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I ate six seeds. Now I owe six months of debt to a dangerously sexy Fae hitman. I’d had everything a dryad could want- a job, an apartment, and a scandalous human boyfriend- Until I stole the wrong fruit from the wrong Fae. Dragged into the Seelie underworld of deception and lies, I do anything he commands: steal, spy, even fight as we hunt down a notorious Fae fugitive. Not e I ate six seeds. Now I owe six months of debt to a dangerously sexy Fae hitman. I’d had everything a dryad could want- a job, an apartment, and a scandalous human boyfriend- Until I stole the wrong fruit from the wrong Fae. Dragged into the Seelie underworld of deception and lies, I do anything he commands: steal, spy, even fight as we hunt down a notorious Fae fugitive. Not exactly the fun I was looking for, despite the intense attraction between us. But when the mission ends, I may not want to leave. Dark and Wicked Fae is a Hades and Persephone-inspired Fae reverse harem romance, with high steam and a harem that builds over time. For mature readers only.


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I ate six seeds. Now I owe six months of debt to a dangerously sexy Fae hitman. I’d had everything a dryad could want- a job, an apartment, and a scandalous human boyfriend- Until I stole the wrong fruit from the wrong Fae. Dragged into the Seelie underworld of deception and lies, I do anything he commands: steal, spy, even fight as we hunt down a notorious Fae fugitive. Not e I ate six seeds. Now I owe six months of debt to a dangerously sexy Fae hitman. I’d had everything a dryad could want- a job, an apartment, and a scandalous human boyfriend- Until I stole the wrong fruit from the wrong Fae. Dragged into the Seelie underworld of deception and lies, I do anything he commands: steal, spy, even fight as we hunt down a notorious Fae fugitive. Not exactly the fun I was looking for, despite the intense attraction between us. But when the mission ends, I may not want to leave. Dark and Wicked Fae is a Hades and Persephone-inspired Fae reverse harem romance, with high steam and a harem that builds over time. For mature readers only.

30 review for Spin the Shadows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    ⤅ 2.5 stars, rounded down. Here we have Briallen Appletree, one of the lesser fae - a dryad, to be precise - who used to be a faerie courier. Unexpectedly, though she ends up working for Robin Goodfellow, personal assistant to Seelie Queen Titania. She also has a small romance going with Gwyn ap Nudd, a member of the Wild Hunt (reimagined here as an Unseelie motorcycle club, which is a cool concept we sadly don't see much of) and is developing a tiny connection with Jack Frost, personal assistan ⤅ 2.5 stars, rounded down. Here we have Briallen Appletree, one of the lesser fae - a dryad, to be precise - who used to be a faerie courier. Unexpectedly, though she ends up working for Robin Goodfellow, personal assistant to Seelie Queen Titania. She also has a small romance going with Gwyn ap Nudd, a member of the Wild Hunt (reimagined here as an Unseelie motorcycle club, which is a cool concept we sadly don't see much of) and is developing a tiny connection with Jack Frost, personal assistant to the Unseelie Queen Nicnevin. Bri and Robin's primary mission was initially catching the Ghosthand Killer who leaves his victims in pieces, but it ends up trying to find the evidence to bust a human-female smuggling ring. It's all very urban fantasy. The ideas are great, but I'm not really a fan of the romance; I feel absolutely no chemistry between Bri and any of the three heroes we've encountered. I was actually more interested in the mystery-solving angle of it, which is never a good sign. Descriptive powers weren't what I expected either. If you have a book about faeries, I want the writing to be LUSH, I want the adjectives to be dripping off the page - think Holly Black and Karen Marie Moning. The writing here is bone dry. I may read the sequel, but no promises. [Blog]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bookssica

    5/5 stars I. FREAKING. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. Everything is written extremely well with so much detail. The character development, the plot, the world-building, and the emotions were all formidable! The author, Cate Corvin, is a wonderfully talented writer who deserves all the praises. Her ability to write such a complex and captivating story blows my mind. I especially love the world building. This book is set in the Seelie and Unseelie courts with a twist. The main female character is a dryad and she 5/5 stars I. FREAKING. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. Everything is written extremely well with so much detail. The character development, the plot, the world-building, and the emotions were all formidable! The author, Cate Corvin, is a wonderfully talented writer who deserves all the praises. Her ability to write such a complex and captivating story blows my mind. I especially love the world building. This book is set in the Seelie and Unseelie courts with a twist. The main female character is a dryad and she is an amazing heroine to read! I definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE. - Jessica

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔

    PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS REVERSE HAREM! I NEED MY BOIS. but anyways, it didn't get a full five stars from me due to the fact that IT WAS SO EASILY WRAPPED UP. i need more detail on the MC's i want more of the background. I NEED MORE BACKGROUND. PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS REVERSE HAREM! I NEED MY BOIS. but anyways, it didn't get a full five stars from me due to the fact that IT WAS SO EASILY WRAPPED UP. i need more detail on the MC's i want more of the background. I NEED MORE BACKGROUND.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachellreads

    Great read I genuinely loved this book! And I can’t wait for more I loved everyone in this book, it instantly sucked me in the story characters action the possible romances! Oh man it was perfect !!! This is a must read !!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict

    Wow....what great surprise this book is! Cate Corvin never disappoints with her books and this one was a fantastic first book for a new series! What surprised me was how much I loved reading about the characters that Cate has created in this series. Briallen is a great FMC, she is sassy, funny, a bit vulnerable but she really starts to grow in confidence in this book. Then there are the guys...wow hard to say who will be connect to her but here is who I hope! Gywn of course, they have already st Wow....what great surprise this book is! Cate Corvin never disappoints with her books and this one was a fantastic first book for a new series! What surprised me was how much I loved reading about the characters that Cate has created in this series. Briallen is a great FMC, she is sassy, funny, a bit vulnerable but she really starts to grow in confidence in this book. Then there are the guys...wow hard to say who will be connect to her but here is who I hope! Gywn of course, they have already stated to develop a great connection and he really brings out the fun side of her. Robin of course...he is intense but underneath it all you can see that connection getting stronger, they are fireworks together. Jack is a mystery but I am sure he will be a big focus in book two. And lastly I am curious about Noctifer...what is going on under that helmet, I want to learn more! Cate Corvin has kicked this new series off with a bang and a bloody cliffhanger! I cannot wait to read more. This is the type of book I can read over and over and still love it. Bring on book two!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Between cheating boyfriends and being blackmailed Briallen is having a rough day. Briallen is spunky, sassy, and completely awesome. She’s got a sad backstory but she prospers from it and grows. The story immediately pulled me in and kept me there! I need to know what’s going to happen between Bri and the guys, and just in general. This was such a gripping story in general and I couldn’t have loved it anymore! When I read in the blurb that this was a retelling of Hades and Persephone I might hav Between cheating boyfriends and being blackmailed Briallen is having a rough day. Briallen is spunky, sassy, and completely awesome. She’s got a sad backstory but she prospers from it and grows. The story immediately pulled me in and kept me there! I need to know what’s going to happen between Bri and the guys, and just in general. This was such a gripping story in general and I couldn’t have loved it anymore! When I read in the blurb that this was a retelling of Hades and Persephone I might have swooned a bit. This story will devour you, you will devour it and everyone will be happier for it! It is seriously so dang good!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeanny

    3 average stars. This was an interesting start to a series. I like all three potential romantic interests (Gwyn, Robin, & Frost) . The mystery was just ok & although I liked Robin, I thought he & the FMC lacked chemistry. I’m hoping her time with Frost in book 2 will be more exciting & perhaps involve more chemistry. Things need to heat up between Gwyn &/or Frost & the Druid bc the romance is yawn 🥱 worthy. I will continue this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved this book. The guys are morons (R&J) to be exactly honest with you. I love me some wild hunt hottie though. I think a few need karma in their lives and there is so many secrets that still need to be reveal. And what with at ending going home ?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Very solid beginning to a series. Like all 3 of the potential love interests. Nobody has clearly been "friend zoned" and there is good relationship tension. Not sure if this will be a RH, but definitely hoping it goes that way. Interesting take on some "famous characters". Very solid beginning to a series. Like all 3 of the potential love interests. Nobody has clearly been "friend zoned" and there is good relationship tension. Not sure if this will be a RH, but definitely hoping it goes that way. Interesting take on some "famous characters".

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarz

    Fabulous Fantastic world building, everything revealed as its needed, and commonly used fae names are given a wonderfully complete recharacterisation. The FMC is great, not a Mary Sue and definitely not too-stupid-to-live, and the romance/s are slow burn and nicely twined through an actual plot. Very much looking forward to the next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Hoisington

    Holy freaking smokes!!! I knew with this surprise book it was going to be good but I was not ready for the awesomeness of this book! The FMC is a [email protected] and the guys are all pretty amazing. I’m glad this isn’t instalove. Sometimes it is good but with this story I don’t think it would fit. I’m excited to learn more about all of the characters! I devoured this story in less than 24 hours so I would definitely recommend it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Loved it What an incredible start to a new series. I’m ecstatic I came across this author. This is the first book I’ve read from her and now I’m about to go down a rabbit hole and download everything she’s ever published. This story is about Briallen Appletree, a dryad and rejected daughter of the Hesperides. Instead of being able to create beautiful apple trees, Briallen instead only seems to be able to create dark, twisted trees that thrive on blood and death. Rejected from her home isle after Loved it What an incredible start to a new series. I’m ecstatic I came across this author. This is the first book I’ve read from her and now I’m about to go down a rabbit hole and download everything she’s ever published. This story is about Briallen Appletree, a dryad and rejected daughter of the Hesperides. Instead of being able to create beautiful apple trees, Briallen instead only seems to be able to create dark, twisted trees that thrive on blood and death. Rejected from her home isle after accidentally destroying half the island, Briallen starts a brand new life as a bike courier in Avilion, a city where both mortal humans and the fae can intermingle together. The Seelie Queen, Titania, rules over the city of Avilion, and it’s not long before Briallen finds herself delivering a package to the mysterious Left Hand of the Queen, Robin Goodfellow. After eating fruit from Robin’s back garden, Briallen quickly ends up as Robin’s newest undercover agent in order to repay her debt for the stolen fae fruit. There is so much chemistry and tension between Briallen and Robin; it’s palpable and delicious. But Briallen also finds herself in the delightful and charming company of Gwyn, an Unseelie fae from the notorious and dangerous Wild Hunt. A case Briallen and Robin are working causes her to also cross paths with none other than Jack Frost himself, the Left Hand of the Unseelie Queen. Jack is Robin’s mysterious counterpart in the Unseelie kingdom. This is such a fantastic start to a new series. I’m excited to read the next book once it comes out. There’s plenty of adventure, intrigue, chemistry, one sex scene (more next book, puhlease!), and magic. I’m invested in the main characters, and Briallen is insanely charming and lovable. Seriously, I adore her. She’s a nice, refreshing blend of sweet and spunky. It’s easy to see why all of her love interests are tripping over their feet for her. I would recommend this book and I’ll definitely be reading everything else from this author. 👍

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Rupprecht

    Spin the Shadows was such a fantastic start to a new series. Like all of Cate's books, it was so easy to fall head first into this story. The FMC, Briallen, is incredibly relatable. I loved seeing the sassiness and humor that had and how she was just trying to make her life her own, doing whatever she needed to do to make it happen. It's admirable to see her wanting to take a step away from her past and make a new future for herself where she can see herself as something other than a failure. Al Spin the Shadows was such a fantastic start to a new series. Like all of Cate's books, it was so easy to fall head first into this story. The FMC, Briallen, is incredibly relatable. I loved seeing the sassiness and humor that had and how she was just trying to make her life her own, doing whatever she needed to do to make it happen. It's admirable to see her wanting to take a step away from her past and make a new future for herself where she can see herself as something other than a failure. Although she is a "lesser" fae, looked down upon by many, she seems to attract several higher tiered fae. Robin, Gwyn, and Jack are refreshing characters who don't seem to see Briallen as lesser, and it might possibly be because she doesn't treat them like they are higher. She speaks out against them when others would balk. I think that's what sets her apart and intrigues them. The connections between Briallen and the three are vastly different--Robin is a bit standoffish but very protective, Gwyn is the one that can make her laugh, and Jack is the one who I can see helping her find herself and in turn, learn to love her powers that she feels make her a failure. These guys don't have a great past together, but Briallen is that missing link. They may come from different courts and areas, but just wait, they are going to be buddies soon enough. Or they'll just forever be repaying debts to each other. I could see it turn into a competition of sorts. Relationships, powers, serial killers, repaying debts...this book just has so much to look forward to! I'm most excited about learning about Briallen's powers because something just isn't adding up. I think mommy dearest has a few secrets tucked away. Can't wait to see how the next boom turns out!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy's Book Reviews

    You know those books that take their time setting up the story before getting to the good stuff...this isn't it. Cate Corvin drops you head first into this action packed urban fantasy. I'll admit it was a little confusing at first with all the names of places and people (all unusual of course) but I quickly fell into pace and really started to appreciate the unexpected start to this book. I'll also admit I'm not a huge urban fantasy fan but because she was able to maintain the pace with a lot of You know those books that take their time setting up the story before getting to the good stuff...this isn't it. Cate Corvin drops you head first into this action packed urban fantasy. I'll admit it was a little confusing at first with all the names of places and people (all unusual of course) but I quickly fell into pace and really started to appreciate the unexpected start to this book. I'll also admit I'm not a huge urban fantasy fan but because she was able to maintain the pace with a lot of great action and story it also kept my attention and interest. Cate Corvin did a wonderful job creating this world and her main characters. It all seems well thought out. Briallen is a strong female lead that is relatable. I found myself rooting for her the whole time. Briallen is a great example of someone who has a heartbreaking past but doesn't let the pain suffocate her and stop her from living her life. Her life is different from what she expected but I'm excited for her because I'm guessing she is meant for bigger things. I believe she will have a lot of growth over the series. I can't forget to mention the three male leads. There is Robin, the smart and strong one who holds back his feelings a bit because he's a professional. Jack, the mysterious one who seems to have more answers than we may know. Lastly, Gwyn, the flirty bad boy that you just can't help but to be totally into right from the beginning. It does have some good quality steam, just not a ton. I can't be mad because it's labeled a medium-burn romance. I'm just thirsty. Overall, it's a promising start. I'm excited to what happens next! Happy reading :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    "...let me take the potion and go. I didn't mean to eat your fruit or...or to see your chopped up feet!" "I didn't mean for you to see my chopped-up feet, either, but here we are." ***** Spin the Shadows is the first book in Cate Corvin's new Dark and Wicked Fae series and it was amazing! For Briallen Appletree, moving to the bright, bustling Seelie Court city of Avilion is everything the island girl could ever want. But Avilion has a secret sneaking through the shadows of the full moons - ther "...let me take the potion and go. I didn't mean to eat your fruit or...or to see your chopped up feet!" "I didn't mean for you to see my chopped-up feet, either, but here we are." ***** Spin the Shadows is the first book in Cate Corvin's new Dark and Wicked Fae series and it was amazing! For Briallen Appletree, moving to the bright, bustling Seelie Court city of Avilion is everything the island girl could ever want. But Avilion has a secret sneaking through the shadows of the full moons - there's a murderer on the loose terrorizing the Seelie and Unseelie courts. When a late night delivery goes wrong and Briallen finds herself caught red (and purple) handed, she makes a deal that changes everything. Fighting to make a difference for the greater good was never in her plans, and yet it leads her to staring down everything she'd ever hoped for--- and maybe a bit of everything she fears, too. If you love PNR, funny, enthralling, and fast-paced introductions to a brand new world with a few familiar faces and a great shadowy spin on old mythology and new ideas- Spin the Shadows is absolutely the series for you! From cover to cover this story will have your attention riveted to the pages, and have you reading as quickly as you can to see what happens next for Briallen and her friends!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tori Puente

    Everytime Cate Corvin starts a new series, I think that one's my favorite, and this first installment of Dark & Wicked Fae is no exception. I don't usually read a lot of high fantasy romance, more PNR. But this new world will suck you right in. The world-building is amazing, and I could picture everywhere Bri goes. She's a great FMC to root for, starting off with her convictions, and growing stronger the longer she works in the Gentry world. The guys are a great new deviation from the author's u Everytime Cate Corvin starts a new series, I think that one's my favorite, and this first installment of Dark & Wicked Fae is no exception. I don't usually read a lot of high fantasy romance, more PNR. But this new world will suck you right in. The world-building is amazing, and I could picture everywhere Bri goes. She's a great FMC to root for, starting off with her convictions, and growing stronger the longer she works in the Gentry world. The guys are a great new deviation from the author's usual, too. While Bri and Gwyn (who I picture as Brock O'Hurn. Anyone else? Haha), have an easy camaraderie from the beginning, she and Robin have a push and pull with both their attraction and how she challenges him on the job. He's intense and struggles between liking Bri and wanting to follow things by the book as he always has. And things between Bri & Jack are straight-up prickly from the beginning, which as a fan of enemies-to-lovers, I'm all for. So the dynamic is a lot different from most immediate attraction RH stories, and I love it. The pace is good; I feel like we got to know a lot about the fae world and Bri in the first book, and am excited to learn more about the guys' backgrounds and new missions as the story continues.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Belbin

    “I let the fairy tale fade, and went back to the bitch known as real life.” I don’t normally read books about fae, but I loved this cover so much I had to. Since I have very little fae knowledge, I wasn’t sure what some of the beings were, but Cate described them well enough to where I could envision what they were and looked like. This book was filled with action, crime, magic, and finding yourself. I really loved Briallen’s character. She’s a reject and seen as a defect from her own people, b “I let the fairy tale fade, and went back to the bitch known as real life.” I don’t normally read books about fae, but I loved this cover so much I had to. Since I have very little fae knowledge, I wasn’t sure what some of the beings were, but Cate described them well enough to where I could envision what they were and looked like. This book was filled with action, crime, magic, and finding yourself. I really loved Briallen’s character. She’s a reject and seen as a defect from her own people, but it’s made her strong, resilient, and a tad snarky. My favorite characters were probably Sisse, a pixie, and Carabosse, a hedge witch. I don’t think I had a favorite out of the guys, but Jack intrigued me the most. I liked how Gwen’s personality was a total flip from the bad boy type when it came to Bri and the connection Robin had with her. Cate did an amazing job on the world building and I could picture Avilion and Annywn along with the Underground and Seelie Court. I could see the loose reimagining of a Hades and Persephone retelling, but it wasn’t too prominent. With as intrigued as I am about Jack, I’m very excited to see what happens next in this new series! *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

    Just the Beginning This is a good start to the series. Briallen is likeable and has an interesting backstory. Robin is hot, but I sure wish he hadn't pulled back from Briallen the way that he did. I hope he won't be see-sawing her emotions too much. Gwyn is also hot, but funny, too. I'm looking forward to learning more about him. Then there's Jack who is mysterious. He seems quite interested in Briallen. Briallen isn't a badass when the book starts. She's actually just a normal woman living her li Just the Beginning This is a good start to the series. Briallen is likeable and has an interesting backstory. Robin is hot, but I sure wish he hadn't pulled back from Briallen the way that he did. I hope he won't be see-sawing her emotions too much. Gwyn is also hot, but funny, too. I'm looking forward to learning more about him. Then there's Jack who is mysterious. He seems quite interested in Briallen. Briallen isn't a badass when the book starts. She's actually just a normal woman living her life until she eats some fruit that she shouldn't. She then pretty much becomes a rookie undercover cop. She actually has a knack for it. She's not perfect off the bat, but the work calls to her and she impresses her new boss, as well as catches his eye in other ways. Anyway, Briallen does a good job helping Robin close the case he was working on and even received recognition from Queen Titania. Jack also calls on a favor before she and Robin can get started on the serial killer case and whisks her off to home. But is that home where she grew up or the Underlie territory? I feel like Jack knows more about Briallen than she does and I wonder if whomever her father is is the reason for why her trees are the way that they are.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    My first ARC! Yeah! I was generously provided a copy by Cate for winning a FB contest. I was pleasantly surprised by this fantastical world that Cate has created. For most of this first book there are different kinds of Fae living side by side with humans in an urban setting. We do get glimpses of the magical lands of faery, that I am excited to see more of in the future. It has a wonderful mystery/thriller vibe as the FMC is working to solve cases with the Queens left hand man. Hottie #1! Briall My first ARC! Yeah! I was generously provided a copy by Cate for winning a FB contest. I was pleasantly surprised by this fantastical world that Cate has created. For most of this first book there are different kinds of Fae living side by side with humans in an urban setting. We do get glimpses of the magical lands of faery, that I am excited to see more of in the future. It has a wonderful mystery/thriller vibe as the FMC is working to solve cases with the Queens left hand man. Hottie #1! Briallen is drawn to 2 other powerful men, and even though they all know each other, they are not the close brotherhood that most RH stories have. This in itself is one unique aspect of the book, that I love. I really enjoyed how Briallen's character gained confidence and showed resourcefulness in tough situations. The ending does have a small cliffhanger which instead of being annoying or abrupt just left me wanting more. Which is exactly what a cliffhanger should do. This was a great series opener, and I can't wait to see what Cate has in store for us. Oh, and the cover is simply stunning! Highly recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angélique Becker

    Welcome to Avalon! So the story takes place in Avalon, a city where faes and humans are living together. Briallen is a dryad who works for a delivery service. She has a pretty simple life until the day she meets three hot guys and one of them becomes her boss who offers her a position as a special agent. Gwyn is a sweet biker who likes to make Briallen smile. Robin is her new attractive boss. He manages to keep his walls up to keep her at bay but he can’t hide the hunger in his eyes. Jack is the my Welcome to Avalon! So the story takes place in Avalon, a city where faes and humans are living together. Briallen is a dryad who works for a delivery service. She has a pretty simple life until the day she meets three hot guys and one of them becomes her boss who offers her a position as a special agent. Gwyn is a sweet biker who likes to make Briallen smile. Robin is her new attractive boss. He manages to keep his walls up to keep her at bay but he can’t hide the hunger in his eyes. Jack is the mysterious guy that ends up all the time where Robin and Briallen are searching for clues. Every time he gets close to her; she’s surrounded by cold but when his hand lands on her skin, he’s warm as the sun. Holy molly! I was surprised by the slow burn romance for a book of less than 200 pages. The attraction is present with the three dudes, and she feels drawn by them like a magnet. Something happened with two of them and yep, turn the AC on, it’s gonna get pretty hot in here! Okay ladies, I just created this blog about romance book reviews if you're interested: https://blossombook.net/

  21. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Sauceda

    This is a great start to a new series by Cate Corvin. If you like to read a book that will gradually build and be intense at the same time. Then you need to start this series. We start off with a mystery so I was immediately was like um what is going on. So we have Briallen who is a dryad on a visa trying to become a citizen in Avilion. She is working a crappy job and not sure what will happen when her time is up. Something happens one day when she is working and everything changed for her. We m This is a great start to a new series by Cate Corvin. If you like to read a book that will gradually build and be intense at the same time. Then you need to start this series. We start off with a mystery so I was immediately was like um what is going on. So we have Briallen who is a dryad on a visa trying to become a citizen in Avilion. She is working a crappy job and not sure what will happen when her time is up. Something happens one day when she is working and everything changed for her. We meet Robin, Gwyn and Jack. Let me say these guys are broody, hot, mysterious and elusive. They show up out of nowhere but always leaves an impression. However, she works with Robin and then all the dangerous things start to happen. However, she does better than I thought she would in certain situations. Well....some situations called for favors and now we don't know when they will be called upon. However, the ending leaves you on a huge cliffhanger and now we have to wait to see what will happen.

  22. 5 out of 5

    CalReads

    Great start to a new series! Although I’m not a huge fan of RH series/books (the LOGISTICS. I can barely manage being married to one man. Just the sheer logistics baffle me) I really enjoyed the start to this series! Briallen is a Lesser Fae who seems to be stuck without a home. She doesn’t quite belong where she grew up, and her current work situation is less than ideal. That is, until she ends up working for the Hand of the Seelie Queen, helping him to solve a flagrant abuse of royal power. Siz Great start to a new series! Although I’m not a huge fan of RH series/books (the LOGISTICS. I can barely manage being married to one man. Just the sheer logistics baffle me) I really enjoyed the start to this series! Briallen is a Lesser Fae who seems to be stuck without a home. She doesn’t quite belong where she grew up, and her current work situation is less than ideal. That is, until she ends up working for the Hand of the Seelie Queen, helping him to solve a flagrant abuse of royal power. Sizzle: 🔥🔥🔥 3/5. It’s worth noting that, while there are 3 male characters introduced, it’s not quite an RH yet, so if you’re into that, you might want to wait until the other books have been written. Ship: N/A, I don’t apply this in RH. (Again, the LOGISTICS.) Feminism fails: None? Not yet anyway. Again, I really did enjoy this book. It’s light, bubbly, and easy to read. Briallen has some secrets yet to unravel, and it’s clear that will develop in subsequent books. Overall, worth the read, especially if you’re not usually into RH books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Kendall

    HOLY. COW. I NEED MORE OF THIS SERIES ASAP! I wasn’t sure if this would be my cup of tea. Sometimes PR can be hit and miss for me but I absolutely loved this book. Briallen was great! I actually really loved that she was “defective” as a fae. I don’t think she was defective at all though and I actually felt really bad about how things transpired with her people and with her mom. Robin was mysterious even though he made me mad that one time after that one night. Lol. Ugh. Not over it. Gwyn was my HOLY. COW. I NEED MORE OF THIS SERIES ASAP! I wasn’t sure if this would be my cup of tea. Sometimes PR can be hit and miss for me but I absolutely loved this book. Briallen was great! I actually really loved that she was “defective” as a fae. I don’t think she was defective at all though and I actually felt really bad about how things transpired with her people and with her mom. Robin was mysterious even though he made me mad that one time after that one night. Lol. Ugh. Not over it. Gwyn was my favorite cause he basically just has Bri’s back and he’s sexy and silly and he’s just perfect. Can’t wait to read more about him! Jack.. I knew I would love Jack because he’s supposed to be that one wild card kind of guy. And he is. And that cliffy at the end, I have SO MANY QUESTIONS. I would classify this as a slow burn because there wasn’t much heat to it, but that’s ok because the storyline was honestly killer! It truly was great and I’m dying for book 2!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nereid

    Red Herring it is! Bri is supposed to able to grow trees yet her powers have an opposite effect. She has power but it is warped and something does not add up. The further you get into the book, little clues let you know that she feels more at home anywhere away from her family. Only time will tell if she is on the right path and her try purpose is revealed. There is three sexy men to choose from though the wild hunter has my vote, deliciously dangerous and sexy as sin, he has a wicked sense of hu Red Herring it is! Bri is supposed to able to grow trees yet her powers have an opposite effect. She has power but it is warped and something does not add up. The further you get into the book, little clues let you know that she feels more at home anywhere away from her family. Only time will tell if she is on the right path and her try purpose is revealed. There is three sexy men to choose from though the wild hunter has my vote, deliciously dangerous and sexy as sin, he has a wicked sense of humour yet protective and thoughtful. Jack is a bit of an enigma, ice cold literally and always at odds with Robin. They barely know each other yet he feels drawn to her He is confused as to why Robin is so captivated by his new charge. Then we have Robin, engaging and protective, he is jealous of others looking at her. He us her boss and fears blurring the lines between being the boss and Brie his agent. Her love life just got a whole lot more complicated.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hostetter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall a good fantasy slow burn reverse harem. She is a druid fairy but basically sent away from her home because she is different and her magic doesn't tend and take care of the apple trees at home. By chance, she is dropping off a package and ends up working for the left hand to the cele queen. The relationship between the two of them took quite some time to grow. i actually didn't think it would ever happen. She also meets G who is from the hunt and their attraction is instant. He is my favo Overall a good fantasy slow burn reverse harem. She is a druid fairy but basically sent away from her home because she is different and her magic doesn't tend and take care of the apple trees at home. By chance, she is dropping off a package and ends up working for the left hand to the cele queen. The relationship between the two of them took quite some time to grow. i actually didn't think it would ever happen. She also meets G who is from the hunt and their attraction is instant. He is my favorite with all his hot biker ness. Along the way she also meets frost. No romance between the two of them, but for some reason at the end of the book her ask for her to work with him in payback. Interested to see where their relationship goes in the end. This was a very very slow burn reverse harem. Which can be good but also a little frustrating. I also wish we could have seen more of her and her relationship with her powers. Again, maybe that is all for the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    This book was a solid 4.5 for me. I have read many books by Cate Corvin and knew I was in for a great story. I really like that Cate Corvin wrote an RH story without the MC meeting the men on page one, and then having an RH on page two. Not only does it intrigue the reader to see who the MC is pulled to, but it gives time for the reader to learn the depth of individual characters, rather than jumping straight into the group as a whole. The storyline was very intriguing and I'm excited to see whe This book was a solid 4.5 for me. I have read many books by Cate Corvin and knew I was in for a great story. I really like that Cate Corvin wrote an RH story without the MC meeting the men on page one, and then having an RH on page two. Not only does it intrigue the reader to see who the MC is pulled to, but it gives time for the reader to learn the depth of individual characters, rather than jumping straight into the group as a whole. The storyline was very intriguing and I'm excited to see where it goes next, especially since this book ended in a cliffhanger. The only reason I gave it a 4.5 instead of 5 is because I would love to see more depth to the secondary characters (outside of the FMC and her RH) and the world-building. However, based on the ending, I'm guessing we will be seeing a lot more of that in the next book to come. I recommend this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Normally when I start a new series, I've already read the blurb about it and have an idea what I'm getting myself into. In this case, I didn't and I couldn't be happier. Of course, having read most of Cate Corvin's books, I had an inkling, but no more than that. I love the main character, Briallen. She's clever and sassy and strong. I know this is a Reverse Harem story, so I expect her attachments to expand, but in this first book she's really just getting started. I enjoyed the suspense/crime s Normally when I start a new series, I've already read the blurb about it and have an idea what I'm getting myself into. In this case, I didn't and I couldn't be happier. Of course, having read most of Cate Corvin's books, I had an inkling, but no more than that. I love the main character, Briallen. She's clever and sassy and strong. I know this is a Reverse Harem story, so I expect her attachments to expand, but in this first book she's really just getting started. I enjoyed the suspense/crime solving aspect of this almost as much as the character development. I can't wait to see where this series goes and am hopeful that this turns into one with many (MANY) installments. If you like Fae stories flavored with detective/crime-solving and rolled up in a sexy RH coating, then this is a book for you. I highly recommend!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria B.

    What an amazing beginning to a new series! Cate Corvin does it again! Every time I think I’ve chosen my favorite series of Cate’s she comes out with something new and blows me away. Cate Corvin drops you right into the story and throws tons of information at you to set you right in the new world. Briallen is a dryad, but she’s not your typical Fae. She is compassionate, gutsy, sassy, funny, and so much more. After breaking up with her human boyfriend she meets not one, not two, but three intrigu What an amazing beginning to a new series! Cate Corvin does it again! Every time I think I’ve chosen my favorite series of Cate’s she comes out with something new and blows me away. Cate Corvin drops you right into the story and throws tons of information at you to set you right in the new world. Briallen is a dryad, but she’s not your typical Fae. She is compassionate, gutsy, sassy, funny, and so much more. After breaking up with her human boyfriend she meets not one, not two, but three intriguing High Fae, Robin Goodfellow, Gywn, and Jack Frost. Now she’s tangled up with the Left Hand of the Seelie Queen and Briallen must work together with him to take down a drug and kidnapping ring before more victims appear. Can she juggle all of these men? Will she solve the mystery? Why is she not a typical dryad? Come find out!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    **I wish i could give this book more than 5 stars because i really liked it** Based loosely on the Hades & Persephone. Dispatch courier - Braillen gets into a spot of bother when delivering a parcel and cheekily taking some fruit (Eating 6 seeds) which is owned by Robin. The Fae Queen Left Hand so basically like her own kind of investigator and a big problem until he offers her a way out of her predicament. Making her an kind of work partner for the time being. Yes theres plenty of dark plot twis **I wish i could give this book more than 5 stars because i really liked it** Based loosely on the Hades & Persephone. Dispatch courier - Braillen gets into a spot of bother when delivering a parcel and cheekily taking some fruit (Eating 6 seeds) which is owned by Robin. The Fae Queen Left Hand so basically like her own kind of investigator and a big problem until he offers her a way out of her predicament. Making her an kind of work partner for the time being. Yes theres plenty of dark plot twists in this book (namely the Ghosthand Killer as such) but theres also a light fun side (especially with Gwyn) too as well as a few steamy ones too. You cant help but like Briallen. She has a playful energy about her and i loved the dynamic between her, Robin, Gwyn and maybe Jack too!! More so with that ending. Its a cracking read and i cant wait for the next book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kara Altomare

    Okay, what just happened?! Like holy freaking guacamole y’all!! I think my brain exploded! Spin the Shadows is nothing like Cate Corvin has ever written before. At first this made me pause because I’m a very “I like what I like and I hate change” kind of girl...but even my stubborn ass couldn’t help but be sucked in within a few short chapters! Definitely fell head over heels for Briallen, talk about an awesome FMC! She’s the perfect combination of sass, badass, and brokenness. Her backstory mad Okay, what just happened?! Like holy freaking guacamole y’all!! I think my brain exploded! Spin the Shadows is nothing like Cate Corvin has ever written before. At first this made me pause because I’m a very “I like what I like and I hate change” kind of girl...but even my stubborn ass couldn’t help but be sucked in within a few short chapters! Definitely fell head over heels for Briallen, talk about an awesome FMC! She’s the perfect combination of sass, badass, and brokenness. Her backstory made my heart break a little. The quote “Different is not defective, Briallen.” really resonated with me. *Ehem* Bottom line- this book was spectacular, Corvin’s take on Fae was fresh and exciting, and I’d highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy ASAP!

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