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Outsiders [Mass Market Paperback]

Melanie Jackson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505525674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505525673
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,759,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie's Goblins are BACK!!! 10 Nov 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Melanie's Goblins were not content with seeing Detroit City in ruins...they have moved on to bigger fish to fry ... so to speak. They want to blow up a nuclear power plant in the mountains outside Sin City a.k.a. Las Vegas, with the intent of not just controlling the town that never closes, but ALL of California. They figure the radiation will make the sunshine state off limits for humans ... but hey, Goblins never minded a little toxic waste to breathe or eat.
Cyra Delphin is of Selkie Blood, but poor lass, has long denied this, because her parents felt the need to hide her true nature. Not only is she part Selkie, she is part Kloka - very
powerful Moon Fey - only she has no idea of the magick that resides in her. What she does know her life is out of control. Well, not OUT of control, but not under Her control. For so long, others aware of her true heritage have manipulated her, and she is terrified to learn the Goblins are behind it. Her fiancé steals her work, claims it as his own, but is shocked she dares complain. Nor does her "Goblin-loving" fiancé see why she should be so upset they are backing his...um, her work...as cause for concern.
As she stands up for truth and tries to alert people to the Goblin involvement, her life spirals into chaos. People wish to buck the Goblins control try to use her as a figurehead to spur rebellion, but the Goblins counter by pushing her precariously toward a nervous breakdown. When her ex-fiancé gets married, she ruins the receptions by pushing him into the ice sculpture - all in a bit of payback! Outside, a strange person hands her a calling card. It is from a member of H.U.G.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're BACK!!! 10 Nov 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
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Melanie's Goblins were not content with seeing Detroit City in ruins...they have moved on to bigger fish to fry ... so to speak. They want to blow up a nuclear power plant in the mountains outside Sin City a.k.a. Las Vegas, with the intent of not just controlling the town that never closes, but ALL of California. They figure the radiation will make the sunshine state off limits for humans ... but hey, Goblins never minded a little toxic waste to breathe or eat.
Cyra Delphin is of Selkie Blood, but poor lass, has long denied this, because her parents felt the need to hide her true nature. Not only is she part Selkie, she is part Kloka - very
powerful Moon Fey - only she has no idea of the magick that resides in her. What she does know her life is out of control. Well, not OUT of control, but not under Her control. For so long, others aware of her true heritage have manipulated her, and she is terrified to learn the Goblins are behind it. Her fiancé steals her work, claims it as his own, but is shocked she dares complain. Nor does her "Goblin-loving" fiancé see why she should be so upset they are backing his...um, her work...as cause for concern.
As she stands up for truth and tries to alert people to the Goblin involvement, her life spirals into chaos. People wish to buck the Goblins control try to use her as a figurehead to spur rebellion, but the Goblins counter by pushing her precariously toward a nervous breakdown. When her ex-fiancé gets married, she ruins the receptions by pushing him into the ice sculpture - all in a bit of payback! Outside, a strange person hands her a calling card. It is from a member of H.U.G. They warn her to leave her home in the middle of the night, without packing, without telling anyone and go deep into the desert.
So, Cyra finds herself driving 100 miles from everywhere, in a car that barely should be trusted around the block, let along on this trek where there are no roads and even Jean Luc Piccard would not boldly go. Already having second thoughts about H.U.G. - Humans Under Ground - their purposes and what they want with her, she is totally unprepared for the man she nearly runs down. He appears from nowhere, nearly half-dead ... more to the point, she is very unprepared to discover that Thomas Marrowbone is part dragon! Thomas quickly discovered Cyra is the very special combination of fey - and the Goblins will be after her soon, so he takes her to Jack Frost and his wife Io. After the destruction of Detroit and Io leaving HUGS, they are leading the fey into banning together to fight their own battles.
Cyra quickly falls for Thomas ... and the dragon ... and that love will cause her to follow Thomas after he leaves her with Jack and Io. Thomas lost his wife to the Goblins, watched her tortured and killed before his eyes. As such, he has no intention of taking Cyra with him into Sin City, where you must face down the Goblin menace and put an end to their plans. Cyra knows she is stronger than Thomas' wife was, knows she can come to terms with the magick residing inside her. She comprehends unless she follows Thomas into the dangerous city and becomes the warrior mate he needs Thomas will die.
Melanie once again destroys another Yank town in fine fun and great imagination. A great follow up to Traveler, and leaves us hungry from the coming The Courier. Melanie's Goblins with get you if you don't watch out ... but then you will have one wild time!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 25 Oct 2003
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Life has dealt Cyra Delphin more than her share of hard knocks. When she tried to make a stand for the truth, all she got was burned and betrayed. Finding no comfort in the ordinary means of solace, she has decided to join Humans UnderGround, HUG, a group out to stop the goblins who run the world. Her flight is interupted when she finds Thomas Marrowbone hurt and needing her help. More importantly, she finds who she truly is and at last finds love.
Thomas, like her, is not strictly human. Unlike her, he has not spent a life suppressing his feyness. Together, they embark on a mystical and dangerous journey that will test every spiritual and physical muscle they have. Only with their love can they hope to win, much less survive.
**** Who says beauty can't be humorous? Ms Jackson tells a magical love story that is libearally seasoned with humor and is one of the most imaginative worlds created in this century. I can guarantee, you will not find another hero like Thomas anywhere, a man with four natures, one of them draconic. I especially enjoyed Orel, the goblin who rents Harleys. This is the kind of book that will ruin you for lesser novels. ****
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasnt sure ..but this was an excellent read 5 Nov 2008
By suzwh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not having read much of this genre I expected that I might not get past the first chapter but these characters are great!!! I really enjoyed the characters and the adventure!!! It has got me looking through other Melanie Jackson titles.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man Part Dragon & a Woman Part Selkie Fight Goblins & Find Love in Sin City 27 Mar 2006
By Dakota - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OUTSIDERS by Melanie Jackson is a fast-paced paranormal romance set in an alternate reality where goblins and feys live among modern-day Americans.

The hero of this story is Thomas Marrowbone, a fey who is part dragon and who has spent the last 100 years destroying goblins out of vengeance. As fate would have it, he meets Cyra Delphin, a sea-fey who is part Selkie and who has repressed much of her power in order to appear "normal" among Americans. The goblins have used Cyra for their own wicked schemes, and so she partners up with Thomas in trying to stop them.

First, I'd like to point out that OUTSIDERS is the sequel to TRAVELER, and includes some of the same characters. I'd advise you to read TRAVELER first to learn all about Goblin Town (including ghastly descriptions of goblins) and the people fighting the goblins. Also, for those of you who don't know what selkies are, I'd advise you to read THE SELKIE by the same author before you read OUTSIDERS, just to better understand Cyra's need for her skin and for Thomas' tears.

Now, what did I like most about OUTSIDERS? I liked that its plotline moved fast and kept my attention, letting me finish the book in only a few hours. I also liked Cyra as a heroine: she was strong and witty, and she had great dialogue. Plus, I thought it showed real character when she made friends with and protected a young goblin, even though the goblins are the enemy. Thomas as a hero was a little more mysterious (we didn't learn too much of his background), but he had a fascinating physique and the fact that he resisted being seduced by Cyra was unique. I also liked that he had a dragon living inside him. I hope we learn more about this dragon in later books in the series.

What did I like least about the book? Both Thomas and Cyra's powers were less defined and understandable than those of the hero and heroine in the first book. Thomas and Cyra were mixtures of all sorts of different mythical creatures, some not completely described, so it was hard to see a pattern in the magic they wielded. I wanted more understanding of how and why they could do stuff, including what Cyra's moon-spun cloak was used for.

But anyway, I still enjoyed OUTSIDERS very much and recommend it to anyone interested in magical, contemporary romances. The world created in this book is fascinating, as are its lovers and their goals.

By the way, the series includes TRAVELER, OUTSIDERS, THE COURIER, STILL LIFE, and THE MASTER.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ever wondered what really goes on in the dark underworld of some of the most infamous cities in the US? 31 Aug 2005
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Ever wondered what really goes on in the dark underworld of some of the most infamous cities in the US? Well, this tale will tell you one interesting perspective.

Cyra Delphin is special... so special in fact, she has never really felt like she belonged in society. She was a selkie, one of the water people, whose family had always denied her abilities and traits unique to her kind. Nonetheless, she had made some place for herself in the world, and if she wasn't happy, she was, at least content. Until the day her world fell apart.... Forcing her to flee for her safety into the deserts of Nevada, the last place a selkie should be.

Thomas Marrowbone also was special, being fey himself, but he was not just any fey. He was a very unique one, with amazing abilities that he kept under tight rein for fear of what he'd do with them. He was also on the run, trying to keep alive while he completed his mission. He had to infiltrate the Goblin hive in Las Vegas, destroying their Queen and her lair, before her heinous plot could be completed, wiping out the entire state of California.

When these two meet up in the desert, Thomas is in sad shape and sorely in need Cyra's help. These two discover that if there is to be any hope for the human race, and the magical one as well, they must work together to destroy their enemies. Along the way, they find passion and adventure and that all is not what it appears to be. Will they defeat the evil Goblin Queen Lilith and her minions? Will their courage and strength be enough? Will they overcome the hurdles in their way to find the love they are destined for? Only one way to find out... Enter the Goblin lair... if you dare.

Ms. Jackson shows once again that her talent for writing incredible tales and making them believable is far from exhausted. She, as always, is challenging the boundaries of romantic fiction, creating new worlds and genres with her novels. Whoever would have imagined Goblins would play such a large role in romance? Strange, yes, but it sure works here. The story is captivating, from the first line to the last. It is full of dips and rises, one adventure ebbing seamlessly into the next, until the heart-stopping climax, which will surprise the reader.

Thomas and Cyra are memorable characters, believable and full of life. Their attraction is immediately obvious, and when they come together, the pages of the book spontaneously combust, singeing the fingers of the reader. They are two of a kind, lost in a society that would deny their very existence if it could. Lilith is grotesquely evil, making one despise her completely for what she is. Also, fans will be happy to see some characters for the previous book in the Wildside Romance series, Traveler, make cameo appearances to aid our heroes.

What a delight this book is! While this book is first and foremost a romance, enough other details are woven in, so that it continues to explore a whole new world that will enthrall fantasy lovers as well. Bravo! Ms. Jackson for creating a story that readers can really sink their teeth into and enjoy, making them impatient for what comes next. Fear not, the third book in the series, The Courier, will be arriving in book stores early 2004. If it is anything like this one, it is sure to be a winner.

© Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2003. All rights reserved.
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