Fabulous new urban fantasy series from a new young author ... magic, romance, betrayal and family feuds set in Ireland and Australia ... irresistible!She's from an ancient clan. He has no family. Can they save the world ... together? Maggie Shaunessy is used to keeping secrets. She's a fantastic teacher, but she's also gadda, part of a hidden, powerful race - and she has a habit of annoying the wrong people. Until Lucas Valeroso meets Maggie, he had no idea what awaited him: super-human powers, a smart and beautiful woman interested in more than unlocking his new abilities and, above all, a sense of belonging. But dark ambition and dangerous bigotry are emerging in the gadda ranks. Lucas's new family might cast him out before he's even truly found his place. And Maggie must work with new allies to find and retrieve a missing artefact before the entire world is changed for all time. 'fresh and interesting approach to an urban fantasy series' Bookseller+Publisher
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Book Review: Secret Ones by Nicole Murphy - Reviewed by Jayne (20 Aug 2011)
Stretching out of the usual paranormal genre, Murphy introduces us to Maggie Shaunessy who is gadda, a secret race on earth with hidden powers. They mainly conjugate in the town of Sclossin in Ireland. Maggie has a big mouth and is always getting herself into trouble. When she upsets the gadda elders one too many times she is sentenced back to her hometown Winton in Australia for two years with no contact from friends. One last night out on the town, Maggie winds up in bed with fellow gadda Sean Flaherty who happens to fall madly in love with her whilst she was left relatively underwhelmed by their encounter. She returns to Australia to work in the University where her grandfather runs a science department and she meets hunky scientist Lucas Valeroso, who has no idea that he is a gadda. Little does she know, Sean is on his way to Australia to pledge his love to Maggie at becomes an obsessional character who does not seem to take no for an answer. When a creature is sent to attack Maggie’s grandfather,Lucas soon realises that there aren’t just humans on the planet earth and begins to wonder about all his own oddities that have never before made sense. Maggie is recruited to train Lucas to climb the ranks of the gadda whilst they try to figure out who wants to harm her family members. The premise of the story is really quite good and a little out of the usual for a fantasy SciFi genre which I found appealing. However, there were many things about the story that I found frustrating. Firstly, I am always a sucker for a love story and Secret Ones is very much one of these. But I wasn’t really convinced about this couple, the author did a lot of ‘telling’ about their attraction and developing feelings but she didn’t really ‘show’ it.I was told there was a connection between the two but I didn’t really feel it. I also thought it was a bit of a shock when Maggie was promoted in the ranks of the gadda considering all the trouble she has caused along the way. That didn’t really make sense to me. The subtitle of the book is ‘dream of asarlai’ which seemed to be a very subtle undertone of the book and again not much purpose. Asarlai is introduced at the beginning of the book and then once or twice she is mentioned in the middle of the book and again at the end. I guess what is good about her character is the problems she has caused were left unresolved and so I expect this will become more of a focus in the second novel. In saying all that, I did enjoy the storyline and the different take on the fantasy genre.
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