Monday, July 7, 2014

Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay

Title: Desprite Measures
Series: Caledonian Sprite #1
Author: Deborah Jay
Published: Dec 7/13
Length: 284pgs
Format: ecopy
Genre: fantasy
Shelf: review
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

On the surface she's a cute and feisty blonde, a slender pocket rocket fitness coach. But Cassiopeia Lake has a secret; she's really a force of nature – an elemental.

Water sprite, Cassie, has lived undisturbed in her native Scottish loch for eons. Now, one encounter too many with modern plumbing has driven her to live in human guise along with her selkie boyfriend, Euan. It’s all going fine - until a nerdy magician captures Cassie to be an unwilling component in his crazy dangerous experiment.

Escape is only Cassie’s first challenge. 

She’s smitten by her fellow prisoner, the scorching hot fire elemental, Gloria. But how do you love someone you can never touch? 

And what do you do when your boyfriend starts to hero-worship your persecutor? Not to mention that tricky situation of being the prize in a power contest between two rival covens of witches.
So when Gloria’s temper erupts and she sets out to murder the magician, can Cassie keep her loved ones safe from the cross-fire, or will she be sucked into the maelstrom of deadly desires and sink without trace?

My Review:

What a brilliant fantasy! Jaye takes her readers on a remarkable journey. The story is well laid out, allowing the reader to follow along without racing ahead, falling behind, or filling in any blanks. Her descriptions leave you breathless and in awe of the scenery that you can’t help but picture. This is also definitely a novel by an adult for adults. Jaye doesn’t dumb or tone down her writing to broaden her audience base. She stays true to her story and herself throughout. She also mixes in some steamy sex scenes, just to kick your pulse up a notch or two. Everything melds seamlessly together into a very enjoyable read.

I quite enjoyed the characters that Jay developed to carry her story forward. They were unique without being abnormally so. This allowed me to get to know them well without feeling a sense of separation from them and what they experienced. That said, the characters were also supernatural, so that gave them an extra, magical kick.

This was definitely a great introduction to this series. It was a unique read that left me satiated at the end.

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