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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Ripple Effect by J. A. Saare

The Ripple Effect by J. A. Saare
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (222 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

There is always a price to pay…

Rhiannon Murphy visited the future, witnessed hell on earth and made choices to change things for the greater good. Unfortunately there are consequences for her actions, the penalties for her interference possibly more than she can bear. Determined to sever her debt with a fallen angel, she pushes everything aside, focusing on locating Marigold Vesta’s resting place.

Until death comes knocking at her door.

When Disco’s maker arrives in New York, he resents Rhiannon on a level she can’t begin to comprehend. Yet Marius isn’t her most dangerous adversary, not by a long shot. Marius’s sire -- a half-demon -- is determined to see the necromancer who stunned the vampire world on her knees. If she won’t bend, he’ll do everything in his power to make her break. No price is too high, meaning no one is safe -- including Disco and Paine.

Dealt a blow from which she can never recover, Rhiannon turns to the only person who can help her: the fallen angel who is relying on Rhiannon to save her soul. Bartering with a creature from Heaven is probably just as dangerous as starting a war with a demon from Hell, but with nothing to lose it’s no longer about life or death.

It’s about getting even.

When things get out of control for Rhiannon, she must do some seriously dangerous things to get out of trouble. But they’re only temporary solutions. Her situation escalates, and not on your everyday level for problems. No, her issues are grand, and paranormal.

This book starts out right in the thick of it. The scene is scary, demons not being the typical antagonist. Vampires and a zombie cat, supernatural ceremonies and peril on an epic level have a reader fearing for this girl’s future.

Rhiannon is a great character. She’s strong and can deal with the horrible things thrown at her, but not for one minute does it seem like her enemies might not destroy her. Her allies might turn against her. Can she trust them? So much relies on her judgment, as well as her kick-ass skills. She’s vulnerable, even with her talents. The other antagonists, the powerful vampires she must face, are truly evil.

The story has great emotional insights, complex feelings and decisions. Driving suspense makes it intense. There is vivid and piercing material here. It’s not light reading. The scenes are graphic and emotional. A reader will be scared one moment, relieved another, and then frightened or sad the next. There are tender moments as well. Can Rhiannon find forgiveness for what her vampire ex-boyfriend did to her? He wants her love again. Does he deserve it? There are some sexy scenes in this exciting tale of supernatural adventure, and there’s more to come. This is the third in the series, but the story can stand alone. It’s an enjoyable read; highly recommended for those who love to read about vampires and demons.