Friday, January 12, 2018

Blackbird In The Reeds by Sam Burns - Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 50,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Melanie Harlow @ Clause & Effect


Devon Murphy has never believed that there were fairies at the bottom of the garden, but when he’s in an accident on his way to his grandmother’s house and comes face to face with the biggest, baddest wolf he’s ever seen, he’s forced to reconsider.

When his grandmother asks him to look into a string of suspicious accidents, he finds a much bigger mystery to unravel. From his childhood best friend to the too-attractive Deputy Wade Hunter, everyone in Rowan Harbor seems to have something to hide. Devon has to get to the bottom of it all before the accidents turn deadly.

4 out of 5 stars
Blackbird in the Reeds is the first book in a new m/m urban fantasy/paranormal series. 

I have to say this one kind of grabbed me from the description for the story. Once I dove into the book, it was one of those kinds of couldn't put it down type of book, at least for this reader. I thoroughly enjoy Urban Fantasy/Fantasy books and Blackbird In The Reeds is a good solid lead off in this new series. I will say that if you are looking for more of a romance with urban fantasy or fantasy elements you might be disappointed. This book is more of a Urban Fantasy/Fantasy book with a side of romance as part of the storyline. For me, it wasn't an issue because the UF/Fantasy elements were relatively well done. 

Now you'll have to remember this is the first book in a series that has a lot of world building, and a lot of setting up the characters and their backstory. So be prepared for the first book 'info-dump' that most books in the Urban Fantasy genre tend to contain. I will admit that this is partly where the book lost a a star for me. Not because the information isn't presented well... More because the set up for the story and getting to the secrets of the town took more than 50% of the book. I ultimately would have liked that information to be earlier in the book to allow even more set up and less hiding in the shadows as it were. 

However that is really the only quibble I had with the story. Otherwise it's a well put together first book in a new series, and I'm definitely intrigued enough to pick up the next book when it comes out in the not so distant future. I definitely recommend this one for those that love a strong urban fantasy element along with a side of romance. 

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Author Bio

Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.


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