am 19. Juni 2014
Synopsis [by Goodreads.com]
“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
I’m on the FBI’s wanted list.
I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life.
But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn’t know a thing about the supernatural.
One whose kisses set me on fire.
I'm still pretty stunned at how wonderful a book this was! And I'm glad, I stumbled upon this independent writer, because her alternate world, the heroine and the story just rock.
Rylee Adamson lives in a world of the supernatural, although being stationed in rural North Dakota. There are covens of witches, the spells and magic that go with it, werewolfs [that are quite different from the usual UF-take on them], vampires and daywalkers none wants to cross, harpies... well, you name it, it's there. And well described and integrated in a comprehensible, yet unique world.
And although Rylee is not of the magic-throwing variety, she has two abilities [that we yet know of] that got her a name in the supernatural world: she can track any person, even when dead and is immune to most magic. Because of the disappearance of her foster-sister ten years earlier, she made an oath to search and bring back any child she is asked to. She even lives with the scorn of her foster parents, who threw her out at 16 [after her sister's disappearance], believing she had something to do with it. Which is why a more than determined FBI Agent has never stopped following her. All that, she takes with grace and her own set of determination. That alone makes her an adorable heroine.
So, these are the premises in which Rylee starts her newest case: a little girl who has gone missing at the same day of the year and at the same day her sister was taken.
I read about three pages from Rylee's 1st person POV and was hooked. She really is a fabulous person and makes for a formidable protagonist. She has a smart head she uses, continues training because she has to [get rusty, get killed], doesn't take s*** from anyone and yet has a good heart and the right motives.
For example does she have a rather peculiar werewolf as a pet, because she once saved him from his pack and now he has nowhere else so go. So she takes care of him. And good thing though, because Alex, the werewolf, is the most hilarious sidekick ever!
On the other hand, when her best friend Milly, a witch, behaves in a not so friend-like way, Rylee does tell her exactly what she thinks of that.
So Rylee is one of the most likable and adorable heroines I've come across in some time.
She does have a narrator-counterpart at times, the aforementioned FBI Agent Liam O'Shea: a few times, we get his [3rd-person] POV and this perspective even widens the scope and helps to get into the story and all. But make no mistake: this is UF, not PNR, second POV from hotguy notwithstanding. So, if you're looking for romance, that would not be it.
The case as such is solved in the end, but there is stuff happening that prepares the stage for further secrets and a bigger picture to be unraveled and adventures to be experienced for Rylee and her unlikely crew of friends and allies. Can't wait to read on!