Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Posted December 20, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

       The Innkeeper Chronicles is a different sort of series by my favorite, favorite author. This series is posted first online in a somewhat weekly serial, for FREE, until publication. One Fell Sweep is the first one I managed to read along; I tend to prefer to read it all together, which I did with the ARC.  Ilona Andrews NEVER disappoints. All their series, every book is so well-written, with such interesting world-building, characters who become real to me, and stories which take control of my emotions. This is intellectually satisfying with the great world-building, where we continue to learn about how things work. There is also the mystery or current dilemma facing our characters. One Fell Sweep added new creatures, new characters and very […]


Nice Guys Bite by Jennifer Estep

Nice Guys Bite by Jennifer Estep

Posted December 12, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 11 Comments

Silvio is a character to watch! Silvio has been growing on me as a part of Gin’s team. He can go toe to toe with Finn on the snarky one liners and putting away the food. Now after reading Nice Guys Bite we get to see that Silvio can hold his own when it comes to taking on the bad guys. He has some moves of his own, Gin would be proud of! I will definitely look at Silvio different after reading Nice Guys Bite. He’s not just a pencil pusher for Gin. I loved how the novella wrapped up and how Silvio feels like he is part of a family with the gang.     Giveaway! Jennifer Estep is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card.   […]


5 Favorite Scenes: BELLE CHASSE by Suzanne Johnson

5 Favorite Scenes: BELLE CHASSE by Suzanne Johnson

Posted December 2, 2016 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Giveaway | 4 Comments

  5 Favorite Scenes: BELLE CHASSE   Scenes are hard-working things. They all serve a function in a novel: to move the story along from one point to the next. They are the building blocks upon which any work of fiction is created. If they don’t do their job properly, the story stalls or heads off in the wrong direction. They have to be herded like sheep. But like any flock of sheep, some scenes are the favorites of the shepherd—or border collie, or novelist, in this case. Here are five of my favorites from BELLE CHASSE (sans spoilers), in no particular order. 1) Surgery by Dr. Strangepirate. Heroine DJ has a bullet in her thigh that needs removing. There is no anesthesia. There is […]


Early review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

Early review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

Posted December 1, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

      I very much looked forward to this second book and I enjoyed it. Many things continue from City of Light. Tiger still wants to find the missing children. This means she is working with Nuri and Jonas, as they want the same thing, but they don’t trust each other. They need each other though. It’s a difficult balance. The enemy is not fully defined and is formidable. Tiger needs to be alert for the many dangers. It has me on edge throughout Winter Halo. Tiger takes on a new lover to gain intelligence for the team. It’s why she was created so it is a comfortable role but it’s still squicky (to me). She also finally manages to get a job at the […]


Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Posted October 25, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

         The team of Cole and Galvin continues to deliver mind-blowing stories to my earbuds! The Arcana Chronicles is a unique series and I’m always excited to get my hands on a new installment. I get so wrapped up in the story and the characters that everything else just falls away. Total immersion happens when I listen to Emma Galvin deliver an award winning performance. Arcana Rising brings us one book closer to the series wrapping up (sobs), it also answered some questions from previous books but left enough unanswered that we will have a plate full of goodness when Cole comes back with The Dark Calling in Spring of 2107. And yes it ends with a cliffhanger but if you’re a fan of this series […]


Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Blog Tour: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Posted October 20, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review | 4 Comments

     The Soulwood series is a spin-off series from the Jane Yellowrock series by (the awesome) Faith Hunter. It may not be necessary to read Jane to read Nell but why wouldn’t you?  They are both excellent stories.  The introduction to Nell is in a short story Off the Grid and then the first in the series is Blood of the Earth which I reviewed here. Curse on the Land had three things I wanted and needed. First, it had Soul, who I missed in the first book. Second, it had more depth and development of what is going on with Rick LaFleur. I really enjoyed both these tremendously. It gave more insight into PsyLED. Ricky Bo has some major events. Character development makes for […]


Early review: Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens

Early review: Ghost Maker by Robin D. Owens

Posted October 12, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

    The Ghost Seer series is urban fantasy by my personal classification since it follows the progress of one couple. I’ve liked the fact the romance has shared focus equally to the mystery. It’s always been a quirky read, sort of silly sometimes. Ghost Maker continued on its silly way and the plot was not too interesting to me. It may have been fewer ancillary characters. Enzo and the Other don’t seem to develop much; we don’t learn much more about them. Claire and Zach are learning some. It still feels a bit like running around in the dark or with your eyes shut.  Zach’s work is more structured which helps. As for their relationship, it was quite insta-love in the first book, Ghost […]


Staked by Kevin Hearne

Staked by Kevin Hearne

Posted October 8, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    read it, track it is a way for me to track books for my reading challenges and the reviews will be super short. Staked is a great addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles. It wraps up a few things as a next-to-the-last-book in a series should but still leaves some meat on the bone for us to chew in the last installment. The story is told through three POVs, Atticus, Owen and Granuaile just like the previous book, Shattered. Staked delivered some action, humor and a touch of sadness. Then gives us an ending with hopefulness for the future. I cannot wait to see how Hearne wraps up the series with Scourged, until then I’ll listen to The Purloined Poodle, the novella told through OBERON’s POV. […]