Mar 272015
 
Review: Hounded

Oh my gosh, I loved this book. This is another example where someone should have shoved this book into my face and told me I had to read it. I feel so late to the party! But that just means I can spend hours getting caught up without having to wait for the next book to be released. There is so much humour in this book, and it’s of the sarcastic snark variety that I love. I think every character gets off at least one good line, and both Atticus and Oberon zing them off almost constantly. It’s hilarious. Speaking […]

Feb 272015
 
Review: Hunter's Trail

This was the best book in the series so far! There was so much humour in the story that I found myself actually laughing out loud several times. There was lots of series development, and several plotline closures in this book. It had a very satisfying feel to it. Scarlett did a lot of growing up in the book, and seems to be coming into her power and potential some. Of course, she makes a lot of amusing missteps along the way though. On the character side, I found myself actually liking most of them, although Scarlett’s roommate Molly was […]

Feb 022015
 
Review: Edged Blade

One of the things I worry about when I read a series is what if I don’t love the next book? This is especially true in cases where I love the first few books, because then I start to develop a connection, and want to really love each book. This book is one of those instances where I’m fairly torn as I liked the book, but didn’t love it. The last book had me a little wishy-washy too, but it did recover nicely. This book did start to recover and pick up in the later half, but the for the […]

Jan 272015
 
Review: Magic Strikes

Oh my gosh, this book was made of awesome! There was so much humour, and emotion, and action, and just everything. I feel like just flailing and screaming keywords from the best parts, in true fangirl fashion. PIE! HOT TUB! Derek! How could they?! Picking up Julie! CURRAN! CURRAN! CURRAN! I can’t stop. It was all just so good. And so hard to talk about anything without spoilers. There was so much series development, and yet also a fully formed single book plot. This is definitely the best of the series so far, and one that makes me want to […]

Jan 212015
 
Review: Blood Rites

This installment of the series seemed to be all about series development, and it was awesome! Harry seemed to take charge in several situations, and this felt like a great improvement. Too often, it seems like Harry just goes with the flow, but he really seemed to be directing several situations, and it really fit him. Some of the bigger developments can’t be mentioned without spoilers, but one development was the appearance of Karen Murphy. It seems like she hasn’t been present much in the last few books, but she gets lots of page time in this book, which I […]

Jan 132015
 
Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus

Yes, yes and yes. This book has everything I love in urban fantasy: lots of paranormal creatures, action and adventure, romance with tension, smart-aleck heroine and lots of humour. I don’t even know where to begin, except to say you need to read this book. Owl is a gaming human who is an archaeologist turned thief specializing in supernatural artifacts. She reminds me of Lara Croft, except where Lara is suave and smooth, Owl seems to bumble her way through everything. She is extremely lucky that her backtalking to every supernatural creature she encounters hasn’t resulted in her death yet. […]

Dec 222014
 
Review: Blindsight

This was a very intellectual feeling sci-fi alien story. I feel like a lot of it went over my head, especially in the first half, but it was interesting, so I kept reading. By the end, I think I really liked it, even if I didn’t fully understand everything. This felt quite different than a standard alien story as there were philosophical wanderings and musings by the narrator. The narrator himself was quite unusually, not feeling fully human as he had half his brain replaced with a machine when he was a kid. It made for a unique perspective in […]

Dec 112014
 
Review: Death Masks

This is a series that seems to get better with every installment. There more more creatures and ever escalating convolutions to plots. The only thing it’s missing is much development of the main character. Yes, Harry Dresden is still one of my favourite characters, but he never really seems to grow or change. This book is no different. He hasn’t learned any new magic since the last book, and yet he still manages to survive an encounter with an even bigger bad guy. I hope something about his character advances soon. This book saw the return of Michael from book […]

Oct 282014
 
Review: Penumbra

This was an exciting book three, with lots of action and series advancement. But. Big but. The series stops after this. There are no more books, even though the overall story arc cries out for a fourth book. In this book, Sam strikes out away from Gabriel, which is good for her, and a great kick at him and his overprotective nature. I loved that part, and seeing what Sam could do and be. She gets a lot of answers, and even if some of them are extremely predictable and slight annoying, they are still confirmed. But there are so […]

Oct 212014
 
Review: Kitty Goes to Washington

In a refreshing twist on the usual super confident alpha heroine featured in most urban fantasy series, Kitty Norville is not any of those things yet. She wants to be, kind of, but is more of a wary, submissive shifter. This book saw a lot of growth in Kitty towards that confident personality. When she goes to Washington to testify at a Senate hearing, things seem to happening, good and bad, and just keep escalating. She has run ins with the local vampires, shifters, and even the government agency that is focus of the Senate hearing. With all that action, […]