This one is a prequel short story for the new Pax Arcana series. The title sounds quite cute and charming, but those aren't the words I'd use to describe this world. It is another one where the world is really effed up. The whole story was pretty much a long action scene, so I was happy.
Our MC comes from a long line of Knights who fight the supernatural creatures that prey on humanity. He is also something else. I was intrigued before, and now I am really looking forward to book 1.
I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of collateral damage in this series.
Charming, book 1 in the series, is out September 24.(less)
A dark, gritty UF novella with no romance. I did ask Wells if there would be more, and there will be. She does have lots of projects she is working on...moreA dark, gritty UF novella with no romance. I did ask Wells if there would be more, and there will be. She does have lots of projects she is working on, but eventually we will get further stories in this world. This makes me happy.
Not that Meridian's world is full of sunshine and rainbows. Nope. This place is hell on earth. Vampires rule, humans are food, and it all sucks (every pun intended).
In this world, the Troika, vampires, have taken over. They did it slowly, using the humans fear to cement their hold. Humans are now in work camps, if their blood type isn't desirable, or little more than blood slaves.
The setup felt very believable. It's not unthinkable that a group could turn fear into a mobilizing force, stripping away freedoms before anyone realizes what is happening.
Meridian Six is the daughter of a famous human resistance fighter. Since her mother's death she has been a vamp PR guy's dream, paraded about before the conquered humans. She also has a very desirable blood type.
However, when we start our story, Meridian is running, trying to reach sanctuary. She assaulted the head of the Troika and his goons are after her. With no plan and no friends, Meridian isn't thinking much past the next second. Soon she finds herself with the Resistance, people who have little reason to trust her. Of course, Meridian has information that will change their fight.
There is a lot of darkness here. While it might look like Meridian has had a privileged life, she has more scars than anyone could count. What finally sent her over the edge was heartbreaking. She has also been used her whole life, and now, when she is free of the Troika, she is being used by the Resistance. Meridian is a complex character and since this is a novella, we only get a tiny snapshot of who she is. It was enough to make me want more.
Of course, Rabbit is my fav supporting character. A kid who has had to grow up too fast. My heart stopped a few times with that little guy.
I'm not quite sure what to expect with the next installment. There is a ton of danger in this world and things are tense. I will be reading it, though. Maybe with a blankie.(less)
I'm just about to start book 2 in this series, so this short was a great way to get back into the world and the characters.
Esme & Rips story. Rip...moreI'm just about to start book 2 in this series, so this short was a great way to get back into the world and the characters.
Esme & Rips story. Rip is keeping his distance from Esme because he is afraid that in his new state he'll hurt her. There are some misunderstandings that luckily don't go on too long. Also some action as someone tries to take over Blade's turf.
The romance worked and I enjoyed the whole story.(less)
The action junkie is happy! It starts with a fight in the girls room of a bar and keeps going until the end. I like th...morePrequel novella for new series.
The action junkie is happy! It starts with a fight in the girls room of a bar and keeps going until the end. I like the shapeshifting Celia a lot. She is strong, but her strength sets her apart from everyone else, making her lonely too. She is fiercely protective of her sisters and I love that aspect. A lot of books have relationships between men and women, but not as many positive relationships between women. While they may not always agree, these girls love each other and have each others backs. Taran the hot head, Shayna the bubbly one, and Emme the sweet, they all also have powers that make these sisters a force to be reckoned with.
I also was very happy to see the action take place in Lake Tahoe. I've visited this area many times and have always enjoyed it, so that's an extra plus for me.
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail on the story - I don't want to spoil anything. You do get a taste of the other supernaturals in the Wird's new home, and you get to see the girls' powers in action. There isn't any romance, but there is a hint at something that might appear in the future. I can't wait to read book 1!
Novella set in the Enclave world. This one follows Thimble & Stone, Deuce's childhood friends. We get to see what happens after Deuce & Fade w...moreNovella set in the Enclave world. This one follows Thimble & Stone, Deuce's childhood friends. We get to see what happens after Deuce & Fade were banished.
I really liked it. Sweet romance, good action.(less)
Working on reviewThis is a collection of three short stories closer to the horror side of sf/fantasy without a lot of gore. Each story deals with fait...moreWorking on reviewThis is a collection of three short stories closer to the horror side of sf/fantasy without a lot of gore. Each story deals with faith, especially the all-consuming notion of faith, with the results increasing in intensity and destructiveness as we progress through the book. Interestingly, the cast becomes less human as we go from story to story as well.
Devil Come A-Calling: Set in the Wild West with a down on his luck bank robber finding himself in very dire straits with something more evil than he is. This one was the creepiest for me and the darkest, probably because it has people doing horrible things to other people. I do like the late 1800s American West as a setting, so that was a plus.
In His Image: More in your face religious. Intergalactic crusaders trying to conquer an insectoid planet in the name of Christ Pangalactic. Then one of the crusaders tries out the local deities when his god won't bring back his son from the dead. Not my favorite of the three. While the first story had plenty of characters I didn't like, I still really wanted to see them get what was coming to them, and I was satisfied with the end. In this one, the payoff wasn't as big. I just wasn't feeling it.
The Overlord's Dream: Set on a planet inhabited by insectoid creatures living in a hive society. Jubilation at the news that their legendary Messiah-like ancestor is returning soon turns to turmoil as questions over the true nature of this being infect the hivemind. I thought it impressive that even though every character is an insect, I still was pulling for them. And I'm not a big bug-person.
If you are of a certain religious persuasion, this might not be for you. I liked them, although they are a bit darker in tone than my usual. This might not be one to read if you need a pick-me-up after a bad day.
The whole collection is a very quick read, and I did find myself wanting a bit more. Maybe Shelton-Davis will revisit these later. I'll keep an eye out.
I first read this in the Hexed anthology. One of the things I love about eBooks is that so often my favorite short stories eventually get released dig...moreI first read this in the Hexed anthology. One of the things I love about eBooks is that so often my favorite short stories eventually get released digitally on their own. If you love the Kate Daniels series I highly recommend it. Not that Kate is really in this one. This story is about Dali and Jim.
We met Jim in book 1 - a fellow merc, he is one of the few people that Kate could grudgingly call a friend. He is also a werejaguar, the Alpha of Clan Cat, and the Pack's head of secuirty. We met Dali in book 3 - a weretiger who can't see well and faints at the sight of blood, Dali is a skilled magic user.
This time around, Jim is in trouble and Dali is the one he turns to to break the spell he's under. There's a dragon, a very scary vengeful being, and a very smart girl kicking ass with her brain.
Don't mess with the smart girl, she will own your ass.(less)
3.5 stars mostly because this felt more like a sample than a complete story. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, and it did it's job as I was left wan...more3.5 stars mostly because this felt more like a sample than a complete story. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, and it did it's job as I was left wanting more.
The world is very interesting, I liked the characters, and there is a setup here for a very good action-romance.
Nolan has a good narrative voice and I'll be checking out more from her.(less)
THis was a good short story. Rounding up to 4 stars.
Loved the atmosphere.
It's one of those shorts where you are thrown into a situation and get to liv...moreTHis was a good short story. Rounding up to 4 stars.
Loved the atmosphere.
It's one of those shorts where you are thrown into a situation and get to live through this one particular night with the characters.
Set in the South after the Civil War (in a world where magic was and is in use) where hard feelings run deep and a Yankee sorceress is pressing a fsteamboat captain to continue on to Vicksburg, even if it means encountering something very very bad and angry.(less)
I will add a caveat that I am a friend of the author, and I got an early peek at this, but I also wouldn't BS you - I had a lot of fun reading this sh...moreI will add a caveat that I am a friend of the author, and I got an early peek at this, but I also wouldn't BS you - I had a lot of fun reading this short.
I like shorts, and I've read my share of "prequel shorts" - the little intros to give you a taste of a new series. This is one of my favorites because I am an action-junkie and there is A LOT of action packed in here. You also get a good picture of the dynamics of the world Jessica lives in, and a good intro to the supporting characters.(less)
I'm giving this one a 3.5. And I liked it, but it's one where I really wanted some more. Sometimes shorts are too short.
Each "chapter" is about one of...moreI'm giving this one a 3.5. And I liked it, but it's one where I really wanted some more. Sometimes shorts are too short.
Each "chapter" is about one of the titled "19 Dragons" interspersed with tiny bits on calamitous happenings in the world.
The book blurb mentioned that there are blank pages on purpose - so keep clicking until you reach the 100% done on your eReader. Sometimes I had to click through more than one blank page. Luckily that was mostly at the end. If the whole story had been like that I would not have been happy.
The mythology with the dragons and the steampunk references kept my attention. There is a lot of imagination here.
I got this as a freebie, but it definitely did its job as I will be looking to see what else the author has published.(less)
I've read a lot of "prequel novellas" - the short set just before the first book in a new series that introduces you to a character, maybe sets up a b...moreI've read a lot of "prequel novellas" - the short set just before the first book in a new series that introduces you to a character, maybe sets up a bit of what's to come.
This one was better than most. i think I'd give it a 3.5.
Finley is hired by a woman who is offering way more money than she should, and overlooking quite a few damaging employment history issues, but Finley takes the job anyways. There's a couple of fight scenes, a little bit of homage to Shelley's Frankenstein, and a tiny intro to Finely's world.
If you are curious about this series, the short is a good taste of what you'll get.(less)
Here is the thing - I did like where this was all going: liked the characters, the ghost story, I just needed more. I did a bit of searching and I thi...moreHere is the thing - I did like where this was all going: liked the characters, the ghost story, I just needed more. I did a bit of searching and I think this was a podcast first. That makes sense to me. I actually think I would have enjoyed it more that way, as an audible ghost story, than reading it as a quick eBook.
I am still really interested in the Ministry tales (the whole idea of seeing other adventures with other agents is so much fun), but I might try the podcasts for some of the others.(less)