Flight From Death by Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Fly By Night #1
Also in this series: Flight From Mayhem
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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From New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn comes an all-new series set in the realm of her Otherworld novels.
I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…
When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.
I’m a fan of Yasmine Galenorm’s Otherworld series, but I got a bit behind on them. When I saw she started a spinoff series around Dragons I thought this would be a great chance to jump back in without having to read all those books I’ve missed. I love dragons and I really love the Otherworld series, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong with Flight From Death.
The good news is that I enjoyed the book. The bad news is it didn’t completely wow me. The Otherworld series is based around three completely off the wall but absolutely kickass sisters. There is humor, mystery, steamy romance and lots of action. Although a good read, the entire time I read Flight From Death I felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized that I got a great mystery, but I didn’t get the off the wall humor and steamy romance that I was expecting.
Shimmer, a dragon in exile, is the heroine. As her history is revealed, you realize that her life was not just bad in the dragon’s world, it was horrid. Because she didn’t have parents to give her a name and family, she was considered the lowest of the low to all dragons. Forced to steal to survive, when she is caught as punishment she was exiled, her powers somewhat bound, and then basically indentured to Alex for five years.
Although I felt for her, I never really connected with her. Alex, her vampire boss and the owner of the Fly By Night Magical Investigations agency, didn’t impress me all that much either. He admitted that he’d been attracted to Shimmer for a while, even when he was in a relationship with someone else he was basically too lazy to end until forced into it. This isn’t the kind of hero that makes my heart go pitter patter.
Alex has an old friend that needs help with a ghost problem at a property he is trying to turn into his dream bed and breakfast. When the team gets there they find this isn’t your typical ghost infestation. The things going on in that house made the Amityville Horror look kind of tame.
I enjoyed the mystery part of it, but Alex and his team aren’t really ghostbuster type investigators and had no idea what they were doing. At times I felt like I’d been dropped into a grown up Scooby Doo episode but with real ghosts. The vampires including Alex were basically useless, and most of the time the team ended up getting their rear ends handed to them.
Still, I enjoyed the book and I liked all the characters I was introduced to. This was a good book, it just didn’t live up to the high expectations I had attached to it.
What I Struggled With
- The fact that the romance took a backseat to the mystery.
- The lack of connection between the main characters.
- Feeling like they really didn’t know what they were doing – it was off-putting.
- Shimmer’s early history and how the dragons treated her.
What I liked
- The mystery and intrigue surrounding the town of Port Townsend.
- Ralph and how he handled his unrequited crush.
- Degoba. I want to learn all about him.
- Tonya. She basically stole the show.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Scooby Doo Where Are You Stars.
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