Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fire on the Island by J.K. Hogan [Review]
Fire on the Island (Vigilati #1) by J.K. Hogan
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: November 13, 2013

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J.K. Hogan
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”

All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.

Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.

Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible.
Thoughts on Fire on the Island: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Isla's world is dark and not always fun and her mother did a number of her as a child, but she's a strong, sweet woman who has made a good life for herself.

She also, quite unfortunately, has had a lot of secrets kept from her through the years. Most of them by her crazy cakes mom. While I completely understand what drove her mom around the bend, it sucked for Isla that she was denied learning about a fundamental part of herself and was thrown into her destiny headfirst with no training.

I adored the chemistry between Jeremiah and Isla from the start. They spark off one another. Their budding relationship had to battle more than a few bumps as Isla's powers are uncovered and she comes to see how she and Jeremiah are connected.

Solid worldbuilding, characters that made sense, and a bad guy who likes to play mind games had me hooked. There's more of this world to explore and it looks like it's going to be an interesting ride.

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