In DRAGON BOUND, Thea Harrison has melded the animal alter-egos of her Wyr hero and heroine with their human behaviors to create one of the most delightful paranormal romances I’ve read in a very long time. While Dragos Cuelebre, the one and only dragon, may be too Alpha for some, I was a big fan of this eons old creature turned “boyfriend”. Add interesting mythology, snappy dialogue, and smoking chemistry, and it’s no surprise that I couldn’t bear put this book down.
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The whys and wherefores of Jeremiah Hunt’s world are fascinating, a mix of grim reality and arcane practicality. As the chapters switch between the past and present, Hunt’s growth from comfortable academic to iron-hard, isolated mystic unfolds page by page. While I loved all of the chapters from Hunt’s perspective, I could have done without the present-tense chapters from other characters’ points of view. They never reached Hunt’s level of charisma and interest, and I found myself anxious to get back to our hero.
THE UNFORGIVEN opens like a mid-series book; characters have complex and painful pasts, there are rivalries and vendettas, all of which were introduced through summaries or asides or context clues. I’d applaud this book for being easy to jump into, but when I circled back to find the start of the series I found… THE UNFORGIVEN.
With her lovely writing, Victoria Schwab has created a vivid, almost claustrophobic little world of myth and magic and secrets on the moors. There is no promise of a happily ever after for everyone, but THE NEAR WITCH is all the more affecting for these little disappointments. Lexi is a strong, confident young woman making decisions that will impact the rest of her life, and I cheered along with her on every page.
Gods and goddesses reborn are not a brand-new concept in YA, but compared to others I’ve read with these plot elements, WILDEFIRE has just a little bit more of everything. More complex characters, more drinking, more pantheons of gods, more violence… While some of these “mores” work better for me than others in a YA, they all added up to a memorable and enjoyable read.
The Madeline Black series employs a blend of two great, common urban fantasy tropes: the “big reveal” (where a mundane character discovers magic exists) and an open world where magic is commonly accepted. The mix of these two story-lines creates a chemistry that adds new zest to familiar concepts, an energy that I thoroughly enjoy.
With a mix of pop culture references and old school witch craft, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN develops an above average number of metaphysical and social details for a YA novel. While this isn’t bad thing (especially at the start of a series), there were a few key failures that, for my part, will keep me from finding out where all of these different avenues are leading.
It’s always entertaining when a book gets a physical reaction out of me, and THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST caused many a gasp and flinch as twelve year old Will Henry faced monsters and threats of both the physical and mental variety. While I enjoyed the grizzly, realistic science that is monstrumology, other details in the story were so gross and dark and disturbing that I sometimes dreaded reading further.
While I knew BLACK DUST MAMBO was going to be a hard act to follow, my surprises in reading BLACK HEART LOA had nothing to do with those high expectations. LOA was a different breed of book all together, as the story line changes from the human villains of BLACK DUST MAMBO to the more amorphous magical threats. It took me a few chapters to change gears, but despite that slow start I devoured the last two thirds of this book.
I am a little behind on the Jaz Parks series, which made the first few chapters of THE DEADLIEST BITE that much more satisfying. While there may be a little too much exposition and explanation for up to date fans, I found the amount of back story just right to keep me in the loop with this latest book. And oh, what a book. Witty and touching and funny, it’s amazing how much emotion Rardin evokes without ever sacrificing a moment of comedy or action.