Thursday, May 8, 2014

TOUR STOP: Special Attraction

ISBN13: 9781311324993
Pages: 305
Source: RABT 

The weirdness continues….
Thanks to a magical transplant from an inter-dimensional enforcer, Hailey Parrish can transform into a hawk. When someone begins dismembering hikers along the Appalachian Trail, the enforcers make use of her feathery talents to catch the killer. Unfortunately, like most things in Hailey’s life, there is nothing ordinary about the assignment. Their target turns out to be maddeningly elusive, they rescue a stray dog that makes a sewage treatment plant seem pleasantly fragrant, and stopping the murders turns out to be the least of their worries.
Special Attraction, the third book in the Coursodon Dimension series, combines paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a bit of science fiction and a healthy dose of quirky humor.

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop of the Special Attraction Book Tour! I've got a super fun review to share with you guys, but before we get into that, quick reminder that you can click the tour banner above to access all the links to the other tour stops! Okay, let's go :)

Special Attraction is the third book in the Coursodon Dimension. At first, I was a bit worried to read it without taking a look at the first two books even though it is advertised as a stand-alone. My biggest concern was not understanding the world enough, especially since our MC, Hailey, has changed so significantly from the first book. But rest assured all you who are reading this, M.L. Ryan does a pretty decent job creating the world of Coursodon and mapping out its relations to earth. As for Hailey's story, you barely even notice because she is just so wonderfully written that she doesn't feel "foreign" or developed already. If that makes any sense.

Hailey was a super awesome character to read from the perspective of. She's sassy and not afraid to speak her own mind. We first meet her as she scouts the mountains for traces of a killer in her hawk form. Right from the start, we get to see her in her second form and we get connected with her as she witnesses the horror of mangled bodies, and the struggle and weakness that she feels when she turns back to human. Throughout the entire book, Hailey kept me entertained with her sass and underneath all that attitude is someone with a true heart of gold.

Alex, oh dear, I may have a new addition to my life of perfect book boyfriends. Seriously, he's pretty much perfection. A bit alpha male, but he's so caring and attentive to Hailey it just melts my heart. Him and Hailey are literally one of the cutest couples I've read, and are possibly one of the few who has endured hell for each other.

Sebastian was an interesting character. From what I can gather from the first book, Sebastian's spirit was living inside of Hailey. Throughout the book, he kind of played the devil's advocate. Sometimes you admired him, other times he was a jerk. Nonetheless, he was pretty entertaining. ;)

Uluf is probably my favorite character. No offense to Hailey and Alex, but there was just something so soulful about Uluf that will move your heartstrings. He's strong but adorably awkward and his personality is just so mournful (?) and adorable that it's really hard not to like him. Plus he's not as big of a macho man as Alex. XD

The entire book was chock full of suspense and tension. The first scene depicts a grisly scene with mutilated body parts scattered all over the mountains. I feel like my biggest problem was the "climax" of the story. With all the tension that is vibrating throughout the entire story, I expected a massive climax with like flaming arrows flying down from heaven. Instead, it's kind of blurry. Hailey sort of just defeats Doc Marten (her name for Mr. Bad Guy) and all we really "read" is a bright light flashes and Hailey blacks out. Don’t get me wrong, I was super relieved that they finally caught the bad guy, but I wanted something big.

Other than that, I would definitely recommend Special Attraction. It's full of action, suspense, heartthrobs, and adorable romance. To sum things up, Hailey is awesome, Alex is adorable, Sebastian is quite the character, Doc Martens is nutso, and Uluf is the best, can I please have him?
3.5/5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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