Sunday, December 6, 2009

Up in Smoke & Me and My Shadow by Katie MacAlister

Though May Northcott's heart belongs to Gabriel Tauhou, leader of the silver dragons, being stuck in Abaddon has significantly cooled down her love life--especially since a demon lord is trying to woo her. So far, May has resisted his efforts, but it's getting increasingly harder to thwart disaster.

So May is shocked when Gabriel encourages her to give in to the demon prince. But her fire-breathing boyfriend has an ulterior motive. Since May was created in the mortal world, her surrender would give her master access to that world, where he would lose most of his powers.

It looks as though May will have to barter to gain her freedom and fulfill her destiny by Gabriel's side. But will a deal with the devil make life heaven or hell?

May Northcott is a woman at the end of her rope. She’d almost gotten used to her employer, the ex-demon lord Magoth, spending his days hanging around her home and interrupting her private moments with her dragon lover Gabriel. Then trouble appears in the form of a nearly dead man on her doorstep.

With May fighting to control the dragon shard, Magoth wrangling to regain his position and powers, and a mysterious and deadly dragon bent on their destruction, Gabriel has his work cut out for him. Now, he’ll have to claw his way through all the distractions and convince May that their love is strong enough to conquer all of their enemies.

I decided to write out of the box and do a two-fer review for these books. Me and My Shadow is the latest release in Katie MacAlister's Silver Dragon series, but I realized after buying that I didn't quite remember what had happened before! That led to a merry little 'track down the book chase', but it was all for my own good because it let me remember why I like MacAlister so much! Her characters are firmly in the 'lots of fun' pile. I mean, who can resist 6th level demons from Abbadon (hell) who appear as dogs that persistently go around talking about how its missing out by not having its camera when the really crazy shifting happens? Plus I think it's quite unique that May is a doppleganger, a type of paranormal creature that is not normally featured in fantasy books. Then as a reader you get a character bonus when MacAlister brings in pretty much everyone from the Aisling Grey series. It's a huge cosmic mishmash of paranormal ridiculousness!

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up, both these books are a lot of fun to read and get me excited for the new Light Dragons series!

Series - 1) Playing with Fire 2) Up in Smoke 3) Me and My Shadow