In THE FIRE WISH, Amber Lough takes her readers to a magical Baghdad where humans and jinn are at war. Two girls from opposite sides of the conflict find themselves caught in the middle when the human Zayele forces a wish from Najwa the jinni in order to escape an arranged marriage. The novel starts out of the gate strong with wonderful detail and engaging characters in a non-Western setting, but about three-quarters of the way through, the pace shifts as though in a hurry to reach the ending, a haste which is especially odd when the book then comes to an abrupt stop.
A big welcome to Kelly Meade who is here to answer a few of our questions and to celebrate the release of Black Rook, Cornerstone Run #1 (published on July 15, 2014 by Intermix). Want to win Cornerstone Run goodie basket? Enter via the widget below. All Things Urban Fantasy: Before I get into the book-oriented questions, I was intrigued by your blog profile reference to liking online RPGs. Do you play, or just read them? And what sort of characters are you drawn to? Kelly Meade: To be honest, I haven’t been involved in RPG’s in years—probably not since around the time I… Read more »
As thrilling as stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia, Dellamonica’s CHILD OF A HIDDEN SEA marries our modern world to to it’s exotic, magical alter-ego.
At first glance, GODDESS AWAKENED had everything I could have wanted from a book – goddesses, magic, romance, a heroine that’s in her forties, and a dog that’s part Labrador. I was positive I’d be loving every word of it. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that way.
ZEUS IS DEAD: A MONSTROUSLY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURE by Michael G. Munz is like GOOD OMENS – if Pratchett and Gaiman stopped after every paragraph to explain why their jokes are funny. There’s breaking the fourth wall, and then there’s demolishing the wall and reaching through the wreckage to punch the reader in the face. The book has the potential to be fun, and it’s clear that the author has a sense of humor, but unfortunately he fails to trust that his audience also has a sense of humor. Or a brain.
Creepy and yet hauntingly beautiful, Emily Carroll’s debut graphic novel, THROUGH THE WOODS marks her as an amazing artistic talent who clearly has great things in her future.
From the titles to the page, the first three books in the Craft Sequence marry numbers with magic. The stories themselves explore different parts of society, but always on the bedrock of a spiritual economy where soul stuff is traded and bartered to power the world. FULL FATHOM FIVE weaves together new and old characters on an island of idols and mysteries, infusing this broken world with a slowly building hope that is impossible to resist.
It’s been a long time since I picked up a book and quite literally couldn’t put it down until I finished it. BLACK ROOK was just that book. It pulled me in almost from the first chapter and wouldn’t let me go. Everything from the characters to the world-building to the plot combined for a truly enjoyable read.
Short but sweet, these covers still have some fantastic highs and garish lows. Enjoy! If you’re a blogger interested in joining in on the commenting fun, fill out our Guest Commentator form here! A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by HarperTeen Source: Goodreads Covers in Series N/A A spinning wheel. A prick of a finger. A terrible curse. One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living… Read more »
Giveaway Alert courtesy of Susan Klaus celebrating the release of Flight of the Golden Harpy, (published on June 17, 2014 by Tor Books). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below. 3 copies of FLIGHT OF THE GOLDEN HARPY Available on June 17, 2014 by Tor Books Description: Kari, a young woman, returns to her jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools and is determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species half-bird, half-mortal. The residences of Dora believe the harpies are dangerous game animals and hunt them for their trophy wings, but Kari thinks… Read more »