Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams (thoughts)

From the back of the book:

"Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around-and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way."

I was hooked on this book from the very beginning. I've come to realize as I share my thoughts on books how important characters are to the story for me and Ms. Williams didn't disappoint. Both Tara and Harry were characters that I instantly took to. I was curious about their history and the relationship that was going on between them. Tara was a strong, likeable character with a layer of strength that surrounded her. She also had a mysterious history with the Delpi Daughter's that I wanted to read more of. What I also liked about this book was the history that the author incorporated into the storyline. The storyline was centered around the Chernobyl disaster which is sadly something I knew nothing about. I'm the first to admit that I'm not good with history (it was one of my weaker subjects in school), but how did I not know about this??? After finishing this book, I wanted to learn more about Chernobyl and what happened there. The author used this nuclear accident to create a book filled with suspense and intrigue. I wanted to know what was going to happen next and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I also enjoyed the fact that Tara was a Tarot card reader. It was interesting to read about the different meanings of cards and see how the author was able to incorporate it into the story. This was such a great read and I especially liked how the author veered away from the standard urban fantasy storyline to create something entirely unique.

All in all, this was an original urban fantasy read that I couldn't get enough of. It is the 2nd book in a series and I will definitely be picking up Dark Oracle soon! Recommended to fans of urban fantasy and I cannot wait to read more by this author!

Disclosure: I received this book as part of Gallery and Pocket Book's SciFi/Fantasy Blog Tour Group. The thoughts are all my own :)


  1. I was just saying on another blog that this looks good. Glad to hear you liked it, too!

  2. I love the cover of Rogue Oracle! So pretty.

  3. Now this one sounds really interesting to me and I like that cover too!

  4. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review ROGUE ORACLE! I'm over the moon that you enjoyed it. :-)

  5. Wow! I can tell you really loved this book! :)

  6. I enjoyed reading your review.


  7. Kailana- I really enjoyed this one and liked the fact that even though I hadn't read the first book in the series, it didn't affect my reading experience.

    Bookfool- It is a very nice cover!

    Staci- It was very interesting and I liked how the author took an event from history and tied it into her story.

    Alayna Williams- Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!!!!

    Suko- I really did enjoy it.

  8. I haven't heard of this but it certainly sounds neat and I really love that cover :)

  9. I'm loving the cover, too! It was one of those happy surprises that arrived in my inbox. The artist is Don Sipley...his work is just beautiful. :-)

  10. It sounds good, and thats a cute cover.

  11. This sounds really good and the cover is awesome.

  12. Ladytink- This is a book that I really think that you would enjoy!

    Alayna- It really is a nice cover which is always a good thing. I must admit that I'm drawn to book covers :)

    Naida- This was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it.

    Darlene- I love that cover too :)


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