No Ordinary Fairy
Author: Claire Davon
Title: No Ordinary Fairy
Series: Shifter Wars 1
Rating: Two Petals
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Mysterious. Magnetic. Deadly. And his only hope.
When the new guy in town blows into Pani’s pet shop, bristling with impatience as icy as the Wyoming winter, she knows instantly he’s not there to buy dog food. She also knows exactly what he is. A cougar shifter. An apex predator not unlike herself.
Rafe Anderson needs help, which isn’t easy for a cat to admit. Not only has his dog mysteriously vanished, so has his ability to shift. The only creature who can find both is Pani, a woman the local coyote pack warned him to avoid. But he’s desperate—and running out of time. The longer his cat is caged, the closer he edges to insanity.
As a Vila, a fairy with the power to enchant men, even to their death, Pani has never dared reveal her true self, much less fallen in love. But something about Rafe’s fiery green eyes and uncommon vulnerability calls to her. And his touch tells her the feeling is mutual.
Desire rolls over them like thunder, but their search uncovers a dangerous secret that could turn everything to ashes…and bring destruction howling down upon all shifter kind.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Rafe gets stuck in human form and his dog is kidnapped, he goes to Pani for help. All he knows about her is she's powerful and that she might be able to help. He doesn't expect to meet a beautiful woman that stirs both his human and cat side. Pani never expected to fall in love with a human either, but her strange feelings aren't even close to the worst problem they're about to endure together.
The best part of this story was the unique powers that were incorporated into the story. I had never heard of a Vila before, but I was able to learn a lot about Russian fairies thanks to the way Pani and her powers were introduced throughout the story. There were additional interesting creatures that made the story really interesting to read.
The problem I had with this book was the characterizations. Aside from their powers, Rafe and Pani didn't have anything interesting about them. They were both one-dimensional with serious Mary Sue issues. That made Rafe being stuck in human form and the rest of the plot feel stretched and difficult to enjoy. I also had a lot of trouble believing in their relationship for the same exact reason.
I wanted to recommend this story because the powers the characters used were so interesting and unique. Unfortunately, aside from those powers, the characters were completely flat and boring. I therefore can't recommend this story.
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