Over Christmas, I didn’t get too many requests for book reviews which was a bit of a relief – it’s always nice to have a bit of a break during the holiday season. But things have picked up in the last few weeks and it’s been refreshing. Generally, the indie books that get sent to me aren’t in line with current indie trends and it’s great to have some new stuff to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love academy books, but you can have too much of a good thing.
I don’t accept a good chunk of the review requests that get sent mostly because they just don’t seem like my cup of tea. But one request that I received a little while ago was about a book that looked right up my street.
“Ally Reynolds is a veterinarian specializing in raptor rehabilitation in New Hampshire. Other than one horrific incident in her childhood and a little extra “spark” for healing in her hands, both of which she has kept secret from even her best friend, her life has been singularly boring. It has also been extremely lonely. Ally longs for someone to share her life with, but how can she trust someone with her secret?
Matthew Blake, an ornithologist at Cornell University, calls Ally, asking for her help with an injured raptor. Matthew grew up in New Zealand and has lived around the world. He has read about Ally’s high success rates in raptor rehabilitation and suspects there is more to it than is generally known.
Matthew has some secrets of his own; he is a demon hunter. He suspects Ally’s healing powers could benefit him. He wants her to join him and thinks they’d make a great team.
Can Ally trust him or is he just using her? Matthew definitely has more secrets, and some of them are about her.”
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See what I mean? This one is nowhere near the same as the currently trending books and I’m really looking forward to reading it. The magic plus the romance vibes are intriguing enough but having raptor-related careers which seem pretty central to the story adds an originality that I feel like the charts are lacking at the moment.
Also, I haven’t read a demon hunter character in a while – most of the characters I’m reading right now are the demons, which is fun all in itself but it’s good to shake it up.
I’m looking forward to reading this one more than most right now and I’m not sure why. My gut’s telling me something’s going to be good with this one – I hope it’s right!
Thanks for reading!