Black Water is a Yellowrock anthology with action-packed short stories, but I wanted to post a trigger warning. More than one story in this collectionBlack Water is a Yellowrock anthology with action-packed short stories, but I wanted to post a trigger warning. More than one story in this collection deals with rape and abuse. If you dislike reading about rape, violence, abuse, or pedophilia, then you may want to give Black Water a pass....more
LOVED it, though I do seem to be on a role of reading books (violence against animals in Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne and rape/abuse/pedophiliLOVED it, though I do seem to be on a role of reading books (violence against animals in Grimoire of the Lamb by Kevin Hearne and rape/abuse/pedophilia in Black Waters by Faith Hunter) in my favorite UF series that may need trigger warnings. If violence against animals bothers you, you may want to skip this one...or have a friend read it to you and leave out the traumatizing bits. There are also some continued references to rape, though nothing graphic. Other those warnings, I highly recommend. This is an amazing UF series, one of my favorites....more
I highly recommend to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with well developed characters, quirky dialogue, and a modern-day world populated with a wide vaI highly recommend to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with well developed characters, quirky dialogue, and a modern-day world populated with a wide variety of paranormal creatures.
Just when Rylie thinks that things can't get any worse--her parents are getting divorced and have dumped her at a summer camp far from the city she caJust when Rylie thinks that things can't get any worse--her parents are getting divorced and have dumped her at a summer camp far from the city she calls home--something terrible happens in the forests of Gray Mountain.
Six Moon Summer is an amazing beginning to a new paranormal series. I was immediately drawn into this dark paranormal tale. Rylie is an outcast at the summer camp where her parents leave her while they finalize the messy details of their divorce. Cast aside by her family and her peers, Rylie finds solace in the pages of her journal. The nasty girls who bully her each day takes things too far though and Rylie finally runs away. Unfortunately Rylie doesn't find peace in the dark hills of Gray Mountain. Rylie is viciously attacked by a wolf, or at least she thinks she was, but she wakes up in her cabin the next morning with only old scars and the curious words of a mysterious boy to make her wonder what really happened. Author S.M. Reine creates building suspense with the terror and mystery of what might happen with each phase of the ever changing moon. An exciting new work of werewolf fiction with wonderful characters and an intriguing story. I can't wait to read the next book in the Seasons of the Moon series.
**Side note: Rylie is described as having very pale blond hair, however the girl in the book cover pic has dark brown or black hair. I only mention this since I found the cover image to be distracting when creating my initial image of Rylie.
I recommend Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, #1) to readers of paranormal suspense, paranormal romance, young adult (though some scenes may be more suitable for older teens and adults), and especially to fans of werewolf fiction. Fans of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, Firelight by Sophie Jordan, and Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson may enjoy this series.
Sensitive reader warning: violence and bloody transformations
Source: This book was provided by the author or publisher for honest review.
This anthology is worth reading for Jim Butcher's Curses, Ellen Kushner's Duke of Riverside, Patricia Briggs' Fairy Gifts, and Melissa Marr's Guns forThis anthology is worth reading for Jim Butcher's Curses, Ellen Kushner's Duke of Riverside, Patricia Briggs' Fairy Gifts, and Melissa Marr's Guns for the Dead.
Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy begins strong with a Dresden Files short story, but readers should be forewarned that many of the short stories in this collection are not what most people would consider Urban Fantasy. This does not make the collection bad. There are fantasy and horror elements in many of the stories, just not the combination of paranormals and a kick-ass hero or heroine in an urban environment that is often synonymous with the genre.
Anthologies are difficult to rate, but I give this 3.5 stars for the chance to read the previously mentioned stories as well as the opportunity to try out some new-to-me authors....more