THE CASQUETTE GIRLS is a fascinating and haunting paranormal YA novel. The plot starts off a tad slow though once it gets started it really moves. It’s a tale that takes some of New Orleans’ more famous ghost and vampire stories and gives them an even more sinister bent. I loved the setting as its a city so entrenched in mystery and has its own very colorful history.
THE ASSASSINS OF ALTIS starts right where THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR left off, and the action, romance, and political intrigue of the previous books continues superbly in this one. My number one fear for THE ASSASSINS OF ALTIS was that the plot would start to stall. I’ve seen this happen with a lot of books like this, but Jack Campbell clearly has the whole Pillars of Reality series thoroughly plotted out, because I never felt it stall.
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITCH is a clever witchy mystery centered around a rather complicated romance that almost took on soap opera like proportions in its dramatic reveals and complex relationship issues.
DRAGON ON TOP was the perfect blend of fun and sexy, with tons of new mythology and interesting insights into the series; I adored it!
The main Dragon Kin storyline takes place a few hundred years (at least) after the events of DRAGON ON TOP, which is great since the story has gotten a bit heavy in the last books and it’s fabulous to read about the Southlands without the baggage.
Offering a new Harry Dresden story in graphic novel form, DOWN TOWN is a glimpse of a time in Molly’s apprenticeship that was a simpler, gentler moment in the Dresden household. This being Harry, however, there is still plenty of death, danger, and magical megalomaniacs.
Perhaps because it didn’t involve jetting around the globe, FAIR WEATHER felt shorter than the first two episodes of the BookBurners. Still, it packs a few fun surprises that nearly had me cheering.
Bookburners is turning out to be extremely readable and entertaining, perfect for a night in or a long bus ride into work. I’m not sure yet on whether they could be read out of order, but I think that it would be entertaining anyway.
Thief’s Covenant is an amazing young adult novel, one of the best I’ve read this year. This book is a very dark young adult book, and because of that I feel a lot of adults will be able to appreciate this story as well.
If you are looking for the ultimate bad-boy wizard, Laytham Ballard, the “hero” of NIGHTWISE will be right up your alley. Unfortunately, you’ll have to swamp through the first third of the book to get to the really interesting stuff.
As a rock-star-famous wizard, Laytham waltzes in and out of the scene, spending money and getting laid wherever he goes. He’s done some dark things, and the first third of the book is devoted to proving that to the reader.
Classic sword and sorcery, but by no means a simple story, BLOODFORGED explores the intricacies of politics, war, and marrying your ex-boyfriend’s brother. In this universe “victory” is more nuanced than defeating a single villain or weakness, forcing Alix and company to face heartbreakingly real obstacles as they fight for the alliances and resources that can turn the tide of a losing war. And upon this stage of high adventure and higher stakes, Lindsay’s characters sparkle with wit, emotion, and relationships that ring true.