While I enjoyed the chance to return to Gin and the assorted characters of Ashland in DEADLY STING, I was disappointed at the lack of real momentum in the over arching plot. Most of the story takes place at an exhibition of Mab’s possessions which made
Genre: Urban Fantasy
When I got my hands on a copy of DEEP BETRAYAL, I was so excited to read more of the alien and tortured hero, Calder White. Brown’s ability to make him sympathetic without softening too many of his predator’s edges was one I my favorite aspects of LIES BENEATH.
SEVEN KINDS OF HELL is the first full length novel in the Fangborn series, but it’s not the first story set in this world. I’ve read and reviewed two short stories set in the Fangborn universe (there have been four–see the series tab below for links) and was thrilled to get to jump into a more expansive novel featuring an archaeologist no less (possibly my favorite literary profession), along with the Stueben siblings from the short stories. I’m sorry to say I was less thrilled by the somewhat staid story and rather bland characters.
From the moment I laid eyes on DEEP DOWN’s gorgeous cover, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. In WIDE OPEN, I fell in love with Hallie. There is a particular quality to Deborah Coates’s writing that immerses me in her characters
This short story was incredibly cute and extremely hilarious. Hailey Derry has the type of superpower I would love to have where anything I eat can be transformed into super powered energy to fight crime with.
This is only the second Cal Leandros book that I’ve read, and once again I find myself wondering how I could have let this awesome series slip through my fingers for so long. SLASHBACK is even more accessible as a standalone than DOUBLETAKE, as the narrative flicks back and forth from past to present, giving a perfectly balanced glimpse of Niko’s adolescence and Cal’s current state of mind.
I enjoyed STRANGE FATES quite a bit. As one of those dorky kids who loved Greek mythology, the premise of the Fates mixed with the descendants of Greek Gods existing in the modern day Midwestern US is right up my alley. However, while I loved the world building and mythological aspects, there were some things that detracted from my enjoyment.
If you think urban fantasy should be more like a big budget action movie with explosions, gore, and a tough as nails hero then the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series is for you. BLOOD AND MAGICK continues the fast paced action surrounding the monster filled world Deacon Chalk lives in.
The Black Wings series has an enticing ecosystem of Agents of the Dead, angels, demons, fairies, and gargoyles. Despite those natural advantages, however, I think it is time for me and Madeline Black to part ways.
A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS is a very good debut novel. While not perfect, it was an easy read, with plot twists, a great leading lady, and a sweet hint of romance.