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Review: Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison

Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #4)


Synopsis from Goodreads
 He will watch over her...

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, an untested young woman must claim her place as the Oracle—and contend with a powerful Djinn who has decided to become a part of her life...

As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and Petra's husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children—neither of which she is prepared for.

Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid—driven by his genuine caring for the children—has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace's impudence toward the Elder Races.

But when an attempt is made on Grace's life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one who can protect her—and offer her more than a mortal man...

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 “Screw pretty. I'd rather be strong. Pretty fades over time. Strength gets you through the bad shit.”
I'm happy to report that Oracle's Moon was gorgeous. You might remember me praising the brilliance of book #1, ranting about the disaster that was book #2 and only being slightly mollified by book #3? Well, book #4 restored my faith in Thea's talent.

Incredible world - part-urban fantasy, part-paranormal romance, a very charismatic couple which came so so close to Pia and Dragos as my second favourite, and lovely secondary characters. I had the same feeling when I was reading  On The Edge by Ilona Andrews.

Main heroine, Grace, inherited a status of Oracle after her sister and her husband died in the car crash. In the same crash Grace's legs got severely damaged. Now poor and desperate, she lives in a big decrepit Southern house trying to look after her sister's two small kids. As an Oracle she can't charge for her services but she accepts donations no matter how small they can be because this is her calling.

When she acquires an annoying and bossy protector, Djinn Prince, Khalil, she thinks he is nosy, doesn't know anything about her and her kids needs, and a big pain in the ass. Khalil finds her impudent and exasperating, thinks she is lazy and doesn't look after the kids properly....

So it's a total misunderstanding on his part but he sticks around because of the kids. They remind him of a daughter he lost, and then he slowly gets to know more and more about Grace and her struggles, gets inexplicably involved in her domestic troubles, the local power games she gets unwillingly involved in... and slowly they fall head over heels for each other.

It's sweet, it's funny, it's endearing, they are just so alien to each other, so different, but both very stubborn and so very strong, I didn't notice how I myself started rooting for them to have their happy ending even if it seemed impossible at times.

It's a lovely feel-good paranormal romance with just enough kick-assery and violence to appeal to the fans of urban fantasy. Both Grace and Khalil are equals. She doesn't bend to his will and power and he learns to understand what makes her happy. The bedroom scenes, very few as they were, were powerful, not titillating, just emotionally powerful....

So, yeah. My full blessing for you, me dears, to go ahead and read it, and a heartfelt recommendation of both Dragon Bound and Oracle's Moon.

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Замечательная книга! Если вы помните, я просто обожаю первую книгу серии, но вторая оказалась ужасной, а третья - так себе...

Так что я рада, что Теа пришла в себя и наконец-то написала ещё одну книгу достойную своего таланта.

Превосходный мир, не скучный сюжет и самое главное, безумно харизматичная пара в лице оракла - Грэйс и джинна - Халила. Ситуация Грэйс очень напомнила мне On The Edge Илоны Эндрюс. У той тоже главная героиня живёт в нищете, перебивается как может и воспитывает пару маленьких и совершенно очаровательных детишек.

 С самого начала кажется, что Грэйс и Халил ну совсем друг другу неподходят. Он присматривает за маленькими детьми, которых воспитывает Грэйс после того как их мать, её сестра , погибла в автокатастрофе, что изувечила ноги самой Грэйс.

Ничего не зная о ней, Халил считает Грэйс лентяйкой и пытается указать как ей стоит ухаживать за детишками и домом. Но на Грэйс где сядешь, там и встанешь. Оба безумно упрямы и невероятно сильные личности, хотя книга парадоксально лишена обычного мачизма, что так характерен для паранормальных романов и который я просто не выношу. Халил находит время узнать Грэйс, её проблемы, тревоги и заботы и потихоньку изменить её к лучшему.

Их отношения смешны и трогательны, а постельные сцены, которых практически нет в этой книге, цепляют за сердце до невозможности именно своей эмоциональностью.

Рекомендую с той же силой, что и первую книгу. Читайте!
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