Review: A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey

Scandal in BatterseaThe novels of Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series take two forms. The first is re-imagined fairy tales set in Edwardian England (and Europe beyond). The second is a more of a traditional (historical) urban fantasy series that centers around a group of magicians, psychics, and mediums in London, starring two plucky young women and their avian familiars. They hang out with Sherlock Holmes sometimes, which is why his star-power gets him on the cover of the book.

A Scandal in Battersea is the latter style, which is not my preference of the two, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read. It was a solid, magical mystery adventure filled with comforting characters familiar from earlier in the series. Watching Nan and Sarah grow up has been a lovely ride, and I do enjoy checking in on them.  Continue reading

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Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

ArtemisWhen the credits rolled on Ant-Man, I turned to my husband and exclaimed, “Marvel made me a heist movie!” When I read the first blurb about Artemis ages ago, I turned to my husband and exclaimed, “Andy Weir is writing me a heist novel!”

Considering I read the book in the space of a solid 4 hours on Wednesday night, the day after the book’s publication, I think it’s safe to say that Weir did not disappoint. (Since this review is coming out so close to publication, it has no spoilers).  Continue reading

Review: The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by K.J. Charles

Magpie LordNow that I’ve discovered a newfound love for queer historical romance, it was really only a matter of time before I made the jump to the urban fantasy variety. This novel was an excellent introductory choice that I devoured in the space of one airport wait + flight to Florida, and I had to resist the urge to immediately purchase the rest of the trilogy (that urge has since been sated).  Continue reading

Spotlight Round-Up: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #3.5

As expected, someone left a toothbrush behind before we started the road trip (we’ll blame the gray cat currently purring in my lap, trying to look innocent). So, we had to swing back around to Speculative Chic for a book spotlight and short interview.

Thanks so much to everyone who spread the word on social media today, sharing links and even pictures of the books they’re preordered. I’d like to add a special thanks Breeanna Pierce and Jamaila Brinkley for also taking the time to spotlight Steel Blood on their blogs today.  Writer friends are the best!

Steel Blood sushiAnd finally, I wrapped up an awesome book birthday with a sushi dinner with my amazing husband, who dressed for the occasion. There’s even a nod to my favorite sushi restaurant in the book!

(Not shown: Copious amounts of hot tea and delicious green tea ice cream.)

 


Join me tomorrow for the next stop on the blog tour as we learn about the history of Limani at the blog of author A.M. Justice!