Friday, August 10, 2018

Review 'Bayou Born' by Hailey Edwards

Her beginning may be our end...

Deep in the humid swamps of the Mississippi bayou, a mysterious, half-wild child is dragged just in time from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in strange markings, the meaning of which no one is able to decipher. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him into the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.

However, there's more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one - including Luce herself - could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny…

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 17th, 2017
Foundling #1
Urban Fantasy
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately. Not for any particular reason other than the fact that I’ve been in a romance mood for the last couple of weeks. But when I was looking for another book to read and my eye caught the cover of ‘Bayou Born’, I decided it was time to start reading this one. Don’t you just love that cover?

In ‘Bayou Born’ we meet Luce Boudreau. Luce Boudreau was found fifteen years ago, half-wild, and with no memory of where she came from, in a Mississippi swamp. The policeman who found her adopted her and now fifteen years later Luce is a police officer herself. Even though she still has no memories of her past, and has no idea where she came from, she is working hard to make something of her life. But when a young woman is found in the same swamp she is determined to finally get more answers.

When I started ‘Bayou Born’, I definitely had no idea what to expect from this read. A fantasy, and a story about a girl who was found in a swamp.. Yes.. My imagination was running wild thinking about this book. After struggling a little through the first view pages, I soon found myself completely fascinated with this story. We don’t get a lot of answers and throughout this read you get more and more questions. Although I do not always like that, in this case it made me want to keep on reading and before I knew it I couldn’t stop. A lot is happening  in this book and even now I’ve finished it, I still can’t stop thinking about it. There is so much yet to learn about this one. Hailey Edwards definitely did a smashing job writing this book.

The main character Luce is a little bit strange, but I liked her from the start. She is very mysterious, but that’s because she doesn’t know where she came from or what those strange striations on her arm are. She also is very tough. And reading about her interactions with her co-workers and her new found friends made me laugh several times.

The fantasy in this book is definitely exciting and I love the fact that it’s so intertwined with ‘real-life’. I still have a lot of questions, as well as Luce herself, so I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. There’s also a little bit of romance in this book. And I didn’t expect that, but loved it even more because of it. Hailey Edwards definitely made me love fantasy again!

My Rating:

About the Author:

Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds. 

For more information about Hailey please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Woot! I am loving this urban fantasy as well Maureen. I am waiting for Death Knell to release in December. I hope you try her other series as well.

    1. It was definitely a great read. I really hope to read more of her books soon. First things first: getting my blog up and running again. ;)


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