Aug 292011

Shades of Gray (Jude Magdalyn #1) by LM Pruitt
Rating: 5/5
Source: Review copy for book tour
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale. When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning.

Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greater, which may or not be the greater good?

This was an awesome book. With an awesome summary, so no putting it into my own words this time. Jude is a kick-a$$ heroine with a sense of humour that relys heavily on sarcasm. There is plenty of action, and some sweet and sassy romance. There is plenty of sexual tension, but hardly any graphicical scenes, which is always great to see. There is crude language, but in the scenes they appear, I’d probably use that kind of language too.

I loved how Jude had to learn to use her powers, and even had some beginner errors, which helped make it both amusing and more believable. The same is true for some of the other characters. I loved how each person had their own power, and some were better at using them than others. There were no “perfect” power users, which is refreshing.

This is definitely a great read for anyone who enjoys paranormal books. It is exciting, humourous, and oh so enjoyable. I will definitely be looking for book #2.

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