Sunday, January 8, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Sterling

Dannika Dark was born on a military base in the U.S. and traveled the world before she was 9. Now she is rooted in the south but her head is planted firmly in the clouds. "Sterling" is the first book release of a series for this indie author. When she is not writing, she enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate and unleashing her dark side.

Sterling is the first book in an exciting new urban fantasy series which follows the journey of Zoe Merrick's claim to immortality and her own identity. While this new world of Breed holds more dangers, it also holds more possibilities

Sterling, Book #1 of the Mageri series
Author:  Dannika Dark

Synopsis: Zoë Merrick leads a less than ordinary life. Late one evening, she crosses paths with a man who brutally attacks her. In one shattering instant--a stranger with a knife alters the course of her future.

Unconscious and covered in blood, Zoë is found by a man named Adam. She undergoes a physical transformation, and strange new abilities begin to surface. Without hesitation, he takes her under his wing and an unexpected friendship forms between the two. Unable to return to her former life, Zoë feels lost.

Serendipity leads her to Justus. He is handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. Justus gives her the truth she has longed to hear--that she is a Mage. He offers her answers and protection, as a young Mage cannot survive on their own. Forced to trust him, she must come to terms with accepting her new life and identity.

When her immortal freedom is threatened by the one man who has a right to claim her, Zoë learns the price of freedom...and the value of loyalty.

Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
Sterling kept popping up in my recommended list on Amazon and I finally decided to give it a shot.

Immediately from the get go, Dannika throws the reader into her unique fantasy world where literally everything you thought you knew is thrown out the door and reinvented in a smart new way. In true Urban Fantasy fashion, the book begins with some very dark moments which not only serves to set the scene, but helps to draw you in as a reader and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The scene unfolds fast and furiously while you are introduced to the heroine and her first hero and get the first taste of the mystery and surprises that exist throughout Sterling.

The world is fresh, unique and compelling and I enjoyed revamping my paranormal glossary for the sake of the Mageri series. What do I mean by this? Dannika's Mage are not what you've come to expect the word to describe. Instead of magick users, the Mageri Mage are energy manipulators, and an integral part of the Breed - the supernatural world that exists alongside humans.
The characters were identifiable, lovable and/or despicable (depending on the situation as appropriate), and complex, lending to an enjoyable journey from introduction to discovery and through every aspect of their evolution.

My absolute favorite part of this book was the dialogue though. Dannika has a gift for gab and the one-liners and witty comebacks had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

My only complaint about Sterling is that even though I finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it, I STILL don't know who I want Zoe to be with. LOL. She has some incredible guys in her life, each incredibly unique and special in their own way, & I couldn't cheer for her to be with anyone in particular because Ioved them all. :)

I'm very excited to see where Dannika takes us with Zoe, Adam, Justus, & Simon in the world of the Breed and the lives of the Mageri and can't wait to see what book #2 has to offer.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Sterling 4 skulls and would recommend it to all Fantasy lovers who ate looking for a unique read with smart sassy characters and amazing dialogue.


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