Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall

Seems I’ve been on a paranormal kick lately! What can I say, I love shapeshifters, vampires and witches! They’re so much fun! There’s so much you can do with them!

Dianne Duvall has created a world where there are Immortals and Vampires. And yes, there is a difference. I really like that she’s made this distinction between them. It’s neat to have conflict without it being bad vampires versus good vampires.

Now, the Immortal Guardians Series needs to be read in order. There’s back history that really helps the story flow and makes it easier to connect with the characters. Now each book is a complete story within itself, but there is an overall story that flows through all of them. Reading the books out of order will make it difficult to follow everything going on. And believe, there’s a lot going on. Not too much to convolute the story, but there’s a lot!

In each of these stories, we get to see the past couples. We don’t just get their story and then they disappear only to make brief appearances. They’re actually integral to each story.

In addition to the Immortals and vampires we have something else in the story. No, I’m not telling. You’ll have to read to find out what it is. But, this addition adds a new layer to the story. It makes me wonder if we’ll see more in later books.

In Phantom Shadows we get to see Dr. Melanie Lipton and Sebastian get together. It’s fun to watch because Sebastian, or Bastian as he’s called, is a real asshole! He lives to antagonize the other Immortals. But the other Immortals have more than that to dislike Bastian.

Melanie is the perfect compliment to Bastian. She’s fierce and willing to stand up to people in defense of Bastian. He’s never had that before and it just wreaks havoc on him. I think the neatest thing about Bastian was watching how his gift affected him when he was around Melanie. It just made things that much hotter.

The chemistry between Melanie and Bastian was great. I liked that she didn’t take any crap off Bastian and pushed him. She didn’t take no for an answer! I loved that she was sometimes the aggressor with bad-boy Bastian!

I’m really looking forward to finding out more about the Immortals! With each books something new is revealed and it makes them that much more interesting!

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