Welcome to my tour stop of Rare Form by Jen Crane hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.
Author: Jen Crane
Tittle: Rare Form
Series: Descended of Dragons, book 1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, [New-Adult]
Page count and format: 163 pages, Ebook
Published: October 6th 2015
Source: I received an eARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours as a part of this book tour in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
First of all, I needed to read this book because the cover suggested dragons and I have a thing for dragons. There should be more books with dragons, seriously! Now before I digress…
This book really surprised me. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I went in, but this was a farely interesting read. My last two reads were really meh, so naturally I was praying that this book be different and thankfully it was. The plot was intriguing, the characters were pretty great and the world building was fantastic. I pretty much enjoyed all the aspect of this book.
The story revolves around a girl named Stella. She doesn’t usually fit in the real world. She has no idea what she wants to do in her life and she doesn’t have a clue about who her father was, her mother never discloses the fact. But after an accident she encounters a person named Rowan Gresham and he tells her that she doesn’t belong in this realm but a different one. After a lot of pursuing, she gives in and decides to travel to the other world. There she discovers a whole new world where she fits in quite easily. She enrolls in the college for supernatural beings to harness her powers and also find her animal form. What she discovers truly stuns her and if anybody else finds that out she may truly be in danger.
The plot was really intriguing and pretty unique. It was a slow start at first but as the story begins to unfold, it becomes quite interesting. I loved the descriptions of the supernatural realm of Thayer. Everybody there belonged to a supernatural family, Stella was the odd one out but still people accepted her and she met quite a few bunch of people she could call friends. The classes in the Radix Citadel for Supernatural Learning were intersting as well. Like Stella I loved the metamorphosis class the most. She faced difficulty in finding her animal form because she had no clue about this supernatural part of her family but a big hint is already given in the cover, so it was really surprising when she discovered another form as well as the dragon, it was an awsome and interesting twist. The romance was not the main focus of this book but the sexual tension between Stella and Gresham was crystal clear. I liked how they didn’t exactly jump into each other at first thought. I’m definitely liking where this is going, their story is building up slowly and I’m hoping to see more of them in the next book.
I farely liked all the characters in this book, they were pretty great and interesting. I definitely liked Stella, she was headstrong, passionate and hard working. She had the normal reaction after seeing Gresham but after that she had the common sense of turning down a stranger when he told her he’s been searching for her. It took a lot of perusing before Stella agreed to come to Thayer. I liked how she handled everything maturely after first stepping in Thayer, it was clear that she naturally belonged to this world. Gresham was a brooding and a mysterious kind of person. Mhmm, I definitely liked him. He was strong and sexy. I loved how Stella could stand up to his hot and cold attitude, she spoke her mind and definitely wasn’t afraid of him. I loved the chemistry between them. I enjoyed reading about the other characters as well, specially Timbra. She was sweet and honestly cared about Stella. I loved their bond of friendship.
The writing was simple and easy to read. I breezed through the book in a few sittings. The pace was slow in the beginning and I did get a little bored but it picked up its pace as soon as Stella steps into Thayer and I didn’t look back any longer. It was quite an intersting ride from there onwards.
Overall, Rare Form was a book which was pretty interesting and I throughly enjoyed. The plot was intriguing, the characters were great and I loved the world building. The writing was smooth and I look forward to read more books by this author. I’m definitely going to get hold of the second book in this series as soon as possible because I’m so exited to see what happens next.
She has a master’s degree, and solid work histories in government and non-profit administration. She’s been published in reputable newspapers and magazines.
One day, though, she said, “Life’s too real for nonfiction. I’m gonna write about love and magic.”
Jen is happily living out her dream in The South with her husband and three children, striking that delicate balance between inspiration and frustration.
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