Review: Rain by Melissa Niska

November 16, 2014 4.5 stars, Book Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Rain by Melissa NiskaRain by Melissa Niska
Series: Liliphim #1
on October 4, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 222
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
At the end of a perfectly mundane day Rain Hart’s life was forever altered. Finding herself suddenly thrust into the center of a supernatural world filled with creatures she never dreamed existed, she quickly learns what she is and that the cost of her happiness can be high, but is it more than she's willing to pay? The unexpected renown she attains through nothing more than being real gains her invaluable friends and dangerous enemies. Raised an orphan in a human world she never thought she’d learn who her parents were; the truth of her lineage just might kill her.


The only reason I picked up Rain by Melissa Niska is because she is a local author, and the series is set in my very own stomping grounds, Sacramento. While people who live far away generally say something like, is that near San Francisco?  I always take a few moments to wax on about how LUCKY we are to be close to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe… single day driving distance from LA, Las Vegas… But Sacramento is just a good place to live and raise a family.  I like it here.

Back to the novel.  Aside from it’s STELLAR LOCATION, this book wow’d me!  I loved it.  I read it quickly and felt satisfied and ready for my next helping.  It is urban fantasy with a little twinge of dirty romance.  😉  The story was more fleshed out than a typical romance novel and the relationships are nowhere near straight-forward.  Potential triangles in Rain’s future. Rain has grown up believing that she is an orphan, unwanted and freakish. When she gets angry, things tend to fly across the room. This ability, this telekinesis, is a gift from her mother.  Her mother is an Angel, who was raped by a demon and forced to conceive a child.  Her mother managed to escape, and after realizing that her daughter would not survive gave her the gift of her own life by raining tears upon her infant brow.  Hence her name, Rain.  Poetic, no?  She is discovering what genetic “gifts” her father have given her…

The other characters in the book are well thought out and some of the males are well fleshed out ( if you catch me drift).  It looks like this series moves POV every book.  The second installment is called Drahomir, a were-leopard who, erm… makes a big impression on Rain.  Another book is called Cyprian, a vampire who is also interested in getting to know her a little better.  I am looking forward to reading about each of these characters as they all have interesting stories that are itching to be heard.  By be.  I am going to continue with this series for sure.  The cover art is beautiful and the quality of the book itself is good, no typos or anything else you expect in self-published fiction.  I was pleased as punch to find this series, and I can’t wait to meet the author!



When not taking care of my two children, husband and mini doxy, rushing here and there on the go, I can always be found reading. Fantasy of course being my favorite genre, but not the only I'll read. Oh yes, and I throw bad books.

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2 Responses to “Review: Rain by Melissa Niska”

  1. Kirsty-Marie

    Whoo to local authors and books set where you are. I haven’t had many (if any) the closest was The Truth Against the World by Sarah Jamila Stevenson, which is set in North Wales I think, nowhere near me, but yeah. Sounds like you found a nice little surprise! 🙂
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