie tribe.

Way to lead up to a blind date, right? Cal, a shifter, happened to come across the fight between Ande and the ghoul, and they are both surprised at the restaurant afterwards. At least that makes an interesting blind date icebreaker!

Finally, we find out how evil politicians really can be, as we follow Ande, Cal, and friends on a quick journey to save the world. I really liked the characters of this book, and can’t wait to learn more about all of them. Though short, this novella managed to pack a successful punch – not often done in short stories.

Bottom line: You will hopefully be as entranced as I am at a world where magic exists, but people happily ignore it. Ande has a powerful full name, and lives up to it! She is a butt-kicker, and I can’t wait to see what future hijinks she manages to find herself in. Would recommend this book as a quick action fantasy read.

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