Review: Distant Light by Chloe Adler

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Review: Distant Light by Chloe AdlerDistant Light by Chloe Adler
Series: Tales From the Edge #1
on November 9, 2017
Format: kindle e-book
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 246
Source: Booksprout
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
three-half-flames

Iphigenia Holt is a good little witch who grew up under the thumb of a wicked mother and two powerful sisters. Pegged as a caretaker, Iphi hides a secret that would change the way everyone around her views her: she’s an empath. And yet she doesn’t let that stand in her way. A soaring circus performer with a fierce love for animals and the downtrodden, Iphi tumbles her way through life, hiding the hurt just being around others can inflict...until she meets an enigmatic vampire and his three hot shapeshifting cousins.

Drawn to the brightness she shines into their lives, each man promises to transport Iphi from the monotony of her life into a world truly filled with magic. They offer her love, protection—and an unconventional arrangement that will make her the scandal of Distant Edge.

But when a rogue vampire attacks Iphi, it’s time for the men to step up and for Iphi to fight back the only way she knows how: with love, compassion, and her inner radiance. If love can’t conquer evil, her four protectors are more than willing to bare tooth and claw at her side—whether she’ll have them or not.

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A paranormal, urban fantasy reverse harem series. #whychoose This is book 1 out of 3 in the Tales From the Edge Series. There is a cliffhanger so if you don't like those - I suggest you read my first series - Love on the Edge - which has no cliffys 🙂

 

I saw vampires, shifters, werewolves, and witches.

This quote sums up this book. This is a paranormal romance, with mixed-PNR. It has a bit of everything, but together it makes sense.

This is part one of a serial and the author does mention in the blurb there will be a cliffhanger.

I’ve chosen to read this book because of the reverse-harem theme and I’m so glad I did.

This was nothing like I was expecting, but it was everything I wanted to read!!!

 

Addictiveness: This was a fun, one-sitting read for me! It’s not very easy, because there is a lot going on, but the writing grabs you and keep you hooked!
Character: heroes 4/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 4/5  Yes! My favorite part about a book are character development. Here, they are all multidimensional and easy to love, connect and understand. Iphi is one of my favorite female characters of 2017. She is sweet and strong. She tries to be perfect, but she has flaws. She is a work-in-progress and we get to see her growth in the book. All four boys are interesting and the author has given them very distinct personalities and traits. They all are a piece of a puzzle that I’m hoping will end up as a pentagon by the end of the series. So many great secondary characters, some with their stories already told. (I have to go back and read the spin-off series)
Cover: art 5/5, title 4/5, subtitle 4/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 Other obsession of mine are book covers. This one is brilliant. So different from anything out there, that makes it unique. I’m not so certain about the title, but the whole thing is a strong package.
Freshness: This is creative. Better yet, this is a mixed-pnr story that doesn’t leave you baffled. The author uses her creativity, but also her penmanship and makes it all seems plausible. There is a lot going on, but it makes sense.
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 2/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Great opening and bad ending. I knew there would be cliffhangers, but I don’t have to like it. Perfect conflict and dialogues written by a wordsmith. Steady pace with enough subplots to enhance the story. Maybe there is one too many subplots, but this is paranormal and is allowed to be a bit  extravagant. A few unexpected twists here and there, that makes this story believable and enjoyable. This is about family, relationships and love. This is the story of the heroine personal growth to become everything she could be. A bit like how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. I love multiple-POV,  the fact that I know what they are all thinking, makes the story more real.
Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 5/5, steam 4/5 Even though inside the timeframe of the book, this is fast; it doesn’t feel rushed. The female takes her time and a bit of research before jumping out of this cliff. Also, there are 4 alpha males here, but by the end of this story she is romantically involved with 2.5, maybe. Their chemistry is amazing, both romantic scenes were HOT and very beautifully described and I can’t wait to see them all together.
Writing Style: This was a great surprise. One of those that you are not expecting and then, you find everything you like inside a book. Ms. Adler takes good care with her word choices and her characters are very well-developed. The world-building here is really good and the heroine’s journey touches the reader. Well done!

 

  • First, I knew the cliffhanger was coming, but … so many things that I don’t yet. I felt like screaming, NO! Please, just a bit more. I hope it doesn’t take too long for book 2. Because there is a thing with a serial, if takes too long, you forget a bit and is a drag to start all over again.
  • I know the author tried to explain why everything was in there, but the crazy vamp on the loose, was not very well explained yet, and for book one, if felt a bit like unnecessary.

Brilliant!
A breath of fresh air! A new author, with great writing style with a series that has hooked me.

Keep them coming Ms. Adler!

Overall 

Action 3/5
Angst 3.5/5
Darkness 0/5
Humor 3/5
Romance 4/5
Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoy paranormal. In fact, if you are into a bit of unusual, you should start reading this right now.
Would I re-read this book? Definitely!!!
Would I re-read this series? Yes!!!
Would I read more from the author? Yes. I want to dive into her previous series, that feels like a spin-off for this one.

You MAY read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you read the spin-off series;  you MUST read this because you want to meet the PERFECT heroine!!!

 

four-half-stars

About Chloe Adler

Chloe Adler is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in foggy/sunny/foggy/windy/sunny/blustery Northern California.

The Distant Edge Romance series was conceived one perfectly normal day in May while Chloe was singing her favorite musical tracks in the shower, as she is wont to do.

After a cup of morning tea, a snuggle with her constant canine companion and a quick game of indoor hopscotch the characters continued niggling the prefrontal cortex of her brain. And still, she ignored them, preferring instead to don her favorite pair of striped socks and head out to the circus.

And yet, here we are with her first series of 4 titles (Love on the Edge) available on Amazon. As you can can see, the characters won. And though they continue to wage battles in her head, she fights back with her trusty keyboard, committing them to “paper”.

Ask Chloe questions or just lob a few snowballs her way. She doesn’t bite, unless you want her to.

Rating Report
Addictiveness
five-stars
Character
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Freshness
five-stars
Plot
four-stars
Romance
four-stars
Writing Style
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars