Stevie and Weldon, who both first appeared in Aspect Ratio, are back front and center. Stevie is in her hI am rather giddily in love with this series.
Stevie and Weldon, who both first appeared in Aspect Ratio, are back front and center. Stevie is in her home dimension, trying to put behind her the experience of dealing with aspects, inter-dimensional travel, and a certain sexy exterminator in a fedora. But Weldon returns to invite her to accompany him on an out of this world job and, as happens with the Shift Happens series, wackiness ensues.
The humor, romance, and adventure is constant in this book, though it brings to the forefront what I've loved about this series from the start: for all the fantastical elements, the characters are real people with real problems. Misunderstandings, lack of communication, and projections is the real conflict in most relationships; this is very much true of Stevie and Weldon, and I love them all the more for it.
Pauli also manages to do what very few other authors can, which is to leave me in awe of the world she's created and keep me guessing as to how things will go. The book is never bogged down by the world building details and keeps up a comfortable pace that isn't too fast but doesn't drag.
I'm honored to be able to work with Ms. Pauli and eagerly await the fourth book, Pyramid Scheme. EAGERLY. Hint hint....more
A stunning conclusion to The Changeling Race Trilogy.
The world building, characters, and pacing are all top notch--Frances is a fantastic storytellerA stunning conclusion to The Changeling Race Trilogy.
The world building, characters, and pacing are all top notch--Frances is a fantastic storyteller. But for me, what set this book apart from so many series conclusions is that she didn't take the cliche good triumphing over evil route--that's not what the series is about. There are those who do good, yes. And those who do evil. And shades of gray. But sometimes our enemies are in the right and justice is much more difficult to discern, and that's what she explores in this book.
I adore this series and am incredibly proud to have worked with Frances on the books....more
A wonderful sequel to All Wounds, even stronger than the last book. Rebecca's grown, matured, and while still distinctly a teenager, she's becoming coA wonderful sequel to All Wounds, even stronger than the last book. Rebecca's grown, matured, and while still distinctly a teenager, she's becoming comfortable in her own skin and with it comes more strength and confidence she didn't yet have in the first novel.
There's little I can say without giving away spoilers, but familiar faces are back, new friends join the fray, and enemies rise to make Time Heals one hell of a ride. Sign me up for the next book!...more
Dina James' dark, Destrati world is not the hot-chick-in-leather-pants, action-packed paranormal read so common these days. No, this collection of shoDina James' dark, Destrati world is not the hot-chick-in-leather-pants, action-packed paranormal read so common these days. No, this collection of short stories (some previously published, others new) can be best appreciated while curled up somewhere comfortable with a glass of fine wine while classical music plays in the background. These stories ask the reader to think, to pay attention, to entertain philosophical and theological questions that may or may not have answers. There is romance, yes--tales of soul mates and true loves. There is mystery and danger. There are vampires, angels, and demons. There is the enigmatic Kyle, a lost soul known as The Betrayer, both alien and at times almost human.
And there is also so, so much more.
Cerebral and full of depth, the Destrati world is engaging and intelligent with well-developed characters and complex mythology--a world I hope to see one day in novel form. Until then, I am content with this collection of tales, which are perfect for a re-read once done....more
Full disclosure: I'm the SE for the publisher of this book and I acquired it. I'm also a fangirl.
For my job, I read and review a lot of books. ThousanFull disclosure: I'm the SE for the publisher of this book and I acquired it. I'm also a fangirl.
For my job, I read and review a lot of books. Thousands. Most I don't get past a couple of paragraphs. Cads and Cadavers, however, had me from the first two lines:
It seemed rather insensitive to dissect her boyfriend’s dead body.
But, just like when the fall dance rolled around, he was kind of her only option.
It's pretty hard to top an opening like that, but Kelly Lougheed surpassed all of my jaded editor expectations with this one. The best way I could describe it is for you to imagine Jane Austen decided to write a contemporary YA vampire novel. It's satirical of the genre without being mean-spirited and silly without being wholly absurd. An academically competitive heroine dissecting her dead boyfriend, black market organ schemes, a friend with a penchant for writing romance novels, and the pesky problem of vampires on campus--this book is nonstop fun.
Kelly's voice leaps off the page, and this is the book I refer to when I talk to writers about the elusive "voice" that some aspiring authors either have or they don't. Kelly has it; her work grabs the reader from the get-go and doesn't let up until "The End." I'm thrilled to have this book in our catalogue and excited we'll be bringing out more of Kelly's books next year....more