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Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell eARC {4.5 Stars}

Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell is a story about love, family, death, and what it really means to live that happens to be set in a world with coyote and wolf shape-shifters, Seers, Thaumaturgics, and Immortals. I’m not generally a fan of character-driven stories but Joshua and Ada were such amazing main characters, and assisted by my many favorite characters from Destiny Binds and Infinite Harmony’s companion novel, Fragile Brilliance, that I find myself converted to the character-driven novel as long as the writing is as strong as Blackwell’s ;-). If you haven’t read any of Blackwell’s previous books, that’s really okay! Infinite Harmony stands alone very well and is also a good intro to the many cool magics that exist in this world. You will spoil a couple of things from the first trilogy by starting here, but I don’t think you’ll lessen your enjoyment at all :).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Infinite Harmony from the author. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell eARC {4.5 Stars}

Infinite Harmony by Tammy Blackwell
Published by Author on Oct. 14th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 227 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Ada Jessup lives for the moment, knowing the promise of tomorrow can be all too easily broken.

Joshua is an Immortal, a heavenly warrior who will still be fighting long after the rest of the Alpha Pack have turned to dust.

When a gunshot wound forces Joshua to tell Ada the truth of what he is, there is more at risk than the safety of the Alphas he's sworn to protect. For Joshua, the real danger is the way he feels drawn to the human girl. After all, what can the future hold for a girl whose days are numbered and a boy whose life has no end?

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • Let me just emphasize once more that I LOVE ALL of Infinite Harmony’s characters SO MUCH! Seriously, because Blackwell is telling everyone’s stories individually, there is such depth to the characters that have previously been main characters. It is really fun seeing another character’s perspective on some of my old favorites and really just makes my attachment to them all grow with each book.
  • Joshua! We met Joshua in Fragile Brilliance, but he is our male lead in Infinite Harmony and he is wonderful. We find out some truly heartbreaking things about this geeky, quirky guy and I just want to hug him forever.
  • Infinite Harmony starts with Ada crossing “Have sex” off her bucket list and I have to applaud Blackwell for how she handled a young woman deciding to have sex in a fairly religious and conservative community when everyone finds out. Ada gets a lot of backlash for not acting how she is supposed to as a preacher’s daughter, but our gang of awesome characters calls out the slut-shaming for how horrible and abusive it is and I love them for it. Blackwell really walks on the edge with this topic and beautifully balances the realistic situation too many teens find themselves in with strong characters loving and accepting Ada no matter what.
  • Oh my god you all, there were so many FEELS! I found myself crying throughout the book because I was so moved by the love and happiness along with the tragedy in Infinite Harmony. I can’t even tell you what caused all these feels because there were a number of discussions, but gah can Blackwell write moving dialogue!
  • Speaking of dialogue, I have to emphasize how much I’m not normally a romance reader, but wow was I convinced of how these characters felt about each other. I loved Ada’s internal discussion about love and reality, but I also found myself stupidly grinning with Joshua and Ada had nerdy or deep discussions because it was like watching two friends slowly fall for each other without even realizing it is happening ;-).
  • I mentioned above that Ada is the daughter of the local preacher and I was really impressed by how complex Ada’s family relationships were because of this fact along with the fact that Ada has cystic fibrosis and so feels a huge debt to her parents for their help and the pain they’ve gone through because of her disease. Ada has some great discussions both with Joshua and her father about God and religion and what role they play in society and her relationships.
  • Finally, be assured that you can definitely read Infinite Harmony without having read the previous books. You’ll be playing catchup a bit with the whole Shifter and Seers world, but Ada is doing the same so it shouldn’t be confusing. If you’re a fan of more character-driven and romance-focused stories that just happen to take place in a world with magic of various sorts, definitely check out Infinite Harmony, fall for Blackwell’s witty and moving writing, and become addicted like me :D.

Weaknesses:

  • The romance definitely progresses pretty fast and I could see some people deciding to call it too fast. I was okay with it because of how much both characters think they’re feelings are ridiculous and try to slow things down. However, if you aren’t a fan of romance heavy plots, this will probably not be a storyline that appeals to you.
  • Since the magical beings known as Immortals play a more prominent role in Infinite Harmony, I was hoping to finally get definitive answers about how they work and where their magic comes from. I was left with more solid suspicions, but definitely not complete answers and now I worry that we won’t find out any more for ages D: Can Joshua and Ada have their own series pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaase??

Summary:

Infinite Harmony proved to me that I will love anything that Blackwell writes, even if it isn’t what I normally enjoy with other books. Those of you who know my reading tastes well will realize how shocking it is that I fell hard for this romance and omg I totally ship Ada and Joshua! I’ve never used that word before, what is happening?!?!?! *ahem* Highly recommended for fans of YA that pushes romance and relationship boundaries while including very thoughtful discussion on all the important things in life and death.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. Hmm…I generally have to be in the right mood for a romance-heavy book like this (and I know I’m awful and still haven’t read Blackwell’s books), but I am really curious, especially about how Blackwell wrote a PK, being one myself- though I’m not necessarily the norm (of anything). ;)
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    • All right, I’ve been trying to figure out what PK stands for for several days now, I’m sorry I’m failing so much, halp?! Also I think Destiny Binds is the right Blackwell book for you since it is much less romance focused ;-)

  2. Well I’m very much a character driven reader, so I’m REALLY onboard if it converted you :) I don’t like spoilers though, so i’m going to have to go back to the other trilogy. I’m a little bit obsessive about reading things in order most the time.
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    • I completely understand, the Timber Wolves books are equally awesome and character driven so it’s completely worth it! Let me know if you need book mail to get you started ;-)

  3. I have not heard of this one before, but it sounds like a fantastic read. I adore well written characters and even more than that, great dialogue. Happy to hear she has them both in this one. The fast romance would aggravate me a little, but I can get over that if the story is well-written. Excellent review :D
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  4. I’d never heard of this series before. I don’t read many character driven novels, but the magic and world sounds cool. I like the idea that all of the characters are main characters in their own novels. A convincing romance too? I just might have to try this one, even though it’s a bit outside my usual reading.
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  5. Great review! I want to read this series now, I really like the descriptions of the characters and some of the tough issues it sounds like they go through. I honestly haven’t read too many ya paranormal, but this sounds really interesting!
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