Villains aren’t supposed to rescue damsels, and pack alphas are known to have complete control of their woReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:
Villains aren’t supposed to rescue damsels, and pack alphas are known to have complete control of their wolf. But when Fabian saves a certain lady from drowning, everything he knows gets tossed away and only one thing becomes clear: she’s his mate―and someone wants to kill her. Hell no. Protecting her, though, is only part of his problem. He also has to convince her she belongs to him. In her words, “Hell no.”
When she flees, little does she realize this wolf loves to chase. And when he catches the woman he wants? She’ll become the Alpha’s Mate.
You’ve just been thrown from a cliff into a river, your hands and feet are tied and you smashed your head on a rock. You’d be a bit snippy too, even with the nice (and nice-looking) fella who just dove in and saved you. Especially when you realise you don’t remember your name.
The mostly-unnamed heroine of this short story may have needed saving when Fabian first found her, but throughout the story she manages to hold her own against assassins, well-meaning butlers and the wolf who has decided she’s the One. Some paranormal romance heroines tag along, but even without friends or a name, this one questions his decisions and is instrumental to saving herself multiple times. She doesn’t know why she knows how to pick a lock or drive a motorcycle, but she’s going to use those skills regardless!
I felt like THE ALPHA’S MATE lacked some of the humour other books by Eve Langlais, which made the short story feel shorter. Still, I enjoyed the small cast of characters and even the cheesy “Happily-Ever-After” epilogue at the end.
If you like your shifter tales fast and sexy, this one is a wild ride....more
The Wicked + Divine series is about twelve gods who, every 90 years are reincarnated as humans and only livReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy
The Wicked + Divine series is about twelve gods who, every 90 years are reincarnated as humans and only live for two years. Unfortunately for me, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL issue was not in fact a one off Christmas special comic that a new reader to this series (it has 36 issues to it already!) could jump right in and enjoy. It is not a standalone story and nor does it have anything to do with Christmas. It is multiple short vignettes that start in medias res that assumes you know who is who and the characters history. Basically I was confused and knew nothing. It seems like it is a fan service installment that the authors and illustrators obviously had fun doing based on the description which is basically a quote from the author about how they came up with the idea for this annual.
What I really liked was the artwork. The cover is warm and Christmas-y and I love that it looks like it is knitted. The artwork on the inside is very well done too and colorful. The vignettes revolve around mostly sex scenes between various characters. Other vignettes have some mature language and subject matters as well with no sex. I was most intrigued by what was going on in the "Toxic Community" vignette. It features Lucifer and Hazel/Amaterasu and some kind of possible supernatural transformation. Most of the vignettes while confusing in general had a pretty understandable theme. "Toxic Community" was the only one where I had no way to get any context from any of the panels and had to make up what I thought was happening.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL is definitely a Christmas present for fans of this series and it looks really well done. After reading this and doing some research on this series, I am kind of interested in picking up Issue #1....more
STAR HERO is a novella sequel to THE CHAMPION OF BARESH (re-released as STAR CHAMPION) which I adored, soReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:
STAR HERO is a novella sequel to THE CHAMPION OF BARESH (re-released as STAR CHAMPION) which I adored, so I jumped at the opportunity to return to Baresh, the smelly, dirty mining town under a glass dome. Baresh is a world crawling with packs of wild dog-like creatures, mobs of feral children and overwhelming despair.
The two main human characters, Lukas and Carlynn as both off-worlders. Carlynn is a pilot and Lukas served as a Marine, first on Earth, then in space. The characters were both brilliantly developed. Lukas struggles from serious PTSD. Carlynn struggles to understand why Lukas can’t just get help, talk to someone, anything. The story is told over months, with their relationship having highs and lows that make this short novella feel much longer - in a good way.
The third character who gets a POV is Bang-Bang, the “dog”. They look like Earth dogs, but are much more intelligent and empathic. The Earth Marines, on arriving, have picked up the strays and trained them to be highly effective K-9 units. Bang-Bang also serves as a PTSD service dog, despite Lukas not realising it at first. The chapters from the dog’s POV are different, but sparse enough to be enjoyable.
With an exciting but simple story, STAR HERO is a wonderful story about second chances and proving that you’ve earned a happy ending - IN SPACE!...more
With bold art and a a mystery that is slowly revealed, ELSEWHERE VOLUME 1, the story of what really happenReview courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy:
With bold art and a a mystery that is slowly revealed, ELSEWHERE VOLUME 1, the story of what really happened to Amelia Earhart. Unfortunately it fails to set itself apart from the thousand of other stories which explore new worlds. ELSEWHERE doesn’t quite work for me.
The book starts off a bit slow, but picks up by the midway point. When Amelia finally stops reacting to what is going on and starts acting, she’s more fun. It’s also around that point that we learn more about the world she’s fallen into. I feel like more exposition at the beginning and less bumbling in the dark would have sped up the story a bit.
The fantasy aspects of the art is effective, but it seemed like the artist was more comfortable drawing magic creatures than human faces. All his humans are slightly off.
Overall, this book is entertaining but doesn’t bring anything new to the table. We have an Alice In Wonderland-style falling through time and space, and a main character becoming a hero in a new land within days of arriving in the strange new world. We’ve seen it before, even if Amelia is a particularly intelligent character. Maybe borrow this at the library....more