Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shades of Gray by L.M. Pruitt

Contemporary Paranormal That Blazes Straight to the Heart        4 Stars

Jude is an orphan who was raised in a convent but left there as a young teen. Living on the streets of New Orleans, she had always done whatever she needed to do to survive.  With a sarcastic, razor sharp wit but an enormously generous heart, Jude unexpectedly discovers many secrets about herself and her, until now, unknown family. Her powers are unleashed as she must accept the heavy mantle of leadership and responsibility for the Covenant – a powerful cabal divided by generations of political maneuvering and manipulation.

Smart, Fast-paced, action-packed, and chocked full of funny one-line zingers!  It is the absolutely delightful conversations that are the backbone of this amazing book.  They resonate with a natural-sounding cadence and nuance; sharp and focused, the dialogues between the characters consistently propel the story forward to its thrilling and satisfying conclusion. I would have liked to have felt more of the sense of unique ambiance and atmosphere that is the trademark of New Orleans and hope that aspect will be further developed in the next book.  Jude is an unconventional, mouthy heroine who is sure to tug at your heartstrings and make you want to cheer as she dispenses justice and upsets the old status quo. This is the first book in the Jude Magdalyn series and is followed by Shades of Desire.


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