Review: BREAK THROUGH THE ICE by Rachell Nichole

Disclaimer: The author is a friend of mine. However, I purchased this ebook for full price. This was a well-written novella that I found particularly humorous to read as an urban fantasy author myself. There is a certain amount of wish-fulfillment that I couldn’t help but enjoy, considering the author main character is getting prettyContinue reading “Review: BREAK THROUGH THE ICE by Rachell Nichole”

Review: THE CURIOSITY KILLERS by K.W. Taylor

Today I’m celebrating the launch of K.W. Taylor’s first science-fiction novel, The Curiosity Killers! This book is close to my heart because I have been friends with the author since she was still writing it, cheered her on as it passed as her thesis for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program, and then threwContinue reading “Review: THE CURIOSITY KILLERS by K.W. Taylor”

Review: NOTES OF TEMPTATION by Rebecca Halsey

Disclaimer: I am friends with the author. However, I purchased my copy of the book for full price. Notes of Temptation is a mixed book: part romance, part historical drama, part urban fantasy, and all fun.

April Wrap-Up & May Goals

What a roller coaster of a month! April Wrap-Up: Vacation successful and new job started! I’m three weeks in and enjoying myself immensely. I’m doing a very different sort of editing, along with a bunch of other interesting projects. My small team is great, and I love the area of Baltimore that my new officeContinue reading “April Wrap-Up & May Goals”

Review: THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman

First of all, let’s get a few things straight. (1) This is a literary fantasy novel. (2) This novel was much more influenced by The Chronicles of Narnia than by Harry Potter. (3) I read this trilogy because I adore the television show currently airing, so my review is going to be linked to that biasContinue reading “Review: THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman”

Review: BLOOD RED by Mercedes Lackey

It’s always fun to return to one of my favorite series, and it’s even better when that series manages to consistently surprise you. Though there have been some departures,  Lackey’s formula for her Elemental Masters series has been “Traditional fairy tale retold in historical (mostly British) urban fantasy setting and concludes with female elemental masterContinue reading “Review: BLOOD RED by Mercedes Lackey”

Review: MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews

Part of me keeps waiting for anything about this series to get stale or boring or overdone, because it can’t possibly keep being this damn good. Sure,  not every novel in the series  is the best thing I’ve ever read, but one thing I appreciate about Ilona Andrews (referred to as “they,” since it isContinue reading “Review: MAGIC SHIFTS by Ilona Andrews”

Review: CRUCIBLE edited by Mercedes Lackey

Favorite story: “The Note” by Phaedra Weldon. While many of the stories in this anthology rated between 3 and 4 stars for me and were cute and enjoyable but not amazing, this penultimate tale punched me right in the feels. There are so many things about the life of a Herald that are explored in this tale,Continue reading “Review: CRUCIBLE edited by Mercedes Lackey”