This is definitely a PNR series of the lighter chick-lit variety.
The series premise is that in Salem, MA, there's an employment agency, Works Like MaThis is definitely a PNR series of the lighter chick-lit variety.
The series premise is that in Salem, MA, there's an employment agency, Works Like Magick, where the owner has a special gift for perfectly - and magically - matching clients & temps.
This book is about McKenna Greylock, a woman who will lose her family heritage - a large Victorian home that she's trying to turn into a Bed & Breakfast. She only has 90 days to meet the inspector's approval or the house will be repossessed and purchased by a smarmy developer. She goes to Works Like Magic to find a handyman to help her with this task, but finds the gorgeous Bastian Dragonelli, who coincidentally is a REAL dragon, instead.
I really enjoyed this book with it's very witty scene descriptions and banter between the lead characters. Readers who enjoyed Blair's previous two connected series will also love this one. There's even a cameo by the Kitchen Witch, herself. :-)
I'll definitely continue reading this series. Book #2, Bedeviled Angel is out now, with Book #3, Vampire Dragon coming April 2011....more
This is a fantasy series that takes place in the fantasy world of Elantra. Elantra is populated by different races: humans, a lion-humanoid race calleThis is a fantasy series that takes place in the fantasy world of Elantra. Elantra is populated by different races: humans, a lion-humanoid race called Leontines, dragons, an elf-like race called Barrani, a winged race called Aerians, and a telepathic race called Tha'alani. The first book introduced the world, the races and protagonist, Kaylin Neya. The recent books have been Kaylin solving various problems, but they each focus more on one race than another. The second book was about the Barrani. The third book, about the Tha'alani. This fourth book was mostly about the Leontines.
Kaylin's trusted sergeant and surrogate father has been detained for murder. It's up to Kaylin, et. al. To navigate the politics & customs of the various races of Elantra to uncover the true story behind the murder.
I love this series. It's one of my all-time favorites. However, this book was missing some of the elements I've liked most in the previous few. While I love how each book uncovers more about Kaylin's past as well as her mysterious hidden abilities, I miss the romantic angle that we saw in a few earlier books. It's still a fantastic series, though, and I look forward to reading it through it's end.
There will be at least nine books in this series. The next two, Cast in Silence (#5) and Cast in Chaos (#6) are currently available. Cast in Ruin (#7) will be out in September 2011. Cast in Danger (#8) is currently being written, and a ninth book has been purchased by the publisher as well...more
In a nutshell, I'd describe this book as a Superhero Romance. Lainey Livingston (aka Phenomenal Girl 5) has just been made a member of the Elite HandsIn a nutshell, I'd describe this book as a Superhero Romance. Lainey Livingston (aka Phenomenal Girl 5) has just been made a member of the Elite Hands of Justice, the world's topmost band of superheroes. It's a dream Lainey has been working for since she was a school girl. However, before becoming a full-fledge member, she must train for two years with The Reincarnist, Robert Elliot. Robert is a magician who, upon death, is instantly reincarnated as a 20 year old man who retains all previous magical knowledge - though not necessarily ALL knowledge. As Lainey & Robert grow closer, a new evil mastermind hatches the most nefarious plot the Elite Hands of Justice have ever seen.
Yes, it sounds hokey - a superhero romance. And yes, this book sat on my TBR shelf for three years. But, let me tell you what a mistake that was! This is a fantastically refreshing book! As a long-time paranormal romance reader, one sees mostly vampires & werewolves with the occasional magic-user type book. But this is the first true superhero book I've seen and it was awesome! I'm definitely picking up the second book in the series, Tekgrrl, (despite hating the LOL Cat style title) sometime very soon. You meet Tekgrrl in this book and I'm looking forward to reading her story in her own book. There's also a third book, Sorceress, Interrupted that features another very minor character in Phenomenal Girl 5.
Since this is an unusual book, the series I've read that is most like this one is Gena Showalter's "Extraordinary Girl" series. However, I think anyone who likes both romance and comic books (or movies based on comics) will like this book. ...more
This is another PNR series that has a UF-style series plot. It revolves around five immortals (sons of various world-religion goddesses) who are swornThis is another PNR series that has a UF-style series plot. It revolves around five immortals (sons of various world-religion goddesses) who are sworn to come to the world's aid during times of terrible strife. The balance of the world has shifted too far towards the evil side, so a coven of white witches call for the aid of the immortals.
This book is primarily about the immortal brother, Hunter, and the witch he meets, Leda. Though, it's also a pivotal book in the series plot because, as the title suggests, the immortal brothers are finally gathered together for the first time in the series.
This *could* be the last in the series as it seems to wrap up the series plot from the first three books, but it does leave a few minor questions, and there's one brother and some secondary characters who are still un-mated, so of course there are four more books. :-)
I may read the next three as they feature characters we've come to know (and love) from the previous books. However, the fourth seems to be a short story compilation, so I might not get to that one.
This series is a good alternative for readers who have run out of warrior-type books and who like Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series, or Cheyenne McCray's Magic series, or even Alyssa Day's Warriors of Atlantis series....more
The series is a UF trilogy - the trilogy part being somewhat rare these days as series often last a minimum of 6 books and as many as 20+ (hello, LKH!The series is a UF trilogy - the trilogy part being somewhat rare these days as series often last a minimum of 6 books and as many as 20+ (hello, LKH!).
They take place in NYC and are about a lawyer named Margrit Knight who stumbles across paranormal creatures existing right among all the humans - djinn, Selkies, dragons, vampires, and gargoyles. She quickly finds herself embroiled in the politics of these "old races" and not much more than her brain, a touch of bravery and a ton of "grit" will get her out of it alive.
I'm not sure why this book sat on my TBR shelf for so long. I remember LOVING the first one, so the second one must have disappointed me somewhat. This one was quite good, but left a few too many loose ends to feel like the story is truly over, which sadly, it is.
The author has written some short stories that take place in this universe, though - those are rumored to be out in the second half of 2011. But it doesn't sound like any additional full-length stories are planned at this time....more
For the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend trackFor the series overview, please see my review of the first book in this series, Midnight's Daughter, here.
In this book, Dory is helping a friend track down a faerie relic, a mission that leads her on a wild goose chase hunting down some pretty savory characters, some vamp, some fae. The best part is that she does most of it with a still-talking severed head in her hand. :-)
The quirky humor is one of the things I love about this author, both in this series and in the Cassandra Palmer series. However, the biggest problem I have with the CP series is also present in this book: it's the way the action is seriously non-stop. Poor Dory almost literally doesn't get a breather or a chance to re-group. Normally this wouldn't be too bad, but the pacing just feels frantic to me rather than exciting. However, it's a problem that seems to be specific to me since most other reviewers love both this as well as the CP series.
I WILL say that I really liked how a particular part of Louis-Cesar's backstory was filled in at the end of this book. That alone was worth reading for!
While there doesn't seem to be another book in this series planned yet, there is a new Cassandra Palmer novel out soon - book #5, Hunt the Moon will be released June 7, 2011. ...more