Priceless by Shannon Mayer is a self-published novel, which released in November of 2013. It is a released under the single-author imprint, HiJinks Ink Publishing. It is the first novel featuring Rylee Adamson. It is 234 pages long and is available in ebook ($0.99) and print ($9.44) formats.
“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.
The Lady Scribe’s Notes & Review: I’ll openly admit that I almost passed on this book due to the last line; it made the title sound like yet another smut urban fantasy featuring werewolves, vampires, witches, and other things that go bump in the night. But for $0.99, and my appreciation of ladies carrying swords, I decided to give the book a try.
I’m glad I did. Now, there are issues with this novel, and many of them I’ll talk about here, but I generally liked it. I’d put it somewhere between a 3 and a 4. It isn’t a novel I’d re-read often, but every now and then, I think a dive into Rylee Adamson’s world wouldn’t be a bad thing.
I’ll start with the good stuff: I generally enjoyed Mayer’s writing style; I found it entertaining and easy to read. It made for a good cozy read, cuddled up with my partner as we both devoured our books. If you’re expecting groundbreaking fantasy, I’m not sure what to tell you–it’s comfortable territory, but it’s not something that screams oh my god unique! It was enjoyable.
The writing style didn’t get in the way, but I didn’t walk away muttering about how awesome the writing was. It was. That’s probably a large part of why it was only 3 or 4 stars instead of a solid 4.
That, plus the fact that werewolves got a serious kick to the balls in this book. I won’t quite say I was offended by how werewolves were portrayed, but fluffy furball of happy joy applies to one of the werewolf characters, and it bothered me. I understand where Mayer was coming from though, but that didn’t change the fact that I just didn’t like her portrayal of werewolves.
I like my werewolves with a lot more bite–even if the one in question had justifiable circumstances. I didn’t see enough of the other werewolves, except as exposition bits, to make much of them beyond the main werewolf character. Since I don’t want to spoil the book, I won’t say much more than that.
I will say, however much I didn’t like the werewolves, I really enjoyed a lot of Mayer’s worldbuilding. She did a good job on a bunch of elements.
Now, back to the meat of what I liked most about this novel: Rylee. Her attitude, her view of children, and why she goes so far out of her way to help them. I also enjoyed her toying with certain characters in the story. It gave Rylee a lot of depth. It made her feel real.
So, if you’re looking for a quick read, I’d recommend this title. That said, I’m not itching to go buy the second book right away. It was a cozy read, but I didn’t find it nearly as addicting as I do other series, such as the Dresden Files or Mercy Thompson.