If you are looking for fun, light, well-written paranormal romance that is likely to make you laugh with a mystery that keeps you guessing, Molly Harp...moreIf you are looking for fun, light, well-written paranormal romance that is likely to make you laugh with a mystery that keeps you guessing, Molly Harper's books are a good bet. I took several of her books to the beach, and they were perfect light, entertaining reads.
Half Moon Hollow is a spin off series from the Jane Jameson series that comes before it. I recommend reading them in order - they are much funnier that way.
This one was about an ambivalent witch on a quest to find some family relics that will ensure her family's power for another century. So no pressure. The search brings her to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, where shoe meets the supernatural gang from the first series and develops a strong interest in her hunky next door neighbor. (less)
This was a very good anthology. I only skipped a couple stories, and I found at least one author who's new to me that I loved.
Charlaine Harris’s “The...moreThis was a very good anthology. I only skipped a couple stories, and I found at least one author who's new to me that I loved.
Charlaine Harris’s “The Blue Hereafter” was about a psychic man who was sent by his grandmother to a softball game, but does know why. He meets Sookie and several possible "whys" show up by the end of the story.
William Kent Krueger’s “Hide and Seek” is a gruesome children being chased and killed for sport ghost story.
Stepping into the Dead Zone by Jan Burke is a modern fairytale about changelings. I found it hard to keep the two main boys straight - the author did a poor job of distinguishing them from one another.
Dead on the Bones by Joe R. Lansdale - I found this one uninteresting and skipped it.
The Devil Went Down to Boston by Caitlin Kittredge - This was a modern fairy tale with a gritty edge. It's about magic practitioners and the Mob and demon summoning.
On the Playing Fields of Blood by Brendan Dubois I didn't like this one, so I skimmed it. It's a ghost story about a Native American curse that kills hikers.
The God's Games by Dana Cameron is set in ancient Greece and features a werewolf servant of the gods participating in the Olympic games to foil a planned murder.
Scott Sigler's “The Case of the Haunted Safeway” was the best in the book. It's about a hick monster hunting family taking on baseball playing ghosts in a Safeway. Great ending.
Prise de Fer by Ellen Kushner is about a teen girl in the 1960s studying foil at an exclusive French school for the summer. She has a supplemental ghost teacher no one else can see.
Brandon Sanderson’s “Dreamer” had a great twist. It's about beings that can jump from body to body and don't seem to care all that much what happens to the bodies they are borrowing.
Mercedes Lackey’s “False Knight on the Road” was a twist on meeting the Devil at a crossroad. It involved a bootlegger and a stranger in a fancy racecar.
Seanan McGuire's “Jammed” is part of the InCriptid series (one of my favorites). This is a case where Antimony has to save the day at the roller derby - something ate one of the players.
Hide and Shriek by Adam-Troy Castro was entertaining. Very droll. It's about crazy abominations of elder gods who get bored and play games with sentient beings. I'd like to read more by this author.
Laura Lippman’s “Ice” wasn't my thing. I skipped it.
Bell, Book, and Candlepin by Toni L. P. Kelner was really fun. I'd like to check out more by this author. This story is about a magic-talented college kid, a werewolf of similar age, and the cursed bowling alley where they work.
This is the 9th book in this author's second series (the first series has 22 books so far) and I've read them all. So I really like this author. What...moreThis is the 9th book in this author's second series (the first series has 22 books so far) and I've read them all. So I really like this author. What I like about her writing is that the characters seem to come alive and stay in my imagination well after I put the book down. They are so well fleshed-out that I can imagine what they might do in other scenarios. That's a gift, in my opinion. Most authors don't have that gift.
That said, there are also plenty of things about the way LKH writes that are annoying, and many readers can't get past them. She lost a lot of readers when she blended erotica and polyamory into the first series, and she does have tons of annoying writing habits, like obsessing about the colors everyone is wearing, and having long "therapy" sessions between characters with not-so-great dialogue. She is unrepentant about letting her personal life inform her writing. I guess that means she has some experience with high-drama soul searching.
In this book Merry finally has her babies, only it's triplets, not twins. You get to bask in the new mommy glow and get to know the babies for a while, then one of the dads is targeted and Merry's ruthlessness shows. I feel like this book is actually a bridge to get some necessary plot movement to happen, but not a self-contained mystery like most of the books in the series.(less)
This is a fluffy paranormal romance series that I enjoy very much. It's junk food literature, but I'm a sucker for it. This is the first spin-off book...moreThis is a fluffy paranormal romance series that I enjoy very much. It's junk food literature, but I'm a sucker for it. This is the first spin-off book from the Jane Jameson series, and many of the characters from the first series make appearances.
This is the story of Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, and Cal - a 3000 year old vampire detective for the Council - falling in love. Iris has raised her now-teenage sister by herself since her parents died in a car wreck, but never had a meaningful relationship. The mystery portion of the book deals with a drug that drives vampires into a murderous frenzy against their will.(less)
I lost interest in this book on page 44. It's about Maggie Quinn and Overlord Lisa getting stranded in a small town on the way to the gulf coast for s...moreI lost interest in this book on page 44. It's about Maggie Quinn and Overlord Lisa getting stranded in a small town on the way to the gulf coast for spring break. Something evil lurks in the town.(less)
This is a cute enough series, but I'm not overly excited about it. In this one, Maggie goes undercover as a pledge to report on sorority induction, on...moreThis is a cute enough series, but I'm not overly excited about it. In this one, Maggie goes undercover as a pledge to report on sorority induction, only to find that one of the sororities is in league with the devil. Literally. She's off to vanquish evil again, with Lisa and Justin helping her. (less)
This is the second book in the Weird Girls series. Read my review of book 1 if you want to know more about the series. I gave it a 3 instead of a 4 be...moreThis is the second book in the Weird Girls series. Read my review of book 1 if you want to know more about the series. I gave it a 3 instead of a 4 because the story frustrated me. I honestly considered stopping reading in the middle, but finished anyway, and am now very curious how the author is going to make the mess right. The writing and story-craft deserve 4 stars, though. This book definitely takes the reader on an emotional and action-packed ride. There is no way to do this review without spoilers, so if you hate spoilers, stop reading when I say to stop.
In this book, the point of view remains Celia, the tiger-shifter sister. In the beginning, she and Aric start dating for real. On one of the early dates, the discover newborn demon-spawn, which ties into the action-packed part of the story. There are also male corpses showing up drained of blood, adding to the mystery. The main point of the book, though, is the Celia-Aric relationship. Everything looks like it's headed to fated mates territory, then (BIG SPOILER NOW!!! LAST CHANCE TO STOP READING!!!!) Aric ends up one of the last surviving pureblood werewolves and allows himself to be pressured to break up with Celia and get engaged to another pureblood werewolf. Only he already did the mating ceremony with Celia without even telling her. He IS her fated mate, and you don't get confirmation until the end of the book, and EVEN THEN the out is SO FRICKING OBVIOUS I want to strangle the writer. Two of the four sisters work on a maternity ward, for *&^$#'s sake! Someone should have spoken up! The most effective way for him to contribute to the re-population of weres in the world is not a joyless marriage, it's sperm donation to use in IVF procedures. If the surviving pureblood females also donated eggs and they implanted the zygotes into volunteer non-pureblood weres, the entire population could be restored in under 20 years, instead of 20 generations. The author even showed a were woman giving birth in a normal human hospital in this book, so there's no reason to think were's don't use human medical interventions in this story-verse. I HATE when authors leave story holes you could drive a truck through! It's completely absurd. The only reason she did it is to give Celia time with Misha and make the romance sufficiently messy for urban fantasy standards. Ugh! For shame, Ms. Robson!! You cut a corner, and it pisses me off!
On the plus side, I actually cared about the outcome, and the other three sisters came across more as real people and less as caricatures in this novel. Emme needs a lot more work though. She's still very one-dimensional. (less)
I read the first 9 chapters of this book, skimmed a bit more, and gave up. This is a hard-boiled, violent crime solving story about a 47 year old fema...moreI read the first 9 chapters of this book, skimmed a bit more, and gave up. This is a hard-boiled, violent crime solving story about a 47 year old female cop chasing down a serial killer. I tried this author because I thought the book would be funny. The series has been compared to Stephanie Plum, and a short story in Wolfbane and Mistletoe by this author was hilarious. Instead, every few chapters were from the killer's perspective, and he's a sicko, so not funny at all.(less)