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Bayou Born (The Foundling Series) Kindle Edition
Be prepared for a fast-moving journey filled with the unexpected. (RT Book Reviews)
Hailey Edwards has exceeded all expectations. (Goodreads)
Well-plotted fantasy continues to engage the reader with its intriguing characters, heart-pounding action, suspenseful intrigue and subtle romance. (RT Book Reviews)
Edwards has this way of writing that makes you feel like the narrator is talking to you and that you're old friends. (Goodreads)
The world building is fresh ... The characters are well-drawn and easy to root for. And the romance really hits the spot. (Red Hot Books)
Edwards [creates] amazing fantasy worlds that the reader becomes completely engrossed in. (Goodreads)
"One aspect of her writing I enjoy is her ability to take the mundane and with a few changes, turn it into something unique and unexpected. She builds dynamic character bases, using common mythology but takes it one step further using previously unseen species or imbibing currently known species with skills and know how that offers readers something new in the paranormal world. (Smexybooks.com)
Hailey has taken several elements of paranormal storytelling and created a whole new dimension for her characters to thrive in their muddied, twisted merriment. Some things aren't as they seem, ensnaring readers to follow along. (Goodreads)
From the Author
- ASIN : B075QBL479
- Publisher : Piatkus (October 17, 2017)
- Publication date : October 17, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1854 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“Bayou Born” is interesting overall, the protagonist rather prickly, setting & ambiance were good, and at first, the paranormal elements added to the police story.
As usual, I had difficulty getting past the fantasy insta-love, and in this case, the man was written over-the-top masculine and his description became annoying. Half-mountain? The mountain? Baby Mountain?
Then in chapter 15 dragons appeared . . . unexpectedly for me. After a few more chapters, there were so many fantasy elements introduced that I began seriously thinking: Parody or a send-up of some kind? I’m not listing examples, because I’ve already dropped a dragon spoiler.
I did read to the end, and although I knew from the start that this is book 1 of a series, I decided to treat this as a stand-alone. This is doable because I decided that chapter 25 was “The End,” thus ignoring the epilogue which is a lead-in to the next book of the series.
Note to the otherwise wonderful editors: The following yanked me right out of the story!
Councilor vs counselor
Lucy has curious concentric mental circles made up of an unclassified alloy on her body which can't be removed. Trust me, it's been tried and that's led Luce to hate being in any hospital for any amount of time. On her "found day," she receives mysterious calls through a phone that shouldn't work from an entity called Ezra. Nope, I have no clue who Ezra is, and that is the beauty of having this particular character in the background. It is apparent that Lucy and Ezra have some connection, but the author is keeping that particular revelation close to her chest.
Things really pick up when Luce and her partner, Detective John Rixton, hear of a body being found in the bayou. Could it be their missing teen Angel Claremont? On discovery,
Lucy realizes it is not Angel, but an adult woman with the same markings on her body as Luce. Then, a strange group of men from White Horse Security shows up. Apparently, they were hired by Angel's family to track down their daughter. They end up helping Luce rescue the mysterious woman found in the swamp in the same manner Luce was found. Then her best friend Maggie disappears and Lucy finds herself working with Cole Heaton.
Cole is an in your face character who doesn't believe Lucy's excuses of having dissociative amnesia and memory loss from her time before she was found in the swamp. What makes Cole so mysterious is that his ringtone is the same as the one that Ezra uses to call Lucy. Ooooohhhh, creepy! Cole also seems to be a wealth of information regarding where Luce came from and what the marks on her body mean. With the arrival of Cole and his crew, Lucy has a chance to find out about her past, and more about the mysterious Ezra who apparently gives Lucy a boost every year.
I admit there was really good mystery that was slowly revealed some interesting twists. I admit I loved the fact that there was a lack of romance between Lucy and any character. I loved Edward Boudreau, as well as Harold Trudeau and her partner Detective John Ricton. I enjoyed that there's a lack of shifters, or vampires, or werewolves, but intriguing enough to admit that when Lucy's past is revealed, I was actually stunned silly. Yes, that is possible. Apparently, the sequel is up on NetGalley to be requested by those who live in Australia only. So, disappointing.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot is intriguing, it’s like nothing I’ve ever read in this genre before and given how much I read that, I think, is impressive. The book keeps you guessing all the way through and I love a story that can do that without losing you with too much build up.
The characters are brilliant, some flawed, some questionable but mostly All loveable.
If you want something fresh and new to read you won’t regret picking this up.
It looks like she will finally get the answers as to who she really is and where she came from, but along the way there will be some really difficult decisions and choices to be made and Luce is not going to have a hard time dealing with the fallout.
I came away feeling that it was very much done by numbers.
If the price is right and you've exhausted more worthy options you might enjoy it.
Well, you start at the beginning with this fantastic gem of a read Bayou Born the first book in the foundling series and got to say I am bloody impressed.
I read this book super fast then instantly ordered the second one I was that invested here.
A new author for me but one that I will have no qualms reading more of in the future.
Genre-wise this is urban fantasy which isn't a category I read that often and from the moment I picked this up I was totally on-board.
Whatever I originally thought this was it turned out to be completely the opposite of what I was expecting: doing a complete 180 on me.
This story centres on Luce Boudreau a wild child of mysterious origins and strange body markings discovered feral in the Bayou of Mississippi when she was just a kid.
Adopted by a local cop and raised as his own Luce has no memories from before that day.
Now a cop herself Luce really wants to know her past: where she came from: who she is.
So when a girl with the exact same markings is discovered lying injured in the bayou Luce is all over it.
So this story started slowly building its momentum lulling you into thinking it was something else entirely than what it actually was when Bam, as we hit the middle of this the narrative here exploded and this became a runaway train.
This was full of twists and turns galore contained just so many fantastic multi-faceted characters and though told completely from Luce's POV I still got a sense of all the distinct personalities involved with this.
I really don't want to give to much away with this first book but just know this that once this gets going its gonna knock your socks completely off.
Love Luce, totally crushing On Cole and also so intrigued by the rest of the White Horse Security team.
This really was well written and just ever so imaginative.
I am totally salivating for the next part of this like right now; can’t wait to get Cracking with it.
This was a firecracker of a start and I for one am ever so interested in where this is ultimately heading.
I Recommend this one so highly.