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Airborne by Constance Sharper

Monday, August 29, 2011

Avery knew she had a knack for attracting trouble, but even she is shocked when a six-foot-something harpie shows up on her doorstep. Coping with the existence of a mythological race? Okay. Unwittingly finding herself in the middle of a vicious harpie conflict? A little less okay. Having to rely on an arrogant harpie boy who gets under her skin? Now that is something Avery isn't sure she can handle.

Goodreads Summary

Avery will capture the readers' attention.  She is funny, somewhat abrasive, caring, and intelligent.  The setting is in Alaska, a very different setting that a reader is not likely to find in many, if any, other books.  The setting sets the scene for a pervading sense of danger, the reader will feel a sense of urgency while reading. 

Then there are the harpies.  Harpies are creatures, male and female, who are not friendly to humans and are quick to anger.  Avery encounters her first harpy, Mason, when she is accosted by him.  He demands to know where a special pendant is and threatens her several times.  Avery handles it fairly well, considering the situation.  The reader will find out that the pendant may actually be part of Avery, making her a prime target for the other Harpies. 

The reader will meet many other Harpies much to Avery's chagrin.  Each Harpy in the book has a unique quality and/or quirk that will make him/her memorable.  Mason, for instance, becomes the potential love interest-a tabboo among his kind.  He can be protective, caring, and thoughtful when he isn't flying off the handle at something Avery did or said AGAIN. 

This book was very fast-paced, filled with exciting scenes and plenty of action, had a very unusual plot, and provided the reader with the perfect cliff-hanger to make the reader instantly mark "Grounded", the sequel, as a to-read.  This book would be terrific for those who enjoy fantasy with a touch of romance and mystery. 

5 Stars


  1. Maria said...:

    Nice Review! I really enjoyed reading this and I also did an interview with the author. I can't wait to read the next book!

  1. bn100 said...:

    Haven't heard of this before; sounds intriguing

  1. Susan T. said...:

    I don't think I've ever read a book about a harpy!