DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY has mayhem, humor, and a psychokinetic heroine, which was enough to keep me hooked- I read it all in one sitting! DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY is a bit goofy, and as such, has a mystery and lots of action without taking itself too seriously.
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BITING BAD, book eight in the Chicagoland Vampires series had everything you’ve likely come to expect from a Merit book- action, supernatural politicking, the big evil baddie with a plan and of course, plenty of sarcastic Merit one-liners. The last few pages packed in so many developments I found myself rushing to keep up with all that was happening. At book eight in the series, we’ve gotten to the point where they books focus less on Merit’s development, and more on the events surrounding her. And quite a few events there are!
THE WEIGHT OF SOULS read like Gossip Girls with a paranormal twist- a high brow school in London, a mysterious club with secrets, and a girl with the ability to get vengeance for murder victims. What originally drew me in to THE WEIGHT OF SOULS was the striking cover, and what kept me hooked was action that started from page one, the mystery that Taylor has to solve and the sweet romance that develops throughout.
THE MONSTERS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD was a cute but incomplete feeling story. While there were aspects I enjoyed, like the humor and the secondary characters, there wasn’t enough for me to really get into it and I really wished it had been longer and more fleshed out.
NEVER DEAL WITH DRAGONS was a fun paranormal romance with a bit of mystery, suspense and action to keep things interesting. The futuristic world where dragons were created from a lab accident and technology is spotty is an intriguing and different setup, I’ll admit. Well, maybe not the spotty technology part (I can think of a few series that feature that) but definitely the dragons, and the lack of any other supernatural creatures.
Having established that I am a sucker for any book that may be even remotely a fairy tale retelling, OF BEAST AND BEAUTY was right up my alley. While ostensibly a Beauty and the Beast retelling, OF BEAST AND BEAUTY contains aspects of many well known tales, including the forbidden love of Romeo and Juliet and the girl locked away in a tower like Rapunzel. With all this, one might expect OF BEAST AND BEAUTY to be a bit scattered or unfocused. Instead, there is an intricate web of character development and plot.
SCYTHE DOES MATTER was exactly what I was hoping for in the second book of The Reluctant Reaper series. Hell remained quirky, and Kristy developed a personality! I also felt that unlike THE RELUCTANT REAPER, a lot more actually happened in this book. Though short, SCYTHE DOES MATTER has a general story arc with a conclusion that exists within the larger plot line that spans multiple books.
Charley Davidson is the kind of urban fantasy heroine that I want to be. Barring that, I’d love for her to be my best friend. Since she’s fictional, I suppose it’s a bit hard for that to happen, so in the meantime, I kept myself happy by reading FIFTH GRAVE PAST THE LIGHT, the fifth installment in the Charley Davidson series. Opening up a Charley book is like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans- comfortable and familiar. I sat down and read this book straight through in an afternoon, not wanting it to end, but at the same time dying to know what was coming next.
THE OUTCAST PRINCE, first in the Court of Annwyn series, creates a whole new world of fae politics and mythology as a backdrop to a very sweet romance story. It’s a good book, but I am having a hard time writing this review. There is not to much that stands out about THE OUTCAST PRINCE. And while that’s neither good nor bad, I do feel that the book was a bit mediocre.
DAMN HIM TO HELL, the second book in the Saturn’s Daughter series, is a fun, different urban fantasy in that there aren’t any vampires or werewolves, and some of the weirdness is explained by chemicals, not any kind of magic. We still have the standard heroine with special powers kicking ass and taking names, but the setting and other aspects provide enough of a twist that it isn’t too cliche.