Favorite Quote: “Hey. The stable called, they want their high horse back.”
Genie McQueen is back and ready to rock and roll in the second installment of Sierra Dean’s spin off series-Genie McQueen. Fans will remember meeting Genie in Dean’s parent series-Secret McQueen. Genie is Secret’s sister-same mom, different dad. Unlike Secret, Genie is half werewolf and half witch. Like Secret, she is a magnet for trouble. Recently made alpha of New Orleans by her uncle Callium, the King of the South, she is slowly coming to terms with her added responsibility.
When two of her pack are arrested for suspicion of murder, Genie involves herself in the police investigation to help prove their innocence. At the same time, her ex boyfriend Cash requests her help in locating some missing girls at his girlfriend’s sorority house. Plus, her twin brother Ben is in town intent on causing trouble. Using her wits and magic, Genie dives in to try and tries save her boys, find the missing girls, kick her brother’s butt, and get herself a first date with her hot new boyfriend.
Black Magic Bayou is a strong, well written sequel that picks up where book one, Bayou Blues, leaves off while helping to re-familiarize readers with Genie McQueen and her small slice of the McQueen world while introducing some new characters and setting up future plotlines. Jam packed with action, humor, romance, and some seriously scary things that go bump in the night, Genie’s first true test as the Alpha of New Orleans requires her to
Heavily character driven, Dean balances on a fine line with her latest heroine whose character and situation similarities to her sister are noticeable yet Dean admirably strives to keep Genie her own person. This likable, engaging heroine has the powers and skills, neither which guarantee she will survive whatever is thrown her way, and it makes for an enjoyable ride. I like that her magic isn’t treated as something horrible to be hidden in fear of the consequences. She embraces both sides of her nature; not seeing herself as an either/or.
It helps that Genie was raised in the pack and received training as a witch and that she doesn’t have to deal with all the extra baggage her sister was forced to drag around with her. It also helps that unlike Secret, Genie only has to answer to Callium (and possibly her grandmother).
The two conflicts ride side by side with Genie trying to solve them both, though I felt the sorority conflict was more tighter and more evolved. Dean uses one to solve the other, effectively morphing them into one with some interesting results. Plenty of twists and turns takes us on an fast paced enjoyable investigative ride that leaves you a little shocked at results. Genie’s own actions show us the surety of future issues with her dual nature as does the introduction of Santiago-a male witch who offers her some warnings. He is an interesting mixture of appeal for Genie; both in terms of attraction and power and that worries me a little. He is what Genie could be if she practiced her magic more, a powerful draw, that could lead to possibility of a love triangle. As Genie seems to have made the choice to be with Wilder, I hope this is just a feeling on my part.
The ending resolves the main conflict though we are left with some open plot lines that I’m sure will cause Genie some problems in the future. A small cliffhanger scene at the very end only solidifies that.
Black Magic Bayou gives us another McQueen to love and cheer for and I can’t wait to see what Dean has in store for Genie and the pack next.
Chloe Neill takes pity on her faithful fans and gifts us a small adventure with Merit and Ethan before the final farewell novel, Blade Bound, releases. This novella isn’t necessary to the advancement of the series and can be read as one’s leisure. Fans will remember in Midnight Marked, Ethan and Merit found themselves tested by a pair of enemies.vPhantom Kiss picks up approximately two months later. Merit and Ethan have discovered one of those enemies has escaped and is now in the wind and they are on the final countdown to their wedding. When Annabelle Shaw, a necromancer they met and worked with earlier, contacts them that she has discovered a disturbed grave, Merit and Ethan fear the worse.
The story opens to Merit and Ethan arriving at Merit’s parents home for their wedding shower. A lighted hearted scene turns serious when it is revealed that some of Merit’s family is not one hundred percent on board with her new life and wedding. Will Merit and Ethan have family issues on their wedding day?
Oh, I almost guarantee it.
The action kicks into high gear as the Cadogan House finds itself teaming up with the Ombudsman’s office and the rest of the gang to investigate the mystery behind who disturbed the grave and why. Supernatural hijinks, some ambitious ghost hunters, and a walk back through Chicago’s turbulent history offers fans the intrigue, suspense, and of course the humor they’ve come to appreciate from the series. Fast pacing, witty narrative, and a strong well plotted storyline makes this novella well worth the cost. Fans will enjoy spending a little time with their favorite couples and the small peek into Blade Bound offered at the end.
Though I’m sad to see Neill ending her Chicagoland Vampires series, I am more than ready to read the last book see just how she has chosen to bring this series home.
Gods, goddesses, pantheons, explosive magic, vengeful antagonists, and a world on the brink of destruction is just the beginning in Galenorn’s newest PNR series-Fury Unbound. This action-packed supernatural conflict is saturated with Galenorn’s trademark wicked humor, personable characters, and explicit attention to detail. Set in an alternative post-apocalyptic Seattle, the world has been changed drastically due to a temper tantrum thrown by the goddess, Gaia. One woman, Kaeleen Donovan aka Fury, a servant to Hecate, is charged with recovering an ancient artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. As with most fantasy-based stories, the world building, and character setup holds a large part of the storyline though I found the sheer amount of information pushed at us in the beginning daunting and somewhat confusing. The story soon settles and we are off as Galenorn takes readers on a wild untamed ride that will leave readers ready for the next installment. My only qualm, besides the information overload in the beginning, was the weak interaction with the main antagonist . I hope the following novels allows them more on-screen time. ...more
Favorite Quote: “Hell’s road was an easy road to tread.”
Faith Hunter takes us back to Tennessee and her newest heroine, Nell Ingram, in the second installment of her epic and fascinating urban fantasy series, Soulwood. A spinoff of her best-selling Jane Yellowrock series, Soulwood deals with a new heroine and the psyLED agency run by the well established and often despised Rick LeFleur. In book one-Blood of the Earth-Hunter introduced us to Nell, simultaneously divulging her background while co-opting her into helping Rick and psy-LED to solve the mystery of a missing vampire. This leads her back to into the nightmare of her youth. Nell helps to save the day; reconnecting with her family and gaining a new one.
Curse On the Land picks up after Nell has completed her “Spook Squad” training. She is now a special agent with Unit 18 in the psyLED agency and they are slowly drawing her out of her self-imposed isolation. She has come home to Soulwood only to discover her land is sick and the sickness is spreading. Her tentative examination shows that something or someone is attempting to poison the land. Nell is unable to pursue this further because she is soon called back into work. Nell learns that other locations around the state are showing similar symptoms to what she felt on her land and her special affinity to the earth is needed. But the danger goes much deeper; affecting wildlife and people. As Nell and the team investigate, they are dragged into a conspiracy that spans generations and has opened the doorway for an entity that is alive…and very hungry.
“Fed by blood and death […] By war and battle and the life force soaking into the earth for eons. It has not been fed in many passages.”
Hunter lets her imagination roam free and wild in this installment. The action, suspense, and intrigue creates a convoluted storyline with multiple plotlines while low key humor and some ongoing subplots intertwine throughout to help to keep the story from becoming too clinical. Hunter does unload quite a large amount of information in the beginning and her heavy use of acronyms and technical terms did cause me to stumble a couple of times. This was present in book one also.
There is a small base of reality in the mix as Hunter touches on the misuse of the land, using magic and mythological legends to highlight the damage and consequences of our neglect, misuse, and attempts to subvert it. Nell’s gift is a much-needed resource to combat what is happening but it is also a curse as like calls to like. Nell finds herself repeatedly in danger as her communes with the earth brings her some very unwanted attention. I found the gist of the conflict and the reasons of those involved very interesting and imaginative.
The balance between Nell’s continuing evolution and the main conflict is well defined and blends together in a natural manner. Smooth switches from topic to topic merges with engaging narrative and the tidbits of personal information of the characters. While Nell is the main protagonist, Hunter doesn’t skip on the characterization of the secondary characters-be it her team members or various others who are only important to this storyline.
“George Orwell had said something about power not being a means to an end. He said that power was the end. “
Nell is slowly growing both professionally and personally; coming into herself. Hunter gives more clues to Nell’s gifts but there are still no concrete answers. The assumption is we will learn along with Nell as to what she really is. Joining the psyLED has opened a doorway for Nell beyond how she was raised. Though the teachings of the church are still strong in her, she is beginning to see that the outside world is not the enemy. Strong, curious, and intelligent, she wholeheartedly goes where angels fear to tread. This causes some problems but nothing that time won’t fix. Her humanity is a positive feature as the psyLED as a whole seems to be in danger of becoming too bureaucratic. Nell’s constant questions and intuitive need to nurture helps to remind the team that there are actual people involved and not everything can be covered up or hidden away.
“You remind me of Jane when she is in a snit.” “I’m no skinwalker.” “She told you what she is? Interesting. What are you?” “You read the reports on me at Spook School. You know what I know.” “No. This land sings of magic. It claims you are much more.”
The hint romance touched upon in Blood of the Earth is further remarked on but still little advancement. Werecat and team mate Occam remains an enigma to Nell with his flirting and need to protect and care for her. Having only experienced one physical relationship in her life with an older man as a means of survival, she has no experience with attraction, dating, and falling in love though she is beginning to respond to his actions. I loved their dialogue and the mischievous flirting.
“I need a shower and a good tick check. Not that I’m suggesting you do it for me.” “Good thing. […] I’m not sure I’m the tick-checking kind of girl.” “I’m pretty sure I can check myself for ticks. But you can wash my back if you like.” “I thank you for the offer, but I’ll pass on the personal body servant interaction.”
Various subplots from book one are further explored. Nell has to answer for previous actions concerning her land and the church while fans will be SHOCKED and some reluctantly sympathetic concerning the twist Hunter adds to Ricky-Bo’s ongoing dilemma. Some familiar faces from the Yellowrock world make a visit to offer advice and warnings.
“What did you see?” “I saw nothing.” “Good. Keep it that way.”
Urban Fantasy fans will love Nell Ingram and her unique way of handling life and those around her. Fans of the Jane Yellowrock series will love the familiarity Hunter wraps around this world while appreciating the effort she goes to make sure this series is able to stand on its own merits.
Kelley Armstrong’s best selling fantasy Otherworld series has kept me entertained since she first released Bitten in 2001. Intensely entertaining, Armstrong introduced us to a world that blended the supernatural and mundane perfectly; giving us strong heroines and heroes and action packed, suspenseful, multi-narrated storylines. Armstrong’s series ended the arc with the novel Thirteen though she continued to tidy up various plot lines (this world is rather huge and convoluted) with a series of novellas and short stories. The Otherworld Chills anthology is the last of those short stories. This collection is compiled of previously released material and a few new ones that give fans one last hurrah. There are seven stories total.
3) Chaotic – Hope/Karl novella from Dates from Hell, Hope’s 1st appearance in the series
4) Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word – Zoe short story from Expiration Date
5) Off-Duty Angel – Eve/Kristof story from The Hunter & The Hunted
6) The Puppy Plan – Logan Danvers novella from Gifted
7) Baby Boom – new Paige/Lucas novella
Brazen is aptly titled and takes place after Thirteen. Told from Nick’s POV, we learn how he met his girlfriend, Vanessa. The action packed, violence fueled conflict blends well with the look into the unique position Nick holds in the pack. While I enjoyed the narrative and conflict, I found the romance uninspiring. Vanessa’s insulting faux pas in the beginning and subsequent habit of not listening didn’t endear her to me at all.
Chaotic chronicles the first time Hope and Karl met. A museum jewel heist opens up a can of worms when Hope learns her new job is nothing more than one man’s need for revenge. While I loved the antagonism and verbal foreplay Hope and Karl engage in, the storyline itself moves is long, involved, and moves a slow pace. Armstrong divulges deeply into Hope and Karl’s backgrounds as they attempt to flush out the culprits while trying to stay alive.
Amityville Horrible is probably my favorite of this anthology. Any chance to spend time with Jamie and Jeremy is a guaranteed good time. Once again Jamie is reluctantly pushed into doing a reality show by her agent only to discover that things are not what they seem. When Jeremy joins her on the set, the hijinks begin. A fun character driven story inundated with humor, romance, and a hint of mystery.
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word is a short story revolving around Zoe and Cassandra. In here we learn that even immortals have an expiration date and unresolved issues can affect even the hardest of hearts. An interesting story though it loses it’s steam towards the end.
Off-Duty Angel takes us back into the halls of heaven and bowels of hell in this delightful little romp when Kristoff gives his bored lover, Eve, a mystery to solve. Of course, nothing goes as planned but that is half the fun. Well plotted and filled with plenty of action, adventure, and humor, readers will enjoy seeing this happier more stable version of Eve then what we have seen in the series.
The Puppy Plan visits the Danvers Family at Christmas time. Told from Logan’s point of view, this sweet heartwarming story shines on the love and compassion that resides in the hearts of Clay and Elena’s twins.
Baby Boom wraps up the book and a long ongoing plot line concerning Paige and Lucas. I was rather taken by the sorrowful tone woven through here as this couple not only deals with an unwanted pregnancy but also the future of the Cortez Cabal.
Otherworld Chills offers readers a little of everything while wrapping up existing open story lines. Though some stories are stronger than others, the collection as a whole is an enjoyable reader sure to delight fans of this fantasy inspired world.
Fans of Jess Haines are sure to enjoy her newest UF series which exists in the same world as her popular H&W Investigations series. Smoke and Mirrors takes us back to Seattle and introduces us to Kimberly, an older than average high school illusionist who needs a familiar to graduate. With a little help from a professor, she is dragged into new and well-hidden world filled with shapeshifters and mages on her quest to convince the greatest predator of all to be her familiar-a dragon. The action, intrigue, and humor meshes well with the slow building romance. I did have some issues with the heroine in that she is written as almost too perfect an underdog. Poor, hungry, struggling, beautiful, nice, shy, bullied, misunderstood, etc… Readers might question the thin line between YA and HA that Haines balances the heroine on. She is 20 but in high school and her narrative sounds young at times. New and some old faces are seen in this ambitious cast of characters that help to round out the story. Haines uses their stories to push forward the arc and drop clues towards new adventures. I look forward to book two in this series.
Struck is the first in her new PNR Phoebe Meadows series. A young woman finds out the hard way that she is the result of a liaison between Odin andDNF
Struck is the first in her new PNR Phoebe Meadows series. A young woman finds out the hard way that she is the result of a liaison between Odin and a shieldmaiden. Forced on the run, she finds herself struggling to accept her destiny while trying to stay alive. I am a fan of Amanda Carlson’s and Viking/Norse mythology so I was excited to be offered an arc. I really wanted to like this one but there was just no connection for me. I like the potential of what Phoebe and the arc could become but watching her and the arc set up was painful. Her inability to accept what was right in front of her left her and those helping her in hot water. I found her struggles to survive more irritating them adventurous.The narrative was odd. It felt forced at times; the humor an uncomfortable addition. The storyline also seemed to struggle to find balance between the seriousness and more comedic aspects, giving the story an unbalanced feel. While reading, I kept feeling as though I was missing some pivotal scene. Certain plotlines didn’t reveal well or skipped around so much I became lost. I did like the secondary characters-especially the witches who I thought were very well developed-but not enough to keep me engaged. I may try again in the future but for now I don’t feel this series is for me....more
Favorite Quote: “I’m surrounded by the dead in the middle of the night hoping to pull a previously unknown power out of my ass. What could possibly go wrong?”
Private Investigator and immortal descendant of Artemis, Nikki Glass, learns a very valuable lesson in vengeance when a group of fertility goddesses decide to strike. The lives and loves of the gods and goddesses play out on an epic scale when Nikki’s boss, Anderson Kane, goes awol and his ex-wife goes ballistic and declares war on humanity in revenge. To add insult to injury, Cyrus, the new leader of the Olympians, has learned Anderson killed his father and he wants Anderson’s head on a pike.
Once again Nikki finds herself outmanned and outgunned but with the fate of mankind resting on her shoulders, Nikki will have to find a way to get this ex-couple into counseling quick before the world as we know it ends.
Divine Descendant, the fourth book in Jenna Black’s Nikki Glass series, has been a long time coming. Three years to be exact. However, Black shows no signs she has backed off this series and once again presents readers with an action-packed urban fantasy that uses Greek mythology to create an engaging world filled with dark humor, engaging characters, and intriguing convoluted plotlines. The world building remains simplistic in its construction yet each layer we uncover reveals a twisting mass of lies and half truths. The result is a fascinating world you can’t wait to further explore.
Heavily character driven, what I continue to enjoy about this series is the unapologetic makeup of the cast. There are no clear cut good or bad guys in here; there are just degrees of separation. These people are gods and demigods. Powerful and deadly, each has a tragic story begging to be told. And each will kill to protect it. Each installment has given readers more information on these men and women backgrounds, showing the suffering, pain, and difficult choices one must make when immortal. Nikki’s connections with her new family seem to be strengthening as she has begun to accept her destiny and getting to know them better. It’s very apparent in this installment when she is forced into a position where she has to weigh the consequences of saving the world against the damage her decisions may cause those she has grown to care for.
“It’s not like I’m going to hurt him.” I shuddered. “You might not hurt him, but you can destroy him.”
Black picks up right where book three left off. Anderson is missing and no one can find him. The whole team knows what Anderson truly is and that brings about some serious questions. Cyrus is calling, demanding answers to know what exactly happened to his father when Anderson rescued Nikki. When a young woman appears at the Liberi mansion and asks for her help, she tells Nikki and the group a horrific tale about Anderson’s dark past deeds that causes them to further question their leader. Black takes some liberties with Anderson’s past, using the legend of Niobe to weave a sorrowful tale of love, loss, betrayal, insanity, and vengeance.
“I will die happy knowing my suffering is finally over and yours just begun.”
As with book three, Rogue Descendant, the arc is pretty much at a standstill through most of the book. The conflict focuses on one character rather than the group as a whole but the action and suspense more than makes up for that. I love that Anderson is the focus of this installment and remains the enigma we met in book one. Black doesn’t alter or downplay his personality in order to create an easy resolution. Once again it’s Nikki, her close ties with to her humanity, and ability to see the whole picture that saves the day though there are some close calls that leave you wide-eyed at the events unfolding. Black does shockingly change the direction of the arc with this dark conflict and opens the door to a multitude of future storylines, one that puts Nikki firmly front and center.
On a more personal level, the slow burning romance between Jamaal and Nikki finally picks up the pace and the faint love triangle we were all seeing is no more. Nikki has made her choice and the advancements made between the two of them are phenomenal and quite sexy. A smaller secondary romance experiences some changes that leaves the reader unsure of its future. This particular love triangle seems to be destined for heartbreak no matter the choice made.
“I’ve done a lot of distasteful things in my life. This will be just one more.”
Divine Descendant was worth the wait and I’m looking forward to book five, title and release date to be announced. I am cross my fingers it won’t be another 3 year wait.
Favorite Quote: “My duct tape brings all the boys to the yard.”
Chloe Neill is back with the second installment of her new series-Devil’s Isle. Set in a post-apocalypse New Orleans, residents still struggling to recover from a supernatural civil war seven years ago. When the veil between worlds was opened, humanity was turned upside down as magic and paranormals ravaged the land. Some of those paranormals who were captured on this side of the veil once it closed are now confined to an internment camp called Devil’s Isle and anyone caught using magic will suffer the same fate.
The Sight opens up after the events of book one, The Veil. There is virtually no recap of the previous events so I wouldn’t advise starting the series here. Claire has joined forces with Liam in his bounty hunting to help save New Orleans from those who seek to annihilate it. Politics plays a heavy role in the base this new world is built upon. Racism, bigotry, and fear rule the land and Neill makes it the main focus of the storyline. Neill has a gift for expertly blending fantasy with reality. Vivid detailing and engaging narrative held my attention easily. A strong storyline interacts smoothly with the various subplots Neill develops within it, helped along by action fueled scenes and hints of mystery that spell out new adventures and more danger for Claire and her friends to come.
Similar to The Veil the first half is spent laying the necessary setup for the main conflict. Some may find it slow and methodical as Neill creates a new enemy, a cult who call themselves the Reveillon. A cult that is determined to cleanse the land of all magic and those who are inclined to possess it. This places Claire is a difficult position. She must be extra careful due to her own powers yet she can not stand aside and allow someone to target her town, her friends, and those she has come to respect and care for. She has to take a stand, one that will take her down a very different path in the end.
Claire is an affordable character, perfect for urban fantasy. Neill has an affinity for strong heroines which I appreciate. A born warrior who instinctively fights for the underdog-be it an ally or an enemy. An intelligent character whose strengths and vulnerabilities calls to those who enjoy a heroine who is self-reliant but doesn’t hide from her flaws or fears. She tackles all problems head on, despite the danger and does it with humor and flare.
Liam continues to spark my interest me, Strong, stoic, and steeped in tragedy, he gives off an air of reluctance when placed in the role of hero. Sweet, considerate, likeable and very much in love with Claire, I am beginning to see him more as Claire’s sidekick then an equal though that may change.
The simmering romance takes a stronger position in this installment and receives a hefty boost despite Liam’s obvious reluctance. Liam has to reconcile his feelings for Claire against future possibilities and it’s not easy for him. Claire is a sensitive, having been hit with magic during the war, and even being mentored to help learn to contain and handle her magic, there is a chance she could lose control and become a mindless wraith. Should that happened, Liam would be forced to take her to Devil’s Isle for containment. He has already lost one person he loves to magic and losing Claire would devastate him.
Some new faces (paranormal and human) are introduced as Neill brings back a familiar secondary cast of characters. Heavy characterization continues to be a driving force behind this series and each one begins to take on stronger more individualised roles, creating their own paths to walk beside Claire. Neill expounds upon her non verbal statements about war and the casualties that are often created through no fault of their own. Neill also shows us how fear often clouds the mind to logic and rationale when your livelihood is threatened and how easy it is to be manipulated.
I enjoyed my visit back to this world though I am still on the fence overall with the series.The action and evolving world building remains strong elements but the anticipation and tension I usually associate with fantasy is still at defcon 3. I feel Neill plays it way too safe with Claire, her friends, and the conflicts they face. Everyone remains so calm and collected, always having the right answers or the right ability to save the day. You never experience that nail biting edginess, unsure if they are going to survive whatever Neill has in store for them.
Favorite Quote: “Whatever comes next, I’ll be there, because I want you more than anything I’ve ever wanted.”
Dina Demille, the owner of an intergalactic inn named the Gertrude Hunt, offers a neutral place to stay for all those in need. She started the inn after her parents vanished in the hopes that someday a guest would enter its doors and offer a clue to what happened to her parents. Having survived the hosting of a peace summit between three warring factions, Dina gained some much-needed respect as an innkeeper and friends. Hoping for a little peace and quiet in order to celebrate the holidays, Dina is not in the least bit surprised when alien refugees appear on her doorstep, asking for sanctuary. At the same time, she receives a note from her sister, asking for help. Struggling to keep her guests safe, rescue her sister, hide her activity from a nosy cop, and stop a diva chef from a full-scale meltdown…it’s all in a day’s work for an innkeeper.
As always, an Ilona Andrews story guarantees you are going to be swept up into a fabulous adventure as they continue to expand upon their clever world; layering it with new storylines, conflicts, and characters. An invigorating pace and witty narrative keep you engaged as the story unfolds, creating an atmosphere filled with humor, danger, and anticipation. Dynamic and well developed characters are in abundance and readers are offered a cornucopia of personalities that entertain.
Each installment in the Innkeeper Chronicles is originally written in serial form and posted on the Andrews’ blog for reading. Fans are given a ringside seat to the evolution of a story from start to finish. The compilation of the serial into novel form is where the magic occurs. The book is edited, beefed up, and fleshed out. While each story has a fully developed resolvable conflict and can be read as a stand alone, I don’t recommend as the arc is long reaching and continues to evolve along with the world and characters.
One Fell Sweep picks up a few days after the conclusion of Sweep in Peace. Familiar faces and on going situations grace the landscape. Lord Marshal Arland has arrived back at the inn, intent on taking a vacation to find the cause of his ennui. Sean is back and here to stay, allowing him and Dina a chance to concentrate on each other and their blooming relationship after the events in Sweep In Peace. Her Grace, Caldenia ka ret Magren is her usual unpredictable, slightly scary self while the premier & disgraced chef Orro continues to amaze and intimidate everyone with his culinary skills. A few new guests come seeking sanctuary and Dina embraces them all with the same intent-to protect and serve using whatever means necessary.
“Nobody threatens me or my guests. They don’t get to intimidate me, they don’t get to harm my family, and they don’t get to kill my guests. They need to learn what the word no means, and I’m going to teach them that lesson over and over until they get it.”
Family and tolerance are the themes on which this story is built. The Andrews tend to incorporate common social issues that beleaguer our own world into their stories. Racism, bigotry, and xenophobia are present and affect a rather large portion of the storyline. Parallels between our own political climate and the one in here have never been more apparent than when the Andrews introduce us to the Hiru. This alien race of peaceful beings are being exterminated by another race called the Draziri under the guise of religion. Unable to protect themselves and chased from one uninhabitable planet to another, a certain sneaky arbitrator with the gift of manipulation suggests Dina and her inn as a place to hide until they can gather the means for their one last hope of preservation.
He helped me rescue my sister. In turn, he hoped I would rescue the Hiru.
From the beginning of this series, we have watched Dina painstakingly build a life for herself despite having no family around her. Various people have come and stayed, creating the familial bond that Dina has unconsciously been longing for. Dina’s growth in this installment is stellar. Once part of a loving close family, time and some unusual circumstances has scattered them to four winds. Dina’s choice to follow in her parent’s footsteps as an innkeeper is telling. She is a born nurturer and protector. Intelligent, courageous, and able to fight when necessary, Dina embraces her destiny wholeheartedly.
“I will have to teach you humility.”
“You didn’t do your homework. This is my domain. Here I own the air you breathe.”
Packed with action, suspense, and intrigue, this world offers readers an exceptional fantasy with an engaging human connection. Humor and sorrow go hand in hand as the enormity of the galaxy and it’s inhabitants becomes apparent as the Andrews take us on a guided tour of the diversity that exists within it. From a mother’s uncompromising love of her child to a human cop’s strong sense of justice for all, we are shown that while every race has differences, perseverance comes through compassion, tolerance, and knowledge.
“Is this her?” Its voice soft, sad, and feminine. “This is her,” Sunset said. “This is Hope.”
The climatic ending leaves us elated with some plotlines but hovering right on the brink with others. Dina has triumphed over one more enemy with help from friends and allies but we are left with the feeling that this is just the beginning. I look forward to many more adventures with Dina. The Andrews only continue to grow as phenomenal storytellers and each new story further cement my status as a lifelong fan.
Flo Fitzpatrick’s Scarecrow’s Dreams is a paranormal who dun it with romantic and fantasy inspired elements. A young woman is given a second chance at life in order to solve her own death. Fitzpatrick’s background in theater comes through as she sets up the conflict, discussing the mechanics of writing and producing a play with a cast of dramatic characters whose roles may have unwittingly contributed to the heroine’s demise. Voiced through the heroine’s memories, Fitzpatrick indiscriminately flips between the past and the present, building a somewhat convoluted timeline that compares the turbulence of the 70s with the here and now. Very strong narrative carries the storyline though the author has a tendency to ramble and go off on tangents, disrupting the flow at times. The book starts out slow and frantic though gradually settles into a comfortable read. Sound bites of humor permeate the story, giving readers a chuckle as it unfolds.
When Holly Malone walks into the NY apartment she shares with her father, she is stunned to realize 40 years has passed and she’s a ghost. Her last tangible memory is being in an accident and flying off the back end of her boyfriend’s motorcycle into the icy depths of the Hudson river. Assuming her then boyfriend, Shane Halloran, died too, Holly is shocked to find out he’s not only alive, but living under an assumed name. With the help of her hippie aunt and Shane, Holly desperately searches her memories of the past to piece together the events of that night to led to her death. Was her death an accident or a response to the controversial play she helped write and her lover? As the trio get closer to the truth, Holly and Shane realize that finding the answers may send Holly away again. This time forever, unless Holly can use the powers that be to rewrite her past to save herself and those she loves....more
Two years after the events in Archangel’s Enigma (book eight), Nalini Singh takes us back to Manhattan and the main protagonists of this tempestuous world-the archangel Raphael and his now angelic consort Elena. Singh has always hinted that we have only scratched the surface of Elena’s complicated family. In here, Singh exhumes Elena’s past, giving readers an intimate look into her mother’s history and fleshes out the secrets that have always linked Elena to the angels and eventually leads her to her powerful and deliciously dominant mate-Raphael.
“No one will take my Elena from me. I’ll destroy the world before I allow that to happen”
Raphael has those under his command and protection on a soft lockdown as the Cascade and Zhou Lijuin both remain unpredictable. The Cascade seems to be set on pause and no one has seen or even heard from Lijuin since the last epic battle. The assumption is she is not dead but has slipped into the deep sleep that often claims those archangels of immense age and immortality. Standing on the edge of the abyss, waiting for the other shoe to drop has everyone on edge. Especially Elena. When a missive comes from a secretive group calling for a meeting of the Cadre, Raphael sees it as a chance to introduce Elena to a rarely seen part of his world. The meeting is to take place in Morocco, the birthplace of Elena’s mother. Elena decides to use this time to gather more information about her ancestry while Raphael deals with the group.
“This group that has the power to force the Cadre to meet, what's it called?”
“The members call themselves the Luminata.”
The Luminata is a cloistered order of male angels who have chosen to withdraw from all the temptations of the world in order to seek and further their enlightenment. Self-governed, the Luminata severs all ties to the world, choosing to be a nonbiased entity in the world. Because of their neutrality, the Luminata is tasked with calling the Cadre when an archangel has not seen for a certain number of years. This helps to stop the vacuum that occurs when a territory is left unattended. Though it’s only been two years since Lijuin went missing, a drop in time in an immortal’s life span, her territory is now being overrun by vampires caught in the bloodlust. Something that affects Elena on the deepest of levels.
“I see memories in your eyes, Elena.”
“They’re a part of me.”
Once again Singh rips open her world and creates her own cascade in such an easy, offhand manner that only reiterates her skill as a true and talented storyteller. From the very beginning, Singh has created an exceptional fantasy that screamed, ‘this is only the beginning.’ She ushered us into a world filled with dangerously complicated supernaturals whose violent-tinged actions are a result of their nature with no apologies offered. The smooth steady pacing, richly developed plot lines, and sublime narrative continues to offer readers a never ending adventure. Alternating the novels between various couples helps to keep the arc fresh and invigorating. We don't grow bored or complacent because Singh doesn’t allow us to. Each novel brings something new to the table.
Expanding on the complex and dictatorial world of her angels, Singh brings various matters to the forefront for our consideration. From the wisdom of immortal rulers to the obvious lack of accountability; the main question being asked in does absolute power corrupt absolutely? And when it does, who will step forward and demand justice?
Allies and enemies are plentiful as Raphael and Elena are drawn deeper into the darkness that surrounds the Lumia; a darkness that has Elena in it’s sights. Though some may be concerned to find the main focus is firmly on Elena and her journey, rather than on the arc, many will find the side path Singh takes informative as she uses it to address past characters and storylines. Aodhan holds a larger more centralized role, giving insight into his past and his future.
“When he is not broken, he is a shooting star caught in mid fall.”
Singh effortlessly blends the romance with the main storyline, using it to give Elena a tether of support in Raphael. While the love between Raphael and Elena remains as passionate and animated as always, there is a sense of peace surrounding them that wasn’t in existence before. The strength of their bond only continues to grow since they first fell together. Deliciously besotted with one another, the chemistry they share scorches the pages. Though we don't get many physical scenes, their dialogue is rich in emotion and intent, with bits of humor inserted to further solidify this couple has reached a state of complete unity.
“Remember when I was terrified of you?”
“You were never terrified of me.”
“Hah! Are you kidding? I was scared out of my skin-but I still thought you were hot. I’m obviously a little deranged.”
Tense action wrapped in a cloak of intrigue and suspense takes us in hand and leads us towards the finale; wrapping up the main conflict in a firestorm of vengeance and justice while giving us a brief update on the arc. Elena is gifted with the knowledge she has been searching for while Aodhan gains some much needed peace. Bits of the arc threads are picked up towards the end, giving readers hints towards the future.
Archangel’s Heart is an entertaining and engrossing story that takes us back into the past and shows us what a warrior angel is capable of when the ones she loves are threatened. I look forward to my our next visit with these dynamic characters and the fascinating world they live in....more
Favorite Quote: “Sorry, but I’ve never heard of any Circle. What kind of idiotic nickname is that anyway? Sounds like a yoga group.”
Unraveled picks up right where Bitter Bite left off. Gin and her friends have settled down to deal with the aftermath of Deirdre Shaw’s actions. Gin has been digging deeper into the mysterious shadow group, The Circle, trying to find the other members and discover what their connection is to her mother. She is also trying to help Finn deal with the guilt and depression he feels in the part he played in his mother’s betrayal and death.
Finn stared at the spot along the wall a second longer before turning away and screwing a smile on his face as though everything was normal, and he was still the carefree, happy go lucky guy he’d been before Deirdre has blown into town. Before she’d ripped his heart to shreds and betrayed him in the worst way possible.
When Finn receives notice he’s inherited a resort; he, Bria, Gin, and Owen all decide to take an impromptu road trip to visit the resort though Gin suspects the timing of the inheritance is directly related to the Circle. The Bullet Pointe is an upscale vacation resort/theme park, catering to all who enjoy the full “western” experience with sexy saloon girls, rough & tumble cowboys, and daily adventure shows. An ongoing contest to discover a hidden cache of jewels that belonged to the original owner only increases the insanity that surrounds this resort.
“Someone get me some crackers for all this cheese.”
Unraveled is the fifteenth installment in Jennifer Estep’s action loaded noir urban fantasy series that packs a generous punch of adventure, suspense, mystery, and humor. Heavily character driven, Estep continues to dig in deep and expand on her world and the players that inhabit it. Estep uses the latest arc to not only provide Gin and her friends another long reaching mystery to solve but also gives us more clues into Gin’s parents and their past-especially her mother. Normally centered on the small town of Ashland, Estep takes the conflict to a new location, giving readers some new characters to add to their growing collection.
Reading fast and furious as usual, Unraveled isn’t quite as explosive action wise as some of the other installments in the series. Instead, we see a stronger investigative base which helps to fortify the darkly humorous adventure Gin is forced into. I have enjoyed the more inclusion of humor into the series. Gin is lightening up and this is being seen more in her mannerisms, dialogue, and the choices she is making. Slowly evolving beyond her kill or be killed assassin persona, Gin is becoming more diplomatic and weighing all her options. Not to say she isn’t still a bad arse because she reigns supreme in her fight scenes but she seems more balanced lately.
Gin’s more frequent dreams of her mother are like puzzle pieces-each one bringing the big picture into clearer focus. Gin has long viewed her mother through rose colored glasses; her death the fire that forged the deadly woman Gin is today. It’s only since learning her mother may have been a member of The Circle do long-buried memories begin to surface, reminding Gin there was a side to her mother that was scary and dangerous. Gin is learning to share and delegate more though she still chooses to internalize some things in order to protect those she loves.
I was disappointed to see the main secondary characters regulated to such ineffective positions in here. Finn, Owen, and Bria are nothing more than comedic sidekicks and fodder as Estep uses them to showcase Gin’s impressive skills. A new character makes an appearance whose knowledge of the resort helps Gin to set her plans in motion and I hope we see more of them in the future. Hugh Tucker is back and a few new enemies whose elemental powers are mobilized in some interesting manners. The villains of the story are familiar in their characterization but again, there is a humorous bent to the whole situation that left me amused at some of their dialogue and actions.
“It’s the small things that make life truly worth living.”
The ending is a climactic finale filled with violence and deception as Gin uses ingenuity and a heavy dose of self-preservation to save herself and her friends from ending up the finale in this ultimate showdown. Though Gin in no closer to finding the head of the Circle then when she started, she is given a gift that helps to point her in the right direction.
Unraveled is a fun addition to the Elemental series. Fans will enjoy the story’s location and the new route Estep is taking Gin and her friends as they double down on their search for who could be Gin’s greatest adversary to date.
I unfortunately had to dnf this arc. The formatting is atrocious. While I expect a certain amt of editing and formatting issues with arcs, this particI unfortunately had to dnf this arc. The formatting is atrocious. While I expect a certain amt of editing and formatting issues with arcs, this particular draft is a mess. Random line breaks, random paragraph separations, words running together, no chapter identifiers, and the color pink used to denote number line breaks and bled over onto the text at times. It is unreadable without significant effort. ...more
Favorite Quote: “A kraken? In a sinkhole in Nowhere, Texas? Really?
Camille (Cam) Ellis is a particular type of faeOriginally posted at SmexyBooks.com
Favorite Quote: “A kraken? In a sinkhole in Nowhere, Texas? Really?
Camille (Cam) Ellis is a particular type of fae species called a Gemini. Born with a twin, this pair has the ability to mimic others and their powers for a brief amount of time. Cam also has a special power all her own. She can tell a person’s species by a touch. No glamour can fool her. When Camille loses her twin in an accident, she drifts along in life until offered a job with the Earthen Conclave-a sort of supernatural FBI. Now an investigator, Cam uses her gifts to solve crimes committed by supernaturals. In the middle of a standard investigation, Cam is shocked when the sibling of one of the murder victims instigates himself into the investigation and her life, demanding answers.
Cord Graeson, Beta of the Georgia Warg Pack, wants justice for his sister and will do whatever it takes to get it…even if it means using Cam. When another victim is found, Cam knows she has a limited amount of time to act before they strike again. In order to get the answers she needs, she will be forced to used to use her gift in a way that will drag her back into the past and force her to confront some things better left forgotten.
Hailey Edwards once again takes us on a fantasy fueled adventure filled with magic and plenty of action packed suspense in her newest work-Dead in the Water. Book one in the Gemini series, fans of Edwards’s Black Dog series will recognize the world and some of the characters as these two series are related. I don’t feel you have to read the Black Dog series in order to read this one as they are not dependant on one another for growth and/or comprehension. But if you want to understand certain events and characters referenced in here, then that would be the place to visit after reading this book.
I’ve been a fan of Edwards’s work since her Araneae series. One aspect of her writing I enjoy is her ability to take the mundane and with a few changes, turn it into something unique and unexpected. She builds dynamic character bases, using common mythology but takes it one step further using previously unseen species or imbibing currently known species with skills and know how that offers readers something new in the paranormal world. They are filled with life, personality, and a sense of humanity; Camille is a perfect example of this. I’ve never heard of any fae referred to Gemini but Edwards’s characterization leaves no room for doubt of their possible existence through Cam’s well crafted though stingily given history. I love how her family is portrayed as being similar to the Irish Travellers; traveling in a caravan of RVs from spot to spot and never settling down in one particular place for too long. Additional interesting characters dominate this series and provide some needed humor from a sexy, bossy Warg to a deadly pack of fae hedgehogs.
I enjoyed meeting Cam though I would have liked a little more fleshing out of her character. We only get the basics and I felt there was a lot left unsaid. I’m looking forward to Edward’s stripping away the protective layers around Cam. Cam has been trying to atone for her sister’s death and this has led her into police work. She feels that by using her gifts to save others, she can keep families from suffering what she and her family went through. A loner by nature, she exists in her own bubble until this case offers her some much needed friendships that help to bring her out of her shell and navigate the outside world a little better. Though a little indecisive at times, she has a strong protective instinct and when push comes to shove, she’ll do whatever needs to be done. Even at the expense of her own sanity or life.
There is a small hint of possibility that develops between her and the warg-Cord Graeson. A confirmed alpha male, he is determined to find his sister’s killer and demands Cam help him. There is strong chemistry between them though some of Cord’s actions are suspect and we are left unsure if the reaction between them are real or manipulated by Cord’s revenge. I did enjoy their banter.
“You don’t play fair.”
“Fair doesn’t taste like bacon.”
I couldn’t argue with that logic.
Cam certainly holds her own against Cord’s more demanding personality. I will enjoy watching them come to some sort of understanding, especially in light of the stunt he pulled at the end. I admit I laughed.
The story begins with a bang and continues on in that fashion. The mystery is well plotted, brimming with suspense, intrigue, and horror. A supernatural serial killer is slaying their away across the country and the Conclave always seems to be one step behind them. The strong police procedural element blends well with the paranormal aspects. Thierry and Shaw (Black Dog series) make an appearance, leading me to believe the series will continue to overlap with one another. Even though this is a full length novel, it has a serial feel to it as some aspects are resolved while the main mystery is not and continues on into the next book. The next book releases in just a few months which intensifies the serial feel of it.
Dead in the Water is a great start to a new series and I’m looking forward to seeing what Edwards’s has in store for Cam next.
I was very excited to see the Griffith’s had decided to revisit this fascinating world they built in their Vampire Empire Trilogy. This continuation picks up a year after the events in The Kingmakers; telling us what happened after the Empress Adele unleashed her geomancy power on England and it’s vampires. Do you have to read the trilogy first? No, this one does quite well on its own, but by starting here, you will miss the setup of the world and it’s unique characters. Also, you’ll miss the beginning of the main protagonists relationship and the evolution that led them from being enemies to lovers.
The Geomancer opens in Scotland. Empress Adele of Equatoria and her consort, the vampire prince Gareth, aka the Greyfriar, are currently residing at Gareth’s estate when rumors surface of vampires repopulating Britain. Though Adele effectively wiped out most of the vampire population in Britain, she did stop short of destroying them all. She also left herself vulnerable as she is unable to feel the ley lines anymore. Following the rumors, Gareth and Adele find themselves in Paris where they learn of the Witchfinder. This supposed geomancer has allied with some of the vampires and has created an amulet that protects vampires from Adele’s geomancy. He is also working on a way to give vampires the ability to kill humans on a wide scale level.
In order to stop the Witchfinder and the new vampire uprising, Adele and Gareth find new allies while reacquainting themselves with some very old and dangerous enemies. Action and suspense take the reins as Adele and Gareth are forced search out a deadly artifact that could help or hinder them. Journeying across the continent (Asia) Adele and Gareth have ample time to assess their relationship and the perceptions they each hold towards the future of their respective species and themselves.
The Griffith’s have done an excellent job of picking up where they left off with nary a stumble in the storyline. Quite a feat for a three year hiatus. This adventurous steampunk story is action packed with suspense, intrigue, romance, and a surprising amount of humor that works well with the serious subject matter. Its alternative historic view of vampires and humans continues to spellbound with smooth writing, exceptional world building, and the dynamic characters that inhabit it. Strong, well defined characters are the focal point of this series. Though the main trilogy consisted of three main characters (in a sense) the Griffith’s expand their base with new faces that look to have a fine future in the coming storylines. There is a slow start as we are acquainted with the world, it’s players, and introduced to the new storylines. Once all that is out of the way, the pace picks up considerably.
The narrative focuses heavily on rebuilding and re-educating the world. The vampires hold on Britain has been crushed but Adele and Gareth know that they have a long way to go if they are to see any cohabitation between the two species. Adele is far more ambitious in this way of thinking then Gareth. He has long subscribed to the notion that vampires will eventually destroy themselves and cease to exist. Though they know it will be a battle long and hard fought, they luckily have some very strong and courageous allies at their side.
The romance is a main contender in here, having already been fleshed out and established in the previous books. It co-exists comfortably with the main storyline rather than attempting to overshadow it. It is strong and comfortable with some lovely soft intimate scenes but there are still problems with Adele and Gareth being together. He has not been able to shed his alter ego as many in the empire would not understand or tolerate a vampire at their queen’s right hand or bed. Adele also fears her geomancy. It’s still relatively unknown and she almost lost Gareth to it once. They will need to work on their own issues if they are to survive this relationship intact.
The secondary characters are just as define and dynamic as our protagonists. Rather than simply pad the storyline, they are an essential part of it. Flay, General Anhalt, Queen Catatonia, and Simon all excel in their scenes and gift us with additional explanations and clues to the roles they are playing. The scenes from Catatonia’s point of view goes far in explaining the political upheaval in Paris and the ever changing alliances of those involved. I love that the Griffith’s kept previously introduced characters true to their original descriptions.
Multiple storylines and subplots run parallel and intertwine with some staggering revelations and outcomes. As always, everyone has their own agenda and I look forward to seeing how it all plays out in the end. As we jettison towards the end, we are given a shockingly climatic ending of the main conflict with just enough left open to transition us seamlessly into the next book.
Clay and Susan Griffith has managed to submerge me effortlessly back into the world of the Vampire Empire and I look forward to reading the next Adele and Gareth adventure.
Fans of Ilona Andrews and their On The Edge series will be happy to see some familiar faces in the second book in their self published series that focuses on a young woman whose struggles to survive lead her into an epic adventures fraught with suspense, humor, danger, and a smattering of romance. The Innkeeper Chronicles were originally published as serials, free of charge, on the Andrews’ blog. Book one, Clean Sweep, is the set up book for this world. We are introduced to Dina DeMille and given her backstory. You don’t have to read Clean Sweep in order to enjoy Sweep In Peace but it would help you to fully understand the characters, the world, and certain scenes in this installment.
Dina’s parents were innkeepers until they and their inn abruptly disappeared one day. Dina and her brother searched all the galaxies for their parents with no results. Dina decided to open her own inn, the Gertrude Hunt, hoping that someday a guest will walk her halls, see a picture of her parents and recognise them. As an unestablished inn owner, she is the last on the list for guests to use. When an Arbitrator comes to her, asking to use her inn for a peace summit in order to negotiate peace between three warring factions (the Otrokars aka the Hope Crushing Horde, the Holy Cosmic Anocracy, and the Merchants), she seriously considers accepting the challenge, knowing this could be a huge win for her or a total loss.
“There was an attempt to broker peace between the Otrokars & the Holy Cosmic Anocracy during their ten year conflict.”
“Yes, I am familiar with it.”
“Then you also know how it ended.”
“I believe the patriarch of the House of Jero lunged at the Otrokar Khan, & the Khan beheaded him.”
“He ripped the patriarch’s head off with his bare hands and then proceeded to the beat the Marshal of the House of Jero to death with it.”
“Well, this venture could be viewed as risky…”
From this moment on you are swept away on a high octane adventure as the Andrews continue to expand and evolve this cleverly fluid new world; layering it with new storylines, conflicts, and faces. Fast pacing keeps you engaged as the story unfolds, maintaining a fine wire edged balance between the humor and sorrow that permeates the pages. We are shown the price war has on families and friends and how hard it is to step away from the battlefield when you have nothing left to defend but your memories. Dynamic well-developed characters are in abundance and offer readers a cornucopia from which to cheer and jeer. We met a battle-hardened general whose only thought is for her last living son. We meet a knight in shining armor who has learned that fairy tales don’t exist all he has left is his grief. We meet a man who will do the unthinkable to see his family survive. Each of these people want peace so desperately you can taste it but are unable to figure out a way to do so without condemning themselves and their people in the process. Lucky for them, they have Dina.
“I’ve found awe tends to cut down on revolts.”
Dina is a breath of fresh air in Urban Fantasy where too often the main protagonist’s own story is a weight that the reader bears while reading. While Dina has her own problems, she carries no real baggage that impedes her emotional or mental growth. Intelligent, witty, and fast on her feet, her no-nonsense attitude is the stabilizer on which the story is built. Not one to tolerate any misbehavior in her home, watching her handle her guests provided much laughter.
“I am glad the rooms were to your liking, Under-Khan. Unfortunately, I must ask you to depart, so the Marshal of House Krahr can inspect the quarters of his people.”
“And if I insisted on staying?”
“Then I’ll seal your body in wood, so all you can do is breathe, and use you as a lawn ornament.
What I adore about this heroine and the Andrews writing in general is they appear to have found the magic formula that enables them to balance the conflict with the emotion without succumbing to trite plotlines or made up controversy.
Getting to see Jack, George, and Lark (On the Edge series) again was a gift I didn’t expect but so happy to have received. The changes in them are rather complicated and I can only wish we had been able to experience them growing up in order to understand why they are like they are now. Especially George. Sean and Armand revisit, though if you’re hoping for a clear resolution to that situation, you’re out of luck. And of course my favorite guest of all-Her Grace, Caldenia ka ret Magren. A ruthless predator whose actions in the past have left her in need of the inn’s sanctuary. Her love for Mello Yello and Funyuns is at odds with her diabolical nature.
She liked him, so she was torturing him. Her Grace in a nutshell.
The end is a roller coaster ride of such dramatic twists and turns it would have left Machiavelli in awe. While the Andrews don’t make Dina’s journey easy at all, they do make it an exciting ride that further solidifies their reputation as fantastic storytellers who only seem to improve with each new adventure.
I am definitely looking forward to more Innkeeper Chronicles in the future.
Fans of Ilona Andrews have begged and pleaded for Derek to get his own story since he was first introduced in Magic Bites. Originally ordered to shadow and protect Kate Daniels due to her impetuous actions upon meeting the Beast Lord; Kate gained her very own teenage werewolf sidekick and a very good friend in Derek Gaunt. From that moment on he has made us laugh, swoon, and even shed a few tears as we have watched him change from an attractive outgoing teenager to a hardened loner who has seen and done things that left him damaged on the inside and out.
Novellas are fabulous ways to divulge deeper into a particular story line or character. And it’s always a bonus when a series revolving around one couple offers readers a chance to see the world through the eyes of another character. Especially one as complex as Derek. His unique voice, heard only in the distance before, comes through crystal clear with a fatalistic tone. We can hear how rough the past year has been; completely changing him not only physically but mentally and emotionally. He is conflicted, stressed, and it shows.
While Kate is the main voice of the series, hearing from Derek gifts us with insight into things Kate doesn’t know about. And ho boy are there things going on that she knows nothing about. Things about Julie. Things about Derek. Things that are coming for them and Atlanta.
Adventure, danger, and violence all blend together to create a fast-paced action powered story that advances the arc, further builds on this incredible world, but most importantly gives us hints as to what’s to come. One deadly artifact, magic that predates time, and a man who is teetering on the edge. A man who becomes noticeably sharper and more possessive when a certain young lady comes into play. A young lady whose own secrets are more than enough scare even the hardest of warriors.
Magic Stars is an exhilarating AND informative read that only further fuels my need for the next book in the series-Magic Binds-set to release in 2016.
Favorite Quote: “Monsters are your friends, never forget that.”
Lila Merriweather is now a full-fledged member of the Sinclair Family and has discovered her relationship to the Draconi’s. Determined to stop Victor Draconi from killing the Sinclairs and other families in order to take over as the ruling family of Cloudburst Falls, Lila, along with friends, has been slowly working behind the scenes to keep that from becoming a reality. When the scions of the various families are kidnapped and held for ransom, Lila will have to use everything in her arsenal to save the young man and the people she has come to love.
Bright Blaze of Magic is the third and final installment in Estep’s YA based urban fantasy trilogy. Our heroine, Lila Merriweather has gone from an orphaned loner to a girl with a family, a boyfriend, and a mission to avenge her parent’s death. Estep has done an admirable job of leading us to this point; setting up the plotlines, slowly allowing her heroine to grow, and making sure readers have all the information needed as she starts this book off with a bang and give us a respectable ending.
Steady pacing, engaging dialogue, and action-packed scenes kept this reader entertained as Estep revisits the most magical place on Earth for the final showdown. I enjoyed seeing Lila finally settle into her role and accept the bounty she originally rejected. The storyline is pretty straightforward without any real surprises or plot twists. The foreshadowing is laid on with a heavy hand. As I stated earlier, Estep pretty much tells us what is going to happen in book two and in here we see how it plays out. Punches aren’t pulled as Estep stays true to her heroine, allowing her to learn with each new hurdle she is forced to jump though there is no doubt at all Lila will prevail.
The cast of secondary characters continues to entertain and add to the anticipation of the story. Everyone puts aside their differences in a great show of solidarity for the common good. Lila gets help from the most unexpected places as she prepares for the coming battle through I was a little disappointed by everyone’s obvious regulation to minor supporting roles.These characters have lived and trained for the fighting and skirmishes between their families yet they all back down and place their future in the hands of a seventeen-year-old. I was expecting more from them. I was also disappointed with the development of Victor Draconi. He didn’t live up to his hype from the previous books. We are informed this is an evil black-hearted villain yet for all his posturing he was nothing more than a mashup of ridiculous threats and loosely plotted avenues of destruction.
Estep tightens up all the loose ends and wraps everything up in a fight to the death that resolves the main conflict but leaves some small openings that could spell more visits to CloudBurst in the future. Overall I did enjoy this series though it is definitely geared towards a younger reader. I recommend it for all readers who enjoys an adventurous YA Urban Fantasy with a lightweight world filled with magic, and a strong relatable female protagonist for readers to cheer for.
Favorite Quote: “He’d waited centuries for her. Was it too much that she wait a few months for him to be worthy of her?”
Cormack has spent centuries trapped in his wolf form, unable to shift. Shunned by humans and shifters alike, his only salvation was with a young woman named Elen. Elen, also shunned because of her unusual magic, welcomes Cormack into her life and the two build a bond nothing can shatter.
When Elen is able to heal Cormack of his inability to shift, Cormack experiences true freedom for the first time in forever. Having always admired and respected Elen, Cormack now realises that his feelings for her are much much deeper and he wants to have it all with her.
But someone else wants Elen to. Someone who will do anything, hurt anyone, to take control of her and her gifts. Cormack must use every skill at his disposal if he is going to save his woman from a fate worse than death.
I first discovered Ms. DeLima’s Celtic Wolves series while at Coastal Magic Con 2014. I bought books one and two and devoured both quickly. A dark passionate paranormal series with romance, suspense, and some delicious action packed scenes all overlaid with a strong dose of celtic/welsh mythology. Though each story is dedicated to one hero and heroine with a romance and resolvable conflict; the arc is strong, multi plotted, and overflows from story to story. I do not recommend reading these out of order.
The Celtic Moon series is a paranormal series that revolves around tribes of wolf shifters and Guardians. The Guardians, the rulers of the shifters, have subverted their power over the centuries, using unmated females as breeding stock and killing off the weaker shifters who are unable to shift. Now the shifter tribes are revolting, wanting to live their lives in peace and freedom. This book picks up right after book two, Summer Moon, ends. The shifters barely won the battle between them and the Guardians and now the shifters are gearing up for the full-out war that is coming.
During the battle of Avon, Elen, sister to Dylan, the alpha of her village, uses her magic to save her nephew’s life by stripping a Guardian of his magic. She in turn gives the magic to Cormack, lifting the curse that has plagued him. In doing this, she opens up a door to something thought lost long ago. This draws the attention of Pendaran, the vile leader of the Guardians. He begins to court her, wanting the power she has for his own use. When Cormack learns of this, he realises that the time has come for him to make his feelings for her known but first he must soothe Elen’s hurt feelings. Cormack has been staying with Dylan since he regained his powers, wanting to relearn his humanity out from under Elen’s watchful eye. He knows her need to help him would only interfere with his need to do it on his own. But before he can tell her how he feels, Elen is betrayed and given over to the Guardians.
I love we finally get Elen and Cormack’s story. They have played a central role in the ongoing arc since book one. Though they are at this center of this story, the conflict is a bit stronger and divulges deeper than the romance. Cormack’s and Elen’s bond is strong. Built on friendship and affection, their ‘romance’ has essentially been developing for centuries. When Cormack is healed, they are finally given the chance to be together as they were always meant to be. Mild misunderstandings occur but DeLima doesn’t waste time and allows them to be easily cleared up. The love scenes were minimal but their time together is a lovely mixture of innocence and enthusiasm that stays true to their personalities.
The well plotted storyline intertwines with the romance, using multiple subplots and an expansion of the world and subsequent arc to help strengthen what is already in play. DeLima uses some devious twists and turns, to force the story down it’s intended path. Further development on the legends portion only adds to the suspense and anticipation of what’s coming.
The main conflict continues to address the long standing racism and antagonism that exists between the shifters and Guardians, drawing in and expanding the story in fascinating directions. New enemies and allies emerge, each holding an important puzzle piece to towards the big picture while we see plenty of old faces and learn more about their roles in the storm that’s coming.
The ending is an intense, violent, action packed roller coaster ride of deception, betrayal, and reward as Cormack and Elen fight to protect their love and their family. DeLima continues to improve this series with each new installment and I am excited to see where she takes us next.
Liam Cuelebre is experiencing some growing pains. The events of the past few weeks has taken a toll on him and he finds himself drifting along aimlessly as he struggles to understand exactly what happened and his place in the world.
Pia and Dragos are at a loss on how to cheer up their son so they decide on a gift that Liam has wanted forever. His response is worthy of the prince he is and it leads him to make a choice on that will change his life forever.
This is the third novella in a trilogy that focused on the Cuelebre family; each book from one family member’s point of view. I admit to waiting impatiently to finally hear from Liam. This sweet not so little boy anymore stole fans hearts from the moment we learned of his impending birth. Due to his unique genetics and some liberties taken by Harrison, his growth and maturity is fast-tracked by days rather than years as with human children. A condition he battles with his dragon on a daily basis. He feels as though life is passing him by with each minute that passes.
"He was growing tired of this constant battle with himself."
Not as action-packed as the first two, also, no smexy times. This is one of the tamest story in this world, more of a reflective coming of age than Harrison’s normal offerings.
The events in Shadow’s Fall affected Liam in multiple ways. His strong narrative explains his discontent and sorrow; and his choice to finally put forth some of his own concerns to his parents. Being the Wyr Prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He is feeling smothered and wants to be able to make some of his own choices in his life. Hard to do when he is the first of his kind and his parents are extremely protective of their only child.
"I didn’t know you were having problems with being my son…"
Harrison does a fantastic job of showing the emotional upheaval Liam is experiencing. His hormones are all over the place and his is testing the boundaries with Dragos provides some chuckles. Dragos, who tolerates no dissension, is suddenly faced with a changeling teenager and must learn to balance his role as the Lord of the Wyrs with being a father. Thankfully they have Pia to smooth the way.
"I am not a child anymore. I won’t do everything you tell me to do just because you tell me to do it."
Harrison addresses the clues she left in the first two books in here, expanding on them and further ratcheting up the speculation of the next full-length novel. I also saw a certain tweet that Harrison is considering releasing a trilogy all from Liam’s point of view. I would love to see that. Especially if it relates to the new adventure he is embarking on.
As always, Harrison delivers the goods with her dynamic characters and well-plotted stories. Fans will delight to share in the more private moments on the Cuelebre family as well as seeing possible future storylines.
Jane Yellowrock and her security team is busy preparing for a Witches Conclave being held in New Orleans when she is attacked in her home by a pair of unknown witches. The investigation into the attack results in the solving of a decades-old mystery. A long thought dead master vampire is found chained to the bottom of a pit; insane and starving. Jane is tasked by her boss, Leo Pellissier, with discovering who did this and why. Accusations are flying all around and if Jane doesn’t discover the culprits soon, it could be the beginning of a supernatural war the world has never seen the likes of.
Shadow Rites is the tenth book in Faith Hunter’s epic Urban Fantasy Jane Yellowrock series. Based on Jane Yellowrock, a female dual natured skinwalker, we follow her journey as she continues to discover more about her heritage, her magic, and her destiny as she plays enforcer for Leo Pellister-the Blood Master of New Orleans. Impressively action packed with a steady influx of magic and mayhem-Jane finds herself once again forced to cleaning up a supernatural mess. The steady pace and extremely plotted storylines harmonizes well with the dry humor and dynamic characters. Hunter continuously adds to her character base, introducing new faces while expanding the background on the older more established ones.
While still preparing for the European Mithran Vampire delegate that is coming to New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock and her security team are also handling the security for the Witch Conclave that is coming to broker peace with the vampires. Jane has come along way since the beginning. No longer a solitary figure who walked alone with her guilt and insecurity; she now has friends, family, a home, job security, a better relationship with Beast, and a promising romance. Though she will never probably never exercise all her guilt nor her ingrained need to protect those she loves, she has begun to accept that some of her actions in the past and that her family and friends are more than able to protect themselves. Her biggest accomplishment to date is the total acceptance of Beast. She and Beast are no longer two separate entities who co-exist. They have become one and in doing so has opened up a whole new world of power and magic for Jane.
Beast is a wise ambush hunter. Yes, you are. We are. We are Beast.
The main long reaching arc is still at a standstill as we await the arrival of the European Vampire Council (three books now). Unlike the last two books, the main conflict in here is not a result of the European’s visit but blowback from past choices made by Leo and the Witch Conclave. Hunter has spent a considerable amount of time and skill creating an elaborate and complicated web of lies, betrayal, deception, and death that is slowly coming to light as Jane and her security team find themselves on the receiving end of a nasty revenge plot. Using this plot line, Hunter gives us updates on previous storylines-closing some threads off for good and commenting on others to assure us they haven’t been forgotten. The reasons for the attacks become clear as the multiple plot lines intertwine, giving us a clear view of the complicated politics of the supernatural world and the repercussions of those who try to change it. Jane is forced to defend at great risk to her own life though she is sure to give a strong piece of her mind to all those involved. The investigative angle still remains strong and keeps the world modernized while reminding us of Jane’s ability to look at the world through dual natured eyes and find the truth that has been buried.
“You really need to keep it in your pants.”
“Keep it in my pants…”
“Yeah. Your need to tap everything that moves causes nothing but problems.”
“I have taken you recommendations under advisement.”
Romance wise, this series has been frustratingly slow though we finally see some major advancement. After the events in Black Arts, most fans knew the moment of truth had arrived. Jane could no longer make any excuses for her lover’s behavior. He made his choice, now he must live with it. I love who is in her life now. I’ve always been #TeamBruiser. George Dumas (Bruiser) has taken his time to get to know Jane and is finally in the position to make his intentions known. I love that he has never made her feel inferior or lacking. She matters to him and he accepts her for who and what she is. There is definitely some swoony worthy and majorly hot scenes that gave this reader hope that Jane and George’s relationship will continue to grow.
“He will smell me on you.”
“Good…Old guys sometimes need reminders about who belong to who. Whom. Whatever.
“And do we belong to each other?”
“We’re still finding out.”
Fans will love seeing how strong a role family plays in this installment and the continued message Hunter sends that family is often made by choice, not blood. Eli and Alex continue to hold a large part of Jane’s heart as do the Everhart-Truebloods. Molly is her best friend and the events that fractured their friendship have been addressed. So much humor surrounds this storyline as Jane’s home further expands with blessings in the form of some new roommates. A very interesting subplot is built around Angie-baby that has me excited about the future implications.
“To many people in our den, Beast thought, panting hard. Shift into big-cat and run. We find new den. Alone.”
The ending is a climactic and spectacular explosion; wrapping up the main storyline with cheers, jeers, and outright shock. Once again Hunter brings her A game to the table and more than delivers the goods. Shadow Rites is the turning of the tide in the series and left me more than ready for book eleven-Cold Reign-release date to be announced.
Favorite Quote: “Look at the situation we’re in! She has a clipboard!”
Tori: Jace Berisha’s life wasn’t all that grand, being the wife of a sociopathic religious cult leader, but she never expected him to kill her. When she is granted near immortality by the goddess Freya, she grabs hold with both hands. Of course, being able to exact revenge on her murderous husband is a bonus. Working with the Crows to prevent the coming of Ragnarok, Jace finally has the life she always wanted and an outlet for her anger issues.
But something wicked is coming.
An ancient goddess, bent on vengeance, is cutting a bloody swipe through humanity and her goal is the Crows. In order to save the world and themselves, the Crows will have to join forces with their greatest enemies, the Protectors, a clan built for the sole purpose of killing Crows. Luckily for all of them, Protector Danski Eriksen is a lover, not a fighter. And the woman he wants to love up on? The one and only Jace.
Crazy clans? Check!
Unstoppable gods? Check!
Annoying pets? Check!
Let the games begin.
Anything Shelly Laurenston writes is pure, unadulterated fun. The queen of humorous paranormal romances continues to keep her title with her latest series-Call of the Crows. The Undoing is the second installment in this action packed, laugh out loud, sexy as sin series based on Norse mythology. Set in the present, Laurenston creates a world brimming with supernaturally enhanced warriors who have been enlisted in the fight to save the world from complete annihilation. Each one is offered near immortality at their death with the condition they must serve the god or goddess who gave them their second life until their final death. Some are chosen due to their heritage while others are chosen for their skills. What you end up with is a melting pot of obnoxious, arrogant, loud, petty, narcissistic, trouble making death bringers who can’t stand one another and will leave you gasping for air as they wack, stab, and beat their way to victory.
“Is there something psychologically wrong with you?”
The Undoing starts off with a BANG. We learn exactly how Jace Berisha became a Crow which is foreshadow for what’s to come. Now a full-fledged member of the Crows, the introverted Jace spends her days hiding from the more obnoxious clan members who want her to “socialize” and playing with her puppy, Lev. Her nights are spent drenched in blood and kicking arse as she and her fellow Crows carry out their missions. When one mission to recover their Goddess’s bracelet goes horribly wrong, Jace finds herself being saved by a very sexy Protector.
Danski (Ski) Ericson and his fellow Protectors were sent to retrieve some priceless books by their God but they never expected to walk into a murder of crows. With bodies and parts flying, he is more than a little pleased he finally gets to spend some time with the lovely and reserved Jace. When he learns the books are in a language none of his brethren can read, he hurries over to the Crow mansion and offers Jace a job as one of her talents is knowing multiple languages. After being told no numerous times, Jace finally accepts the job to get away from the Crows and a love affair is born
No, it’s not but soon will be.
I loved this installment. Filled with Laurenston’s trademark humor and snark, we get a ringside seat to the romance of two warring clan members while the tsunami of a storyline expands the world and the arc while building an intriguing conflict. New and old faces offer more background towards the coming war while the interfering clans keep you in tears.
“Get Brodie to drop that squirrel!”
“Oh my God. It’s got the plague or something, right?”
“It’s…it’s not just a squirrel.”
So Sheena, what did you think of The Undoing?
Sheena: Tori, I love this series and Laurenston’s hilarious writing style so much, that any and all romance is just icing on the cake. I get so engrossed in the zany Crow bickering and larger than life personalities that this world of Gods and warrior clans fighting to prepare for- and stave off Ragnarok, is more than enough to captivate. That being said, I was supremely satisfied with the hot Viking sex.
Jace is a berserker with a cause. Her character sang to me because for the love of the gods, she is not overly shy, she just wants to be left the eff alone and avoid small talk. I have far less traumatic reasons for hating small talk in comparison to Jace, however, I found myself fighting giggles whenever her introvert-ness was confronted. Ski was handsome enough. Present enough, kind enough and pretty much served his purpose. For all intents and purposes, this was all about the Crows. Ski was more of a prop. Never really got to know him. Even so, his lack of development did not really bother me. So many rich characters vied for my attention that Ski’s “meh” ness did not really register. When he wasn’t slowly finessing his way into Jace’s favor, he was engaging in a series of standoffs with book one’s hero, Vig, that nearly busted my gut. Besides Jace, the Crows and the most outrageous house party I’ve ever seen, highlights of the story included a Protector called Bear and his tenuously brokered affinity for Jace’s dog, Lev. I loved Bear. He is a brutal, alpha warrior with a sweetly crass streak that made his character really pop! The Protector’s are seriously studious, owl-like warriors who fancy themselves above the fray- until they are knee deep in it, of course. Heh!
Tori: Sheena, I’m pretty sure Jace is my fictional sister from another mother. I too despise small talk and have some, err, anger issues, am shy, and prefer books to people. While I have never gone as far as hiding in a cupboard (or biting off someone’s nose), I have walked away while someone was in mid-sentence, peeked around doorways to avoid talking to anyone, and pretended I didn’t hear someone calling my name as I ran away. Jace’s awkwardness resonated in me and I adored her. I found her backstory fascinating. OMG her grandmother. (I died). Jace had good reasons for her actions and I can’t help but hope we met more of her relatives in future installments. I have to agree with you about Ski. I liked him because he was the one for Jace. Laurenston created him as a foil, a grounding agent for Jace and we never learn his backstory or gain any real feeling for him as an individual. Not like we got for Vig in book one. But he gets the job done between, over, under, beside the sheets so yeah… VIKING SEX FOR THE WIN!!
Shenna: I did not think it possible, yet I very much so enjoyed The Undoing even more than it’s predecessor, The Unleashing. I could not get enough of the snarknado tendencies of these Crows! Amsel, Chloe, Kera, and the whole gang come together as often as they clash and fight- always proving that Crows stick together, no matter what against any enemy or threat of any kind. It was heartwarming and emotional to see how they looked after Jace, the obligatory sisterly warnings they gave to Ski when he expressed his interest in her, and the downright deadly defense when it came to protecting her from her own blood. No matter the threat, these girls stick together!
Tori: The Undoing was phenom. While I enjoyed The Unleashing, The Undoing went into expands on the world with stronger details, with more humor, stronger elements, and a better balance between the arc and the subplots. The teasing, pranks, and snippets of violence between the clans and each other as is the almost homicidal need to protect one of their own is part of what makes Laurenston’s books so funny. They are predestined to mess with each other and Lord is it hilarious. Their motto is literally ‘love hurts.’ The Crows are the ultimate girl gang gone wild. I was almost hysterical watching the the party unfold and & Cleo’s ex husband…my stomach hurt from laughing by the time I was done reading.
“Since this is my party, shouldn’t I have a say in who gets to come?”
“It’s a party in your honor. No one said it was your party.”
The whole character base is a is the literary equivalent of taking LSD. Bear and his OCD tendencies was a story all on it’s own. In fact, each of the Protectors all had this calm, cool, anti-social vibe going on that when they did associate with the Crows and other clans, you were shocked by how devious they were. So much goodness in here.
“What did you do?”
“Just smiled pleasantly.”
“Always instigating. You’re almost as bad as Erin.”
Shenna: The Undoing boasts vibrantly colorful supporting characters and hysterical interpersonal struggles within the clan factions. These clan run-ins occur in conjunction with Jace’s personal journey which all ties into a race to stop a demon from prematurely setting off events to bring the great battle before its time. Ultimately, The Undoing had me utterly ugly laughing, akin to the “ugly cry” but far more embarrassing and less voluntary.
The broader story arc got a little too fantasy-crazy for me but, hey, I never let a little envelope pushing get in between me and a good story, so I am in it for the long haul for The Call of Crows series. I am already eager to get my hands on information for book three. More Bear…and Viking sex please. Said everyone- ever! Ca-cawww!!!!
Tori: Indeed. There wasn’t one single character who didn’t make a lasting impression on me and leave me wanting more. I myself enjoyed the arc and main conflict. It was ‘out there’ but all her plot lines are and I couldn’t imagine them any other way. I think Laureston does an excellent job of expanding upon it from book one and giving it just enough zaniness to keep me wide-eyed without leaving me eye rolling and wondering about the logistics.
The Call of the Crows series is a definite must read for fans of humorous, outrageous, over the top PNR that overflows with colorful storylines, insane characters who refuse to act normal, and sexy adult romances that aren’t hampered by emo drama or baggage.
Shadowed Blade ups the ante and blows you away with the action, suspense, and new storylines. More secrets are revealed and characters introd4.5 stars
Shadowed Blade ups the ante and blows you away with the action, suspense, and new storylines. More secrets are revealed and characters introduced as Kit learns just how far some will go for power. ...more
Favorite Quote: “I was the Godzilla to their Tokyo.”
Tallulah Corentine has been waiting years for the fabulous life she was promised by her parents when they gave her to the Gods at age seven. Born as one of the “chosen ones,” Tallulah has powers and some benefits as a cleric to Seth, the Storm God, but knows she is nothing more than an indentured servant. Getting on the wrong side of a death goddess while doing a favor for Seth has Tallulah protecting a very special package with the help of the priest of bad luck. Using her wits, a lot of ingenuity, and some help from some powerful frenemies, Tallulah will have to strike while the lightening is hot if she wants to survive the night.
Thunder Road is the first in Sierra Dean’s newest urban fantasy series-Rain Chasers. Based on mythology and legends, Dean takes some amusing liberties as she drags various gods and goddesses into the 21st century with modern day conveniences to ensure these ancient deities retain their powers through prayer and worship. The internet and vending machines have replaced the outdated methods used to ask for favors and blessings. Clerics and/or priests to the deities are used to help to answer those prayers. Usually, human children born with marks that show them to be chosen to serve a particular god or goddess, their parents turn them over to the temple at a young age buying into the hype that their children will receive untold blessings and riches. The reality is much different and we soon learn that being a chosen one isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“Tallulah Corentine, earthbound bitch to the god of the storm.”
Once again, Dean writes a delightfully dark and humorous urban fantasy that pairs charismatic characters with an adventurous road trip style storyline. Engaging narrative and a solid conversational flow opens up a modern world steeped in supernatural wonder but relatively uncomplicated to perfectly showcase her newest heroine-Tallulah Corentine. Tallulah Corentine is a Rain Chaser. A cleric for the storm god Seth, Tallulah’s job is to do Seth’s bidding. No matter how odd, dangerous, or ridiculous the assignment. Intelligent, sarcastic, gutsy, and complex, Tallulah is a cheer-worthy urban fantasy heroine. Her love of American muscle cars, 80s hair metal bands, and copious amounts of Chinese food makes her a woman after my heart. Tallulah has been with Seth for twenty-seven years and the shine has definitely worn off. Given to him as a child, she resents him, his lack of humanity, and her lack of choice. Used as a human lightning rod, her powers are a result of her ability to access and channel Seth’s powers, she fears her the continued scarring and her eventual death.
“We were tools to them, things they relied on but did not love. Gods didn’t know how to love.”
Multiple plotlines keep the energy levels high and the story flowing smoothly as Tallulah finds out that her last mission for Seth has put her on the death goddess’s hit list. She has only one chance to make it out alive and that depends on her locating a certain individual before Manea does. Dean builds a dynamic secondary cast to support the main storyline and to plot future storylines. Subtle layering shows us that the main conflict is only the beginning of what the future has in store for Tallulah.
I loved the characterization of the various characters Dean introduced. Humor and mayhem go hand in hand as we meet the people in Tallulah’s orbit. Prescott, the right hand of the death goddess Manea herself, is a former childhood friend and flame but seems to be harboring a grudge against Tallulah. Cade, the luckless one, is a cleric to Ardra, the goddess of bad luck. Considered a friend but there is some romantic interest. He carries a very heavy burden and I hope Dean delves deeper into his background in the future. Seth’s temple manager and daughter, Sido, is Tallulah’s go to gal. She is firmly #TeamSeth but there is an affectionate bond between her and Tallulah that may prove to be interesting in the future. Various deities-Hecate, Hades, and Badb-make appearances, each providing Tallulah with a clue towards what’s coming. But anytime you make deals with immortals, there is always a price to pay.
“Are you offering to help me?” I asked.
“Haven’t I helped you already?”
“Telling someone they’re about to be hit by a bus does nothing to move them out of the path of the bus,” I pointed out.
“At least I am not driving the bus,” she countered with a graceful shrug.
Dean pens another winner with her latest fantasy, staying true to her writing style with a strong heroine and an underdog theme. Thunder Road definitely entertained and I am looking forward to seeing what Dean has in store for Tallulah in the next installment....more
LOVED!!! Daniels adds a new dimension to her Kit Colbana series with the introduction of a new and VERY interesting couple whose addition to this w4.5
LOVED!!! Daniels adds a new dimension to her Kit Colbana series with the introduction of a new and VERY interesting couple whose addition to this world could spell relief or disaster for all those involved. I can't wait to see where Daniels goes from here. ...more