Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Review: Tasting Fire by Shelly Holt

In my opinion, there are few things better than a good shape-shifter story and this book definitely had the makings for that .  

In Tasting Fire, Ms Holt takes the reader on an action packed non-traditional adventure into the incredibly secretive world of the Pari, a society of shape-shifting snow leopards that reside in the Himalayas.  Rae Hales is an idealistic brilliant strong-willed scientist that despite her less that Norman Rockwell upbringing is still willing to take a risk and release her "inner vixen" to get the man/snow leopard she wants. Rae makes the perfect heroine to the self-appointed, totally consumed, extremely rich, a bit overbearing, Kai Tenzin. While Kai is extremely attracted to Rae, he is resistant to any relationship because he is completely immersed in the preservation of his people, the Pari and he is "her new boss". Finally it is up to Rae to "convince" him that working together cannot stop their ever growing attraction. They make an amazingly complex and likable couple that I was anxious to watch develop from their first encounter.

This book has great characters, both primary and secondary, and the plot is full of twists and turns, however, the writing style keeps the reader from completely identifying with the characters and takes away from the natural ebb and flow that typically arise throughout a story.  What should have been nail-biting, OH MY GOSH scenes seemed more like a news report on what was happening from a third party observer. 

Ms Holt proves that she has an amazing imagination and talent for description and interweaving that imagination with mythology, history, and modern day interests. I am excited to see what she comes up with next. I give this 3.5 stars.
Book Synopsis
Shape-shifters have always walked the earth. Shrouded in myth and folklore, hiding in the shadows, watching and waiting. Advances in modern science are now about to reveal them to the world. Kai Tenzin is the self appointed leader of the Pari people. He and his kind evolved from the most reclusive predators on earth. They live and hunt in the most fearsome and rugged terrain known to man, the Himalayas. Kai leaves his small village where the mountains touch the heavens, determined to do anything to protect his people. When he is forced to enlist the aid of the beautiful American scientist Dr. Rae Hales, the last thing he expects to find is a woman who will ensnare his heart and endanger them all. Their action-packed adventure will take them around the world to discover the truth behind the legends and reveal the future of humanity.
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