Hey all! I know it’s been a while since I did a book review, but I’m getting back in the swing of things!
Now, if you aren’t familiar with EJ Frost, she is an awesome author and a amazingly positive force in the indie writing community. She’s really a treasure.
Of recent I’ve read four… No, wait. Four and a half of her books. One was a short. Anyhow, expect to be seeing more EJ Frost books in reviews in the coming weeks.
Anyhow! On to the review.
Today’s book is Neon Blue, a contemporary witch/demon dark romance (sort of). For future reference, you can find it here –>
One thing I’ve discovered in reading EJ’s work is that her writing style is very unique and immersive. You’re going to get caught up in this story, and at Amazon’s estimated 320 pages long, you’d better plan on setting some time aside for it. Once you start, it’s going to be hard to put it down. I was literally able to accomplish nothing noteworthy for the several days it took me to read this book. Every real life task I had to do was a complete and utter annoyance. XD
While I’m a fan of demons in paranormal writing, I don’t generally have much interest in the witch aspect of the paranormal genre. However, I gave it a chance and I was super glad I did.
Tsara’s life is somewhat ‘normal’ for a witch. This woman is out there every day, helping other people with her magical gifts. They don’t know it, of course, but she’s using her skills for good. She gets paid, too, naturally. But that’s really besides the point when she’s expending so much energy helping other people’s dreams come true.
Our h has a pretty nonexistent love life. Her social life isn’t much better unless you count the numerous supernatural creatures that often make uninvited appearances in her inner circle. Understandable, given the circumstances (namely, that most people aren’t supposed to KNOW she’s a witch) that make it difficult to have close relationships that are generally built on trust and acceptance from your partner and friends.
Early on, I found myself not only identifying with Tsara (amazing, since she’s a witch and I am not XD), but feeling her loneliness and general dissatisfaction with her life on a deeply personal level. Don’t get me wrong, she tries to have a positive outlook, but some days it’s hard, isn’t it? Especially when people disappoint us and things don’t go the way we hoped. We’ve all been there. As the story moved along, I found myself ‘feeling’ what was happening right along with Tsara so deeply that my mood was often tainted by what was happening in the book when I last left off reading it. For me, this was huge.
In my opinion, the mark of a good book is one that makes the reader FEEL. The relatability of EJ’s characters makes this especially easy, and the feels are abundant in this book. Sadness, hope, arousal and pleasure, loss, betrayal, anger, happiness, MORE BETRAYAL… It’s all here, and you’ll feel it ALL.
Also… Sexy as f*ck demon who casually invades her life? Uh, yes please. MOAR Jou please. But I’m going to need a fan, ya’ll. Every little thing he does is…. Well, dark magic. Hawt. XD
The world building is extensive, as it is in all of EJ’s books. She paints a rich landscape full of details that manages to avoid being as cumbersome and intrusive as some intricate setting structures can be. Her characters, even in the most ridiculous of circumstances, somehow manage to remain true to their nature, making decisions and executing actions that are wholly believable and reasonable given the insanity of their lives. It makes it easy to stay submerged in the story.
I’m trying to be vague here. I don’t really want to give anything away. >.>
What I can tell you, in summary, is this-Neon Blue is a hot and sexy dark romance full of amazing creatures and engaging characters that also manages to be deep enough that you are absolutely going to be heartbroken or angry raging by the end (somehow, I didn’t see it coming, even though I really really should have). It’s a soft cliffhanger, as it is the first book in a series. There’s a beginning, middle, and ‘end for now’. You’ll get some wrap up, but it’s very obvious this isn’t the end of the road for these characters.
As a note, there’s also a short that goes along with this series. It comes after this book. You can find it here –>
So, in closing… This is an awesome book. EJ Frost is a pretty epic writer, and totally underrated in my humble opinion. Her books can be a bit of a commitment due to the length, but you certainly get a bang for your buck, so to speak. For a speedy reader like me, it’s fabulous!
EJ has also written some fantastic Daddy/little/BDSM/Investigative fiction and some Scifi that’s great as well. I’ll eventually be doing reviews on those as well. Having read four of her books across very different genres, I can confidently recommend just about everything she writes.
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