Book Reviews

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Review of Working for the Devil

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved this book, with a capital L. In fact, I wish I had more stars today. I found this gem via the Dark Urban Fantasy Blog: So much good here, I barely know where to begin. Dante Valentine is a great heroine, maybe one of my favorites of all time. She’s foul-mouthed, sassy, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. That occasionally makes her a little hard-nosed, but the way her character is built up makes that fitting. Her relationships are frequently hostile and always amusing. Japhrimel is another great character. His growth throughout the book made me smile. Dante is “persuaded” to take on a job by none other than Lucifer himself–find a demon and return an item he stole to hell. Danny is reluctant until Lucifer explains that the demon is a serial killer she’s been after for some time. Plenty of action and some cool bits of magic make this an exciting and interesting read. Probably not the best choice for die-hard paranormal romance fans, but a must read for lovers of urban fantasy. View all my...

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Review for Ill Wind

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 | 0 comments

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ill Wind is the kind of book I love to read: sassy main character, interesting fantasy aspects, a sprinkling of romance. Unsurprisingly, I inhaled the book, and really enjoyed it. In general I thought Caine’s characterizations were brilliant. Jo is fun and independent, just enough girl power but not over the line into ridiculous. I adored David. There are a bunch of great side characters, Lewis, Star, Paul, and Bad Bob. The world building was just right for me. Enough detail to make things clear, but not so much that I feel like I’m wading through info-dumps through the first half of the book. There’s a lot I really like about this world and I can’t wait to read more. I was a little irritated about why all the Djinn were so circumspect when they didn’t have to be. The cop out answer, of course, was that’s just how they are, but I didn’t really buy that. Why not just tell her what she needs to know? Arg! View all my...

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Review for Slave to Sensation

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh My rating: 4 of 5 stars The setting of Slave to Sensation a not too distant future, with a slightly altered history. Human evolution has branched out into two distinct species, the Changeling and the Psy. This might sound like the set up to a Sci-Fi story, but really it’s much more firmly placed in the Fantasy realm than anything remotely scientific. Overall, I quite liked the book. I enjoy Singh’s writing style. She has quick pace with not an undue amount of description. There were a few places where the navel-gazing got a bit much, but that’s not unusual in this genre. The formatting of the Kindle version is quite a mess, but not unreadable for me. There are multiple carriage returns between paragraphs and the indentation is inconsistent. If you’re a format stickler, it might make you a little crazy. There are abrupt PoV shifts within scenes, as is pretty prevalent in the paranormal romance genre. I found the head-hopping in this book much less annoying than most, but I don’t know if that’s because it was better handled or I’m just getting used to it. I wasn’t sold on Sascha at the start, but I found her more compelling as the book went on. She wasn’t the usual plucky heroine, but she brought something interesting to the story as she learned how to deal with her emotions. In a way this was almost a coming of age story. Lucas is an alpha male with a haunted past. His character is pretty stereotypical, but since that’s one of my favorite kinds, I liked him. In summary, if you’re a Paranormal Romance fan I think you’ll like this one. I also think it’s a nice introductory book to PNR because the sex isn’t quite as overblown as some others in the genre. View all my...

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Review for River Marked

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 | 7 comments

River Marked by Patricia Briggs My rating: 4 of 5 stars River Marked was different from the other Mercy books, and I’m undecided on which version I prefer. I liked that we got a lot of Mercy’s background that we’d been missing. I also enjoyed the reduced angst because the relationship issues between her and Adam finally got resolved. What I liked less was that beginning seemed slow, I think that’s because a lot of the Native American backstory had to be fit in and that made for less action early on. We do get a good amount Mercy butt-kicking goodness, but it’s left until relatively late. I also thought that Mercy and Adam as a couple deserved more screen time. One big plus I will give in counterpoint is that I love how Adam is willing to let Mercy be herself. There’s always the temptation with dominant characters to run over everyone in the course of getting their way, but it’s nicely handled in this book. Though it’s all in Mercy’s PoV, we get to know a lot of what goes on in Adam’s head. Overall, I felt like this deviated too much from the previous books for me to be entirely thrilled with it, but at the same time I understand that Mercy has to evolve or else there’s little point to continuing on with her story. Still, I love me some coyote-girl and that goes a long way. View all my...

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Review of Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Come Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is the reason I don’t give out five stars often. Wonderful and amazing are the first two words that come to mind, but that just sounds like empty praise, so let me dial that back and tell you what this book is without all the hyperbole. It’s a contemporary murder mystery, but also so much more than that. The themes of love, loyalty and addiction that occur throughout are powerful. Swift is a beautiful character that will win your heart. He’s so lovely and complicated that once I started reading I really couldn’t stop. The Choose Your Own Adventure introductions to every chapter were clever and compelling–loved that little touch. The poetry references were perfect and not overboard as can sometimes happen with stories about poets. Overall, just a stunning and remarkable book that I heartily recommend. I wish I could remember where I heard about this one, because I’d run back there right now and see what other gems I could find. As it is, I know I’ll be reading more Josh Lanyon very soon. View all my...

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Review of Sins of the Demon

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book doesn’t disappoint. Like all of Rowland’s Kara Gillian books, there’s snappy dialog, action and nifty arcane happenings. As always, when I got the end I wished there was more. I didn’t like it quite as much as Mark of the Demon, only because it felt like there was less going on. The last two books were filled with excitement and this one seemed like more of Kara wandering around trying to figure out what was going on. I did like how the deaths Kara was investigating worked with the overall plot though, that seemed to mesh better this time. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t very much Rhyzkahl in this one. What we did see was a different version of his usual intensity, but I couldn’t help but feel he was missing here. I love, love, love the addition of Eilahn as a full-time fixture. Her and Fuzzykins added a lot to this one and gave a more ‘sidekick’ feeling than the other friends Kara has. I also liked that she encouraged Kara to keep better contact with the other important people in her life, which sometimes our brave heroine forgets. Now, on to the infamous cliffhanger. I wasn’t particularly troubled by it. I was actually quite pleased that this book didn’t follow the “cop drama” model as closely as the others. Of course, I will only continue to say this if we don’t have to way too long for the next one! View all my...

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