Review: Seasons (Tales of Valdemar #13) edited by Mercedes Lackey

Seasonal celebrations were the theme of this collection of tales set in the fantasy world of Valdemar, which acted less as glue holding the collection together and more as an awkward way to pretend all of these stories belonged together. Especially in the cases of the “continuing” stories that feature characters from previous collections. IContinue reading “Review: Seasons (Tales of Valdemar #13) edited by Mercedes Lackey”

Review: The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole

I got pretty burned out on reading epic fantasy once I started paying attention to diversity within the pages, so I’m always thrilled to find an offering in the genre that bucks stereotype. Add a dash of steampunk and I’m hooked. Its easy to draw “Joan of Arc” comparisons to the character of Heloise onContinue reading “Review: The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole”

Review: Thieves’ Honor (Wizards of London #1) by Jamaila Brinkley

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this ebook for full price. I devoured this book so quickly, and with such enjoyment, that I forgot to take any notes for my review! Brinkley’s debut novel features romance, magic, and mystery set in historical London. She weaves together the tropes from multiple genresContinue reading “Review: Thieves’ Honor (Wizards of London #1) by Jamaila Brinkley”

Review: Deosil (Whyborne & Griffin #11) by Jordan L. Hawk

This series closes out in a maelstrom (pun intended) of heroism, madness, horror, love, triumph, and just a few tentacles. Everything comes full-circle (pun also intended) as Whyborne and Griffin join with new and old allies to defend their home of Widdershins from the extra-dimensional Masters who have returned to reclaim what is theirs. BecauseContinue reading “Review: Deosil (Whyborne & Griffin #11) by Jordan L. Hawk”

Review: Vampromance (Reluctant Necromancer #2) by Kaye Draper

I don’t get to binge-read this series like I did Draper’s previous reverse harem epic, but I’m enjoying it all the same. Esper is an intriguing character, and I appreciate the set-up of her being lost from her family line as a way for the audience to learn about the greater magical world through herContinue reading “Review: Vampromance (Reluctant Necromancer #2) by Kaye Draper”

Review: Ghostromance (Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Kaye Draper

I probably shouldn’t have read this so close on the heels of Draper’s previous reverse harem series, Gesa’s Menagerie. I prefer Gesa as a character to Esper, but that doesn’t mean anything is necessarily wrong with Esper. I got a bit tired of her “Woe is me, I’m so ugly” ruminations, but otherwise she’s aContinue reading “Review: Ghostromance (Reluctant Necromancer #1) by Kaye Draper”

Review: Gesa’s Menagerie #2-#9 by Kaye Draper

Usually when I read series, I try to break them up with other books so that I don’t get burned out. But sometimes a series is less of a series and more of a really long epic book broken up into eight separate novellas. And sometimes I get sick and need to spend the dayContinue reading “Review: Gesa’s Menagerie #2-#9 by Kaye Draper”

Review: Gryphon’s Pride (Gesa’s Menagerie #1) by Kaye Draper

The author warns in the book description that this is “not your typical reverse harem.” I would also happily argue that this is not a typical romance or typical urban fantasy. With that combination, I was immediately sucked into the world-building, the plot, and the characters. Gesa is the “strong female character” taken to theContinue reading “Review: Gryphon’s Pride (Gesa’s Menagerie #1) by Kaye Draper”

Review: The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13) by Mercedes Lackey

I’m not going to lie. I significantly prefer the fairy tale retellings in this fantasy series to the Sherlock Holmes pastiches featuring Nan and Sara. I didn’t dislike this book, but I found myself not as invested in the main characters as I could have been. Both women gain new skills and mastery over theirContinue reading “Review: The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13) by Mercedes Lackey”

Starbase Indy 2019 Schedule!

This Thursday, while my family stays home and eats delicious food, I’ll be boarding a flight to Indianapolis for my first Starbase Indy! I’m looking forward to checking out a new con, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends. For the majority of the convention, you can probably find me in the Writer’sContinue reading “Starbase Indy 2019 Schedule!”