Kersten Hamilton does a wonderful job picking up the threads from the first Goblin Wars book and weaving them seamlessly into IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT. Her ability to drop information unobtrusively into the narrative was important, as it took me a few chapters to get reacquainted with the large cast of characters.
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LIGHTBRINGER was a book of visceral reactions for me; characters and mythology that I adored juxtaposed against a villain that I absolutely hated. The teenagers of this story, both dead and alive, piece together their own interpretation of the magic around them in a fashion that I found riveting. Even better, by book’s end I had more confidence in the children’s new interpretation of the relationship between spirits and Lightbringers than anything that was revealed by authoritative adults.
Once again, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the cover and the content of the latest Underworld Detective Agency book. Despite the fact that Sophie has both the stun gun and the gun pictured, she was much more likely to leave these weapons in her locker than wield them in such a kick butt fashion. Still, Sophie and her pals made it very easy to jump into UNDER ATTACK as my first book of the series. Accessible and engaging mythology coupled with characters that reminded me of the Jane True books, when it comes to hilarity and magical hi-jinx, mean that I’ll definitely go back and pick up UNDER WRAPS so I can enjoy all of Hannah Jayne’s available books.
In the common urban fantasy vampire mythology, IN MEMORIES WE FEAR is a completely different kettle of fish, both in paranormal and physical terms. To further complicate the issue, vampire culture has been decimated by the villain, leaving the main characters to flounder around and find their own way. Eleisha’s band of misfits was an interesting group, with a web of interconnecting dependencies that may verge on the unhealthy (but never gets boring). I enjoyed learning about this world as they discovered things themselves.
A skinny fashionista that eats everything in sight? An only child who doesn’t play well with others? A name dropping insider to the world of superheros? I was worried that over-the-top, in-your-face Fiona Fine was going to be a hard sell as a sympathetic heroine, but Fiona’s loyalties and vulnerabilities won me over very early in the book.