Mini Read Reviews: Outcast by Kiru Taye and Tribute by J.R. Pearce Nelson

MinireadreviewMini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get over looked. Today I have Outcast and Tribute.

Outcast by Kiru Taye

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]Source: Purchased
Publisher: KT Press
Series: Sacred Amulet #1
Edition: eBook, 80 Pages
Genre: Fantasy Novella
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Rating: 4/5

Ugo’ji is an outcast, an untouchable. She lives on the fringe of society as the lowest of the low, a living sacrifice to the gods. The only person she interacts with is her aged grandmother Nne who nurtures her powerful gift of healing. Until the day she meets Ebube a strange warrior to their lands. He ignites a yearning within her she’s unable to ignore.

Ebube is drawn to the young maiden with the emerald green eyes who possesses the body of a goddess and the healing touch of an angel. But he is forbidden from mating with a human and the consequence is the wrath of the gods.

Moreover he is on a mission. If he fails, the gates of hell will be opened and the earth plunged into darkness. He cannot stay and she cannot go with him.

Outcast has a surprisingly large amount of rich mythology and world building despite being so short. I really loved the whole set up to Taye’s world and the way she wove the tale with detail and care. Ebube is the strong male lead in Outcast, and a definite Alpha. I loved seeing his tenderness with Ugo mix with his naturally fierce nature. Ugo is a quiet and lonely young woman who is forced to the outskirts of her village as an outcast, and despite seeming meek she holds a surprising amount of inner strength that really endeared me to her. The relationship that buds and develops between Ebube and Ugo is really sweet and made me want the absolute best for them. I really look forward to reading the second novella and seeing how Ebube completes his mission and if he gets to stay with Ugo.

4 stars

Tribute by J.R. Pearce Nelson

TributeSource: Purchased
Publisher: Indie
Series: Children of the Sidhe #1
Edition: eBook, 80 Pages
Genre: Fantasy Romance Novella
Purchase: Amazon*
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Rating: 3/5

Tribute is a fae-filled paranormal romance, an action-packed romp to the Otherworld, and beyond.

Hazel Fintan is the reluctant daughter of the Irish love god, Aengus. She’s never cared for her father’s world, especially its men. So who could expect her to be happy when she’s drawn into a conflict with a legendary race over an impossible tribute?

The tribute may be what brought them together, but Ian MacIlroy knows destiny when it stares him in the face with stunning green eyes and a gorgeous smile. Now he has a new mission. Hazel will be his, at any cost. And the cost could be high when Otherworld’s enemies are denied what they seek.

Tribute centers around Hazel, a half-Fae whose father is the Irish god of love. She stays away from Fae business as much as possible but is forced into it by a tribute problem. If I’m being honest then Hazel and Ian’s characters left something to be desired over all. By the time I finished the book I didn’t really feel like I knew them apart from their stance on Fae matters and their attraction to each other. I did however really love the world that Nelson created and longed to see more of the vibrant and detailed worlds of the Fae. This one is pretty spicy at times though so keep that in mind if you’re not one for sexy books.

3 star

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4 Responses to Mini Read Reviews: Outcast by Kiru Taye and Tribute by J.R. Pearce Nelson

  1. The rich mythology sounds great

  2. Pamela D says:

    I like the idea of putting a bunch of novella reviews together! I rarely have much to say about novellas, but I want to share my thoughts. Great idea.

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