Normally a huge fan of the Charley Davidson series, I’m having a hard time writing this review for THE DIRT ON NINTH GRAVE. While it still had some of the elements of the first eight books in the series, there was a lot that was different, and it was a bit more difficult to get through.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Oh SPI Files, how do I love you? Let me count the ways! You’ve got action to keep me occupied, sexual tension for me to swoon about, snappy dialogue to keep me laughing out loud and a cast of characters I can’t help but love. THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION is no exception to the rule, and for me, is a perfect urban fantasy read.
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.
THINNING THE HERD was quirky and weird which is why I picked it up as a break from the more serious books I’ve been reading in urban fantasy. Hal Rupert, the main character of this story, is an animal control who protects the citizens of his city from shifters and other paranormal creatures.
MANNERS & MUTINY is a wonderfully action packed and fun end to a very unique series. One thing I loved about this book was how it so neatly melds into the Parasol Protectorate series as a precursor to that series’ story.
OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS lives up to the promise that OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS gave us. Full of action, archeology and smart-ass comments, The Adventures of Owl series continues to entertain. This is definitely not a sophomore slump of a book.
While DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is the first in a series, there was so much backstory as to how the warring packs got to where they are at the start of the story that I think there should be some sort of short story to go before this book. What we get told about the past is fascinating and complex and this conflict between the packs is what the main plot of DANCE WITH THE DEVIL revolves around.
ICE MOON is a fun paranormal romance with an interesting central story and conflict. While I was a bit annoyed/sad that Taryn wouldn’t even touch her son which probably isn’t going to be good for his emotional development in the future (in reality, I’m sure he’ll be fine in this series!), I liked seeing the reason behind her ‘no touching’ rule unravel as the story progressed.
I tend to like reading mysteries and ones with an infusion of magic are even better. Unfortunately, I felt like I was forcing myself to finish LOOK BOTH WAYS. It had a lot of good elements to it including a murder to solve, hidden diamonds, and lots of suspects to choose from to make it a fun whodunit.
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.