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Release Day Review: Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost

Release Day Review: Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost

January 27, 2015 Review 1 ★★★

While I’m always eager to open up a new Jeaniene Frost, BOUND BY FLAMES just didn’t do it for me as much as previous installments of the Night Prince series or the Night Huntress series did. Part of this had to do with some of the content of the book, but part of it also was that this book felt very much like a middle of a series book. It dragged a little and though part of the conflict was resolved by the end of the book, some of it was left with a big giant cliff-hanger that didn’t feel necessary.

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Review: Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2) by Greg van Eekhout

Review: Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2) by Greg van Eekhout

January 26, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

A very satisfying follow-up to Greg van Eekhout’s CALIFORNIA BONES, PACIFIC FIRE picks up ten years later when a collective of loosely allied osteomancers finally decide to fill the power vacuum created by the death of the Los Angeles Hierarch. Unfortunately for Daniel Blackland, former thief-turned-fugitive, their plan for mass destruction requires the sacrifice of the boy Daniel has spent a decade trying to protect. PACIFIC FIRE opens van Eekhout’s world of bone magic a little wider, and is still populated by the sorts of characters that made the first book so much fun to read. Once again, it’s a slow build leading into a hurried ending, but it’s a ride definitely worth taking.

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Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

January 23, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

THERE WILL BE LIES isn’t the typical book you’d find here on All Things Urban Fantasy, but I felt it was one worth sharing. With this thriller, Nick Lake has written a book that is really difficult to review without spoilers, but I’ll do my best.

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Review: The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park #1) by Amber Benson

Review: The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park #1) by Amber Benson

January 10, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

In THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK, Amber Benson introduces us to the Southern California “blood sisters” who, along with other covens across the globe, keep the world in balance. When coven leader Eleanora informs her great-niece that she’s dying, Lyse abandons her life in Georgia to fly to Los Angeles – and, unknowingly, to take her great-aunt’s place as an Echo Park witch. Benson channels Alice Hoffman in this novel, painting the Echo Park neighborhood in a way that should delight locals, and inform strangers. Though I found the first half of the book a little overly descriptive, the narrative overall reflects the dreams that are central to the story – including that feeling that the dream never quite reaches its conclusion.

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Review: Low Midnight (Kitty Norville #13) by Carrie Vaughn

Review: Low Midnight (Kitty Norville #13) by Carrie Vaughn

January 8, 2015 Review 2 ★★★★

The book Kitty Norville fans (or maybe just me) have been waiting for, LOW MIDNIGHT tells a story from Cormac’s point of view. If you’re expecting a Kitty story, you’ll be disappointed. Kitty is still present, but this is basically Cormac taking the reins, and having his own adventure.

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Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Review: Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

January 6, 2015 Review 1 ★★★★

A creative take on a fairy tale retelling, PRINCESS OF THORNS follows the daughter of Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, as she treks through the kingdom to rescue her brother. With elements of other fairy tales brought in (Niklaas’ curse comes to mind), PRINCESS OF THORNS is a wonderful continuation of a beloved fairy tale. Plus, the entire first half of the book has Aurora dressed up as and acting as a boy – a trope I can’t resist – and in this case, it was done well.

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Review:  Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake #16) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Review: Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake #16) by Kerrelyn Sparks

January 2, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE, the last book of the Love at Stake has it all, from sweeping action, to tough as nails heroes, and a sweet romance between two very different people. In a previous review of another book in this series I complained that the much more interesting plot was overshadowed by the romance. In CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE there is thankfully a balance and the romance actually works within the against the plot.

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