Review: Black and Blue (Red and Black #2) by Nancy O’Toole Meservier

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; I received an electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is very obviously the middle book in a trilogy; at the same time, it does not suffer many of the issues that middle books usually employ. Instead, it works as a solid follow-up […]

2019 Resolution Project: Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews

My 2019 Resolution Project over at my other blog, Speculative Chic, is to read the entire Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews, finishing up with a first read of the final book in the series. I’ve read this book, Magic Rises, before, but never officially reviewed it. You can find my full review here. An excerpt: “In […]

Review: The Invisible Library (Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman

This book was filled to the brim with elements that I enjoy in my fantasy writing. Secret societies, parallel universes, dragons, steampunk, and great detectives. Unfortunately, it also relied on a lot of tropes that I’ve become less fond of in my fantasy writing, such as a point-of-view female character surrounded by supporting male roles, […]

Review: Broken News by Sara Dobie Bauer

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. It’s common to refer to the main characters in a romance story as the heroes, but there are no heroes in this book. Eric West is an unabashed crime lord, and Will fully admits to being a bit […]

Review: Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9) by Jordan L. Hawk

We’re back in Widdershins for Whyborne & Griffin’s latest adventure, but this time it’s the old families who are the targets. When Whyborne is accused of murder, he and his allies must not only clear his name, but also prevent the rise of a great evil. Plenty of familiar faces appear in this story, including […]

Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I started reading romance novels in 2016, in large part due to the emotional chaos wrought by the American presidential election. Luckily, judging by McQuiston’s author note at the end of this novel, she saw a need in the general readership and persevered in filling it. This book is exactly what I needed as the […]

Review: The Dragon Mistress: Book 3 (Eburosi Chronicles #10) by R.A. Steffan

I burned through all of the books in this series very quickly, then had to wait months for this latest installment. I read it all the evening of the day it was released. It was worth the wait. Like the previous books, Frella’s story contains nonstop action and adventure. Multiple relationships are in play. And […]

Review: The 5th Gender (Tinkered Stars Mystery) by G.L. Carriger

As someone who regularly speaks at writing and fandom conventions about the topic of “genre blending” or “genre blurring” in contemporary writing, I have some pretty strong opinions on the subject. Carriger’s science-fiction/romance/mystery is certainly one that I will now hold up as a great example of how to blend things right. This novel could […]

Review: Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy #1) by Ruthanna Emrys

I enjoyed and was intrigued by the original novella that set up this world, but the world created within intrigued me much more than the characters. However, I enjoyed it enough to pick up this novel to get it signed by the author at a convention, and I don’t regret any of the time spent […]

2019 Resolution Project: Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews

My 2019 Resolution Project over at my other blog, Speculative Chic, is to read the entire Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews, finishing up with a first read of the final book in the series. I’ve read this companion book, Gunmetal Magic, before, but never officially reviewed it. You can find my full review here. An excerpt: […]