Hell to Pay by William Brian Johnson

Posted November 21, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hell to Pay by William Brian Johnson

This book reads like a gritty cop novel, only it has a paranormal twist to it. The content itself is not exactly rainbows and sunshine, it definitely has a seriously dark tone throughout the novel. The characters within the book are rather tortured, and really it’s quite easy to feel bad for them. They all seem to have gone through some hard time, and are struggling just to get by. The main character is Bailey, he’s a homicide detective, although its clear from the very beginning he is a broken man. While working a case a few years back, Bailey failed to save two young twin girls, and their murders weighed on him so heavily he lost a bit of his sanity, along with his marriage, and delved into serious alcohol use. While Bailey is sober when this story starts, it’s clear that the rest of the force believes he is a joke or is trying to get him fired. It’s really not hard to want to pull for Bailey to get a couple of successes. The other character is George, and he is just a regular guy who owns an antique shop. Well that is until a box shows up with a scalp in it, and everything for George changes. He is suddenly a suspect in a homicide, his body is changing over night, and quite honestly when the novel is being told in his point of view, it reads like he is having some kind of psychotic break. […]

The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

Posted November 19, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 3 Comments
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

There are a lot of books I have been excited about reading, and this was one of them. I found Sandy Williams when I stumbled upon her Magic and Mayhem blog (a blog with her and a couple of other authors whose books I’m also looking forward to reading). I must say that this book did not disappoint. Part of the reason I was excited about this book is because it involves the Fae. A lot of the urban fantasy books seem to be focused primarily on vamps or werewolves, and I personally believe the Fae are hugely underutilized. Williams did not disappoint, her portrayal of the Fae was quite interesting to say the least, and pulled me in by the time chapter one was finished. I do have to point out that the Fae in Williams’ book almost remind me a little of the epic fantasy races that are common to that genre. That similarity, I think for me, made them all the more intriguing. The book doesn’t have a lot of build up to the action, right from chapter one you are thrown into the thick of it, with the book’s main character McKenzie being captured right off the bat. Normally I would say this is hard way to get to know the main character, but Williams’ manages to not only get the reader to know McKenzie, but also to pull for her. I was right there with McKenzie the entire time, every time she was confused about […]

Two and Half Dead Men by Jason Krumbine

Posted November 18, 2011 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Two and Half Dead Men by Jason Krumbine

This a book about two father dysfunctional brothers who are grim reapers. I was actually pretty intrigued by the concept of this book because I was a huge fan of the show Dead Like Me back in the day which was also about grim reapers, and also had a kind of dry humor through it. This book for me was kind of a mixed bag, some of the elements were good and some felt like they needed more work. There were several grammatical errors along the way, especially with misspelling words or putting “is” instead of “it”. I think most of these problems could have been fixed by having someone who had never read the story before go through and circle the mistakes. Normally I do overlook grammar mistakes, because frankly I make them too (and I have probably made my fair share of them on this very blog), but I found one or two per chapter, and it got kind of annoying. The author also appears to be a big fan of rather simple sentences. On the plus side since the vast majority of the sentences are simple, there are no punctuation problems. The problem with that, especially when we get to dialogue is that it doesn’t feel natural. People speak in complex sentences, sometimes people speak in crazy run on sentences. So the words on the page didn’t always feel organic. On the plus side I have no problem seeing the two main characters as brothers. Thane and […]

Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

Posted November 17, 2011 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Sins of the Angels by Linda Poitevin

Everything you could every want in a book about angels. I have been looking forward to this book for quite some time now. The author, Linda Poitevin, did a guest post on a blog I follow, Magic and Mayhem, and the minute I saw she wrote a book about angels I knew I wanted to read this book. Angels have always been an intriguing subject matter to me, and I have been wanting to find a book that brings angels into the urban fantasy realm successfully. For me this is that book. There is a lot to say about this book, but I think first a foremost you have to mention the amount of research and thought that was put into the book. It is beyond clear from chapter one that Poitevin did her research and really thought about how she was going to build this world. Personally I’m awed that she was able to build such a complex world that did not come off as overwhelming or confusing for the reader. A lot of times if you put to much information into one book it can end up doing more harm than good, by making the story to hard to follow. This was so not the case for this book. The world building is amazing. One of my favorite authors is Rachel Vincent, and it mostly stems from the fact I think Vincent is a fantastic world builder. In my opinion Poitevin is just as good if not better […]

The Witching Pen by Dianna Hardy

Posted November 16, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Witching Pen by Dianna Hardy

A novella full of witchcraft, demons, and love. I was excited to read this novella mostly because I have really enjoyed the witchcraft aspect of urban fantasy lately, although I would say that this novella fits more into the paranormal romance side of things. A problem I always seem to have with most novellas is that there has to be enough action in them to keep the reader interested, but they have to achieve that action in a substantially smaller amount of time than a full length novel. I have always said writing a compelling short story is harder than writing a compelling novel. I think this novella suffers from this problem, so much action had to take place in such a short period of time and words that it starts to feel rushed in the end. That being said, the entire novella did not feel rushed. The first half or possibly even the first two thirds of the book flowed pretty well and did not feel rushed. Elena and Karl are this stories main characters, and like I said earlier I think this novella fits into the paranormal romance category because from start to finish the novella is about these two characters and their love for each other. The novella starts off with the two of them as friends who are roommates, but even in their everyday lives as friends the reader can sense that something more is on the horizon for these two. There chemistry is certainly clear […]

Chaos Tryst by Shirin Dubbin

Posted November 15, 2011 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Chaos Tryst by Shirin Dubbin

A magical retelling of Goldilocks and the three bears. This is a novella, which for me I enjoy as short reads, but don’t read them all that often because I like to really dive into a book and get lost in it for hours. But novellas also have their place, they are quicker reads, I think for those of us who don’t have the time to immerse ourselves for hours in a longer book. I would like to mention that the concept for this book is unique. The imagination alone required to take a simple fairytale and create a complex world to retell this story is quite remarkable. I would like to take time to acknowledge that. Ari and Maks are the two main characters of this story. Ari is the modern representation of Goldilocks and Maks is one of the three bears. Ari is a retriever, who essentially just retrievers stolen property to their rightful owner and she is bound by a magical code. Ari meets Maks when she goes to retrieve something from Maks’ home that she believes to be stolen, and that her magic shows to be stolen. However, the item in question has been in Maks’ family since it’s creation, which mean the two of them need to iron out who the rightful owner really is, which is how this story start off. While this book is generally speaking a cute story, and truly unique it does have it’s flaws. The story moves quickly (always a […]

Echo Falls by Jaime McDougall

Posted November 15, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Echo Falls by Jaime McDougall

Echo Falls was a quick and enjoyable read. The book centers on two main characters, Phoebe and Aidan. This book is a book that focuses on werewolves, there are no other supernatural elements within this book. That being sad this a face paced, mystery, love story, and over all small town adventure. The book starts out with Phoebe arriving in Echo Falls, and it’s quite clear from the beginning that Phoebe is on the run from something. Not only is she afraid and on the run to begin with but when she makes it to Echo Falls she is attacked, and not by any random person, but by a werewolf. Clearly this has not been the best couple of days of Phoebe. A man named Aidan rescues her, and as the story progresses we find out that Echo Falls has been falling victim to the work of a serial killer, and Aidan (werewolf cop extraordinaire) is trying to find the culprit. I think this book falls under the paranormal romance category because the really the chemistry between Phoebe and Aidan is palpable from the very beginning of the book. I do appreciate that the romantic elements did not just exploded at the beginning of the book, but rather McDougall allowed the chemistry to build and the two people to really get to know each other. The romance was more organic than just completely lust based. One of the characters I would like to mention right of the bat is Mia, […]

Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

Posted November 11, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

This is the second book in the Cassie Palmer series, I reviewed the first book a couple of months ago. I like this book more than I did the first. Part of the reason I like this book more than the first one is because a significant amount of the world building had been done in the first book. Sometimes, world building can be fun and exciting to read, but for the me, the first book felt at often times confusing for me to really sink my teeth into. Because of that I spent a lot of time being confused by what was going on within the first book. But in this second book, I had enough of a foundation to really get into the book. Not to mention the characters in this book had already been established and I already had a vested interest in them. One of the things about this series of books is that they take place over a very short period of time. Because of this there is seldom a time where there isn’t any action in the book. This is a good thing because it keep the reader really involved in the writing. However if you are going to be reading this book in more than one sitting, I might suggest reading a few of the pages you have already read before delving into new material, the action happens so quickly you may need a bit of a refresher. One thing I would have […]

Rise of the Fallen by Ivory Autumn

Posted November 9, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Rise of the Fallen by Ivory Autumn

This book is a fun read to say the least. The book is one part a journey with a quest, an unlikely group of people get together in a hopes of completing a quest together that will save the world from The Fallen. The Fallen is the evil guy who is essentially taking over the world and hopes to one day take over the universe. The book is also one part coming of age story. The story follows young Andrew, a boy who is only sixteen and finds out rather abruptly that his life is not what it seems to be, and suddenly he is required to grow up in order to prevent The Fallen from completing his plan. True to form, I’m going to go over the things I liked about this book first, and there were a bunch of them. The characters are really vivid, especially Andrew. He really grows throughout the story, which is always a good thing, he isn’t static and it keeps the reader involved and invested in his progress. He starts off in the book as a boy who really hasn’t had it easy. The people where he live don’t like him, the kids pick on him, if he didn’t have his parents or these two other boys as friends, he would have a pretty miserable existence. Even in the face of all that he is still a sweet boy. And when the people of his town are threatening, even though Andrew has been […]

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Posted November 8, 2011 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 2 Comments
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

This is one of the series I have enjoyed reading over the past couple of years. I have always enjoyed this series because Kitty is the unlikely hero. It makes Kitty an appealing character and really easy to identify with as she progress through the series. Another reason why I really like this series is that it’s just simply put, an enjoyable read. The writing is really witty and Kitty’s personality in general makes me giggle. It makes this series the perfect books to pick up when you just want to sit down, relax, have a good laugh, and enjoy a good story. This is one of those books where it is really easy to just sit down for a few hours and read it from cover to cover. But enough about the series and on to the specifics of this particular book. You’re introduced to Kitty, who is a werewolf and a werewolf at the bottom of pack ranks. She has a job on a local radio station and accidentally finds herself with her own radio show after being bored one night and hosting an impromptu late night talk show about the supernatural. This radio show really brings Kitty into her own, as a reader you can track Kitty growing into her own in both her professional life as well as within the pack. As a fairly new werewolf, Kitty has not really been involved in the inner workings of the pack, and throughout this book she finds that […]