Today I am spotlighting The Jude Magdalyn Series. Actually I am just spotlighting Book One, Shades of Gray. Be sure to check out my review. Make sure you come back to see my reviews, posts and more with books two and three. I can hardly contain myself from starting to read the rest of the series, but I will go into that with my review.
Shades of Gray
By L.M. Pruitt
Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.
Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale.
When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war.
To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit.
Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greatergreater good?
I loved the beginning of this series. It left me straining for the next book. Thank goodness it is out and I can keep reading on in this story. L.M Pruitt’s story of an orphaned grifter/charlatan who ends up being the Prophecy for an organization she didn’t even know existed. Jude is just coming into powers she didn’t know existed and is now thrust into a politically volatile, very violent and dangerous situation. Not to mention the two extremely hot men that are vying for her attention. Jude must eventually come to a decision on whether she will accept her destiny and rule a divided group or run for the hills.
This was a very impressive beginning to a series. L.M Pruitt didn’t try to cram more information than necessary and left enough questions that you want to run back and continue the series. I have seen it too often that an author tries to put every possible scenario into their first book in a series and it becomes too confusing and you have too many questions that get lost in the subsequent books. I am happy to say that is definitely not that case. L.M Pruitt’s use of post Katrina New Orleans is reminiscent of some of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter novels. Also, her character development of Jude, Williams and Theo is awesome. They are not fully formed with will allow more growth throughout the novels in the series.
Overall, this was a wonderful book and I can’t wait to read Shades of Desire and Shades of Blood. I would recommend this series and if her other series’ are as good then I look forward to reading those also.
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She is currently at work on the next Jude Magdalyn book, Shades of Blood. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.
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