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Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Black RookTitle: Black Rook

Author: Kelly Meade

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Cornerstone Run (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Format: eBook, 330 Pages

A-SIN: B00I8R61LY (Intermix/Penguin)

IBSN-13: 978-0698165441 (Intermix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.

Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn’t sure he’s capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn’t expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.

No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father’s real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.

Quick & Dirty: Mages, Vampires, and Loup Garou oh my!!!! What a gem this book is!!

Opening Sentence: “Brynn Atwood observed the entrance to McQueen’s Auction House, as she had done for the past few minutes while she gathered the courage she needed to leave the safety of her rental car.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Brynn Atwood is a Magi and her ability is a to see the future, be it near or farther away. Sadly, in the eyes of her community this ability is weak and undependable, making her a worthless member of her society. However, Brynn loves her father and is determined to prove her worth. So she sets out to observe and somehow protect her father from his future murderer. Rook is a Black Wolf and the youngest son of an Alpha, and he is who she is out to stop.

Quickly Brynn finds that all is not what it seems, and soon the biggest mystery is not who is going to kill her father, but who is killing loup garou’s. As Brynn gets closer to the McQueen’s, they are caught in a race against time to find out who is killing off towns full of loup garou’s and who is after Knight, Rook’s brother. Will her vision’s be able to save them, and will they be able to have love despite the differences in their races?

For a long time paranormal was my go-to genre, although I admit I was in love with many long time series, and now that I am really reading all kinds of books and not a particular genre, I find that my love for it has fallen away. It’s hard and rare to find a book that is different. I mean they all focus on different things, and each author has their own world and quirks with vampires, and werewolves and sometimes mages. But this book sucked me in from the start, I loved the background, and learning about the different races, and it was just new and fresh for me.

I loved this book from the start, Brynn doesn’t have a lot of self confidence in the beginning, but as she grows, learns, and is supported and encouraged. Brynn blossoms into a major player with a total understanding of the Loup Garou’s. The McQueen brother’s are a total swoon fest, and I can tell from the titles of the other books that they are actually the major focus of this trilogy. However, the book is mostly told from Brynn’s point of view. It does have moments where the other characters are the ones telling what is going on, but it isn’t broken down into chapters with that kind of focus.

Cornerstone is the sanctuary town that the McQueen’s run, and in this world a sanctuary town is what the Loup Garou’s call the communities that they live in. The town is filled with Loup Garou’s and the humans that do live there, know about their nature, and together they work to keep the human community in the dark about supernaturals. It is really interesting that for the most part humanity plays very little role in this world. Humans exist and are around, but are completely oblivious to the Magi, Vampires and Loup Garou’s. I think I need to go buy the next books in the series. So if you love paranormal or it’s been a little dull for you lately, read this book now!

Notable Scenes:

“She was certainly the only person who’d showed up today intending to prevent a murder.”

“Brynn Atwood might walk alone into a loup sanctuary town, but she wouldn’t walk in unarmed.”

“For her useless powers that had done nothing to save the loup garou family she was growing to care about.”

“Brynn answered his question with actions, rather than words.”

“Something about the magi that was relevant to everything happening today.”

“Hearing those words spoken so plainly drove them home in away his own musings never had.”

Cornerstone Run Trilogy:

1. Black Rook

2. Gray Bishop

3. White Knight


FTC Advisory: Intermix/Penguin provided me with a copy of Black Rook. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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