Published by LLC on October 6, 2015
Series: Descended of Dragons #1
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
A Secret Past
Fiery redhead Stella Stonewall can’t decide between a margarita and a manhattan. The rest of her life? Please. Stella has never really fit in, and her pretty world comes crashing down when she learns it was never her world at all.
Rowan Gresham is domineering, brooding, and as sexy as chocolate-dipped sin. When he transports Stella to the magical realm of her parents she recognizes her rightful place immediately. Gresham’s motivations are less clear.
A Scorching Chemistry
The enigmatic Gresham aids in Stella’s metamorphosis and their chemistry ignites, though a long-time girlfriend and a significant age difference stand in the way.
A Battle for the Rest of Her Life
Stella’s life fast-tracks to extraordinary when she enrolls at Radix Citadel for Supernatural Learning, an enchanted college whose students turn furry on the regular. As Stella learns to navigate the magical new world of Thayer she must also find her animal form, a task as elusive as her ancestry. Stella soon faces an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn to manipulate an animal form she never knew she possessed.
Rare Form is the first book in the new adult paranormal series, called Descended from Dragons. I love not only the cover, but also the fact that I know this book will deal with dragon shifters in some way. I don’t get to read too many books about dragon shifters, and after reading Rare Form- I want more! And I have to let you in on a little secret. (half secret really, because I don’t want to spoil anything.) but there is a secret surrounding the main character, Stella’s shifter form. Mainly that she didn’t know what she was going to turn into since she was new to this whole world. And I know you may be thinking that is a silly thing for me to say because…hello look at the cover and series name. But trust me, it was my favorite aspect of the story. Jen Crane, I applaud you.
Like is the case in many paranormal books that I have read over the years, Stella has a mysterious parent that, unbeknowst to her, is not of this world. And because of that, Stella is swept up and deposited in another world, in a school for magical beings and shifters. What I loved about Jen Crane’s imagining of this other world, is that it is not only one, or even a few, kinds of shifters. So often, shifters turn into fearsome fighting creatures, but here in the world of Thayer, there are evolutions of every kind of animal turned shifter. I loved that it wasn’t just the typical kinds, but even deer, crows, lizards, etc.
Stella is left, not only to try and fit in, but also to harness the power of her shifter, without knowing anything about it. That is a task in and of itself. But Stella has a great mentor in Rowan. Yum yum, and also a really great group of friends. As far as the school is concerned, think grown up Hogwarts with way less rules. There is a big point made in the story that these are not school kids, these are adults. Because in the world of Thayer, only adults are allowed to start harnessing the power of their shifter animal, which I think makes a whole lot of sense. Teenagers are not known for their restrain and maturity. So it fits in perfectly with the new adult age grouping, and I love that this story is new adult. There is the inkling of what migth turn into a love triangle, but I am really not to sure on that front. I will have to report back after the next book.
Rare Form is a great start to what looks like it will be an epic series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I just know that I am going to like it. I finished Rare Form in one quick afternoon. I am kind of hoping that the next book is a little bit longer because I loved this one so much that I really want more. If you like paranormals, magical boarding schools and shifter romances, Rare Form and the Descended from Dragons series is the one for you. Read it now.
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