Decent urban fantasy that takes place in a post-Katrina New Orleans. Not bad, interesting world building, but overall did not feel like anything too dDecent urban fantasy that takes place in a post-Katrina New Orleans. Not bad, interesting world building, but overall did not feel like anything too different from what I've read before. If you like the setting it's a fun romp, I may take a gander at the second book when it comes out....more
This was a decent middle grade ghost story set in Britain. Jon is being sent to an old boarding school against his will because he's making things difThis was a decent middle grade ghost story set in Britain. Jon is being sent to an old boarding school against his will because he's making things difficult for his mother and her new boyfriend (aka "The Beard") at home. He's prepared to hate the school and everything about it, but what he doesn't expect is to discover that ghosts actually exist, and that one of those ghosts has it in for him! The only way to stop one ghost may be to summon another, a ghost knight to be precise.
I thought the beginning was a bit choppy and short on details, but it isn't too long until the actual story gets underway and things quickly become interesting. I could have used a bit more character building on Jon--at the beginning of this story I was wondering if I could put up with him for the duration of the read, he just seemed so consumed with "The Beard". Overall, however once this story got its feet, it moved along well and was a great story, with a satisfying ending. Since I read the ARC I did not get a chance to see the final illustrations included with the work. I will look forward to those when the book hits the shelves! ...more
Couldn't really get into this. If you're going to do something with angels and demons . . . or aliens . . . or monsters . . . or any kind of critter tCouldn't really get into this. If you're going to do something with angels and demons . . . or aliens . . . or monsters . . . or any kind of critter that is supposed to be distinctly NOT HUMAN by definition, then I really would prefer them to act in that way.
The set up pretty much has angels acting like a bunch of humans, with human desires goals and motivations. I didn't buy it, couldn't buy it. There are other angel tales out there I like more than this, though I will admit it's not my favorite set of paranormal characters to read about.
I read through the story at a fast clip and it's probably a decent paranormal romance with angels and demons for some readers. Won't scream against anyone liking it, it's just not for me....more
Okay, about midway through and I'm really finding myself disliking time-travel stuff. Especially Irish time travel stuff. Why is there so much Irish tOkay, about midway through and I'm really finding myself disliking time-travel stuff. Especially Irish time travel stuff. Why is there so much Irish time travel? Still, not bad for all that--just forgot a lot of the last book and have been scrambling to catch up--had several urban fantasy protagonists confused with one another.
Got better the second half, thought the time travel stuff still managed to be a little teeth grinding sort of "when are we? and when is he? and how is this going to affect the future time?" Still, it flowed a bit more toward the end and I managed to enjoy the big showdown. Though I'm now left with another book to wait for with a minor cliffhanger at the end of this one!...more
Not too bad overall. Little stronger on the paranormal romance front than strict urban fantasy. But the writing and world building has potential. TherNot too bad overall. Little stronger on the paranormal romance front than strict urban fantasy. But the writing and world building has potential. There's some interesting storytelling going on here, and some fascinating characters in an city landscape that isn't the cliched urban setting.
There's some pretty strong violence, bit of graphic sex and a lot of blood. There's also a rather huge cast of characters for a book this short and I found it started to get a bit unwieldy to keep track of who was doing what and when. Think paring down the named characters would help. The writing is also a bit clunky at times when the author falls into the "tell" rather than show mode. I'd like to have seen the interactions between characters and interpreted them rather than have the main character explain her relationships repeatedly.
With a little polish and a good story arc, this has potential. It may not be for me since I'm shying away from strong romance in my plots these days, but should appeal to the paranormal crowd....more