Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Rogue Oracle (Delphic Oracle, Book 2)From Goodreads:
Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around—and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn’t need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. 
Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards—and Tara’s increasingly ominous dreams—suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationship with the mysterious order known as Delphi’s Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen. . . .
Rogue Oracle is the second book in the Delphic Oracle series. Yep, I've started another series somewhere else besides the beginning. You do not need to read the first book to be totally absorbed into this story. This book can stand alone. It is also a fun UF that will keep you on the edge of your seat in a psychological and horror filled way. There is a bit of romance but it is more a part of the background giving the story momentum to move forward. It is not a PNR, so if you are looking for a little more romance you might be disappointed. Even so, I felt that Harry, her intended, was a great match for her and you will root for them from the start.

As a side note, I found that there was a bit of philosophy thrown in this book. You are dealing with oracles, tarot cards, psychic ability and often the idea of free will vs. preordained paths are skirted around. There is a small part in this book that discusses it and the view is more on things being fatalistic. Now for those of you snoozing, don't worry, it was only a very small part in the book and I tend to leap at philosophical discussions like this because I find them interesting. I was just happy that the author did in fact chose a side for the characters. Made them more real to me.

Dark OracleI give this book 4 stars. Although I would start with book 1, Dark Oracle, you don't need to if this book finds it's way into your hands. I also recommend it to people who enjoy UF.

I received this book from the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.


  1. First off... The cover of this book rocks! Second, you are crazy for not reading the previous books in these serious (but crazy as in, I am insanely jealous of you since I do not believe I possess the skills to do that) and third, well this book just sounds pretty awesome all around! Thanks for the great review Melissa!
    PS. Have a good rest of your weekend!

  2. I've been thinking of reading this one too...great minds and so on...great review anyway!

  3. I so agree with the statement that the more you know about the future, the more there is to fear. Away to add this to my wish list, thanks for a great review and recommending this.

  4. I've just finished this book myself and thought it was awesome! (Not a word use often being English!) Glad you liked it as well. :-)

  5. Not snoozing at all - I love it when a little philosophy's thrown in a plot-heavy story; makes it more interesting that way.

  6. Well, I'm glad you felt it was a good stand alone. I think UF books, though I don't read many, do a better job with this than PNR series, expect maybe for the Fever series.

    And, I thinks the philosophy aspect sounds interesting.

  7. I am glad it can stand alone, still with UF my book order OCD comes out and says no

  8. @Avery.. I'm crazy, but not for those reasons. ;) Happy Weekend yourself!

    @anachronist... hope you enjoy it!

    @...Petty... I don't know if there is more to fear or if we fear it more? Oh, topic for discussion!

    @Mel... Glad you liked it. I need to read that first one. You are ahead of me there. It's bloody good. ;D

    @Stephanie... Well, not everyone enjoys that, but I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    @Missie... Well, the fever series does hint at a PNR without the HEA (well, for most of the books) but you might enjoy this one if you enjoy those. Oh and Barrons is mine! ;)

    @Blodeuedd... Well, at least there is only one book before this one. :)

  9. See this is a series I think I would really like. :)

    And you seem to be on a roll with starting in the middle here. ;D

    Thanks for the review! I need to get these.

  10. Thanks so much for picking up ROGUE ORACLE and taking the time to review it - I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. :-)

  11. I like the first line "THE MORE YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FUTURE, THE MORE THERE MAY BE TO FEAR." It reminds me of all the apocalyptic stories I learned while attending church as a small kid -- all those stories about human bodies fueling the Hell Fires. If it was ever possible to have a bad day - that day was never going to be as dreadful as the Battle of Armageddon or the last plagues.

  12. @Melissa... Yep.. I don't do anything normally. ;)

    @Alayna... Thanks for stopping by! I am going to pick up the first now! :)

    @Vamchoir... Interesting take on it. I think I'll still complain about a bad day tho. :)

  13. Great review! this is a great new UF series and I hope there are more books in it =D

  14. I would normally pass on this one. I am glad I read your review. Adding this to m TBR

  15. You crack me up with all the series you start in the middle! Good to know this one does stand alone, I wouldn't have thought a UF series would be great at standing alone, I usually need all the history of the earlier book or books to figure the world building out:) Spectacular review Melissa!

  16. Melissa have these on my wish list to read some day, not sure how you keep getting roped into starting series later on after book 1 but at least you are enjoying them!

    I love UF like this sounds and hope you continue on letting us in on these series that are a little bit "off the beaten path".....

  17. You made this book sound a lot of fun, and good rating too wow. I don't usually read UF don't know why really, but I'm interested now :)

  18. I really liked this one myself and am looking forward to reading Dark Oracle sometime soon. Great review!


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