Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Review: Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison #1) by Jaymin Eve

Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison, #1)Dragon Marked

Author: Jaymin Eve
Series: Supernatural Prison #1
Pages: 386
Publisher: Self
Release date: 28th January 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Book 1 in Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance Trilogy.

There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey.

Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.

She is dragon marked.

Jessa only knows what she’s been told about the dragon marked, that they are dangerous and must be eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, the powerful warmonger who had his head removed a thousand years ago. So now Jessa's on the biggest hit list of all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained.

As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked.

Because it’s time for the dragon marked to rise.

Excerpt:

I glared at the deadly but visually stunning dragon. He was massive; he’d had to tuck his wings in at his side to have room for movement. The black and blue of his scales shone even in the dying light. The bright yellow eyes surveyed the room, before locking me in his gaze. He roared again and I decided to take a stand. In general I didn’t think much before I acted, and my plans were often considered to be brave or stupid. Usually both.

“Braxton Compass,” I scolded him, moving right up into his strike zone, my hands on my hips. “Your scaled dragon ass is blocking the doorway.”

Jacob, Tyson, and Maximus crowded behind me. They were ready to snatch me up if their brother made the wrong move. But I knew it would have to be pretty exceptional circumstances before Braxton would lose enough of himself to hurt me.

The massive beast lowered his head until we were eye to eye. He would scent trickles of my fear, but despite my body’s involuntary response, I wasn’t really afraid of Braxton. His dragon was a little unpredictable, but he was strong enough to keep both of them controlled. I knew he’d pulled this stunt to remind the council where the real power lay and that he didn’t like secrets being kept, especially when they personally affected us.

The dragon and I continued our stare-off, my dark blue eyes locked on his yellow. “Let’s call it a tie,” I finally said, grinning and raising my eyebrows at the same time.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

I am a huge shifter fan so when I saw the call-out for reviewers on Goodreads I jumped at the chance to read Dragon Marked which is the first book in the Supernatural Prison series by Jaymin Eve and a nice start to the series.

Twenty-two year old Jessa Lebron is a wolf shifter and the daughter of the council leader and alpha. Jessa was a snarky, kick-butt character, a little frustrating at times but loyal to those closest to her; especially her father and the Compass brothers Jacob, Tyson, Maximus and Braxton.

The side characters were all written wonderfully, Mischa was na├»ve and endearing, Louis has me intrigued, the Compass brothers each had their own unique personality, are extremely powerful and protective of Jessa - Braxton is a very rare dragon shifter, Maximus a vampire, Jacob a Fey and Tyson a magic user, there is a small hint of romance but I’m certainly hoping for more in the next instalments. I enjoyed the close bond and friendship between these characters as well as with Jessa and her family.

The plot is evenly paced as we learn about the different supernaturals and the politics at Stratford, Connecticut which is a gateway town adjoining the prisons which protect the magically fortified borders. We also get a bit of a mystery surrounding Jessa and her locked up powers and the fact she is dragon marked which will make her hunted and eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king if it is made known.

As Jessa and her friends find and learn more about the supernatural prison, she inadvertently finds herself locked up in Vanguard with Braxton but with her father’s reputation, surviving in there is going to be her biggest challenge.

I enjoyed Jaymin Eve’s creativity and unique storyline, her writing is engaging and the characters were all written extremely well. I enjoyed the supernatural/council politics and the original world and setting. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If I had one gripe it would be the blurb, an element of surprise would have been nice rather than too much being revealed here.

Dragon Marked is a wonderful start to the Supernatural Prison series.



Jaymin EveAbout the author: Jaymin Eve has a passion for reading, writing and arithmetic ... okay maybe not the last one but definitely the first two. She loves surrounding herself with the best things in life: her two girls, a good book and chocolate.

Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And travelling as frequently as possible.

When Jaymin isn't trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssjs appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.

1 comment:

  1. I suspect this is like any other first in a UF or paranormal series. A lot of effort goes into worldbuilding so it all ends up seeming a bit dry. But I have a soft spot for shifters too and I think I can be patient.

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