Read The First 2 Chapters
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cass Weatherfield’s powers come with a deadly price.
Cass knows it was her telekinetic gift that killed a college classmate five years back, even if no one else believes her. She’s lived in hiding from her fellow shadowminds ever since, plagued by guilt and suppressing her abilities with sedatives. Until the night her past walks back into her life in the form of sexy Shane Tanner, the ex-boyfriend who trained her…and the one she left without saying goodbye.
When Shane tells her that his twin sister, Mina—Cass’s childhood friend—is missing, Cass vows to help, which means returning to New Orleans to use her dangerous skills in the search. But finding Mina only leads to darker questions. As Cass and Shane race to learn who is targeting shadowminds, they find themselves drawn to each other, body and soul. Just as their powerful intimacy reignites, events take a terrifying turn, and Cass realizes that to save the people she loves, she must embrace the powers that ruined her life.
|3.5 Cauldrons to be exact|
A world filled with telekinetics who can skim your memories or hurl you with a blink of an eye with angels as guardians set in the mystical state of Louisiana. That's the kind of world AJ Larrieu created in TWISTED MIRACLES, book 1 of her debut series, The Shadowminds. You can tell that Ms. Larrieu is a devoted urban fantasy reader because she hit all the marks in TWISTED MIRACLES. You have a heroine who's on the brink of honing a unique and impressive powers, a series of murders committed by a mystery man draining powers from his victims, and a love story that's a bit angsty but sincere. I suggest you read the excerpt so you can get a clear snapshot of what TWISTED MIRACLES' plot is about.
The world building isn't that complicated, AJ Larrieu didn't go hardcore on the myth, she just gave bits and pieces here and there, enough to loosely establish what we're dealing with. I'm not sure if we're going to meet the usual creatures, weres and vamps, so far there's a LOT of people with varying mind powers and Guardian Angels, wings and all, serving as consultants/keepers. I would like to know more about these angels because they're not very angelic, cunning is the best adjective, I think, to describe these winged creatures. If one is to compare, these guardians are more like Nephilims than Angels.
I didn't really connect much with Cass Weatherfield but it sure was fun watching her grow into her powers and sort out her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Shane Tanner. I love the build-up of Cass' character side by side with the mystery. The level of confusion and putting the puzzles together are layered in the story, one in terms of Cass adjusting to her powers and personal relationships and the other in solving the murder mysteries. My least favorite part of the book is Cass' training, albeit necessary to see, because it was very Karate Kid. The telekinesis and mindspeak is something I still have to get acclimated to, it felt both personal and not intimate at the same time. Nitpicking? Probably. Shane Tanner, I don't really have a clear grasp on his character yet aside from he's madly in love with Cass and would do anything for her. Together they make a great team though and I'm sure there are more fabtastic adventures ahead of them.
That said, I think AJ Larrieu perfectly positioned her characters and the plot right in the middle. TWISTED MIRACLES (for me) may not have been a super duper awesome series intro BUT I believe this is good because the way things developed and ended, The Shadowminds is headed north, which is a good thing. No pressure to outdo the previous, perfect place for more build-up. Bigger things are about to happen and like I said, Cass is in the perfect place to shoot up and grow into a very strong heroine now that she knows what she is and has the tools to hone her skills. I guess you can say TWISTED MIRACLES is a teaser of some sort, it just has the right amount of flavor to get you to read the next one. And I'm looking forward to the next bite!
Top Seven Reasons Telekinesis is the Best Superpower
It was extremely unpleasant.
I was very late for work.
If only I were telekinetic like my heroine, Cass, all of this unpleasantness could have been avoided. And there are so many other advantages:
- You don’t have to get up from the couch to stir the red beans.
- How many telekinetics does it take to change a light bulb in a fourteen-foot Louisiana ceiling fixture? One, and no ladders required.
- You never have to pause a movie to get more popcorn again.
- You don’t need anyone’s help to zip up your favorite little black dress. (Wait, maybe this is actually a downside…)
- When your toddler drops his pacifier in the airport while you’re holding him, a diaper bag, a purse, and a plastic sack full of sandwiches and Cheerios, you won’t have to bend down to pick it up.
- When unpleasant people try to cut in line or steal your cab, you can terrify them into thinking they’re being haunted by hair-pulling ghosts.
- Finally, and most importantly: Move over, vampires. Telekinetics are the BEST in bed.
What’s your favorite superpower?
A.J. Larrieu grew up in small-town Louisiana, where she spent her summers working in her family's bakery, exploring the swamps around her home and reading science fiction and fantasy novels under the covers. She attended Louisiana State University, where she majored in biochemistry and wrote bad poetry on the side. Despite pursuing a Ph.D. in biology, she couldn't kick the writing habit, and by the time she graduated, she had an addiction to writing sexy urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Her first book, Twisted Miracles, was a finalist in RWA's Golden Heart® competition in 2012. The book kicks off her dark, romantic urban fantasy series, The Shadowminds, which follows a group of humans with unusual powers through New Orleans' supernatural underworld. A.J. is currently a working biophysicist in San Francisco, where she lives with her family and too many books.