Monthly Archives: June 2016

Blood Witch by Cate Tiernan

Morgan’s life has become complicated to say the least. She and her boyfriend Cal are being stalked by his half-brother, Hunter, who claims Cal can’t be trusted. Morgan’s discovering more about her powers and her family, even the darkest secrets she doesn’t want to know. And the bonds she has between her friends, family, and new boyfriend are being stretched to their breaking points.

blood witchTitle:  Blood Witch
Author:  Cate Tiernan
SeriesSweep Book 03
Publish Date:  April 23, 2001
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionEvery day, I learn more about magick. The more I learn, the more my power grows. Sometimes, my own strength frightens me.

I know I’m alone, though. Cal is with me, my soul mate, my partner, my love.

Now I feel a shadow over us. When I cast out my senses, I pick up danger. But is it real, or is it all in my mind?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Gorgeous magick! I cannot stress enough how much I love that the author blends true Wiccan ideas and ethics into a fantasy series so well. The rituals and theories are true, but Morgan’s powers not (some of them at least) and yet, it seems realistic. I love the idea of seven different clans and a made-up history that seems legit enough.

badge4v4Since I’ve already read this series before, I find myself mentally screaming at Morgan, hoping she will open her eyes and just see things for what they are. I wish she’d do a clarity spell, especially since the author drops little hints here and there that help readers know there’s a lot more going on than she realizes. Morgan’s world is about to flip again and there will be choices she’ll be forced choice make that she won’t like. I love the semi-cliffhanger ending and the intensity of the last couple pages.

There’s so many spells here and the introduction to new characters promises more. I’m really enjoying the cliffhangers left at each chapter and the end of the book itself. It’s building up to a great battle and you’ll start to notice who’s on each side.

Books in this series…

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If you like this book…

…you might like So Mote It Be by Isobel Bird, Blue is For Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz, or Don’t Die Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton.

Found Objects by Russ Viola

What if the objects that call to us hold something sinister?

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

29413564Title:  Found Objects
Author:  Russ Viola
Series: Prequel to Reality’s Insurgent Saga
Publish Date:  March 21, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Horror
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description: Find a penny, pick it up, all the day, you’ll have good luck. 

Find a penny, leave it there, all the day, you’ll have despair.

Or … is that what they want us to believe?

Ross Bonura, a data-retrieval specialist from Boston, discovers an animistic darkness resting within random objects that drives their holders to do evil deeds. Pushed to the edge of sanity and now sensitized to their language, he roams the dark streets of his city, trying to find these objects and contain their power.

These objects manipulate people, influence their shadows, and protect their collective secret. Ross is not alone, others are seeking the objects for their own purposes. Will they be a help or a hindrance to his self-appointed quest? Who can he trust?

This dark horror fantasy will leave you questioning the innocence of any mundane object that crosses your path.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

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What I liked: I love the creepiness of this story. It hooks you right away and doesn’t let up. The monsters and the story are original. I have never quite read anything like this. I can’t wait to read more of Russ Viola’s works!

badge5v4Dislikes: The only thing I didn’t like about this short story was that it was more focused on the objects and how they were attained than on the characters. Several characters were there and gone in just a few paragraphs. While we do learn a little about the main character I would like to know more about Ross and the Foundation.

I still give 5 stars!

If you like this book…

If you are looking for more dark urban fantasy novels, checkout the following: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, and In my Dreams by Cameo Renae.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Back from the convent and New York, Charley starts up her life in Albuquerque again. Things are just as chaotic and hilarious as they were before she left, but now she has a daughter to protect and a husband to keep watch on lest he turn into an evil demon. The outlandish adventures of Charley Davidson continue!

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Tenth GraveTitle:  The Curse of Tenth Grave
Author:  Darynda Jones
SeriesCharley Davidson Book 10
Publish Date:  June 28, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher’s DescriptionAs a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: Charley Davidson is hilarious! I adore this series, particularly in audio. I’m not usually a fan of paranormal romance, but craziness that is Charley is not to be denied! 😉 You never know what’s going to happen in a Charley Davidson novel.

What kept me reading: After the explosive revelations of Book 9, Charley is back at home and back at work in Albuquerque, dealing with problems both large and small. A video of Charley exorcising a demon surfaces on YouTube, and now she has ghost chasers chasing her. She’s been hired by an attorney who hates her to clear the name of his good friend. She’s chosen to help a young homeless girl who is “cursed” to die. And some powerful evil gods are after her child. To top it all off, her husband is paying child support for some other kid she doesn’t know about. It’s no wonder the weirdest things come out of her mouth; if your life were like hers, you’d be insane, too!

I find it harder and harder to write a coherent review with each new book in this series. The situations in which Charley finds herself are as outrageous as her sense of humor, and I sit stunned after each read. “Wow!” is about as coherent as I can get.

Why I recommend it: For laugh-out-loud fun, this series can’t be beat.  If you like audiobooks, you HAVE to listen to this series.  Lorelei King is fabulous as Charley.  She delivers those ADHD-inspired one-liners perfectly.  Overall, this is another very unique series that delivers fantastic humor, wonderful fantasy, and hot romance. If you like the UF/PNR genres at all, this is a must-read.

Nervous Nellie says…….Nervous_Nellie_100

I am in love with Reyes. Well, truth be told, I believe there are a lot of people that love Reyes Alexander Farrow. He is one of top reasons I read this series. The top reason I read this series is the sarcasm factor. Charley Davidson is the queen of quips. She comes up with things, even in the heat of an argument that leave me laughing.

The mystery in this story was another good one, however (spoiler alert) I was disappointed with Charley and Reyes relationship development. They didn’t argue, but the series of incidents that went on between them was rediculous. Neither one would discuss their fear to the other and I just wanted to slap my head. Yes, it gets resolved, but there was a serious lack of dreamy, lusty Reyes in the mean time.

badge4v4Charley…..well, I don’t know how she can hold it together missing her daughter-probably because she doesn’t.  It’s for her own good that she doesn’t know where her child is, but when a parent is kept away from their child unwillingly it’s gonna get ugly. She also is holding secrets from Reyes. I don’t know if that should be or not. I understand her reasoning, but on the other hand, he’s been floating in this supernatural pool longer than Charley.

If you haven’t started this series, I would highly recommend doing so. The characters are vivid and dimensional. The concepts, while confusing once in awhile, are genius.  I love this series- it is a keeper.

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Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

Napoleon has been ousted, now the pieces need to be picked up and put back together again. No country went unscathed, most of all, little San Gabriel. Romance is to be found, but at what cost and whose heart will be broken?

Once a SoldierTitle: Once a Soldier
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Series: Rogues Redeemed #1
Publish Date: June 28, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley

Publisher’s Description: As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her.

Knowing herself to be too tall, strong, and unconventional to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match.

Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel’s enemies. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they’d dared imagine…

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).

Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Regency romance, little sex but not much. No cliffhanger, but a lot of war-like bloodshed.

I’m going to be blunt.  I liked the characters, but…

Athena, though a strong woman full of confidence, was constantly flogging a dead horse with her illegitimacy issues. It felt untrue to think of her being weak to that concept when she fought in more than one battle of a deadly war.

Will Masterson was a good character and he played the hero very well. I didn’t feel he was failing in his role at all. He was an officer and a gentleman.

Justin Ballard was good hero, but I assume that his story wasn’t supposed to steal the spotlight of Athena and Will, even though it still did. He was kind of wishy-washy; however, I imagine he would have been a stronger character if this had been his story.

Princess Sofi was an excellent example of growing into her own when she had to step up and rule a country. Again, though, it felt like her romance was stealing the limelight from Will and Athena.

badge3v4This story felt like a trilogy wrapped up in one book. There is a lot going on and it felt like all the scenes were crammed into a tight little space. I liked the story, the characters and the imagery, but it was a lot to absorb. It also felt like the story was being bogged down in places.

This is only my opinion, remember. It may be an excellent read for someone else, but now you have my thoughts.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try  A Lady in Hiding by Amy Corwin or The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

“A gripping account of the shattered Locke family’s attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered by a deranged high school student and the family subsequently moving in with the deceased father’s brother at the family homestead in Maine. But as anyone who has read horror fiction in the past 70-odd years will tell you, it’s a bad idea to try to leave behind the gruesome goings-on in your life by moving to an island named Lovecraft.” —From Amazon

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Locke & Key2Title:  Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
Author:  Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
SeriesLock & Key, Book 01
Publish Date: August 18th 2009
Genre:  Horror Graphic Novel
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s Description: Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Percy_Procrastinator_100Percy Procrastinator says…

Things I didn’t like: The only minor thing I can think of is this lingering worry that the series as a whole won’t be as good as this introduction.

Things I liked: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez weave a fascinating tale; I was pulled into the story right away. Flashback stories can be hit or miss with me but in this one, it works to tell a complex and well connected tale. The late revelations hit home and hit hard in a satisfying way.

The artwork is gorgeous. I know they have to strike a balance in how long the art takes, so I’m pleased at what they have. The main images are realistic and background images are merely less detailed. One of the things that struck me is the use of shadowing to give that 3D look, or at least more than flat look. The art speaks for itself and is part of the story, for without the details and style it brings, the words would have to work twice as hard.

badge5v4It was not my intention to become the Graphic Novel reviewer for this site, but so many good ones have been pointed out to me recently that I have enjoyed reading. After finishing this one, I wanted to know what was next!

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

I haven’t read enough horror graphic novels to have some good recommendations.  I’m sure there are some great ones out there.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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