Willow’s Review of From Hel, With Love by Blue Remy
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Date Published: May 2nd 2013
Series: XIII Hour #1
Hel hath no fury like her Raven scorned…
Fallen Valkyrie Legionnaire, Raven Aquilus, has always known she was an outcast to her kind. Stuck in New Orleans as the Protectress of the Nine Gates of Yggdrasil, she lives as close to the edge as her family will allow. One fateful night would change it all – Someone ritualistically slaughtered a guardian in one of her Gates, leaving Raven lying in a pool of blood. Ordered to find the killer before she dies along with her precious guardians, Raven is placed in a race against time, being forced to enlist in the help of a Human FBI paranormal agent. Together they must stop the serial murders before an ancient war reignites – and Raven loses everything, including a new found love, all to a jealous half-breed …
Welcome the XIII Hour™ series. Betrayal, Lust, Love, Murder, Jealousy and Revenge. The faery-tales that your mother never told you about just came true.
I have to give major purrs to Remy for this amazing novel! I loved every minute of it and highly recommend that folks give it a read of their own at some point.
Raven is a total kick-ass and take down names type of character. She’s no-nonsense, loyal to her Murder, quick with the whit, and yet has a soft and caring heart at the same time (though she’d have you believe otherwise). From the moment I started reading, I knew she was going to be a favorite character of mine. Duncan was an interesting guy. It took me a bit of time to warm up to him, mostly because I kept thinking that there was some sort of catch to him. He’s got an air of mystery about him that only grows once you learn how he became connected to the world of the paranormal. While I’m still not entirely sure that I can call him a favorite character, he’s definitely intriguing and he’s a perfect match for Raven. I greatly enjoyed the scene where they first officially meet. Hee hee. As for the rest of the characters, Raven’s Murder was awesome. I really liked each and every one of the members in her group, including Raven’s sister, Hel, and Essy (and I’m usually not one who tends to like spiders, fae or otherwise). Everybody had a distinct voice and personality as well as a unique background and it was fun to learn how everyone became connected to Raven.
As for the story itself, it’s got everything a reader will enjoy: romance, action, humor, mystery, and much much more! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. At one point I found myself saying, “Just one more chapter” only to throw my paws up in the air five chapters later because it was clear I wasn’t going to be stopping any time soon. There were too many things I wanted to discover. For instance, how were Raven’s guardians chosen? Who was murdering them and why? What offer did Valentino make to Duncan which he couldn’t refuse? And those were just the big ones. I also wanted to know everyone’s history, what Raven’s visions meant, etc. It’s safe to say that Remy has written a story that not only sucks you in, but leaves you wanting more after the last page has been turned (and trust me, you will want more when you’ve finished).
And can I also mention that the mythology that Remy uses for the story is fantastic! From the blending of Norse myth to vampires, weres, witches, and all other manner of the paranormal, this book is a smorgasbord of the strange and wonderful. I loved learning about how each of the main races of paranormal creatures came into being (which is definitely different from who others have said they were created). And the fact that it’s all centered around Norse mythology, an all time favorite amongst everyone on the team, just made the story tens times more enjoyable for me.
The only complaint that I had, and it’s a small one, is that Remy makes it rather obvious who is assisting with the murder of Raven’s guardians, but this is offset by the need to discover why they are helping. What do they hope to gain by being involved? Course, to find out the answer to this question you’ll just have to read the book yourself because this feline isn’t going to give anything away. =^ω^=
Yes, FROM HEL, WITH LOVE has definitely become one of my favorite books read this year and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out so that I can find out what happens to everyone next!
About the Author:
Native of Santa Maria, CA, Blue Remy is the author of The XIII Hour™Series, and the raw, gritty series Twisted In Love. When she’s not writing, Blue lives to ghost hunt whenever she can, which tends to help her imagination and outrageous character ideas.
She was first introduced to the paranormal world through her Grandmother and her haunting bedtime stories. Blue then found the Grimm’s Faery Tales, and fell in love with spinning wild stories about the evil characters that everyone hated, giving them their own past and history to be told. Blue is a total fan girl when it comes to anything Wonder Woman. She collects Living Dead Dolls, rubber duckies, Sugar Skulls, stuffed animals and tarot cards which she is an adept reader of.
Blue currently resides in the paranormal hub of the South with her husband, who feeds her gourmet coffee and cupcake addiction.
Blue Remy is a member of The Paranormal Romance Guild.
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