Sep 242015
 
Review: One Salt Sea

One Salt Sea: such an apt title as it describes what each reader creates by the time they are done the book. I have seriously never had a series so constantly make me cry. Especially an urban fantasy series. This whole series is way more than just the standard kick butt action, and this latest installment is simply amazing. Like previous books in the series, children play a very important role in the plot. I didn’t really notice how many children were in the story until after it was over, but I would estimate that at least half the important […]

May 122015
 
Review: Late Eclipses

The crying! I was not expecting so much death and sadness. I really didn’t think an urban fantasy series could make me cry so much, but the last book got me started, and this one was just such a bawl fest. It was unexpected, and makes me realize how emotionally attached to the characters I am. It was so heartbreaking, but there were also some really sweet parts. I said that book 3 was my favourite of the series so far, and I have to change that now to say that book 4 is my new favourite. The narration of […]

Mar 112015
 
Review: The Exile

If urban fantasy and epic fantasy had a baby who liked a touch of romance, this story would be it. The story mostly felt like urban fantasy with normal humans encountering paranormal situations, but with a large part of the story taking place in Faerie, with a war and succession issue, there was an overall feel of epic fantasy. I don’t normally dwell on genres, but this book had a unique feel that is sure to cause some comment. I really liked how the story was told. There were multiple narrations told in alternating chapters, with many characters, both human […]

Jan 022015
 
Review: An Artificial Night

This is THE book of the series so far. I totally cried near the end. There was just so much emotion. More so than any other book in the series so far. It was just awesome. There is so much in this book that is not mentioned in the summary, so it’s hard to talk about anything for fear of spoilers. This includes the narration of the audiobook. The voice so far has always surprised me with how soft and mature it sounds, and there is a twist to this story that affects the narration, and I think it was […]

Nov 032014
 
Review: A Local Habitation

This is a very unique urban fantasy series in that it had a much softer feel than most UF. Toby is more mature, and the focus is more on growth and plot than on mindless action or sex. In this story, Toby is accompanied by Quentin, a teenaged foster child who becomes her apprentice. The addition of Quentin to the story is a large part of what makes this feel different from other series. Toby and Quentin get along great, and she treats him with a lot of respect. Their relationship is a great parent-child example, which is rare to […]

Aug 112014
 
Review: Summer Knight

Oh, Harry, how I’ve missed you and your antics. This is an urban fantasy series that I felt immediately familiar and comfortable with, and even though I had a long break between this book and the previous, I was able to pick it back up without any hesitation. There is just something so easy about these books. As a series progression book, this one felt a bit slow, but as a stand alone plot, it was enjoyable. It’s odd, since so much happened in the book, including many things that will have long lasting series fallout, but the overall feel […]

Jun 162014
 
Review: Shadows & Dreams

It’s hard to believe I read the first book in this series 6 months ago because I still remember most of the characters quite easily. Of course, Kate Kane is hard to forget, just ask the numerous ex-girlfriends that litter the story. Like the first story, this book is full of action with multiple overlapping plotlines. There are a multitude of paranormal creatures, with Kate being an interesting mix of Fae and human herself. This book delivers well on snark and sass. The action is non-stop, while still being easy to follow, and the characters are well developed individuals. I […]

Jan 202014
 
Review: Rosemary and Rue

The first part of the story is slow and quite confusing. It felt like there should be a prequel to explain Toby’s history with turning into a koi, how she became human again, and the first few years afterward. A lot of that situation is only referred to offhandedly, and is a bit confusing. My favourite character was Tybalt, but he’s one of the least utilized people in the story. Every glimpse of him was exciting, and I wanted more. I fully expected to see the hate relationship between him and Toby develop into something else, and I was surprised […]

Dec 092013
 
Review: Iron & Velvet

This is a dark and gritty Urban Fantasy story about a half-Fae PI who is hired to investigate the murder of a werewolf outside a vampire bar. The book has a lot of elements I say I don’t review, like tons of profanity (mostly f-bombs) and some graphic sex (of the lesbian variety), but it was still very enjoyable, in a kickass paranormal with lots of humour way. The element that made the book great, and made the profanity and sex fade into the story, was the attitude of the main character. Kate is sarcastic and snarky, and isn’t afraid […]