Genre: Urban 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 […]

Wolf Moon by Lisa Kessler

Posted February 16, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Wolf Moon by Lisa Kessler

I’ll admit I was a little bit leery about picking up this book to read, I figured since it was so far into the series that I would be inundated with a bunch of characters that had already been established and it would be next to impossible to follow. I was super wrong, this book is easily a standalone, yes there were characters from the other books in this one, but they were truly support characters, and I appreciated that the focus was mostly on our two main characters. Truth be told when I first started reading urban fantasy/paranormal romance book it wasn’t the vamps that attracted me, it was shifters. There is just something about shifters that makes me happy. I was really intrigued by the blurb on this book, because Raven was turned against her will, it makes for some seriously emotional times, and I love that. Also I liked the idea because our lead guy being a lone wolf, which is a complication in of itself since wolves are pack animals by nature. So when we meet Raven, it’s beyond clear she is in a bad spot, I mean she is literally running away from her pack. But hey, after getting to know Raven’s pack over the course of the book, it is totally understandable why she would want to run as fast as she could in the opposite direction. I liked Raven, she’s a strong woman. She is in an impossible situation, she wants to do […]

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Posted October 2, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

I started reviewing books of the urban fantasy persuasion, before I fell over heads with romance. But every once in a while I like to dive back into urban fantasy and the paranormal, especially if a synopsis really intrigues me. I have to admit that when I read the blurb for this book I was beyond intrigued. I loved the cover art, I loved the whole Vikings and Valkyries theme, and I love when these themes are set in modern day. This book is book two in the series, but honestly I think it can be read as a standalone, you’ll see the couple from the first book in this one, but the author does a great job of world-building within this book, so you can without a doubt read it on its own. So I really do kind of love Astrid. Astrid is a warrior in every sense of the word, and when the book starts she is sent on a mission to go pick someone up. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal, so she’s sent by herself. It’s clear from the beginning that Astrid doesn’t think all that highly of herself. She wants to prove to everyone that she is worthy, but no one doubts her like she doubts herself. I will admit she occasionally makes some decisions that she really shouldn’t have because she doesn’t want to be seen as weak or like she can’t do the job own her own. But regardless of her […]

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 […]

The Alphas Temporary Mate by Victoria Davies

Posted January 25, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Alphas Temporary Mate by Victoria Davies

I love the idea of a dating service for supernaturals, seriously it just sounds like a fun set up for a book, and even better set up for a romance book. So I went into this book pretty excited about what it might bring, even though it was already a couple books in. Thankfully this book can totally be read on its on, you do get a sense of what the other books are about when you meet some of the other characters in the book, but honestly all that did was make me want to read those other books as well, I wasn’t confused or out of place at all. So part of the reason why I was excited about this book is because it had to do with wolves, and I love me some werewolves. So Kieran is a werewolf and Chloe is a witch, it seemed like an unlikely pair to me, but I was all for it (in fact I wish I had read more books with witches in them). So the whole premise of the book is that Kieran is looking for a temporary mate, someone who he can bring to his yearly pack get together, to convince them that he is actively looking for a mate, something the pack all want and need him to do (him being the alpha and everything). So he hires the supernatural dating service that Chloe works for, and honestly from the moment he met Chloe you could tell that she […]

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 […]