Know how you read some authors who have “arrived”? This means that whenever you think on what book sounds good to you, you think, “I think I want to read a Nora Roberts, or maybe a Stephen King. Maybe a Dr. Seuss!” Yeah, that kind of arrived. Sarah Mayberry arrived in that venerable position for me personally years ago, and the other day I was pining for a book to just friggin lift me up, you know? I needed a romantic pick-me-up because some scifi reading just did not do it for me recently and a current favorite series isn’t hitting the spot for me either, unfortunately. To avoid the onset of panic of not enjoying said book as much as I’d like to, I thought, “Self, you need a Sarah Mayberry.” Turns out, when I flipped to the store on my Kindle, I actually needed two. Continue Reading
A while back I started a much-hyped scifi series by James S. A. Corey, an author duo, and somewhat enjoyed the first book. I happened to like the second book, Caliban’s War, much better, but never got the chance to remark on it in a review. I just this week had to give up on the third book, Abaddon’s Gate, so I’m taking the opportunity now while that’s (unfortunately) fresh in my mind to loosely review the rest of this series. I also have no idea if this is meant to be a trilogy, the beginning of some offshoots or a continuance of the original three books, but I do know book three has successfully cauterized me from any further interest. Continue Reading
Magic rises (kate daniels #6)
july 30, 2013
Blurb via Goodreads:
Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.
Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…
As you all know by now, the Kate Daniels books are some of the top of their urban fantasy kind, riddled with intensely cool folklore, mythology and legends. That’s the way the world it houses works. Dragons are real. Witches and mages practice their magic regularly and often violently. Gods and goddesses condescend to walk amongst mere mortals. And Kate Daniels is still there to challenge every single one of them. By this point in the series, she’s not alone either. She’s the alpha consort to Curran, the leader of one of the largest Packs of shapeshifters in what used to be the United States, centrally located in the ruined Atlanta, Georgia. Someone in the Pack need a little fair and balanced decision on a tricky issue? No problem, Kate’s your gal. Is that minotaur down the street being a douche cracker and eating up the neighborhood pets? She can handle that one, too. But this time, Kate has to face with her still sort-of-new family the greatest crisis of all, and she doesn’t have a solution. Continue Reading
First, let me reintroduce myself to my blog. Hello, you! It’s me. The one who pays for you to exist but can rarely be seen streaking around your back end lately. And on that note, it’s a good thing I mean the admin to this place, amiright? I haven’t been around much lately do to the results of those well-meant lies people tell you over the years, otherwise known as advise. Continue Reading
Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3)
june 25, 2013
Blurb via Goodreads:
Trouble, treachery, and magic just won’t stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother’s murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren’t even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets.
Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue.
Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them.
Being the third in a series, there are slight spoilers for past books, but nothing major for this book is revealed.
Alas, one of my most favorite series has come to an end. But…what an end it was. At first I was a bit dismayed to not be enjoying the third and final book in the Spiritwalker Trilogy. And when I say at first I mean for about the first third or so of the book – which is a lot to be dismayed at! It was slow to really get going, and really, it didn’t get going till a certain vain and utterly handsome and infuriating character comes back on the scene. I’m afraid that Cat just wasn’t doing it for me in this one, at the beginning at least, and it seemed like she and her cousin Bee were getting nowhere fast. Don’t get me wrong, things were happening, but it was feeling like they couldn’t make any progress. Continue Reading
Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms #1)
February 7, 2012 (Kindle Edition)
Blurb via Amazon.com:
From Saladin Ahmed, finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, comes one of the year’s most anticipated fantasy debuts, Throne of the Crescent Moon, a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawwaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.
I have my eye on a lot of books these days, but sometimes I have the bad habit of letting them just slip right by me as I wait to see what reactions to them will be. A few weeks ago (Has it been a few months, actually, now? Feels like it!), The Book Smugglers highlighted this year’s Hugo Awards in a post with their predictions and so this title once again pinged my radar. Confession time: I really don’t tend to go out of my comfort zones with reading. Maybe that’s not actually a shocker, but when I originally noticed this book last year, I tagged it as one outside said comfort zone and was determined to try it. While I have no problem, per say, with the Middle Eastern style setting, I do tend to gravitate towards more traditionally-set Medieval-esque fantasies. What can I say, this girl has never grown bored watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the upteen-millionth time. But when I saw the Smugglers’ post, I knew it was the right time to finally step out of my fair-haired elvish box. I was really glad I did. Continue Reading