May 042015
 
Review: The Innocent Mage

This was a very classic feeling epic fantasy with magic story. It was slow and long, but also very satisfying. The highlight of the book was the friendship between Gar and Asher. The majority of the first part of the story was the building and deepening of this relationship, and it was quite special to witness. The last part of the story is where the action really starts. It’s where the plots start to unfold and events start happening. It all happens very quickly, and the story ends on a cliffhanger. Oh, the dreaded cliffhanger. Usually I don’t enjoy them, […]

Dec 102014
 
Review: Fortune's Pawn

I’m always quick to say I love sci-fi books, but less quick to say I have a soft spot for space stories. Space and alien stories usually have way more potential than they actually deliver. Part of that is because female characters seem to be highly stereotypical in this genre. I’m super happy to say that this book killed those stereotypes and brought lots of action delivered through a very impressive female protagonist. Devi is a very focused and career driven woman. She knows what she wants, and she’s willing to do the work to get it. She’s not looking […]

Nov 182014
 
Review: Beyond the Shadows

The final book in any trilogy usually has a lot it needs to accomplish, and this book was no different. I’m very happy that not only did it wrap everything up in a satisfying and believable way, but there was a depth to the story that I was not expecting. I mentioned in reviews for previous installments that this series has a lovable protagonist, and that the series overall is supposed to have a balance of light and dark. Where the first book was really dark, this finale was really light. I was very surprised at how prevalent the theme […]

Nov 102014
 
Review: Daring

I’m not really sure how I feel about this addition to the series. I loved the first book completely, but this one is so different, it almost feels like it belongs to another series. The story is still told from John’s point of view, and he’s still a snarky sarcastic werewolf former-Knight, but that’s pretty much all this book has in common with the first. There is a whole new set of characters, and John spends most of the book dealing with werewolves, and in particular, his own werewolf. I think this werewolf focus may be the source as my […]

Sep 222014
 
Review: Cursed Moon

This was a very dark and gritty urban fantasy story. With the main characters trying to stop a rape bomb, this story features quite a few elements that a lot of readers will not enjoy. If you can get past the unpleasant elements, the character develop does advance the series arch enough to make the story worthwhile. Kate spends a lot of the book dealing (or not dealing) with the events that happened in the first book. Her continual internal debate is both nice to see and annoying. It’s nice in that she’s not the typical overly confident and competent […]

Aug 052014
 
Review: Dirty Magic

This is a fun and exciting start to a new urban fantasy series. Kate’s a cop with a bad past who just wants to make a difference in the world today, while keeping her little brother safe and out of trouble. She’s feisty, and fights her way onto a task force aimed at taking down a new drug on the streets. I found the idea of the magical elements, the magic working and dirty versus clean potions to be very intriguing and new. I had a little trouble wrapping my head around the magic portion of the potion making, but […]

Jan 022014
 
Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

I picked this book up after I saw a readalong going on for it. I started after week 2 of 4, intending to join in and catch up with the readalong questions. Instead, I flew through the book, never stopping to answer the questions. I couldn’t, I needed to know what happened next. I loved the world building, the characters, and the gods. I basically loved everything about this story. There is an intense complexity woven into the story, and yet it’s easy to read, and easy to believe. The characters are intricate, and are written with strong personalities. Scimina […]

Nov 062013
 
Review: Night Shift

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. Jill is a hunter who polices the paranormal beings in her city, with the help of magical powers granted to her through an agreement with one of the bad guys. It’s a complex situation that took me a while to understand since it’s never explained very easily. The focus of this book is split between the case Jill is currently working on, and Jill herself. Jill is suffering from a lot of grief, and self-doubts stemming from the death of her teacher less […]

Oct 292013
 
Review: Shadow's Edge

It sounds funny to say, but I find Kylar to be a very lovable assassin. He is very human, and struggles constantly with the various aspects of his life, and how they fit together. His love for Elena and Uly are pure, and he is always trying to do the best by them. The world building in this story is very detailed. It built on the foundation set up in the first book, and while it briefly summarized what was already provided, it didn’t feel repetitive. The more I read of this world, the more I want to know. This […]

Oct 232013
 
Review: Parasite

This is a creepy and scary story where the danger comes from within. The idea of the parasites is incredibly creepy and makes my skin crawl. The fact that is seems plausible to me, both the science and the bad results, makes this a story that horrorified me. The story itself had a few flaws. The twist at the end was super easy to see coming. There were few twists that I didn’t see coming, making the story fairly predictable. The ending was one big cliffhanger. Looking back, I can’t really pinpoint any part of the plot that was resolved […]