Monday, 28 April 2014

Book Review: Blood & Fire (Guardian Witch #4) by Ally Shields

Series: Guardian Witch #4
Publisher: Etopia Press
Publication Date: 16 October 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 306 pages

Goodreads Synopsis:

"A dead body, black magic, and a vampire enforcer..."

Ari thought her biggest problem was deciding if she should move in with her vampire boyfriend, Andreas. That was before they found the dead body at the bottom of the Riverdale cliffs. And before she realized he'd been cursed by black magic.

Just as she begins the murder investigation, the vampire rulers in Europe send an enforcer to make inquiries into the recent defeat of the Toronto vampire prince. While Andreas has taken responsibility for the brutal dictator's death, there is much about the incident that he and Ari must keep to themselves--secrets the vampire elders would stop at nothing to learn.

With threats of retaliation hanging over their heads, Ari moves into Andreas's Victorian mansion--for safety's sake--while the enforcer begins a campaign of terror. Ari is caught between competing dangers and challenges: black magic, a ghost, a missing Native American artifact...not to mention a new roommate...all while trying to stay alive...

~ Blood and Fire Book trailer ~

Previous reviews:
Awakening the fire #1
Vampire in the Shadows #1.5
Fire Within #2

Burning Both Ends #3

My Review:
Up until this point I do think this is some of Ally's best work. I still need to read the next book and the series - which I am quite excited about and I am sure it will be just as good!

Blood & Fire has a very smooth star. It is not shocking but not boring either. Blood and Fire starts off with finding a body and they initially think its a suicide but soon suspect its a murder. A few more angles get waved into the story and keeps you on the edge of your seat as more complications arise. 

Characters & Storyline: 4/5
I enjoyed the development of the main characters in Blood and Fire.

Ari - Ari is cool & smart as ever. I think she has grown as a character and I enjoyed Ari's development with her feelings and her relationship with Andreas. I would like to see Ari grow more into her powers and really see what she is capable of and I want to know more about her connection with Andreas. Ari is one tough cookie

Andreas - I love Andreas in Blood & Fire. He is a bit more vulnerable but I love how he is when he is with Ari. He is more open and definitely has grown attached to having her around. I am so excited to see where their relationship goes. You do find out a bit about Andreas's past - but I just want more! He is just that interesting and yummy <3 

Stefan - Stefan wasn't really around much this book :(  I missed the werewolves in this segment.

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  
Ally weaves the various plots/storylines beautifully. She layers them so well and keeps the story flowing at a perfect pace. Since I have been working on my own writing I can see how well put together the Guardian witch series is. Her plots link up perfectly with all her t's crossed and I's dotted. The writing felt a little segmented, the scenes could have been a little bit longer - but I'd rather have it this way than filler information. The main focus for me was on Andreas and Ari and how they grew and work together so well.

The ending was perfect! I loved it and couldn't have asked for a better one. 

Cover talk: 5/5 I adored this cover!! It is definitely one of my favourites. 

Final Thoughts: This is one of those series that just gets better and better. I am super excited to read the next book Fire Storm. 

My Rating:

Books in the series:

Author Bio:
I write urban fantasy/supernatural mysteries. The first three novels in the series have been released and Blood and Fire is scheduled for the fall of 2013. I am currently working hard on book 5. When not writing, I read multiple genres--urban fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, romance, and I love to travel-anywhere, anytime. I live in the Midwest with my miniature pinscher Ranger within driving distance of the Mississippi River that is the setting for my books.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l website




  1. oh it's so nice! totally my kind of books but I confess I didn't know this one. But knowing that the series is still great makes me curious!

    1. Awesome! I hope your curiosity wins out with this series :)

  2. It is great that you are loving this series! I think I need to bite the bullet and get into it myself! The characters sound like they have developed nice throughout the series. And I get what you mean when you have characters that you like that don't make appearances in the current book. I get that sometimes with the Chicagoland books! Awesome review girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Ooooh I hope you do!! I saw you added it on goodreads *happy dance* Hopefully Ms Shields will write more of Stefan in the books to come. I am loving Andreas more and more as the story goes and I think Ally has a big surprise up her sleeve...

  3. I'm pretty sure I have book 1 floating around somewhere . . . maybe I need to dig it out, if the series is still running so strong at book 4 ;) I'm glad you're loving this series, Chanzie!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    1. Oooh I hope you can find it. I know those TBR piles are scary ;) I have book 5 that was just released waiting to be read.. I think it is next on my to-read list *yay*

  4. I haven't read your review because I usually avoid that until I've read the book myself, but I've gone back to book #1 and it definitely intrigues me. Thanks for making me find a new series I would possibly enjoy!

    1. I do the same thing! If it is a book I want to read I skim over a review just in case it has spoilers - I really hope you enjoy it!

  5. Thx so much for spotlighting my book! Such a nice review that will keep me writing the next part of the story! :)

    1. Thank you for the visit Ally!! Blood and Fire was awesome and I am so excited to read Firestorm <3

  6. You got me curious for sure! And, from your previous reviews of this series, it sounds captivating!
    Great review, Chanzie :)

    1. Yay! Mission accomplished :) Ari is just awesome and Andreas is so intriguing... Let your curiosity win *wink*

  7. How have I not heard about this series until now? I've obviously been slacking on my PNR / UF stalking! LOL I'm for sure adding these to the pile. Thanks!

    1. Ha ha I feel like that with a lot of the books you review too :) I really hope you enjoy this series if you give it a shot!

  8. Ally Shields' books sound great! I've liked what I've read about her in your blog, so I really better hurry up to read them! Thanks for another great review and recommendation Chanzie. :)

    1. Ally and her books are just awesome!! it was her books that got me into reviewing which lead to me starting a blog a few month's later :) Thanks for the visit Melissa!

  9. This series looks like a lot of fun! I especially love a good character development and growth throughout

    1. This series is so much fun :) it is definitely one that is close to my heart and one of my favourites!


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