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The Secrets in Shadow and Blood

By: Lana Pecherczyk
Narrated by: Heather Costa,Eric Michael Summerer
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Publisher's Summary

In the shadows, vision can turn blurry. Truths can become lies. Enemies can become lovers.

When Violet inexplicably wakes thousands of years after a nuclear holocaust, she finds the world very different. Fae exist now. They’re vicious, animalistic monsters who pervert magic and can morph into any shape—including vampires. They hoard the bounty of the new world, and keep humans banished to the wasteland. At least, that’s what the humans of today have told her. Determined to make up for an unforgivable mistake in her past, she becomes a covert assassin and seeks revenge for her human brethren. And she’s good at it. But when the thing she hunts saves her life, injuring himself in the process...her crystal clarity suddenly becomes blurry.

Vampires are meant to be monsters, not protectors...not charismatic, annoyingly handsome, and loyal and...everything.

Indigo is a Fae Guardian, and a ruthless vampire protector of Elphyne. The Order has tasked him with finding a human with deadly secrets before the unhinged Unseelie Queen, or the fanatical human leader, can exploit her. They chose him for one reason, and one reason only – the taste of human blood does things to him. Addictive, dark, insatiable things. And when he catches Violet’s scent, they know he’ll do everything in his power to possess her and keep her safe. But Indigo hides his own shameful secret in the shadows of his heart, and if it ever comes to light, Violet will never trust him. She’ll kill him.

The Secrets in Shadow and Blood is the next installment in the Fae Guardians series, and the first in the Season of the Vampire trilogy. Each book features a separate couple with a satisfying HEA, but to enjoy the full benefits of the over arching plot, start the Fae Guardian journey with book one of Fae Guardians: Season of the Wolf.

©2021 Lana Pecherczyk (P)2022 Lana Pecherczyk

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Meh boring

The story although unoriginal was ok. I just got done reading A Thrown of Ruin by KF Breene and honestly going from THAT breathtaking story to THIS I can’t help but feel lacking. Everything was predictable and the same trope that many stories like this take after. Damaged female and alpha male man who is also damaged come together as they were fated. First you throw in they have to deny their attraction because obviously they are enemies only to realize they can’t fight their mate bond. Throw in the bad guy who is weirdly hell bent of killing the female lead. Then love conquers all at the end then they live happily ever after, maybe even throw in a pregnancy to wrap it up in it’s pretty little bow. It’s really vanilla, even the sex was vanilla. I can see why people like this kind of sweet story but I like a little more grit, more heavy doses of reality, more struggle. Even the female leads “demons” are really vanilla in the sense that anyone would see it’s really not her fault. Her struggles were (I feel bad for saying this) a little dumb and I couldn’t feel anything for these characters. It just kind of seems like it was half assed and the author just wanted to get another book out (which is literally the same story throughout this series, nothing is new). If you read book 1 of the series then really you read them all. It’s the same thing in each book so it gets boring and redundant. Even when the MCs go to the castle and she meets the other humans and their mates , it just all felt corny and cringy with their interactions. Especially after reading the book mentioned above, which took the fated mates trope and made it unique and beautiful, and dirty and naughty. I felt so many emotions listening to it that I literally cried at the most intimate moments because you really FELT the characters go through their issues and love. When they struggle, you feel it, empty and heartbroken. I’m craving another series that does that for me. And this unfortunately was NOT IT. Eric Summerer was a great narrator and I loved his voice. Heather Costa is not my favorite narrator by any means but she’s not the worst. Her voice is just kind of…. Not right for this type of genre. I feel like she should stick to YA books.

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Overall, Pretty Good

Fantasy, with a mix of adventure, romance, and a *tiny* dash of sci-fi. Some parts seemed pretty juvenile, and a couple parts were a little crungey, but overall I liked it.

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So juvenile. Every single aspect was juvenile.

This had what couldve been an interesting plot, but was so poorly executed I really struggled to get through it. I had to just start ff through it.

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-heroine is living in a post apocalyptic world and has endured oh so much adversity but is constantly reminiscing about her "deeply painful childhood" you know because her dad and brothers laughed at her for not being able to kick a ball. wah wah wah. I mean even her daddy issued were extremely childish.

Her self deprication was so OTT and basic all at once. As if the author was trying to make it seem subtle, but would just spell it out. over and over and over. We get it. She doesn't feel worthy. It was drug out so bad. There wasn't a single occurrence that didn't blatantly remind us that she felt she was "unworthy". I can't even count the number of times the word "unworthy" was used. Seriously though. It was so drug out. From not eating when hungry, to staying cold instead of going near a fire, even in bed refusing to let herself be pleasured. It just got sooooo annoying. Don't even get me started on the "bite me. make it hurt " not a bdsm kink way but to be "punished' . That was suuuuuuper cringey. We were constantly reminded she felt "guilt" over and over and over.

She literally goes from fearing the H (due to past "horrific" trauma and crying at him "I don't deserve you" and I'm just over here trying to discover wtf I missed.

In a nutshell this was beyond juvenile. Made worse because it was supposed to be dramatic and have depth. Like it really wanted us to take it serious but you question if it's satire.

She was supposed to be this bad ass vampire killer but didn't land a single blow on page.

It was just so bad.

Even the sex scenes were lame.

The world building...there was way too much going on and nothing all at the same time. There were so Many elements thrown in but nothing was actually explored. There was never justification for over half of the elements in this story actually being in this story. Like he just threw in a bunch of random shit because she wasn't to write about angels, vampires, religion, zealots, humans, WMD, war....just way too much going on. There are many series that successfully pull off having a 100 different elements in them because each element has a purpose and by the end of it you have a pretty good understanding of the world you're being introduced to. Not the case here.

The romance wasn't well done. It wasn't fleshed out or explored enough at all and this book is certainly long enough to have developed their relationship and the romance better in general. It's not due to the instlove but was just so under developed.

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really enjoyed this book

the intimacy wasn't over powering and fit well with the story line. going to start from the beginning of the story line as it's got my wanting more.

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Great for a quick read

It was great for how short it was! Normally I read/listen to books that are over 40 hours. but this one was easy to get hooked!

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perfectly perfect

excellent, engaging and steamy... just need a glass of wine and a hot bath, now.

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Amazing

This series does not disappoint!!! I loved listening to it. Everything that happened in the story. With a busy schedule I was so happy this story was in audio so I could catch up with the series.

The plot thickens! So much action and the love between Indigo and violet was on point. Peaches and silver can’t wait to read their story

I don’t want to spoil anything but if your I to paranormal type of story that have a little bit of everything this is a must read.

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Didn't make it through

After a little while I stopped listening. It became a bit boring and the characters lacked depth..