Victoria Danann is an independent author who writes incredibly good sci-fi/fantasy mash-ups that are part mystery and part romance. The only other autVictoria Danann is an independent author who writes incredibly good sci-fi/fantasy mash-ups that are part mystery and part romance. The only other author who does this hybrid incorporating both sci-fi and fantasy that I know of is Wen Spencer (one of my TOP favorite authors). If you know of others who do this well, please comment on this review. This is part of the Black Swan series (see my other reviews - an excellent series), and it focuses on a new arrival to the dimension - Her name is Atalanta, and she's from a very close dimension, because she wasn't all that traumatized coming over. First half of this novella is her backstory - she was left at the alter, betrayed, and decides to start a new life. She moves to Boston and buys a house boat. On her maiden solo voyage, she runs into strange weather and ends up crossing dimensions. Part two is her acclimatization to the new dimension and her job in the Order of the Black Swan. She's paired up with an established character, but I have a hunch that she's not going to end up with him. She's done a project involving a demon artifact, and the book ends on a cliff-hanger where she's waking up in a demon prison (probably in yet a third dimension - a demon one.) ...more
I love this series. I haven't been as excited for romance as urban fantasy in a long time, but this is one of the series that I still love. Maybe becaI love this series. I haven't been as excited for romance as urban fantasy in a long time, but this is one of the series that I still love. Maybe because the UF parts dominate the story and are so very good. This one is about the vampire king Julian and his estranged love the light fae heir Melly. It's also about a nutzo vampire named Justine who does bad things at the end of the last book - including kidnapping Melly to use as a bargaining chip with Julian. She's trying to take over the vampires. In the end, Julian wins and gets to take his first vacation in 200 years and starts to repair his relationship with Carling, his sire. ...more
This is technically part of the Anita Blake series (#23), but it is strictly an erotica novel. Polyamourous erotica - so several group sex scenes. ItThis is technically part of the Anita Blake series (#23), but it is strictly an erotica novel. Polyamourous erotica - so several group sex scenes. It also has the very annoying (and typical LKH) endless bad dialogue about issues, feelings, and therapy. In this book, Jason's lady love J.J. comes to town for a visit. Nathaniel, Anita, Jason, and J.J. end up in bed, then later the four of them are joined by Domino and Jade. ...more
This is a paranormal mystery series featuring Joanne Walker, a shaman who works as a police detective, though she started off as a mechanic. She and hThis is a paranormal mystery series featuring Joanne Walker, a shaman who works as a police detective, though she started off as a mechanic. She and her boss have an unrequited attraction, and she's conflicted because she's also attracted to her long-distance shamanic mentor. Her partner Billy can talk to ghosts, and the two of them are the entirety of Seattle PD's unacknowledged woo-woo squad.
Some spoilers ahead:
The story starts with Joanne and Billy getting called to a mundane domestic homicide case, but the loony person who did it hid well and snuck up on Billy to bash his brains in. Joanne is forced to shoot, injures the person, and is put on 3 day administrative leave per standard protocol. Those three days are eventful. She gets free tickets to a Native American dance performance and somehow ends up taking her boss, then there's a magic attack during the performance that kills a performer, then she heals someone's cancer. Not catching a break, she learns about shapeshifting, there's a non-mundane murder, and she hatches a plan to catch the magic attacker at the dance performance the next night. It almost works, but she gets hit by a truck. Saving her life takes her to a different state of magical ability. She also accidentally turns her boss into a giant wolf. The end involves a werewolf, homeless people, and a gruesome tribute to Joanne's enemy "The Maker". Then she resigns from the police to pursue a magical calling in Ireland, with high likelihood that she will get romantically involved with her boss when she returns. ...more
Book 5 in a solidly good urban fantasy/mystery series about a police officer/mechanic who happens to be an unwilling shaman. There's a magical killerBook 5 in a solidly good urban fantasy/mystery series about a police officer/mechanic who happens to be an unwilling shaman. There's a magical killer on a rampage in Seattle, and Joanne and Billy can't figure it out, but it's tougher than anything Joanne has faced before. This installment features the return of the presumed-dead Coyote, but in the flesh instead of strictly on the mystical plane. Sparks fly between Joanne and her long-time mentor (who's very close to her age.) There's a reporter who won't give up and the sudden appearance of Joanne's BFF from high school (not happy to see her at all.) There's also a new spirit guide to match a character on her drum. And Gary had an excellent scene with his Tortoise spirit totem, beating the crap out of the big bad. There was also an appearance by the Green Man, from a previous book. It was a really entertaining read. ...more
This is an Elfhome short story that interweaves with the Tinker book. Law is a Pittsburg human native. She's a lesbian and a professional forager, alwThis is an Elfhome short story that interweaves with the Tinker book. Law is a Pittsburg human native. She's a lesbian and a professional forager, always on the outside of what her family expects of her. She's fishing when she gets a call from a crazy lady telling her she has to go to a place behind a white door. After a few calls, she figures out it's a life-and-death rescue, and hustles on over. She's always had a soft spot for rescuing people. There's an elf girl (Bare Snow) alone in an abandoned house - only in her doubles, which is like an older teen - sexually mature, but not wise. Her parents are decease and from two different clans that hate each other, so she came to Pittsburg where she was told she'd be accepted, but no one would take her in. When an elf sent her to this house, she knew something strange was up, but wanted to find out what, so she complied, but then nothing happened until Law showed up and took down the door and offered her a ride out of there. Eventually, Law and Bare Snow figure out that the Viceroy was being led into a trap and that Bare Snow was being set up to take the blame, so they go out to help the Viceroy from behind the scenes. ...more
The premise of this book is that humans became space-faring long ago, and in the early days of jump gates, some of the embryos stored in the ships mutThe premise of this book is that humans became space-faring long ago, and in the early days of jump gates, some of the embryos stored in the ships mutated during space travel, creating several new types of humans. Some super smart, some able to shape shift internally or externally, some with the power to see and manipulate energy in a person's body (an emp), etc. One the planet of this story, a healer emp is chained to a princess who has been gang-raped by rebels for the last 6 months. It was her soulless father's idea. The father is the leader of the planet, super smart, and a genuinely a horrible human being. The princess has a twin brother who was born after her, so she is suppose to inherit rule of the planet, and this is her father's idea of forcing her to get over her fear of the natives. The emp figures out that he has been drawn to the princess time and time again throughout many past lives as his fated love, and so he dedicates himself to healing her, despite the difference in their stations, that his powers are outlaw on this planet, and that he himself is in a great deal of emotional pain from the recent murder of his wife. It sounds like a ridiculous premise for a Dom/sub romance, but the author makes it work. The feelings seem genuine and it's kind of cool how she's used Eastern medicine and made it into a tangible thing in this story. ...more
Yesterday I finished Outer Bounds: Fortune's Rising (Outer Bounds, #1) by this author and was completely sold on her. It was the third book I'd read bYesterday I finished Outer Bounds: Fortune's Rising (Outer Bounds, #1) by this author and was completely sold on her. It was the third book I'd read by her (I've also read the 2 Guardians of the First Realm books), and I gave all three books 5 stars. So I immediately bought this book, the first in her Legend of ZERO series, but at 12% into the ebook, I couldn't take it anymore. I stopped reading and returned the book to Amazon. Why? Cruelty to children. It's a hot button for me. The set up is dystopian, which I dislike generally, but the premise of this book is that Earth is invaded and nearly all the children between ages 5 and 12 are conscripted to serve as soldiers for the next 30 years. The invaders methods are cruel, even brutal, and I couldn't stand it. I hate that this is Ms. King's most developed series. I wish so much that one of the other books I love had more installments. There are still a couple more out there for me to sample, and I fully intend to. Maybe only ZERO will rank low for me. ...more
This is the third book in this YA paranormal series. The plot had a couple holes in it that bothered me as I was reading, though I can't recall what tThis is the third book in this YA paranormal series. The plot had a couple holes in it that bothered me as I was reading, though I can't recall what they were as I write this. I dislike when the author doesn't take into account obvious issues. Like when a simple text could have answered the driving question of the book, or when a common-sense behavior is completely ignored. Those aren't the examples for this book, but I recall feeling more than one time that the author missed something obvious. So not the very best story craft, but if you like first love and fighting monsters, this book is fun.
This one follows up on Gwen after she was nearly sacrificed to Loki and became Nike's champion. The bad guys want revenge on her, and they follow her to the schools annual winter carnival at a ski resort. She is stalked by a giant wolf. A cute guy from another school takes an interest in her. Her love interest might be turning into a love triangle. She learns about a new magical talent. Teen angst all around, but with attempts on her life....more
I think I'm giving up on this series now. Or maybe on this author. I gave up on another series by this author for similar reasons, so I don't think shI think I'm giving up on this series now. Or maybe on this author. I gave up on another series by this author for similar reasons, so I don't think she's a fit for me. I'm annoyed that not enough words were dedicated to developing characters and the relationships between them. It's non-stop action and intrigue, without a space to breath and get to know the characters. Why keep reading a series if you aren't emotionally attached to the characters? I read the first half of this book (page 186), then skimmed and read the very end. I'm just not interested in where this series is going.
It this one, reapers attack and we meet Loki's champion. Weird stuff happens to Gwen, and she's too dense to notice or ask for help, as usual. Eventually the baddies win, setting up some epic battles down the line. I think Gwen adopts a wolf pup. There's eventually a big public kiss with her love interest, Logan. Daphne gets her powers, and doesn't like them. ...more
I read 28% of this book, but never felt that I was particularly into it, so I gave up. It was well written with good characters, but I didn't enjoy thI read 28% of this book, but never felt that I was particularly into it, so I gave up. It was well written with good characters, but I didn't enjoy the story. The premise is that there are some people who can tap into the spirit plane using either traditional shamanic practices or new technology that makes it easier. Someone is abusing that technology and has allowed a powerful creature loose. It's killing spirits, including traveling shamans. There's one shaman in a generation who has lightening as her spirit guide, and she's powerful, but newish to her profession. Somehow, she's got to fix this mess. ...more