Review: Willow Harbor Series

4 AUTHORS, 4 BOOKS, 1 TOWN

It sounds like one of those 90s horror films at first, where you hear them talking about x amount of bad guys vs x amount of good guys, only one will survive kind of thing but it really isn’t. I just love the idea of explaining the series in that manner.

Let’s break this down further.

4 Authors:

  1. Alyssa Rose Ivy
  2. Jennifer Snyder
  3. Juliana Haygert
  4. Sarra Cannon

All four of these ladies are amazingly talented. From the group, I am more familiar with Sarra Cannon having read many of her previous releases and also planning to read more of her upcoming books too, however after reading this series I have an overwhelming urge to go out and buy books for all the other ladies (although I don’t think my bank balance would cope).

4 Books:

  1. Shifter’s Fate (Amazon UK Plug Here)
  2. Vampire’s Descent (And Here)
  3. Hunter’s Revenge (Again here)
  4. Triton’s Curse (And of course, also here)

So, before I go any further, make sure you save those links in your browser so that when you’ve finished reading my review you can go and buy them all. Buy all the books. Buy all the books. Buy all the books. (Did you feel the mind control then?)

1 Town:

Strange Neighbors. Hidden Desires. Small-Town Charm
 
Welcome to Willow Harbor, where everyone has a secret.
 
What’s Yours?

(Visit the official website here)

So, I will start by saying a big thank you to Sarra Cannon, who not only offered me her book (Triton’s Curse) in exchange for an honest and fair review but ALSO access to the other three books in the series. I feel very honoured to be part of the review team for these books.

The series is written, as explained above, by FOUR separate authors and as I have already mentioned, Sarra is the one that I am most familiar with. Also, as above, the series consists of FOUR books (so far).

The similarities between the books:

  • Each book consists of TWO main characters, one male and one female.
  • Each story takes place in a town called Willow Harbor
  • Each story has reference to or inclusion of Supernaturals (people of a supernatural nature – this could be anything from vampires to witches etc – the list goes on as to the types of supernaturals mentioned within the stories)
  • There are recurring characters in the background, for example, you may see someone appear in story one, but also appear in story three – this goes to show the authors have really taken the time to collaborate with each other

Now onto to the main differences (before I get started on the actual stories)

  • Each story is different
  • Each story approaches a completely different way of life while remaining completely believable
  • There are differences in the writing styles, as to be expected, but this does not affect the continuity of the series in any way

 

22181605_10213985607579504_7736588579832622963_oShifter’s Fate by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Mattie and Pierce. Human and True Shapeshifter. Mattie arrives in Willow Harbor following her quest for a working reference from a genuine employer. Pierce has lived in Willow Harbor for most of his life and time is running out for him to find a mate. What will become of Pierce and Mattie in Willow Harbor?

22137223_10213985608899537_3822091479504488075_oVampire’s Descent by Jennifer Snyder

Claire and Mason. Shifter and Vampire. When Claire’s twin brother supposedly commits suicide she returns home to Willow Harbor to assist her father in a few family duties, however, she has plans of her own as she starts investigating the events surrounding Danny’s death. Mason was forced into a vampiric lifestyle when he was turned unwillingly. Seeing Claire in Willow Harbor, the one person he really wanted to get to know, he worries whether a family death is the right time to do it. How will Mason get on with Claire? Will they become friends?

22136993_10213985609859561_7807561843299680549_oHunters Revenge by Juliana Haygert

Landon and Tessa. Humans. Landon is a Hunter, trained to keep the ‘bad’ supernaturals in line. Tessa is a college student. When Landon has to inform Tessa that he dad has passed away a battle of wits and wills begins. Tessa wants revenge. Landon doesn’t want her to be involved. Tessa has decided otherwise. Will the pair of them ever get along and work together?

22254747_10213985610779584_4705898862101843837_oTriton’s Curse by Sarra Cannon

Nik and Eva. Triton and Witch. Both Eva and Nik have known captivity. While one has escaped the other remains enslaved. Will both be able to gain their freedom?

All four of these books can be read as stand-alone stories. If you don’t fancy reading the whole series, then just read the ones that you want. You won’t lose anything by reading just one, however, if you choose to read all four then your lives will be enriched by knowing the wonder that is the eight main characters and Willow Harbor.

We see Willow Harbor from EIGHT different viewpoints. Two in each book. Each character gives us a different perspective on the very same town. The fact that each book was written by a different author makes this even more fabulous because the descriptions of the buildings within the town are more or less identical. It is actually possible to believe we are in the same town with them, having seen it from so many different people and it always being described as looking the same. It isn’t identical as in word for word, but visual descriptions provided by each author come together to paint a three-dimensional image in your head.

The things that I loved the most about this series is that NONE (yes, I actually mean NONE, ZERO, ZILCH) of the books have the dreaded CLIFFHANGER ending that happens so often in books of this genre. This makes it totally possible to read one, two, three or four of the books without worrying about “what happens next” – There is no next, the next has already happened, it’s finished. Then again, with the books having “final” endings, it does make me sad to think that there is no more. (Although the authors have said that there will be more standalone Willow Harbor books released in the future).

Each book falls approximately somewhere between the 130-150 page mark, which makes them quick and easy reads. This would probably be my main gripe as well as a positive though, its one of those where it definitely works both on the good and bad side of my feelings. I love that they are shorter, quicker reads. I managed to turn around four books in little more than a week (which at the moment is unusual for me), but I also feel like I want more. Overall, as much as I do want them to be longer, I do feel that the four ladies managed to get the length for these particular stories just right.

More than the characters and the stories, I am in love with the town. Willow Harbor sounds like an amazing place to live, if only it was real. I love the community feel that it has. Mainly, the privacy (nobody ends up in Willow Harbor by accident) that the town holds is fascinating. Here we have a small town (full to the brim of supernaturals and humans, coexisting peacefully for the most part), and we have EIGHT (yes, eight is quite a big number) big town characters yet nobody ever gets into each others business. Having recently watched the TV show, Midnight, Texas all I could think about was how much I would watch a Willow Harbor TV Show.

I’ve rated each book 5/5 stars in this series, I don’t always do that, there will sometimes be a mixture of ratings but each and every book deserved this accolade.

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Review: Tunnels of Blood (The Saga of Darren Shan, #3)

Tunnels of Blood (The Saga of Darren Shan, #3)Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mr Crepsley and Darren are back again in more adventures as a vampire and his assistant. This time, Mr C is contacted by an old friend, who also happens to be a vampire general. Taking Darren and Evra with him, Mr C leaves the Cirque Du Freak on a mission.

As with the other two books, the writing in this one is simplistic and normally I would say that it was too childlike for me to be able to read it, however, with this series it works. It makes the books a quick and easy read for all ages.
I am really enjoying the series so far, but this book is my least favourite up to now.

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