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: Wolfromance (Reluctant Necromancer #3) by Kaye Draper

I understand that authors are always warned not to “info-dump” to their readers, that they should include the information the reader needs to know naturally through the story. But there’s a downside to that, when so many things are going on that everyone EXCEPT the main character knows about. At some point, someone needs toContinue reading “Review: Wolfromance (Reluctant Necromancer #3) by Kaye Draper”

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”

2019 Resolution Project: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews

My 2019 Resolution Project over at my other blog, Speculative Chic, is to read the entire Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews, finishing up with a first read of the final book in the series. This is my first time reading this novel. You can read my full review here. An excerpt: And then weContinue reading “2019 Resolution Project: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews”

2019 Resolution Project: Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews

My 2019 Resolution Project over at my other blog, Speculative Chic, is to read the entire Kate Daniels urban fantasy series by Ilona Andrews, finishing up with a first read of the final book in the series. This is my first time reading this novel, which the authors have advised should be read prior to reading KateContinue reading “2019 Resolution Project: Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews”

Review: No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark #3) by Kresley Cole

I adored everything about this book — except for the two main characters, who fell short in contrast to the scope of this exciting tale. Sebastian’s character arc may have been typical of alpha romance heroes when this book was first published, but it doesn’t hold up as well in 2019. He starts the bookContinue reading “Review: No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark #3) by Kresley Cole”