Publisher: Avon

Joint Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , , | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review: Wildfire by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Avon on July 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
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five-stars
two-half-flames

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

            

All the stars! I have been wondering how I could even write a review. I realized it is simple.

It’s everything.

I was reading within minutes of receiving the eARC and I keep rereading it! This morning I wanted to wail and cry like Catalina’s hardened, badass mercenaries when I had to leave for work.

Nevada is so strong, smart, and compassionate. She puts her whole self into her work and family.  I am so impressed with her. Will she learn even more about her skills and get more training as others do from childhood?  The characters have me intensely invested. of course, Nevada and Rogan, but so MANY others. The supporting cast is so detailed and interesting. I care about Catalina and Arabella and Leon and Grandma Frida and Bug. What about Rogan’s mother? I want to know her. Cornelius and Matilda have me wondering how they will go forward. Who is Cesear?

The world building is stellar. I love learning about the Primes and the different magics, its types and uses. I want to know so much more in this world, even if other characters than Nevada and Rogan are in the primary role. I honestly hope for more in this Hidden Legacy series. After reading all three, I asked the authors on Twitter (horrible, rude thing to do – I mean only 1 of the 3 books was published *head desk*) but they actually answered and said maybe. Please understand it wasn’t meant to be rude or demanding, only expressing my love and interest in purchasing more books in this world.

Wildfire is a masterpiece with an epilogue which is a jeweled crown on its king.  I am lucky enough to have access to a great many wonderful books of high quality and enormous enjoyment, but it’s not just my favorite book this month or year.  Wildfire owns my heart, mind and soul. It’s a favorite of a lifetime.

 

Giggle-worthy quote:

(There’s another one I wanted, but it’s too spoilery. But there are many humorous parts.)

“They will do what I say,” Mom ground out. “I’m their mother.”

Grandma Frida squinted at her. “Aha. And how did that work out for me?”

Mom opened her mouth and clicked it shut.

 

Book 1 :  Burn for Me            Book 2:  White Hot

 


Jennifer’s Audio Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review: Wildfire by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by HarperAudio on 07-25-17
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Source: Publisher
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five-stars
four-flames

As Anne said, Wildfire is EVERYTHING. I know when I listen to a story written by the author duo of Ilona Andrews I will be highly entertained. They manage to transport me to a world of magic and family. All their books have strong characters with a family at the center. The plot lines are complex yet still easy to follow.

I went into Wildfire with the belief it was the last book in the Hidden Legacy series but by the end it’s clear there could be more and I’m hoping we get more. Possibly from the younger characters with Nevada and Rogan as supporting characters. I would love more from this world however the authors want to present it.

Wildfire is classic Andrews. It has action, romance and tons of laughs with a touch of darkness. Renee Raudman is a master has bring all these emotions to life in her narration.

About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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