I’m so pleased to read and review a book on its release day by one of my favorite author and also one of the most read author, India R. Adams. River is a second book in series stranger in the Woods Trilogy.
Publication Date: February 9th 2018 by India’s Productions
Read date: February 8th 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Fantasy
A shadow is still lurking in the woods who wants Rose’s new born dead. Rose, Ryder and Gunner parents of Rain- Princess of Guardian Warrior, are always on high alert for King’s dark game of taking away their daughter. No one ever have seen King in real, Rose have only seen him in dreams but his presence is always there, cold and unnerving. When this shadow come out of his hiding will they able to face him?
Rose’s world turn upside down. Rose and all the elf clan go through immense suffering and agony that test their leader’s strength, Rose and Ryder’s love and their trust on each other. Life has turned into survival and deal game.
Who will strike the final deal and who will suffer the consequences? Can love and trust provide the strength for the battle with the evil? It seems good always wins but surely with consequences to pay…
If you missed my review on first book the series, you can read it here ⇒ Rain (A Stranger in the Woods #1) by India R. Adams
River started where the Rain ended (it sounds cool right?). It should be read in order. Book surrounds world of Elves and their prophecy that is linked to a human that can save them from the evil shadows. It is about love, family, friendship, unity, trust, heartbreak, and betrayal. A book about good vs evil and light vs dark, about learning past, surviving today and embracing what is to come.
Ryder– This Warrior elf and husband of Rose was such a surprise package in the book. I thought I knew him when i read first book but I was wrong. There was so many new things, new characteristics to learn about Ryder. He was loving, possessive, caring and such kind and gentle soul. I could totally feel his jealousy and felt his fear for new sides of him he was learning.
Rose– She was over reactive human mother of Rain, mother of prophesy. It was hard for her to face reality to digest that even her own child is not human and like Ryder I also felt that she was feeling alone among extraordinary people but at the same time this irritated me. Shouldn’t she know better and what with hard to accept Ryder’s all sides and little flicker in trust! But looking at the time span of the all that happened to her, I just love her for sticking with her love and developing and growing with Ryder’s love.
Gunner– Never thought I would say that I missed this guy. I always hated third person in relationship but Oh I Love HIM! There is no guy who is so loving and understanding in this world. He was funny, entertaining, and I’m glad he met Kara.
Rain– If nothing. I mean any character plot can win your heart, I bet this magical child will win it. She was so cute, lovely, wise, and amazing. The more I learned about her the more I loved her.
All the characters in the book were likable except King. This villain was so manipulating that I couldn’t guess his next step in the book. Characters were developed and still they were growing. They learned lot throughout this book and I liked the changes in them.
“I’m learning that learning is part of experience. Making mistakes is art of the lessons, part of growth.”
The writing was smooth, plot was intriguing and it was emotional roller coaster. India writes the book with so much feelings that it feels like I’m living with characters, they feel so real, their emotions touched my heart. It felt like all was written from author’s heart and soul. She kept all little details in mind while writing the characters and plot, nothing seemed out of place, it was so perfect that I don’t have words to justify my feelings for this book.
River was narrated in alternative perspective of main characters, Ryder and Rose. The world was great. The life style of elf living in forest blending with nature, their ethics and nature was amazing. New and very unexpected thing about the world was different dimensions. All vivid details of two worlds, smooth transition between them and all the elf things, illumination, bonding, linking were beautifully narrated. There was also glossary in the beginning of the book to define the elf words.
The father -daughter and mother-daughter relationships was adorable. I even loved the sexy romance. It never felt dirty or made me skim the pages. There was unusual love triangle too. Even though you don’t like love triangle and find it another book trope or cliched, I suggest read this series, I’m sure you will love to read it.
Prophecy and twist and turns are the best words that describe this book. I love books in which there is prophecies, it make the plot a complex puzzle. It made book so unpredictable and uncertain that till the end it kept surprising me. There were so many mysteries related to prophecy, Ryder, and the past that entwined with today. It was utterly mind-blowing!
Climax– was literally jaw-dropping, I just couldn’t see it coming. Action of characters both protagonist and antagonist just surprised me and I felt anything can happen at this point. End– I was reading with hand over my mouth, nails between teeth. It was so tensed and gripping that it frustrated me when it ended with cliffhanger. If author had combined third book in this one and have written more than700 pages, I would have devoured it without looking at its size.
Overall, it was gripping, fast paced, magical elfish romance with loads of twist and turns. If you haven’t read any books by this author, this series is best to start with. I highly recommend this book to paranormal romance lovers.
Author: India R. Adams
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*** Note: I received e-ARC from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author for giving me chance to read this book. ***
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