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Abounding Might ~ Melissa McShane

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Title: Abounding Might (Extraordinaires Series, Book 3)
Author: Melissa McShane
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 3, 2017
Pages: 328
Format: Kindle (Curiosity Quills Press)

If the year ended tomorrow, I can confidently say this is a good book to end 2017! Abounding Might is the third book of the Extraordinaires series and I thought it was amazing! There was intrigue, espionage, humor, and romance. Lady Daphne and Captain Fletcher are great characters, with amazing abilities. Lady Daphne is an Extraordinaire Bounder. She can teleport to places without restriction and learns more and more about what she is capable of in this story. Captain Fletcher is a Discerner. He is can detect your true emotions, even when your face says something different. This is what attracted Fletcher to Lady Daphne. Her emotions and her thoughts always match.

This story takes place in India and I love it. The story is amazing, but the culture itself is another great character. I don’t know if there will be another book in this series, but I think this one is my favorite. Lady Daphne doesn’t allow anyone to dictate what she should be and I love that about her, especially given the time period. I loved Captain Fletcher because he let her be who she wanted to be. He didn’t try to change her and he trusted her opinions; which was more than any of her other counterparts could say. If there is another book in the series, I greatly look forward to it. If not, I take great comfort in being able to re-read the entire series all over again!

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Wondering Sight ~ Melissa McShane


Title: Wondering Sight  (Extraordinaires, Book 2)
Author: Melissa McShane
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Historical Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 19, 2017
Pages: 322
Format: eBook (Publisher)

This is the second book in the series, and what I like is that it’s not a sequel to Burning Bright. It’s its own story and while it’s not technically a stand alone, it gives just enough backstory for you to keep up. This didn’t have quite the same world building as the first story, but it’s still enjoyable.

The War of 1812 is over and we meet Sophia Westlake, who has been dismissed from the British Navy under questionable circumstances, one might say. Sophia is a Seer. She doesn’t have visions, per se. She has Dreams. In the Dream in question, she saw Lord Endincott, a local popular politician, embezzling funds from the Army. He was able to disprove her Dream and he’s been tormenting Sophia ever since. She is determined more than ever to restore her reputation, but she has very few allies and one very powerful enemy. In her quest to restore her stellar reputation, she stumbles across something interesting. A counterfeit ring! Enter Mr. Rutledge. He has been keeping a close eye on Sophia from a distance. Mr. Rutledge has been tasked with ending the counterfeit ring before any further damage can be done. He’s going to need some help, but Sophia is reluctant. With each encounter with Lord Endicott, Sophia is positive he’s in charge of the counterfeit ring and is obsessed with proving it. Will Sophia get her justice, or will she become the person she hates to get revenge?

It was a nice game of cat and mouse with a hint of romance. The banter between Lord Endicott and Sophia, plus Mr. Rutledge and Sophia were great. For me, it may have been the best part of the book. It had a pretty strong storyline, it just felt like something was missing. I would very much like to see where the series goes from here. (Click the cover to purchase the book.)

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Burning Bright ~ Melissa McShane

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Title: Burning Bright (The Extraordinaries, Book 1)
Author: Melissa McShane
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: August 15, 2016
Pages: 318
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Welcome to a world where having a gift makes you Extraordinary! It’s the War of 1812 and Napoleon isn’t the only enemy… and definitely not the only enemy with a few Extraordinaries on their side! Time to even the odds! Let’s meet Elinor, shall we? Elinor is a Scorcher. She can set anything on fire at will and extinguish any attack. Her fire ability not only makes her a worthy opponent at war, but she’s also able to fight the battle of wits as she puts men in their place! However, her father wants to marry her off so he can profit and reap the rewards of her talent. He has no care or thought as what she thinks or how she feels about this. So… she must take her life and her fate in her own hands.

Her father told her she had two choices, marry who he picks or be dependent on him and will make no allowances. By forcing her to choose between these two options, her father (inadvertently) forced her to create a third option. What a choice it was! She joins the Navy… at a time when there were no women in the military, a time where you were still considered property of your husband. Elinor has made herself pretty useful to the British Navy, but not without trials and tribulations! Those without gifts are either jealous or afraid of those with gifts. But Elinor has no ordinary fire ability! She’s quite possibly the strongest Scorcher in history to date. Captain Miles Ramsey is no slouch in the Extraordinary department either. He’s a Mover! (yep, exactly what it sounds like… and he can fly with this ability) How cool is that?! Together, can they defeat the pirates (who have gifts of their own) and Napoleon?

The writing and character development were great. Elinor started off as a timid young woman who just wanted to appease her father because he scars her. Through her experiences with the Navy, she becomes strong and independent. The world creation was explicit and well done. I felt as though I was standing on deck with Captain Ramsey awaiting orders. While there was a romance aspect to the story, it wasn’t a major part. It was truly amazing to read a story about a young woman grabbing by the lapels and saying, “We’re doing this MY way!” It was a great read and I look forward to book 2!