Oct 192011

Embers (Anya Kalinczyk #1) by Laura Bickle
Source: Review copy for book tour
Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya–who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern–suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya–with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team–can stop it. 

I love Sparky! He’s my favourite character. So mischievious and loyal. He really stands out as a unique sidekick.

I found the mythology in the story was very interesting. The use of ghosts as secondary characters was quite unique and refreshing. Especially since they were mostly victims or allies. These are your typical scary ghosts.

The romance in the story was passionate and steamy without being graphic. It really added that extra oomph to the story.

One thing I would love would be to see a picture of Anya’s copper collar. The picture on the cover isn’t enough to give great details. I had a hard time visualizing what it would look like. And snce it is such an essential accesory to Anya, I wish I had a better mental picture of it.

Sparks (Anya Kalinczyk #2) by Laura Bickle
Source: Review copy for book tour
Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Anya has seen, and even survived, all manner of fiery hell—but her newest case sparks suspicions of a bizarre phenomenon that no one but her eccentric team of ghost hunters might believe: spontaneous human combustion. After fire consumes the home of elderly Jasper Bernard, Anya is stunned to discover his remains—or, more precisely, a lack of them; even the fiercest fires leave some trace of their victims—and she is sure this was no naturally occurring blaze. Soon she’s unearthed a connection to a celebrity psychic who preys on Detroit’s poor, promising miracles for money. But Hope Solomon wants more—she’s collecting spirits, and in a frantic race against time, Anya will face down an evil adversary who threatens her fragile relationship with her lover, her beloved Sparky’s freshly hatched newts, and the wandering souls of the entire city.

I have to start by again exclaiming about Sparky. Sparky having babies? Awesome! Anya’s reaction to this, moving from incredulous and horrified to maternal and super protective was great. It felt very real.

I again loved the mythology in the story. It was a fresh look at old tales. Charon’s character was unique and interesting. The continual use of ghosts as victims and allies was as enjoyable in this books as the first.

Overall, a great second book in the series. It was complete on its own, and yet a comprehensve part of the series.

  One Response to “Embers and Sparks”

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my books! I'm over the moon that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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