MISTAKES WERE MADE, episode 3 of Bookburners Season 2 unfolded completely differently than I expected. TheReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
MISTAKES WERE MADE, episode 3 of Bookburners Season 2 unfolded completely differently than I expected. The idea of the team attending an academic conference dedicated to all things magical is amusing, to say the least. What they found there was a little creepy and definitely a bit surprising.
MISTAKES WERE MADE definitely followed the previous episodes in being a fun, quick, quirky read that offered an hour or so of enjoyment. I really liked the premise - just the idea of a conference about magic makes me smile. Plus, the scenes it led to, with the team split into different locations, were funny and a few spots even made me laugh out loud.
MISTAKES WERE MADE didn't lead to much in terms of the general overall plot advancing (though a few hints were dropped about Team Four), but this side quest was a fun diversion from the main story. I can't wait to see what the Bookburners are up to next!
Although not as enjoyable as CREEPY TOWN, WEBS did an excellent job of advancing the plot of team two's exReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
Although not as enjoyable as CREEPY TOWN, WEBS did an excellent job of advancing the plot of team two's explorations of magic, and offered a brief glimpse into the history of the Bookburners (or Societas Librorum Occultorum, as I suppose it's called).
In my opinion, WEBS just didn't have the laugh out loud funny moments as CREEPY TOWN did, but it was fun in its own way. As the team descended into the dissolved Team Four's headquarters, looking for something to help them fix their magical orb which was originally created by Team Four, they encountered magical creatures and obstacles, and watching them resolve those issues to get what they needed offered an interesting picture into each of their personalities.
I did have a bit of a hard time remembering who was who from episode one, but luckily, it was easy to flip back and catch up. WEBS is just a bit longer than CREEPY TOWN, but it's still a good length for somebody looking for something short and sweet to fill up an hour or so.
Check back next week for my review of episode three, MISTAKES WERE MADE!
Delightfully creepy and fun, episode one of Bookburners season two, CREEPY TOWN, is a perfect bite-sized rReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
Delightfully creepy and fun, episode one of Bookburners season two, CREEPY TOWN, is a perfect bite-sized read.
Short and quick, this "episode" of the serial is exactly what it advertises - an about TV show length read, episodic and stand alone. I really enjoyed CREEPY TOWN, from the opening scene of Sal arguing with the guard at the door to her office to the closing moments. It was humorous, but had it's serious moments as well. Obviously since this is a less than 50 page story, it doesn't nearly have all the depth of a novel or even novella, but it did a good job of establishing the world and the characters without being too obvious about giving backstory. It also managed to pack a lot of plot into those 50 pages. Since it is pretty self-contained, there are clearly larger plot threads that will carry on throughout the entire season, but this story clearly had an ending, and no cliffhanger.
All in all, I'm rather disappointed I didn't pick up Bookburners last season! However, CREEPY TOWN can be read without having knowledge of the first season, and if you're interested, Serial Box has a recap on their blog. Plus, keep an eye on our blog - we'll be bringing you reviews of the next few episodes as well!
LOTUS AND THORN is one of those rare stand-alone young adult books in a sea of trilogies and series, and iReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.
LOTUS AND THORN is one of those rare stand-alone young adult books in a sea of trilogies and series, and it is so full of awesome and crazy that it left me almost speechless at the end. (Almost, because obviously I have to write this review.) LOTUS AND THORN has fascinating world-building, a wide variety of well-developed characters and did I mention the awesome and crazy?
Leica (yes, she's named for the camera), our heroine, is a girl you genuinely want to root for. Kicked out of her community in the prologue, she's a survivor, willing to do what it takes to stay alive. She's badass, and almost the too perfect to be true type of heroine, except that she's got flaws and she isn't all-knowing or smarter than everyone. She's emotional and the reader feels those emotions, and that is one of the strengths of the character building. Plus, not only is there Leica, but we're also introduced to Edison, the handsome Curadore, Marisol, another Kisaeng (basically a Curadore's concubine) and various other characters. I truly felt that there were no caricatures in LOTUS AND THORN, that all the characters had at least a little depth to them, even if they weren't part of the story very much.
LOTUS AND THORN is both action-filled and slow at times. Leica's introduction to the Dome and being a Kisaeng was a bit slow, but there were other parts that were full of fight scenes or just tense moments. This book had me on the edge of my seat multiple times, and it was one I really wanted to keep reading to find out the ending. The intricacies of the plot were awesome, with bits at the end that tied up bits from the beginning, and it all felt very satisfying when I finished.
Overall, I would recommend LOTUS AND THORN for somebody looking for an interesting world, well-developed characters, and really great plot twists and turns. It's a fun read, faster than its length suggests, and definitely enjoyable on multiple levels.
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Bringing swashbuckling, fantasy, and police procedurals together into a perfect adventure on the high seas, A DAUGHTER OF NO NATION is even better thaBringing swashbuckling, fantasy, and police procedurals together into a perfect adventure on the high seas, A DAUGHTER OF NO NATION is even better than it's predecessor. For anyone who enjoys a touch of real world risk in their magic, this is an adventure you won't want to miss.
Sophie's exploration of Stormwrack is the perfect balance of science, magic, and adventure. She is a scientist dropped into magical circumstances, and while she's well educated and dogged, her story is accessible in a way few "born special" urban fantasy heroines can be. From the first chapter where we see Sophie training and preparing, everyone in this story feels believably flawed and human. Sophie has to rely on her wits and "mundane" skills, making this magical setting feel utterly real and really dangerous.
It was a delight watching Sophie balance her skepticism about alchemy and primitive sciences against the very real evidence of magic in Stormwrack. Her own perspective means the reader can be surprised as well, finding unexpected truths hidden amongst the superstitions and traditions. A DAUGHTER OF NO NATION was a joyful adventure and I can't wait to set sail with Sophie again.
Sexual Content: Kissing, discussions about sex and rape. ...more