Though I had misgivings entering the Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit series with number fifteen, I found HAUNTED to be easy to pick up and follow. Some of the aspects that made HAUNTED accessible were positive , while others ultimately proved to be a narrative shortcoming.
Please excuse our absence last week, an overly optimistic WordPress upgrade left us with some template issues. While I’m still salty about the image editing that WordPress 3.9/ 4.0 removed (shakes fist at the internets), we’re back up and running! This week’s covers isn’t the strongest batch, but the angry wolf and snarling bear […]
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Simon R. Green’s stories tend to have a dark twisted humor to them that makes the horror of what is happening manageable. VOICES FROM BEYOND definitely is classic Simon R. Green with the difference being that these protagonists have slightly less super powers than his other books. I liked that as it made the story feel more intense and their victory even more earned.
It’s got to be a daunting prospect to retell the Beauty/Beast plot, considering how many times it’s been replayed, and not just in movies but in other books, too. (Beastly comes to mind.) But BEAUTY’S BEAST does a fairly good job of giving the Beast a new spin and sets the story in a nicely vague old world setting. In the end, though, it mostly pales in comparisons.
Review: Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (editors)
MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BEASTLY TALES was a mixed bag for me with some stories being pretty entertaining and spooky while others fell flat or just outright confused me. Each story involved a twist on a classic monster or monsters who inhabit the world living alongside humans.
RED BLOODED is an unsurprising addition to the Jessica McClain series. By that I mean it follows Jessica’s mishaps and constant fight for survival in a fast-paced ride through the book. Though the setting is imaginative and different, and we learn more about Jessica’s history and the prophecy that everybody in the supernatural world is concerned about, which is rewarding, RED BLOODED lacks the interplay between Jessica and the more well-known characters, such as Rourke or Ray, which is disappointing.
Almost like GAME OF THRONES for the young adult set, HEIR OF FIRE follows assassin Celaena, captain Chaol, prince Dorian, healer Sorscha, and witch Manon. With all those characters, one may be concerned about getting lost. But though it started out slow, HEIR OF FIRE delivers plenty of the typical Maas action, plot twists and betrayals, leaving me holding my breath through at least the last four chapters.
THE WITCH WITH NO NAME is a fond farewell to all of the brilliantly flawed and loveable characters we’ve come to adore in The Hollows series. It takes a special series to make you actually feel so emotionally attached to characters so I was a bit nervous that THE WITCH WITH NO NAME would not live up to my expectations of how this series should end.