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.
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WHEN WE WAKE is a very political book, and, to a lesser degree, a very religious book. Those aren’t necessarily bad things. But when the politics and religion are preachy, it becomes much harder to enjoy the story hiding underneath.
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.
Yawn. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. Or maybe bland. Both are apt descriptions for FADE TO BLACK. A few chapters in I wrote in my notes that it seemed as if the author had a checklist of everything she thought should go in an urban fantasy novel and merrily went down the list as she wrote the book. This feeling never changed as the book progressed.
As I read DUALED I was constantly reminded of The Hunger Games since both have children trapped in a system that forces them to become murderers. What makes DUALED even more tragic is the fact that children are trained from an early age to kill and they must eventually kill their Alt or be killed.
STOLEN NIGHTS, the second book in the Vampire Queen series, was originally supposed to be published over a year ago. But there were delays. And more delays. INFINITE DAYS was a lovely, poignant story about “a vampire’s taste of humanity, her myriad of firsts as a human, the dangers from her past, and the love that brought her to life.” Imagine my surprise when STOLEN NIGHTS shucks all of that intimate beauty for a rather lackluster story about thwarting an power hungry vampire.
THE 13TH SIGN has a creative and fresh idea involving zodiac signs, but unfortunately it fell flat in its execution. I loved the idea of Zodiac signs being real creatures and that a shift in ones sign means a shift in your personality. Although, considering most horoscopes are pretty general in their traits and could be attributed to many people, the extreme and sudden shifts in personalities and actions were too extreme to believe for me.
It’s becoming more and more popular for new urban fantasy series to launch with prequel novellas. Cecy Robsson’s Weird Girls series kicks off with THE WEIRD GIRLS (an ebook novella) just weeks before the first full novel, SEALED WITH A CURSE, hits shelves on December 31, 2012.
The Mythos Academy series is one that capitalizes on the formula that made the Harry Potter books so successful. Take an orphan (a girl this time), reveal a magical heritage that is responsible for the death of her parent, ship her off to a magical boarding school, give her an inexplicably hostile teacher as well as a sage and cryptic headmaster, and make her integral to plot to return an evil power to the world… But try as it might, Mythos Academy is no Harry Potter.
Long running series like Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunters and Meljean Brook’s The Guardians prove that readers are still clamoring for hot paranormal romances featuring angels. Hoping to feed the demand, Christina Ashcroft introduces a new series featuring Archangels with scorching hot romance. In ARCHANGEL OF MERCY, the hero delivers on the scorching hot promise, but may be too alpha for some readers.