Review: Markham Hall Series by Sierra Simone

The Awakening of Ivy Leavold (Book 1) Here’s the old-school Gothic erotic romance I expected when I started Simone’s Thornchapel series! An innocent young woman finds herself helpless and adrift in a new home, at the mercy of a mysterious and figure who instantly captivates her attention. Despite Simone’s effortless narrative that elevates the interactionsContinue reading “Review: Markham Hall Series by Sierra Simone”

Review: Hexworld Stories by Jordan L. Hawk

“A Christmas Hex” (Book 2.5) This is one of those stories that could have worked any time of year — but the fact that it occurred around Christmas made it all the sweeter. After reading the full-length novels in this series, it was easy to forget that witches and familiars in New York City didContinue reading “Review: Hexworld Stories by Jordan L. Hawk”

Review: Dragon Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased this book for full price. Once again, DeCandido has blown me away with his knowledge of genre tropes and how to bend them to his will to create a fantastic story. This time, he combines the magic of police procedurals with high fantasy (via table-topContinue reading “Review: Dragon Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido”

Review: Midnight Riot (Rivers of London #1) by Ben Aaronovitch

I devoured this book so quickly, because it had me so absorbed, that I only took one note on my phone about it. “Great example of environment as character.” London itself comes alive in this combination urban fantasy and police procedural that the city is as much a character as Peter, his mentor Nightingale, orContinue reading “Review: Midnight Riot (Rivers of London #1) by Ben Aaronovitch”

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: Gilded Cage (Lilywhite Boys #2) by K.J. Charles

I re-read the first Lilywhite Boys book right before starting this one, because I could and because it’s that good. This book concludes the short series admirably, though I highly recommend also making sure to read “The Ratcatcher’s Daughter” to get a better feel for the overall conflict. The first book is from a singleContinue reading “Review: Gilded Cage (Lilywhite Boys #2) by K.J. Charles”

Review: The Portrait Problem (The Galipp Files #3) by Jamaila Brinkley

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I bought the ebook for full price. The Galipp Files are a solid trilogy chronicling the evolving relationship between Anastasia and her partner-turned-fiance Simon. Along the way, they solve magical crimes in their version of not overly-magical London. My biggest complaint about this series is how muchContinue reading “Review: The Portrait Problem (The Galipp Files #3) by Jamaila Brinkley”

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

Review: The Mathematical Gambit (The Galipp Files #2) by Jamaila Brinkley

This story continues the adventures of a pair of professional spies — if only their income from the profession could support them. Instead, Simon works on his magical studies and Anastasia relies on the patronage of members of the peerage who know about her clandestine role. The partners reunite to solve another case involving richContinue reading “Review: The Mathematical Gambit (The Galipp Files #2) by Jamaila Brinkley”

Review: The Star of Anatolia (The Galipp Files #1) by Jamaila Brinkley

When one reads a fantasy series, one expects the main character to be rather fantastical. But there’s something to be said for viewing the world through the eyes of a more “boring” person, with no magical ability of her own. However, Anastasia Galipp is far from normal. She is a smart, independent young woman makingContinue reading “Review: The Star of Anatolia (The Galipp Files #1) by Jamaila Brinkley”