Review: Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews

This is an older book by the authors, and I’m impressed by how far their writing ability has come (though this wasn’t poorly written by any means). They’ve always been excellent storytellers though, and this novella stands out in this regard. The society worldbuilding here reminds me a lot of the Hidden Legacy series, thoughContinue reading “Review: Silent Blade (Kinsmen #1) by Ilona Andrews”

Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Into the Ashes (Taine McKenna Adventures #3) by Lee Murray

Last month I posted a spoiler-free review of the latest installment of Lee Murray’s thriller series, the Taine McKenna Adventures. In Into the Ashes, Taine faces his biggest foe yet: the active volcanic isles of New Zealand itself. Check out an excerpt from the book below, then follow the link to enter a giveaway for anContinue reading “Book Excerpt & Giveaway: Into the Ashes (Taine McKenna Adventures #3) by Lee Murray”

Review: Into the Ashes (Taine McKenna Adventures #3) by Lee Murray

Disclaimer: I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. The third installment of the Taine McKenna adventures follows the format of the two previous books without becoming formulaic or predictable. It’s an action-packed adventure featuring human and supernatural dangers, full of both familiar faces and new characters I hope to see again inContinue reading “Review: Into the Ashes (Taine McKenna Adventures #3) by Lee Murray”

Review: Into the Sounds (Taine McKenna Adventures #2) by Lee Murray

Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased the electronic version of this novel for full price. After reading the first book in this series, I kind of thought I knew what I was getting into. It’s really awesome that I was completely wrong. On the surface, lots of things are similar toContinue reading “Review: Into the Sounds (Taine McKenna Adventures #2) by Lee Murray”

Review: Into the Mist (Taine McKenna Adventures #1) by Lee Murray

Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased an electronic copy of this novel for full price. For those of you who are averse to the horror genre, I’m happy to report that this novel is instead a thrilling action-adventure. There are some gory bits, but it’s not gratuitous, and the moments thatContinue reading “Review: Into the Mist (Taine McKenna Adventures #1) by Lee Murray”

Review: Think of England by K.J. Charles

If you’ve ever watched Downton Abbey and thought, “This show could use more espionage, blackmail, and murder,” this is the book for you! What I especially enjoyed about this book is that it is primarily a mystery/thriller with an excellent romance subplot. But more importantly, the romance subplot informs and adds to the tension of theContinue reading “Review: Think of England by K.J. Charles”

Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

For all of the ridiculousness of Brown’s plots and my frustration with some of his writing style, I absolutely keep coming back to his books because when you remove everything I dislike, the rest is a personal guided tour of some amazing information about art, culture, and history. 

Review: The Resurrection Pact (Winston Casey Chronicles #1) by Jay Smith

Disclaimer: I purchased an ebook version of this novel at release, then acquired a hardcopy version in a book trade with the author, whom I consider a friend. Once upon a time, I was one of THOSE World of Warcraft (WoW) players. Had a full-time job, but still spent 30 to 40 hours a weekContinue reading “Review: The Resurrection Pact (Winston Casey Chronicles #1) by Jay Smith”

Review: THE PURPLE HEART DETECTIVE AGENCY by Rock Neelly

There are a lot of really great things about this “modern noir” book, which is why I kept reading until the very end. I picked it up primarily because of the disabled main characters, which is a diversity not often seen in fiction. While their combat injuries certainly informed their characters, neither men were everContinue reading “Review: THE PURPLE HEART DETECTIVE AGENCY by Rock Neelly”