One of my favorite types of romance are the ones between old friends or acquaintances become lovers. SO I MA...moreReview courtesy of So I Married a Werewolf
One of my favorite types of romance are the ones between old friends or acquaintances become lovers. SO I MARRIED A WEREWOLF plays with this trope excellently though I was frustrated at Faith and Carter’s inner monologues proclaiming their attraction for eachother yet never actually verbalizing their feelings. These two oozed chemistry from every pore from their banter to their personalities which made me flip the pages faster to see when they get a clue and act on their unrequited love. Another type of romance story I love is one that is able to be a little bit silly. SO I MARRIED A WEREWOLF is able to balance the humor and sweetness of Faith and Carter’s romance really well through clever quips and amusing situations. There are serious bits to this story but what makes it shine is the humor especially the scenes with Faith’s tiny and very horny foster dog.
Faith is a wonderful character who is fun and clever though suffers from the “I think I’m too plain and will be a spinster forever” syndrome. I found it hilarious that she was a werewolf dog trainer who used her dog training skills to ‘train’ Carter. The idea of Carter having to get married for a job promotion rankled a bit and just didn’t make sense from a modern perspective but I went with it as another odd werewolf society thing. It was fun seeing all of Faith and Carter’s ploys and lies they had to create to get everyone to believe they were a couple. I found it highly amusing that they were unknowingly digging themselves in so deep that they were bound to make this sham of a relationship into a real one.
SO I MARRIED A WEREWOLF a fun, quick read and had me smiling the whole time. There was gravitas and emotional drama that was leveled out with the hilarious situations that only a fake relationship can create. This is a great stand alone book but I highly recommend the rest of the books in the Seattle Wolf Pack series.(less)
I picked up HER WILD PROTECTOR mainly due to the unique take on shifters being able to change into multipl...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
I picked up HER WILD PROTECTOR mainly due to the unique take on shifters being able to change into multiple forms. I liked learning the origin of the Metamorphs and the conflicts the face. The plot was pretty interesting and moved at a steady pace with a lot of suspense and action scenes. While I understand the constraints of a short story I just felt like there was something lacking and it seemed to end rather abruptly. Perhaps this is a prelude to a much larger series?
I understand and even like stories with a clumsy protagonist who gets pulled into a world of supernatural beings by complete accident. Getting a bump on the head from a really, really silly mistake making Tara suddenly see supernaturals seems a bit unbelievable. I know this is coming from someone who reads books about vampires, werewolves, and fairies but it just was such a odd way to introduce a heroine to supernaturals that I kept thinking there has to be more to her ability than just a head injury. I might have been more accepting of this were the rest of the book filled with silly events and sassy one liners but the HER WILD PROTECTOR reads pretty serious.
On the romance front, I didn’t really believe the connection between Tara and Marshall. They just seemed to be going through the motions with no really passion. Yes, there is a sex scene but it just felt obligatory since this is a romance there must be sex. HER WILD PROTECTOR had a good premise and has potential to be an interesting series but this story left me unsatisfied. (less)
BEVERLY HILLS DEMON SLAYER is a fun book with some wacky dialogue, wonky magic, and weird creatures. This w...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
BEVERLY HILLS DEMON SLAYER is a fun book with some wacky dialogue, wonky magic, and weird creatures. This was yet another series that I am starting six books in but luckily it can be read as a standalone. The plot is pretty straightforward and even at its darkest moments it is able to keep things pretty light with a witty comment or two. I liked the interesting demon slayer magic that is used by Lizzie and how it is linked to goodness and light in opposition to evil and dark magic. The pacing is fast and I was actually surprised at how quickly I breezed through this book.
BEVERLY HILLS DEMON SLAYER not only has some exciting demon slayer action scenes, it also is absolutely hilarious especially with a cast of characters that include a talking dog, a guard dragon, and a half-human, half-succubus with a pet hellhound. Some of my favorite characters are Lizzie’s grandma and her biker witches. Yes, these are a group of ladies of varying ages who ride motorcycles and practice witchcraft while being generally awesome and badass. My only complaint is that they weren’t in the story more.
This story is thrilling and hilarious with a most excellent kick ass heroine surrounded by a super quirky motley crew of misfits I fell in love with immediately. Now I have to go back to the beginning of this series and read it all the way through. I gladly accept this endeavor and await for more from Lizzie and company.(less)
SUMMONED CHAOS bears similarities to other books like The Dresden Files series with rogue wizards battling...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
SUMMONED CHAOS bears similarities to other books like The Dresden Files series with rogue wizards battling evil with a can-do attitude and badass fighting skills. While following in the shadows of great wizards like Harry Dresden can be tough and make the storyline feel redundant or boring, Marcus Shifter makes his own footprint in the urban fantasy genre. Beyond his ability to do awesome magic. I adore his sarcasm as even in the direst of situations he can be counted on to say something utterly hilarious to bring a sense of levity to the story. I enjoy that he isn’t jaded by everything he’s seen and done. While he does feel guilt for past misdeeds he keeps on going to fight the good fight like the Energizer Bunny with a Glock and a smart-ass attitude.
Along with Marcus being a genuine delight and excellent wizard and marksman with a heart of gold, there are some wonderfully fleshed out secondary characters that I also enjoyed learning more about like his girlfriend and sorceress, Quinn. She’s not damsel-in-distress material and can hold her own in a battle alongside Marcus. Every character is wonderful in his or her own way especially Marcus’s Minotaur roommate, Steve. Everything that comes from this guy’s mouth is hilarious and clever. He is a revelation and I want, no need a short story or two involving him. What I love about all of these characters and this book in general is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. While this is by no means a light-hearted jaunt I appreciated the moments of humor and wit woven into the story.
The storyline is a great mystery with some shocking twists and betrayals. The world building in this series is really interesting and well developed. I also like that while SUMMONED CHAOS is the second book in the Shifter Chonicles it can be read first without feeling lost though that would mean missing out on more Marcus, Steve and everyone else from the first book, UNDEAD CHAOS.(less)
CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) felt very reminiscent of The Walking Dead with...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) felt very reminiscent of The Walking Dead with slow walking zombies, groups of people battling against each other for resources while a zombie horde threatens humanity’s very existence. Except this story revolves around kids with the random adult side character. It was interesting seeing how quickly these kids had to grow up and deal with very human and adult issues of love, death, and betrayal. Another aspect I enjoyed was the everyday things that these characters had to figure out and the thoughts of despair and utter confusion that are usually not really focused on in other zombie apocalypse stories.
The story is fast, filled with dark humor, and lots of blood and guts (mostly of the zombie variety). I liked the ingenious ways they figured out how to put down the zombies through trial and error.
Cassie, our narrator and zombie killer expert is tough, brave, and uncertain at times which fit for her being a teenager. I liked seeing a teen’s perspective of an apocalypse and she came off as very realistic, not too much of an ‘ass-kicker’ and not too much of a wimp. I enjoyed the way the story was written as a diary of sorts for future generations in the hopes they can survive and figure out this zombie apocalypse. By the end of Cassie’s story this apocalypse hasn’t been resolved but it ends on a hopeful note anyway which I always hope for with any zombie apocalypse novel.
CONFESSIONS OF THE VERY FIRST ZOMBIE SLAYER (THAT I KNOW OF) is a funny and poignant take on what a zombie apocalypse would be like through the eyes Cassie, an average girl turned zombie slayer.(less)
Reading JOHN GOLDEN: FREELANCE DEBUGGER was in a way refreshingly different from what I’ve been reading in...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
Reading JOHN GOLDEN: FREELANCE DEBUGGER was in a way refreshingly different from what I’ve been reading in the urban fantasy genre. The main reason for even picking up this book was to find out how a freelance debugger ‘debugged’ computers of fairies. I was not disappointed. It fuses fantasy with scifi and modern technology, and come out with a fresh, sarcastic story that I wish was longer. there are a lot of pop culture references and IT jokes that will make any computer geek smile.I loved the way the insides of computers become a completely separate world in which the fairies exist. Making fairies into sort personifications of viruses and other malware who create burrows in our servers is a great new take on fairies.
Aside from the most excellent battle against pesky fairies who want to take over our servers; the main characters, John and Sarah are a fun duo whose brother/sister dynamic was reflected in the unique footnotes at the bottom of the pages. At first I was confused about why there were footnotes with Sarah’s sarcastic comments on what was happening to John in the main text. The footnote confusion was only temporary as Sarah is hilarious and really smart and I came to keep glancing down just to see Sarah’s response to something John said. The footnotes add to the humor, worldbuilding and flavor of this novella.
With its sarcastic wit, pop culture jokes, and unique take on fairies I would recommend JOHN GOLDEN: FREELANCE DEBUGGER to everyone who likes a good quick adventure story. After reading this novella I await more John Golden adventures and I will for now blame any computer virus on those pesky pixies setting up burrows in the server.(less)
ATTACK THE GEEK is a delightfully quick and geeky adventure in the life of our favorite geekomancer, Ree Re...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
ATTACK THE GEEK is a delightfully quick and geeky adventure in the life of our favorite geekomancer, Ree Reyes. Like the full length books in the Ree Reyes series, ATTACK THE GEEK oozes geekiness into giant puddles of geek. Whatever genre you can think of this book makes references to it. Ree and her friends use science fiction and fantasy pop culture to gain certain powers in order to combat monsters of various kinds.
While I enjoyed the references I got overwhelmed by so many geeky references happening so close together. They also require a lot of time to get their powers from absorbing media through watching a movie clip or absorbing something by touch which isn’t realistically practical when in combat. Nitpicking over the time it takes to prepare for combat I really enjoyed the quick action and expanding of this world. worldbuilding of this novella. ATTACK THE GEEK is an exciting escape into a world where all of the geeky things you love can give you amazing powers to defend the world.
ATTACK THE GEEK far too short which only intensifies my anticipation for the next full length novel in the Ree Reyes series.(less)
Where the previous books in the St. Croix Chronicles were fast paced with danger and dangerous people lurki...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
Where the previous books in the St. Croix Chronicles were fast paced with danger and dangerous people lurking around every corner, TEMPERED deals with more internal battles and emotional trauma. Cherry has gone through so much externally dealing with the Veil and Society it felt fitting to have a story spend some time dealing with the internal effects of what happened to Cherry. A large portion of the book is dedicated to Cherry’s addiction to opium, how she became an addict, and what she goes through mentally as she detoxes. Being familiar with detox from movies like TRAINSPOTTING which depict detox and a harrowing and scary thing to go through I think TEMPERED did an excellent job of depicting the paranoia and sickness Cherry feels.
In the midst of dealing with Cherry’s addiction there is the mystery of her guardian and the large house she is trapped in. I loved the gothic horror aspect of TEMPERED where we have a dark, foreboding house with ghosts and dark secrets hidden within the walls. The house is almost its own character and it was thrilling to go exploring with Cherry as she opens doors in search of answers to just who her guardian, Ashmore really is and learn about her family’s twisted past. When Cherry finally learns about how Ashmore is related to her family the plot becomes a sort of dark soap opera filled with betrayal and obsession. Along with the revelations and internal struggle there are some pretty steamy scenes between Cherry and Ashmore that after we find out more about Ashmore had me questioning her choices in regards to suitors.
TEMPERED also deals with a lot of alchemy and metaphysics which was really confusing but actually seeing the alchemy in action was pretty cool. With this much needed rest from the outside world I am looking forward to see what is in store for Cherry as she goes back to London, her friends, and the ever mysterious Hawke who seems to grow more mysterious and confusing with every new fact we learn about him.
Along with a rollicking good and at times hilarious story WITCH INTERRUPTED puts a keen twist on werewolf a...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
Along with a rollicking good and at times hilarious story WITCH INTERRUPTED puts a keen twist on werewolf and witch mythology that is so different from what I’m used to that I had to go back and re-read sections just to get it all straight. The fact that I had to go back is not a criticism so much as a comment on how attached to the storyline and characters I was by the first few chapters that I wanted to really get what was going on. I loved the way in which the two races (witches and werewolves) have common ground magically speaking and how intricate witch society is.
On the romance front I really liked getting a break from the classic ‘fated mates’ scenario that most werewolf stories have. Not having to hear the word ‘mate’ multiple times was refreshing and actually made the story actually more grounded in reality with two people who are just really attracted to each other due to hormones and not necessarily fate.
Katie and Marcus’ wonderfully amusing love-hate relationship is the highlight of WITCH INTERRUPTED. Their relationship has its typical ups and downs of a typical paranormal romance couple and hilarious situations that had me giggling at the oddity of these two having anything in common. Occasional giggling aside, I enjoyed learning about their sordid pasts and how they eventually learn to work together against a common enemy. They work well as a team when not trying to undermine or spontaneously kidnap each other. I adored that Marcus was a scientist, helping to make scientists and scientific experiments sexy. He is super smart, creative, and at times a touch clueless in terms of his relationship with Katie but makes up for it with some really creative bedroom techniques (most of which involve some sexy scientific method talk).
WITCH INTERRUPTED brings sexy back to science and plays around with the typical werewolf/witch mythology with a fast paced plot that will leave you smiling by the end of the book.(less)
Sometimes a book series can go stale, especially after a huge story arc ends and the characters are left wi...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
Sometimes a book series can go stale, especially after a huge story arc ends and the characters are left with not much to do. Luckily POISON PROMISE shows that the Elemental Assassin series is still going strong after eleven books. When the story starts Gin is given only a small break from fighting a big bad or being beaten to near death which I’ve come to expect to happen at least once in each book. Sure she has to fight off the occasional small time crook trying to make a name for himself but these fights are pretty easy for a highly deadly assassin. Eventually the plot goes down the rabbit hole of awesomeness with excellent elemental fights and Gin pushing herself to the limit both physically and mentally to bring down a drug ring that leads to a big reveal and consequences for Gin.
POISON PROMISE shows off Gin’s heart and dedication to protecting those close to her as she becomes embroiled in a conflict with a new street drug simply because she heard one of her employees being hassled by a few drug dealers and decided to intervene. Her ability to handle so much pain and yet keep on going to help those she loves is what I love about her. I also enjoy the tiny flashbacks of a young Gin living on the streets which are wonderful treats and demonstrate how Gin became who she is today. I also liked that in POISON PROMISE that her friends and family are able to come to her aid and prove that they are just as loyal to Gin as she is to them.
As I’ve come to expect the final fight is epic and awesome and lets Gin really show off her stone and ice powers to spectacular results. Naturally POISON PROMISE is merely the start of a brand new story arc as we are introduced to a new big bad. I for one am very excited to see what is in store for Gin and her friends in the next book, BLACK WIDOW coming out November 25, 2014.(less)
HE DEMON CREED was a brilliant ending to the Demon Outlaw trilogy. I absolutely loved the rich world buildi...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
HE DEMON CREED was a brilliant ending to the Demon Outlaw trilogy. I absolutely loved the rich world building in this series. The fact that this world is our future Earth is hard to grasp as it just feels so alien until a character mentions a Speedway or airplanes that used to fly in the sky. The best way I like to describe this world of demons and goddesses is that its a romance story set in a twisted wild west dystopia.
The plot is filled with tense moments, shocking twists, and a heartwarming ending. THE DEMON CREED also neatly ties together events from the previous books and brings back a few characters to help out. I enjoyed seeing Hunter and Airie from THE DEMON’S DAUGHTER and loved that we were finally able to find out just who the kid they ‘adopted’ and nicknamed Scratch; really is and where he came from.
Mixed up in the incredibly detailed plot is the romance between Creed and Nieve which is a slow burn sort of romance. While its insta-love from Creed’s side, Nieve hesitant, and rightly so considering the years of abuse she has endured by both men and demons. As a result of her circumstances she comes off as timid and weak but as the story goes on there is a sort of inner strength to her which neatly compliments Creed’s powerful demon powers. I enjoyed seeing Nieve show her true strength and seeing her slowly but surly trust Creed. The fact that Creed held back his attraction is a testament to just how honorable, honest, and just of a character he is. The romance is sweet and there are a ton of tender moments between them that I really enjoyed.
THE DEMON CREED expertly rounds out the Demon Outlaw series with a solid plot and some very creative world building. This trilogy was a joy to read and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a different sort of western romance.(less)
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy LONG LIVE THE QUEEN was a wonderfully twisty, fun, and dark steampunk tale that held me with such rapt atte...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy LONG LIVE THE QUEEN was a wonderfully twisty, fun, and dark steampunk tale that held me with such rapt attention I didn’t want to put it down. The fact that I so enjoyed this third book in the series is pretty good considering it was my first foray into The Immortal Empire. The writing is superb and I adored the fact that past plot points and worldbuilding were so organically woven that they barely stopped the already fast paced plot.
With a book filled with goblins, werewolves, and vampires who consume human and animal flesh on a regular basis, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN makes for some macrabe moments but what surprised me was the fact that I didn’t mind. So many of the monsters are humanized to the extent that I cared more for them than the humans who were demonized into essentially a rampant monster hating mob. One of the parts of the plot I enjoyed was the focus on the very really issue of class warfare and the struggle for equal rights and security amongst a race/class of people. I wasn’t expecting such thought provoking topics to pop up here and done so well.
Xandra Vardan is an incredibly adaptable character especially after learning of her goblin heritage in the previous book and taking her new eating habits in good strides in LONG LIVE THE QUEEN. I also enjoyed the fact that Xandra could play both parts gentle peacemaker and investigator as well as very scary monster who can rip out your liver with a swipe of her claw. Another aspect I liked with Xandra is that she is a queen in her own right so seeing her verbally spare with Queen Victoria was great fun as it was an epic fight of passive aggressive snipping at times while trying to remain proper.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN puts the dark in dark steampunk and has so many twists it will keep you on your toes wondering when the next one is coming. This was an excellent final installment of The Immortal Empire and I will definitely go back to read the first two books now.(less)
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A WEREWOLF is delightfully sweet, funny, and entertaining which is what I expected from a title that is a play off the sweet and funny romantic comedy, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL. Aside from being a nice fluffy romance there is actually a nice underlining of a mystery and danger to make the really story interesting. While I guessed at who the stalker was almost immediately the way in which his technique becomes increasingly invasive and scary over the course of the book made me wonder just how far this guy would go. The final confrontation with the stalker and Veronica proved that as crazy as stalkers can be, this one brings crazy to a new level.
The romance between Logan and Veronica is the classic love/hate relationship which is my favorite kind in a romance novel. The banter between these two is at times sweet and touching and sometimes weird and hilarious. I especially loved Logan’s reactions to various situations while joining Veronica on her trips to wedding venues and stores. Along with the entertaining conversations there is a nice amount of emotional depth and enough character development that I felt I could relate to Veronica and Logan on some level.
The chemistry between Veronica and Logan is hot and while they click on a physical level they also click on an emotional level with their own individual relationship hangups. It was nice to see them grow closer and work through their hangups together. While I adored these two together I was baffled at Veronica’s blind hatred and lack of knowledge of all thing werewolf especially since her close sister is one. Logan is super patient in both putting up with Veronica’s slight bigotry and in his wooing of her. I found his patience to be super charming and really enjoyed seeing him try to hold back on his frustration and attraction to Veronica.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A WEREWOLF has a delicious blend of sweetness and danger. I am definitely looking forward to the next book of the Seattle Wolf Pack.(less)
SEA OF SHADOWS is an action packed and kind of spooky departure from what I am used to with Kelley Armstron...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
SEA OF SHADOWS is an action packed and kind of spooky departure from what I am used to with Kelley Armstrong’s writing. I really enjoyed the concept of a society that must keep angry spirits at bay with the help of specially born twins. Aside from dealing with the angry spirits there are some very creepy monsters that come about during Moria and Ashyns’ travels throughout the forest. SEA OF SHADOWS is haunting and the spirits and monsters hiding out in a very dark forest definitely helps set the dark tone of this book. Its starts off very slow but its worth it to stick with it past the first few chapters to get to the faster action moments and dozens of twists and turs that happen.
The twins were interesting and had their own very separate personalities that fit well with their own status as either the Seeker or Keeper. Even their spiritual animals were pretty cool with a hound for the Seeker and an wildcat for the Keeper. The jobs of the Seeker and Keeper tie into protecting the city from the angry spirits and is actually a really intriguing aspect of the story especially when we learn just what each girl can do in her capacity as the Seeker or Keeper. While I enjoyed seeing Moira and Ashyn go on their own seperate journey for a bit I did get confused about who was narrating at times. The quick switches in narration didn’t help either since I would start to get involved in a scene only to be pulled away from it in a few paragraphs.
Aside from the confusion in which sister I was reading at times I really enjoyed SEA OF SHADOWS and am looking forward to what comes next in this series.(less)
While I enjoyed WEREWOLF IN LAS VEGAS for the main character’s adorable relationship, most of the plot and...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
While I enjoyed WEREWOLF IN LAS VEGAS for the main character’s adorable relationship, most of the plot and characterization involved some serious suspension of disbelief in regards to business dealings and maturity level of 20somethings. The fact that someone could lose a business off of one poker game is pure fantasy even for a book where werewolves exist. I would think that with boards of directors and numerous checks and balances usually in place this sort of thing would be near impossible to do. Were it possible I would love to challenge Bill Gates to a game of Go Fish.
On the character front I liked Giselle and Luke. They worked well together and they had noble if not completely correct intentions for their siblings. They helped each other out looking for their wayward siblings and in doing so learned from each other in regards to their expectations of their family members. They have a fun buildup to their romance which culminates in a sex scene in which they commit delicious crimes against chocolate. While doing unforgivable things to my favorite dessert I adored the absolute messiness and fun of their escapade.
In regards to Giselle and Luke’s wayward siblings I was pretty dissatisfied. Luke’s 22 year old sister came off as unreasonable and immature especially after the numerous childish pranks she pulls to essentially convince Luke to let her follow her showgirl dreams. Granted Luke is reasonably apprehensive about it but couldn’t this have been solved with a talk, some compromise and not the pages of wild goose chases and silly pranks Luke is force to go on just to talk to her? Giselle’s brother who is on the lam and skirting his duties as a future Alpha of his pack comes off as kind of immature too especially in his going along with the overly elaborate pranks. Neither of these characters were very likeable and came off as spoiled brats.
WEREWOLF IN LAS VEGAS is fluffy and cute with an adorable romance the likes of which I’ve come to look forward to with the Wild About You series but I had some serious issues with some of the characters and storyline logic that left me wanting. Hopefully the next book in the ever charming Wild About You series will be better.(less)
With Halloween coming I decided to read NIGHTLIFE since based on its description it seemed like just the ri...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
With Halloween coming I decided to read NIGHTLIFE since based on its description it seemed like just the right scary suspenseful story to read in October on a dark rainy night. I was not disappointed and was met with an incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel. Horror works well when there are slow, quiet moments yet there is an underlining panic for what unknown evil is coming. NIGHTLIFE does this type of suspense very well as the beginning of the story takes its time setting up the world then the creepiness slowly seeps and then it hits you with the full extent of its horror. The monsters are what really makes this a truly great horror story.
The vampire like creatures in NIGHTLIFE are less suave and sexy and more primal, inhuman parasites who use their powers to ensnare their prey in devious ways. They seemed like a combination of vampires from different cultures and it was nice to have the characters acknowledge those myths as well as the movie vampires in their discussions on what the characters were dealing with.
Jack Jackson has dedicated his life to vampire hunting and while I’ve seen this solitary male fighting against an impossible threat many times I liked him. He’s funny, has some great ideas for how to kill the vampires, and came off like an all around decent guy who I would want to have with me during a vampire attack. Beth, who ends up embroiled in all of Jack’s monster hunting, took a bit more time to warm up to as I was in the mindset that she was going to be the ‘damsel in distress’ for this horror story. Luckily she wasn’t for the most part and she turns out to be very resourceful and maybe just as kickass as Jack by the end of the book.
NIGHTLIFE is a perfect blend of suspense and creepy horror mixed with a dash of paranormal. With the way this book ended I think there could be plenty of story left for a series and I hope there is.(less)
THE GIVEN is a satisfying and touching conclusion to the Celestial Blues series. The main mystery of who ki...moreReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
THE GIVEN is a satisfying and touching conclusion to the Celestial Blues series. The main mystery of who killed Griffin Shaw occupies THE GIVEN surrounded by a plot that involves betrayal, organized crime, and murder yet at its center, it’s a story about true love and finding peace with yourself. Both Grif and Kit have huge a journey of discovery about their own strengths and about living in the present rather than using the past as a shield. I never thought of the reasons behind Kit’s Rockabilly lifestyle as anything more than a style she liked but realizing why she picked up that particular style actually revealed a lot about her past and inner conflict. I enjoyed seeing Kit work through her issues and finding out the truth about her father’s death as it shows her strength and determination for the truth.
Throughout this series I had been failing at trying to figure out just who killed Private PI turned angel, Griffin Shaw and while it was pretty obvious in retrospect I admit I did not see it coming. I have to also admit that I was quite annoyed with Griffin for leaving Kit at the end of THE LOST to search for his murderer. Part of my annoyance was seeing how badly it affected the usually strong and confident Kit who is devastated and nearly broken in the beginning of THE GIVEN. Luckily Griffin slowly makes amends to me/Kit for his abandoning of her which is when the story picks up and these two crazy kids use their excellent detecting skills to unravel the the convoluted story of his murder. Coincidentally the murder neatly connects to Kit’s father’s murder in a fascinating way.
Celestial Blues has always had a nostalgic feel to it, blending the past seamlessly into the present. The conclusion of THE GIVEN is wonderfully fitting for Griffin and Kit’s journey to finding peace and getting second chances at love and life.(less)