A really excellent anthology for urban fantasy fans.
Cold Case by Jim Butcher Molly is on her first winter court assignment, up in Alaska. She learns soA really excellent anthology for urban fantasy fans.
Cold Case by Jim Butcher Molly is on her first winter court assignment, up in Alaska. She learns some very depressing things about the mantel of winter, winter law, and the tribute those in the court of winter pay. Carlos also makes an appearance.
Sleepover by Seanan McGuire An incriptid story featurnig Elsie and the roller derby, which turns into a kidnaping case and betrayal by a loved one.
If Wishes Were by Tanya Huff I don't really like this author's writing style, so I'm not into this series. Vicki (vampire) goes up against a Djinn.
Solus by Anton Stout I don't know if this is part of a series. Department of Extraordinary Affairs and Connor Christos might be possible leads on a series name. In this one, the new partners investage a haunted castle in NYC. It was a little funny - I want to investigate further.
Peacock in Hell by Kat Richardson This is about a zombie (?) named Peacock breaking a guy out of hell and taking revenge on the person who killed her. Violent and dark, but with a calm and funny tone. Nothing phases Peacock.\
Eye of Newt by Kevin J. Anderson Part of the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, which seems worth checking out. Funny in an over-the-top, silly way. This is about a newt whose's eye was stollen in a mugging. The spider library is the top suspect. The mystery was predictable, but I liked the zanyness.
What Swells Within by Lucy A. Snyder I used to read this Jessie Shimmer series, but it was too dark and violent for me to continue. This one involves a demon possession and rescuing an old friend, while under a death sentence from the god-like creatures. She's also trying to get protection from the magic circle that controls the town.
Hunter, Healer by Jim C. Hines Julia Chapel is the lead character. I don't know if this is a series, but if it is, it's probably too dark for me. Her dad made her double-souled, and now has done it to someone else and lured them together, trying to get her to kill the new one who's out of control. Only she gave that up to become a healer. She heals everyone, no mater what side of the supernatural war they are on. I liked the creative cursing of her sidekick and the king of the dogs character.
Baggage by Eric Scott de Bie Vivienne Cain aka Lady Vengeance is the main character and this might be a series. I think it's worth checking out - I liked this story. She's up against a demon in this one, and also has the hots for a chick at her gym.
Sales, Force. by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Main character is Kaylee, boss is Nia. Kaylee has been widowed as a fiance and is bereft. So she goes back to work, where her job is killing evil magic users. Interesting twists and turns. Might be worth checking out, but rather dark.
Impossible Monsters by Rob Therman I think I might have read this story elsewhere. Cal has a list of people to check up on annually. This is him checking up on an old gym teacher. ...more
Give this independent writer a chance - you won't be disappointed. My only complaint about this book is having to wait for the next in the series. I RGive this independent writer a chance - you won't be disappointed. My only complaint about this book is having to wait for the next in the series. I REALLY like it. I like it as much as I like Ilona Andrew... and as much as I like Kresley Cole and Thea Harrison. That are all top-knotch writers with interesting stories and characters. Rachel Aaron has a talent for funny writing, too, which is rare and wonderful mixed into an urban fantasy/paranormal romance series. I especially love that the hero and heroine of the series are completely co-leads. Neither is more important than the other, and both have very special callings. Note, this series is light on romance. As of book three, all they've done is kiss a couple times.
This book is about Julius forming the Heartstriker council (dragging everyone too it, kicking and screaming) and about Marci learning she is poised to become a Merlin - whatever that means. The Heartstrikers are also on the verge of war with Algonquin. There's a side plot involving Chelsie that promises to become interesting in the next couple books. ...more
I love this series. It's not the best fantasy out there, but is't always fun and the characters are loveable. The tone is light, without being saccharI love this series. It's not the best fantasy out there, but is't always fun and the characters are loveable. The tone is light, without being saccharine, which I appreciate. If you've read this series, you might remember Finn, a hot criminal vampire from a previous installment. This is the story of his latest crime gone wrong in every possible way, and also his love story with book historian Anna. They spend a lot of time stranded in the woods, looking for civilization, after a plane crash. And it's funny. ...more
I love this series. It's funny, light, quirky, and has supernatural creatures. That's my idea of the perfect literary junk food. This short story (barI love this series. It's funny, light, quirky, and has supernatural creatures. That's my idea of the perfect literary junk food. This short story (barely novella length) was entertaining, but left me wanting more. Good thing it teases the next full-length novel at the end.
This story is about Ophelia adjusting to college life as a 300+ year old vampire. It's supposed to also be about her relationship with Jamie, but he isn't in many scenes. Mostly it's about her finding herself, making friends, and developing a special power.
I love this author and really like this series. This story is GREAT. The characters are interesting, the story complex in ways that are unexpected. ItI love this author and really like this series. This story is GREAT. The characters are interesting, the story complex in ways that are unexpected. It's a scifi story about a colony revolting with a few subplots mixed in.
I just wish Anna would turn a corner soon and stop being evil. The author teases so many opportunities for her to mend her moral compass, at least a little, but Anna doesn't seem to grow. She's supposed to end up saving everyone from the Phage. I wish she were a tad more likable. LOVE LOVE LOVE the yolk babies and Dobie. Brackett is a great addition, and Tatiana and her new pet are fantastic as well. The Alpha Gen subplot is a little less interesting to me, but I see how it's necessary to explain Mowgli and Anna.
I re-read the book that leads up to this one as prep and also read the accompanying novella about Anna rescuing Milar when she was four years old. I had forgotten the violence and cruelty in some of the scenes. I dislike that level of violence and wish it were at least more off-screen or not so extreme....more
This book was a little too Game of Thrones for my taste (meaning no character is truly safe, even if you like them buckets), but I gave it five starsThis book was a little too Game of Thrones for my taste (meaning no character is truly safe, even if you like them buckets), but I gave it five stars anyway because it's extremely well written with characters that are truly interesting. Sara King is an AMAZING independent author. If you like sci fi and fantasy and don't know about her, TRY HER RIGHT NOW! I'm not kidding. She should be on your must-read list.
This book is about a world where a certain class of people have magic. They rule, and many of them aren't nice. There are also magical creatures, many of which are just as sentient as you and me. There are a lot of characters in this book, but right now, there are three that seem most important to me: Saebrya, an orphan with the ability to see magic and stop it; Ryan, the son of the innkeeper who is exactly her same age and seems to have an excess of magic slopping out of him; and Maelys, a "rockfarmer" who can literally walk through rocks. There's a big feud between two large magical families that is about to explode into all-out war. ...more
This series is a paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy romance series. Or at least it has been through all the Order of the Swan books. (This book purports to beThis series is a paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy romance series. Or at least it has been through all the Order of the Swan books. (This book purports to be a spin off.) But this book breaks that happily-ever-after mold. It seems like a romance, until the very end. Then you find out it's a tragedy. I felt sucker-punched and very disappointed. I do not read this genre for tragedy. Tragic backstories should remain IN THE BACKGROUND. I do not want to read every detail as it unfolds. So be forewarned, if you're like me, you'll be pissed.
This book would have gotten a 4 or 5 from me if not for the sucker punch. Bad author, bad! (less)...more
This was a heck of a lot better than most Black Dagger Brotherhood books. It's the first in a spin-off series about a new batch of elite trainee youngThis was a heck of a lot better than most Black Dagger Brotherhood books. It's the first in a spin-off series about a new batch of elite trainee young adults. (Roughly in their early 20s.) I was very interested to see where Paradise's story led, so I picked up the book. I was so VERY pleased that you didn't read the bad-guy perspective even once in the entire thing. Instead, you ping-ponged between stories involving two couples: Paradise and Craeg, and Butch and Marissa. Eventually they intersect in interesting ways. There was a strong mystery element to this book, and quite a bit of sex, as usual. I was able to guess the bad guy. Ward need to work on her misdirection skills....more