My rating: ❤❤ of 5!
So yesterday (this was originally posted on the 1st of April 2018) I finished one of my first Shifter RH books, and for one of my first ones it was only okay.
Aria Archer is a human thief, and a retired one at that, in a world filled with shifters. On her last assignment she was almost killed, while stealing dragon blood, so she promised her guardian that she’d shape up and become an honest member of society. This lasted just about as long as her guardians good health.
When the medical bills, for her guardians’ expensive treatments, keep piling up, Aria finds herself desperate to find a way to be able to provide for the man who basically saved her life. In order to earn more money, Aria has to break her promise, and accepts a job. The job sounds simple enough, steal from the five dragon princes:
Aria goes all in with preparations, so she’s ready to finish the job, while the dragons host a ball.
Throughout the book it’s hinted that Aria might be more than a mere human, but so far nothing has been confirmed!
I did feel that the storyline did move a bit too fast, so for me personally, that meant that I didn’t have enough time to really understand the characters, let alone get attached to them. More to the point, it doesn’t sit well with me because I’m a very emotional reader! I love to love the characters I read about. I want to laugh with them. Cry with them. Fall in love with them. Yes you got it, I’m greedy and want to feel their emotions.
This is not the first time I’ve seen these books pop up on my “recommended to read” lists, however, I have judged the covers. Yes, I’m a cover judge and I’m not afraid to admit it. But for some reason the cover just doesn’t sit right with me. I don’t know why, but here’s a list of plausible reasons I could come up with on my own:
📚 Aria looks like a try-hard version of a wannabe kick ass Malibu Barbie.
📚 For a sword with such a huge meaning (it’s hinted throughout all the books) it just looks so extremely plain.
Even with the sexy times, I’ll say this is more YA than anything else, because it’s not really that moving and the entire thing seems very juvenile. So, it’s a bit like flipping the channels on your TV/TIVO/Netflix/Amazon w/e – where you end up watching some lame-ass entertaining show, just so you don’t have to process and think too much. For that kind of entertainment this book series is spot on!