Wednesday, June 10, 2015

#ShelfLove Review ~ Primani ~ Laurie Olerich

Primani (Primani, #1)
Primani #1
Release Date: September 7, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy/Romance
Source: Purchased - Kindle Freebie
Rating: 3 Bookworms

Mica Thomas is Sean O'Cahan's worst nightmare. Part angel, all Primani, he's a ruthless protector with unusual talents. Jaded by the weakness of humans, he takes a hands-off approach to his charges. His job's to protect her. That's all. But Mica's got other ideas. He's strong, but she's stronger. Will his one moment of weakness destroy them both?

I had a hard time deciding how to rate Primani but ended up going with 3 Bookworms. I was initially drawn to it because of its premise. But it had a really slow start and was rather uneven. However, I did end up enjoying the story and I will read the next in the series if only to see if the rhythm Olerich attained by the end continues. Because I liked the direction she decided to take, eventually, I can overlook some of my issues. Here is what I liked and didn't like:


  • Fresh spin on angels and demons 
  • I was fully invested in characters by the end
  • Once the direction became clear, the story was exciting and suspenseful
  • Well-choreographed action scenes
  • Vivid descriptions of settings and locales


  • More telling than showing in several parts of the story
  • Uneven - it seemed like Olerich couldn't decide how she wanted her characters to be perceived (for example, in one scene Mica is feeling nervous about what is about to happen one minute and the next, she's thinking she looks pretty badass in her combat outfit)
  • Pacing was off - for part of the story, it was like Olerich didn't know which way the story was going to go but once it was clear, the story really tightened up


  1. I like the "fresh spin" part, but not so much the "telling but not showing part", it spoils a lot of my reading fun :)

  2. Here's to hoping that it's not going to be choppy in the next book. I can tell this book's biggest strength is in its character. so if it keeps being driven by the heroine then it should be okay... right?

  3. The premise does sound nice but sad to hear about slow start

  4. Interesting emotional bouncing around from the character you mention :) Maybe fun to read for comic relief, lol :D

  5. I also have this book, Brandee, but I recently heard that the author has re-edited it... I'm waiting to received the new version before I read it :)
    I'm glad you enjoyed it even if it was uneven and not the most fabulous story you've read this year.
    Are you all settled in back home? And getting ready to go on yet another vacation soon? ;) I'm finally reading Enemies on Tap, almost finished and then I'll e-mail you back with my own comments.
    Have a fantastic weekend my dear! *BIG HUGS*

  6. I have seen this around, but even though it's free, I passed on it-not even sure why. If it's as slow as you say in the beginning I may have just DNF'd, it in the end. I am glad you stuck with it and in the end liked it. ;)

  7. I like the sound of Primani. I might check it out and added it to my shelf.
    Thanks for sharing, Brandee.

  8. It is a shame this one wasn't as good as you hoped. I prefer to be shown the scene than have it glossed over and told to me. I hope the next book is better for you.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


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