THE FAMILY TRADE isn’t Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance, and it’s hard for me to really classify it other than by using the broader term speculative fiction. But I enjoyed it so much I wanted to write a review about it. THE FAMILY TRADE follows a reporter, Miriam Beckstein, who quickly finds herself caught up in another dimension when she discovers that she has the very rare ability to “world walk.” Court intrigue, assassinations, and hidden romance fill THE FAMILY TRADE.
After ALL SPELLS BREAK LOOSE, I fully expected never to read another Raine Benares book again. Lucky for us, Shearin decided to self-publish more in the series! WEDDING BELLS, MAGIC SPELLS follows almost immediately after the events in ALL SPELLS BREAK LOOSE, and follows the same formula as other books in the series – successfully, I might add.
I really enjoyed Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, and I loved her Bloodlines series, so I was eager to try SOUNDLESS and see what she could do in a different world. However, I wasn’t pulled into SOUNDLESS in the same way I was the Vampire Academy universe.
Breezy is many things. She could be described variously as a teenager, undead, biracial, bisexual… And yet, she is most strongly and ferociously herself.
Minotaurs, Warlocks, and Bookworms, oh my! PARANORMAL CHAOS is chock full of mythological creatures and tons of epic battle scenes that I would love to see filmed on a massive screen. In this third and final book of the series we get to explore Marcus’ best buddy Steve’s world of the minotaur.
FEEL THE BURN was the eight book in the Dragon Kin series, but there was so much going on that it felt like the twentieth book – it had too much overarching plot and not enough of the main characters for my liking.
Thea Harrison always manages to write big characters; it’s not just that her characters are hundreds and thousands of years old, but they have such a depth of emotion that you fall in love with them all. I’m not sure how she manages to do it every time, but every book in the Elder Races series is a gem, even the novellas.
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.