Hounded is the first book in the Iron Druid series and for a first book in a series in was very well written and refreshingly original. Atticus is a 2100 yr old Druid, while looking like a 21 yr old college kid, he hides out in the modern world in Arizona running a new age book shop with his dog Oberon. He is in possession of a magical sword that the very pissed off Celtic God of Love is coming to take back.
I read this book in a day and quickly grabbed the second one after I finished this one. I am loving this series! Hounded is told from Atticus' point of view and he has a really dry sense of humor. Atticus has taught his Irish wolfhound to communicate with him telepathically and the interaction between them was hilarious, conversations filled with Star Wars references and sausages and French Poodles. The supporting cast of the widow, the Celtic Goddesses of death and the Hunt, vampire and werewolf lawyers, a possessed bartender and a coven of witches sounds like it should be a disaster but Kevin Hearne manages to turn it into a fast paced well written delight.
The only thing I found lacking was I never felt Atticus was in real trouble, I mean he's taking on a God and yet he never seemed helpless or even really that threatened. I found the Morrigan scarier than the God trying to kill him and she was on his side. I think that I am comparing it to the Dresden series where poor Harry is constantly getting his ass kicked. I still found it a great read and I'd definately recommend it, I am already grabbing the second and third books in the series.
Bound by Darkness is the ninth book in The Guardians of Eternity series, I have read all of them and I like the series a lot. This book wasn't my favorite, it was good, a pleasant way to pass an afternoon but it wasn't a book I couldn't put down. In this book the heroine is a female vamp named Jaelyn sent by oracles to capture a Sylvermyst named Ariyal. The oracles change her mission from bringing Jaelyn in to staying with him and keeping tabs allowing their attraction to grow.
What I like about this series is the female leads can kick ass while still being a girl, and the guys are always a little bit flawed, makes the characters a little more real for me and a lot easier to get into their stories and cheer them on. Levet, what can you say he's my favorite character in the whole series. My biggest complaint was there wasn't enough of him in this book. It does a good job of setting up the next books to come in the series, couples that will get together and the battle with the Dark Lord isn't over yet. So I look forward to the next one.
The more of this series that I read the better I like it, as I read each book they get harder to put down. It's hard to review this book without giving away spoilers. One Salt Sea is the fifth installment in the Toby Daye series and this book rocked! Toby has 3 days to find the kidnapped children of the Undersea Duchy, to prevent a war between land and sea. There is so much action packed into this book and the world building Seanan McGuire does is amazing especially with the intro of another fey Kingdom.
There is a lot of action in this book and some really heart wrenching moments for Toby. The usual cast of characters are there to support her and with each book you get a little more back story. Raysel features prominently and you get to see just how broken she really is. Tybalt is also with Toby throughout most of this book and I'm a huge Tybalt fan and I am really hoping that relationship develops in future books. All in all this was a book I couldn't put down and I read it pretty much in a single setting. This has become on of my favorite series along with Cassie Palmer, Harry Dresden and Rachel Morgan and I gotta say it's gonna be a really long year waiting for the next one.
I was a huge fan of Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series and I put off reading this series because I was afraid I would be disappointed. After the...moreI was a huge fan of Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series and I put off reading this series because I was afraid I would be disappointed. After the Succubus series ended I finally grabbed Storm Born and started reading. I could not put this book down, I loved it and thinking I'm kinda dumb for leaving it on my to be read pile for so long. This is one is hard for me to review without giving away any spoilers, suffice it to say a lot happens in this book.
Eugenie is a shaman that banishes demon and fey back to their own realms, she gets hired to find a missing girl in the fey realm. That's when all hell breaks lose, she discovers who her biological father is and meets two very hot guys both of which are from the fey realms. She was raised and trained by her stepfather to hate and mistrust the fey so this makes for some pretty interesting conflicts, with herself and the two men in her life.
Eugenie manages to be a strong female character without being a cliche, the love triangle between Eugenie, Kiyo and Dorian is HOT, although I was cheering for Dorian the whole time. This was a great book, fast paced with great characters and I was halfway through the second book before I would even stop and take the time to write this review for it. I recommend it to any UF fans or fans of the Georgia Kincaid series.(less)
This is the first novel in the Alex Craft series, I am always hesitant reading first novels and trying a new series. It always turns into a love it/hate it situation. Happily I really liked this one, it was very different from the typical Urban Fantasy story, not a vamp or shifter to be had, the Fey were the fantasy element, I love well written books about the fey and there isn't enough of them in UF. As I said this book is pretty unique, I mean she makes Death HOT!
Alex is a grave witch, which means she can summon shades of the dead but it's at a big cost to herself. She uses her skills both for her own business and for the police department. She has been estranged from her conservative family for years until her sister calls her to look into the murder of a politician. Women are being murdered in what looks like a ritual. Alex has to connect the two cases while working with the hot Detective Falin who she doesn't quite trust but finds attractive. Meanwhile Death has the hots for Alex and saves her life when someone tries to shoot her, he helps her out with her case when he can but he is very mysterious too. Makes an interesting triangle and I am not sure who I am rooting for yet.
I really enjoyed this book and I already grabbed the second one to add to my growing to-be-read pile. I had never read Kalayna Price so I am really hopeful that the series continues.
This is the first book by Seanan McGuire in the Toby Day series, the book tells the story of Toby who is a changeling, half human and half fey and not...moreThis is the first book by Seanan McGuire in the Toby Day series, the book tells the story of Toby who is a changeling, half human and half fey and not fitting in either world. Toby had been living a solitary life until one of her oldest friends is murdered. The friend puts a binding spell on Toby forcing her to hunt down and discover the murderer.
I really liked this book, especially for a first novel in a series. The author gives a lot of background on the different characters and fey races that you meet, setting a good foundation for future novels. The main character Toby, is pretty flawed and you certainly read why and it made me cheer her on. All in all it was a good read and I started the second book already.(less)
This is the second book in the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks, and I liked this one about as much as the first one in the series. The book starts out whe...moreThis is the second book in the Lupi series by Eileen Wilks, and I liked this one about as much as the first one in the series. The book starts out where the previous one left off so I' d definitely recommend reading Tempting Danger before you start this one. Ok, this book just didn't work for me, it's starts out as a police drama which is ok I like police dramas but the paranormal elements in this book were completely unbelievable for me. Minor spoiler alert - being the same person in two places at once in two different realms just didn't work for me either.
In this book the transition from scene to scene was still too abrupt for me. While I like cliffhangers I don't need one every thirty pages or so it made the books a little choppy for me. On the plus side though I did really like the characters in this book. Cullen is great, Cynna and Gan were both introduced in this book and I really look forward to seeing more of them in future books. Lily's grandmother was more prominent in this book and her I loved, I want to be her when I get old :). I will keep going in this series to see if the plot can catch up to the characters in terms of likeability.(less)
I got the ARC for Undercover Alliance and you know what I really have to pay attention to what I sign up to review, first off this was a little too science fictiony for my taste and secondly I hate picking up a book in the middle of a series. Undercover Alliance is the third book in the Confederacy Treaty and since I haven't read the first two it was rather daft starting with the third one.
Undercover Alliance was thankfully very very short only about 100 pages on my ereader so when I actually spent time reading it, it was very quick. The problem was actually reading it, sci fi is not really my thing and whoever thought sci fi and romance go together...ugh not so much. I don't mind sci fi in movies or on TV, I just find it to hard to get into in a book.
The story itself was ok, nothing great I found the characters kind of boring and the world building wasn't that great, but in fairness that is probably because I didn't read the first two books or because it was just so damn short. Anyway this is the beginning and the end of this series for me just really not my thing but if you're into romantic sci fi give it a shot.