Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More than Life

Title:  More than Life
Author:  Amanda Vyne
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN:  978-1-61118-515-7
Genre:  M/F, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Katya finds out she has been experimented on for the majority of her life and also thinks Raife is the one that betrayed her by putting her in the research center she has been for most of the last year.  Raife allows himself to be captured and taken to the center so they can find out about former captured Arcane members. 

More than Life is the second book in the Arcane Crossbreeds series and is a lot more intense than the first book More than Blood.  While a lot of the purebreds among the different paranormal species don’t want anything to do with crossbreeds, it doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to mating.  Each mating brings its own set of problems, depending on the species, but Drachons are bordering on extinction, because the mate must be able to take a dragons blood to breed.  Katya and Raife have been friends forever and Raife knows she is his mate, but he lets Katya go because her uncle said she was contracted to a vampire in Wales.   

The society that this author has created about the various Arcane breeds is very detailed and has a lot of complexities not seen in other paranormal books I have read.  The various twists kept me on my toes and there were quite a few surprises as I read More than Life.  The suspense and the drama in the story just added to my enjoyment, as I could just see some of the things described in my mind.

The betrayal that both Katya and Raife feel is normal, especially as additional facts about Katya’s life unfold.  Most of the secondary characters were in the first book, as well, and the reader learned a little more about a few of them as they helped Raife and Katya.  The surprise toward the end of the book regarding the Arcane species is going to make for some intense reading in future stories and totally blindsided me. This is a very different way of looking at how the species came about and something I haven’t seen before.  I am looking forward to seeing how this author is going to resolve the very big problem the Arcane Crossbreeds are facing.  While both books can be read as standalone stories, I suggest you read them in order to get the full picture of the wonderful society Ms. Vyne has created in her series. 

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