Genre: Fantasy

Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

Posted May 22, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

I have been dying to get back to urban fantasy for a while now, it’s what got me back into reading after college, so it has a big piece of my heart. I wanted a book that had to do with witches, because I don’t have enough books with witches in them. I picked up this book thinking it was the first book in the series (its not) and when I realized it wasn’t I was slightly worried I would feel like I missed out, but the author did a great job of recapping in a way that wasn’t overwhelming and I never felt like I was lost of confused, so if you happen upon this book without reading the first you will still be good to go. Okay first off, I liked this book, I feel like over the past couple of years Urban Fantasy is kind of dying out, or being seriously reduced, so I was so happy to find a book recently released that was of pretty good quality. I liked the law enforcement angle, especially since in this world the supernatural races seem to really kind of stick to their own, this way Donata has a reason to interact with all kinds and it much more fun story. Donata by herself though is pretty interesting, she is kind of low-key, especially compared to the people in her family. She may come from well of snobby people, but she is totally cool drinking a dive bar, living […]

In The Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

Posted January 27, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
In The Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler

Werewolf cops, it should be the recipe for some awesomeness. This book is a stand alone in a book series about SWAT cops who just happen to be all made up of werewolves. I went into this book expecting a lot of action, and probably some sort of suspenseful plot that was going to keep me guessing. There was definitely a lot of action in this book, and some of it I enjoyed, and there was a pretty major mob plot, which definitely made things interesting, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. So when the book starts we kind of are slammed into this intense raid by our SWAT wolves, one in particular, Eric, and who should he find on this outing, why Jayna, our heroine. Jayna is on the wrong side of the law, but something about her keeps Eric from taking her in, so instead he hides her. Jayna clearly captivates him so he tracks her down to try and figure out what kind of situation she is mixed up in. Eric made this book for me, I liked him the most in this book. He’s a stand up guy, and kind of a baby wolf too. I was really surprised how little these werewolves know about being werewolves. I mean it’s not just one or two of them that don’t have all the information, it’s pretty much all of the wolves who are missing out on all the intricacies on what being a wolf […]

Kissed by Water by Delwyn Jenkins

Posted October 6, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Kissed by Water by Delwyn Jenkins

So I picked up this book because I love books about witches, I may have gotten a little warn out with the whole vampire thing in paranormal books, but witches and shifters are my favorites to read about. Plus with this book it seemed like from the synopsis it seemed like our hero would be coming out of a bad place, and I love having kind of a darker hero in books. So while the premise of the book was super intriguing for me, I think this is a book that has to be read in order. I haven’t read the other books in the series, and honestly it took me a long time to really feel like I had a handle on what was going on. The author does try to fill you in on everything without having to do any info dumps on you, but like I said it takes a while to really get a good grasp on everything. So this book has a lot of intrigue and build up, and I think if I had read the other two books, then I would be able to say with certainty that this is a very intricate plot line, one that is definitely interesting to read. When you start the book you have Tristan being basically held hostage in his mind, he’s in a magically induced coma and pretty much everyone has given up on him. Except of course for our heroine, Charlotte. Charlotte sneaks out, puts herself […]

His Wicked Desire by Dawn Chartier

Posted August 29, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay / 0 Comments
His Wicked Desire by Dawn Chartier

I have to say I am really glad that I have been splitting my time more evenly between romance and urban fantasy books, I have this bad habit of getting roped into one genre and sticking with it for a long period, but thankfully not anymore. I have always loved urban fantasy, and one of my favorite magical types is the witch, so when I saw a book that revolved around witches I knew I wanted to check it out. This is the second book in the series, and while yes you can read it as a standalone (like I did) I think it would be a lot better if you read the first book first, I felt like I was missing out on some bigger events and some of the relationships between the characters by not having read the first book first. So first off I am going to start with Brye. When the book starts she is dealing with some serious events that just happened recently (I’m assuming in the first book), she was kidnapped and seriously scarred by the attack. Not just her face is scarred though, she really been emotionally scarred by it all as well. She went from being like the popular beautiful type to being ridiculed by teenagers in a department store and feeling like everything in her life from before the attack just wasn’t worth it anymore. I felt so bad for her, especially in the beginning. I mean she’s clearly dealing with […]

Turn of the Moon by L.P. Dover

Posted August 25, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Turn of the Moon by L.P. Dover

I’ve been in the mood for more urban fantasy books lately, which isn’t all that surprising since I used to read them every single day before I started becoming obsessed with the romance genre. I have read L.P. Dover’s work before, and since I love shifters I thought this would be a perfect book to help me out with my urban fantasy craving. I tend to like the male characters in Dover’s books, so I was excited to read the kind of alpha male that she dreamed up for a shifter book. So our book starts out with Bailey, our lovely heroine, and a rare female alpha. Her parents have promised her to Kade, the Yukon pack alpha who is, well, there is no nice way to say this, but a horrible and seriously unhinged dude. There is never a second in the entire book where I ever believed that Kade has any redeeming qualities at all. So Bailey, I liked her. She’s stands up for herself, she protects others even when it puts her own safety on the line, and I really liked that she questions magic or things she doesn’t quite understand, she never just goes along with what other people tell her. What can I say I like a woman who thinks for herself and doesn’t just buy into any old thing. No our hero in the book is Ryker, who is very much an alpha, but also kind and giving, basically the complete opposite of Kade. […]

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Posted August 22, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

So I’ve had this book in my pile for a while, and I wanted to read it way back when I first picked it up, but then life got in the way and I forgot about it. I am so glad that I found it and gave it a go. So truth be told, I have never seen an Indiana Jones movie, but I love the idea of archeology (I was after all a history major for a while). But the idea of a disgraced archeology student turned thief just sounds like a lot of fun, especially when you add in the supernatural as well. So urban fantasy is really my first love, and I seriously enjoyed this one. One of my favorite things about the UF genre is the world building. And I have to say I love the way this book wove in the world building with the story, it didn’t feel like any one part of the book was heavy with too much information, it was more like finding out really interesting facts about the world while being in the middle of some really exciting situations. So one of the things that I both liked and found a tad bit annoying sometime is how clueless Owl sometimes seemed to be. I mean she is a really intelligent woman, she knows way more about history they I do that’s for sure, but when it comes to supernatural things, she is wildly unprepared (heck, even when she is prepared […]

Firewall by Sonya Clark

Posted August 21, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Firewall by Sonya Clark

I picked up this book a while ago, and unfortunately it was one of those books that made its way to the back of kindle and I forgot all about it. Lucky I decided to dig deep and look at all the books I forgot about, and found Firewall. Now as I have said before I am always leery about picking up a book mid-series, but the synopsis of this one just pulled me in. I have really been in the mood for urban fantasy lately, or really anything with a magical twist, so this is exactly the kind of book I was looking for. So first off the thing that stuck out to me the most when it came time to pick up this book is that its about witches, and I love me some witches. Also this book takes place in the U.S. but way in the future (okay not that far in future, I mean it’s not like we are in space or something, but its still the future). In terms of world building, I really liked the whole oppressive version of the U.S. and how the magic laws have effected so much of the population, it’s interesting to think about the U.S. being under economic sanctions from other countries because of how they treat their citizens (and can I just say I hope it never comes to that). Anyway, Clark does a good job painting a picture of the protests and the way the people living […]

Penumbra by Keri Arthur

Posted August 4, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Penumbra by Keri Arthur

So I do love Keri Arthur, one of these days I am going to get around to reviewing all the books by her that I have read, but needless to say she is one of my go to authors when I am looking for a familiar urban fantasy, she’s just one of those people I can count on to write an enjoyable book. I enjoyed the second book in this series, so I figured I was going to enjoy this book just as much. Truth is, for the most part I really did like the book, the ending just killed me. So one of the best things about this book is the pacing and the writing. Arthur always does a great job with pacing and just storytelling in general, and I really did thing that the pacing in this book was really good, and the action in the story just kept me wanting to know more of what was going to happen next. I think part of what I really liked about this book was going along for the ride with Sam, I mean watching her figure out her powers and how to use them was really fun for me. Also, part of what makes me really like Arthur’s books is that they always have some kind of mystery element to it, and I liked how this series the mystery has to do with a whole government conspiracy/cover ups. I liked trying to figure out what was going on, and […]

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Posted August 2, 2015 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments
The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

I have to say a big thank you to Shelly Laurenston for writing this book, I have been wanting to read a good urban fantasy for a while now. Urban fantasy is really what got me back into reading and to launching review site, but I have been so romance focused lately I feel like I have been missing out. But when I try out new authors in the UF field I feel like they have been missing the mark. I picked The Unleashing for a couple of reasons, first I looked it up on a couple of review websites that I trust and they seemed to enjoy it, and secondly because I don’t think I have read a good Norse mythology book that I’ve totally fallen for before. I am so glad I picked this book. I loved it from beginning to end, and more than that it reminded me why I loved the genre in the first place. I really can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  So to begin the book starts off really strong in my opinion. Ker has just died and woken up in a house she doesn’t know and the action just starts right off the bat. Normally I don’t like action to start right away because I feel like I am missing out on something, but in this case the confusion of what was going on was shared by both the reader and the character. And at the beginning of […]

Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

Posted July 5, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

I’ve loved Keri Arthur for a long time now, I think I read her entire Riley Jenson series in like a week and a half, I was kind of obsessed. I’ve read a couple of her other books outside of the Riley series, and I really do enjoy her writing style. So when I saw this book, I knew I was going to give it a try. I know this is a rerelease of the series, which was originally published a while ago, but I figured I love her writing style, so chances are I was going to like this book as well. First off I want to mention that I didn’t read the first book in this series, which I think really threw off my enjoyment of this book in the beginning. I felt like I was playing a lot of catchup in the beginning, like I was missing out on some of the interpersonal relationship backgrounds. That being said, I was really intrigued by a couple of things right off the bat, the relationship between Sam and Gabriel and the whole Kite mystery. One of the things that I love about Keri Arthur is that she creates the great paranormal worlds that are complex but fun to follow. She makes the creatures in these world complex and so interesting. I liked her world building in this book, and like in her other books this is also a mystery based book, which I think just add to the enjoyment […]