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on April 3, 2017
Negatives/ Concerns:
The prologue/epilogue gives a definite sense of foreboding which bothers me. One other (-): There are 1 or 2 chapters where the POV switches to a minor character with no apparent warning (still first person--just that person isn't Eira anymore). The content is good; the change is just a bit confusing, though it works itself out within a few pages. Not the absolute best jaw-dropping thing I've ever read (but hey, I read a LOT).

Warning: Although we have dragons, we also have computers, motorcycles, and modern (even futuristic) technology--at least, we do inside the human cities. That was a bit of a surprise as Eira is armed only with a knife when we meet her and everything is very low tech (possibly even middle ages level) outside the city.

The world building and story telling are excellent. The dynamics between the Eira and Rai (nickname of dragon) are delightful. FYI, the dragon can shape-shift and spends most of the book in a human-esque form. Eira lets him get away with a lot (invading her personal space, etc) that she wouldn't let anyone else do. She says it's because he's a dragon and can't be expected to know better but everyone else is convinced that there is something more going on. The dragon's outside perspective on humanity is also quite entertaining, which is a plus as this is definitely not a comedy.

Minor characters are interesting and dimensional with day-to-day issues and minor conflicts which make things feel very realistic. Eira's past is slow to unfold. Part of the motivation for wanting to read book 2 is see more of this glorious unveiling (though some parts are rather inglorious...).
Additionally, the plot arc is NOT finished at the end of the book, meaning you will definitely want to read the next one. This is, however, an excellent introduction to the plot, setting, characters, etc. with enough action and character development to justify the read (even if you don't go on).

Parting note about Eira and her emotions: What woman hasn't felt at some point that her emotions are "fucked-up" or "not normal"? Given the amount of trauma that Eira has been through, it is totally believable that the negative emotions seem to out weight the positives--and she is different enough from everyone else (again, very relatable) that it's easy for her to believe that she is wired different emotionally as well. Perhaps she is. Or perhaps a certain dragon and a handful of good friends can help the good times counterbalance the bad---although needing to destroy the Big Bag Guy just might get in the way.
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on January 2, 2016
This book has a beautiful opening. It draws the reader in with its colorful descriptions of the main character’s surroundings. You discover who Eira is through not only her emotions ​but actions and reactions around others. As the story develops It is obvious that Eira does not hold herself in high esteem. The reason being the purpose she was created for, which is to kill. However, someone, a dragon will show her she has more left to offer the world than death. At first, she’s unsure of her own ability to trust him, but figures what choice does she have? They start a journey together that will lead to Eira discovering herself, gaining confidence, and leaves her questioning her ability to feel. Especially, when she finds herself strangely drawn to Raikidan. It leaves her questioning emotions she is not supposed to be able to have. This story will leave you wanting more.
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on May 6, 2018
When you open the first page of this book you are met with a gripping scene of Eira on her death bed. As you go further into the book, you get bits and pieces about her life. I felt very intrigued by the backstory, and I found myself guessing different things. This is not a book you find "instant" answers, nor "instant' satisfaction, so be prepared for that. It would be more of a slow-moving story and plot-line for some people, but what makes up for it is the characters.

What I liked: I loved the characters in this book. They are outright hilarious at times, and I found myself snickering so many times by the exchanges. The way the author describes them, really gives you a clear picture of the way they look. There is a lot of interactions, and you get a clear picture of each of the character's personalities throughout the book. I loved the exchanges between Eira and Raikidan, and often found myself wrapped up in their conversations. I also love the world building, because you get a glimpse inside a world similar to ours, but with different histories. Plus, the author does awesome with fight scenes.

What I didn't like: I'm a bit more of a YA reader, so the plot-line is a bit slow for me at times. There is a a lot of scenes where they are training and different things happening, but like I said, this is a slow build for a novel. The ending didn't have too much of a punch for me, but I'm still interested in what's next despite that. I'm curious what secrets are in store as I read through these books.

Despite it all, I believe the author did great with her story, and I think it's a good read. I was balancing between a 4 or 5 star, but I think for character building she's top notch!
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on May 3, 2018
As another review stated, this is a character driven series, not a plot driven series. I like the plot, but can't get past the pages of excessive nonsense. Ok, Ryo is interested in Rylan. I don't need to revisit it every scene. With 4 books in the series so far there seems to be no conclusion or answered questions. What is Eira's draw to Rai? Does she have dragon blood, or is this tickle a red herring? I'd like to read more, but by the 50% mark was bored with the soap opera.
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on November 4, 2016
I was given a free copy of "Destiny" in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book. It was fast-paced, with well developed characters. I had a difficult time putting it down - I kept having to continue reading to find out what happened next! The entire concept of "enhanced" people is realistic, and Shannon puts a few surprise twists into the variations of this concept. I enjoyed the book so much that I purchased the second in the series as soon as I finished the first. Can't wait to read more by this author!!
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on July 18, 2017
I enjoyed the concept and the characters were interesting BUT the overall story was scattered and WAY too focused on things that weren't really the story. I didn't feel like we went anywhere beyond where the story started and that is saying a lot. The main two characters moved from one location to the other dressed up and did stuff...that is it. I felt the story needed something to show what is going on in a more finite way however the world building was excellent and I could tell the characters feeling who what existed of them were effective. I look forward to reading book two but hope something more significant occurs in the story rather than walking around and stuff happening.
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on November 2, 2015
Book was well written. I really liked the characters. My biggest problem with this book was that the story didn't seem to progress enough. Kept waiting for the romance that didn't come. Kept waiting for the answers to my biggest questions that didn't come. I guess I don't have any desire to read the next book. Just a little let down.
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on May 13, 2018
This book was fantastic. It is fast-paced and full of action. Laz whines a little too much about being a monster and not being worthy of friendship but other than that she kicks butt! I mean who doesn't like super powers? Strength, fire-breathing, and shaman abilities make Laz one woman you don't want to make mad. Throw in one over-protective dragon and this book is magic. Then you meet Laz's friends...they are all amazing! Can't wait for the next book!
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on May 10, 2018
It started out like it was going to be low tech story but changed when the get to the city. I love to read about dragons and this story is a nice mix of dragons and technology that really kept me thinking about all the gadget they used. Lots of humor mixed in with all the action. I usually don't buy too many books but I just had to buy the next 3 books of this series so I can follow all the likes of the characters as the grow and change. Shannon has done a wonderful job of making me want to follow these characters. Thanks for a good job!
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on May 22, 2017
This Book is simply amazing. The story was in depth and well written. I enjoyed all the well developed characters and their interactions. It was a Dystopian with a great Urban Fantasy flair to it. Needless to say I really enjoyed this book! I'll be buying the next two books asap! Well worth reading!
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