Priceless ~ Shannon Mayer

  • Title:  Priceless
  • Author:  Shannon Mayer
  • Series:  Rylee Adamson
  • Genre:  Urban Fantasy
  • Format:  eBook
  • Source:  Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Sonja
  • Rating:  4 out of 5

Description:  “My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

I’m on the FBI’s wanted list.

I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life.

But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn’t know a thing about the supernatural.

One whose kisses set me on fire

Review:  I don’t recall ever struggling so with a book review. Yes, some have been easier to write than others, but never before have I just not known what to say. Or, I have just not written the review. But, I really, REALLY enjoyed this book and it seems low on the radar, so I really want to say *something*, I just don’t know *what*.

Honestly, I am not really sure *why* I liked it. There is nothing extraordinarily special here. Oh, there are werewolves and vampires and trolls and orcs. Oh, yes, and trackers. But, none of this is actually *special*. The treatment of werewolves is a tad different . . . Alex is Rylee’s pet werewolf. Why didn’t I find them before I felt such an affinity for the werewolf sector as a whole? Still, what’s not to love about Alex – who hasn’t wanted a dog with whom they could communicate? Oh, yes, and the vampires found here are creepy. I can tolerate creepy vampires. Even though they still scare me – at least they are *supposed* to be scary.

Rylee has people in her life. Her adopted mother who is prescient and thereby spends much of her time zoning in and out of the current reality. Her best friend, Molly, is a witch. And she is preparing to desert Rylee and join the local coven. Rylee’s arch enemy, Liam O’Shea, is an FBI agent who thinks she killed her sister and got off and is still stalking her trying to catch her red handed. None of these relationships do much for me . . . Giselle is not enough of a presence to make an impact. I just wanted to strangle Molly throughout the majority of the novel. And, O’Shea, ok well he is interesting. And, there is always Alex – the wolf dog.

So, with the lack of cozy relationships to keep my attention . . . just what did? I think it is Rylee’s compassion. She really cares for those kids she tracks. They matter to her. She wants to find them – and help them – dead or alive. But, preferably alive. She is devastated that she failed her sister (and her parents) and doesn’t wish to fail any other child. Ultimately, the reason O’Shea thinks she is guilty of her sister’s abduction and murder is that she blames herself.

I had two complaints with the novel. The first may well be an illusion – and that is that it was short. Now, I read this in my Kindle app, so I have no real concept of how long it actually was – I only know it took me just a bit over 3 hours to read. It felt short. Could be that I was just so engrossed I lost track of time while I was reading. The second complaint was the fact that the book shifts persons. Most of the time the story is told from Rylee’s point of view in first person. But, occasionally, the story shifts to third person as we see what O’Shea is doing. It is distracting. Not too awful distracting – just a bit.

In fact, without a doubt, the strength of this series is Rylee herself. She cares for and protects all those around here, even those whose own kind would destroy them. She is irascible and a fighter – but she has a heart of gold. It is this passion that kept me in the game rooting for her. I give this one 4 stars. 4 simple stars because I cannot wait to see what’s next.