Review: A Girl Named Calamity by Danielle Lori

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Genre(s): Fantasy Adventure

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Synopsis:

I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed.
Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria’s destruction.

The journey I was on wasn’t only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself.

But I wasn’t alone. No. I had an escort. One I wasn’t so sure about. But one I couldn’t afford to lose and one I wasn’t so sure I could even leave.

I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn’t become my fate.

Review:

This book is a golden example of why I love the indie author scene so much. This is just straight up good fiction. No “but”, no “except”—it’s just good. Great, really. Exceptional. The blend of fantasy, adventure, action, romance, and mystery gripped me right from the beginning. It was well-written, well-developed, and constantly kept me guessing.

Calamity is both a naive farm girl and a stubborn, tough as nails woman who is ready to take her place in the world. You can definitely see her development over the course of the narrative, and though there were times when I thought she was being a bit too pigheaded, it was just all a part of her character. She’s sassy and smart though, and makes a worthy opponent for her “guide” through the land of Alyria.

Speaking of the hero. (Or anti-hero, rather.) Hot diggety damn. Fans of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series are going to love sinking their teeth into Weston. He’s like Jericho Barrons but maybe a little bit deadlier and hotter? (Is that possible??) I have no idea what his motivations are, and it’s driving me crazy. He manages to look out for Calamity’s best interests while being the biggest possible asshole imaginable in the meantime. In short, I love him. I absolutely cannot wait to see where things go in the next book.

I would love to take a peek in Danielle Lori’s head while she’s sleeping (totally creepy I know) just to see what kind of technicolor dreams she’s cooking up in that brainbox. Seriously, the kinds of places and creatures and people that Calamity encounters is insane and could only come from a truly vivid imagination.

I reached the last page of this book before I even realized what had happened. An audible whine escaped my lips when I saw there was no more. It does end on a cliffhanger but, for us fans of Moning, that’s no big deal.

To readers: go read this book. To the author: keep writing the next book or I will pull a Jared Leto on your ass and start sending you creepy presents. I mean it. I get cheap FedEx access through my work.

Rating: ★★★★★

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