GHOST LAYER had potential as it had a really interesting premise with the main character, Clare coming into her ghost seer powers which from what we see of them sound pretty darn awesome. The problem I had was that the actual story was confusing and just didn’t hold my attention enough for me to get really invested in the characters.
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Looking back at my review for Spirited, my thoughts at the time were that I’d probably read the second book in the series, but would do so with the hope that some of the little glitches were tightened up. I’m happy to say that they were. GUARDED was a much tighter story – both in terms of the plot and the sparks/relationship of the two protagonists.
Take a standard romance novel trope, add a ghost story and some humor, and you get a romance novel only Molly Harper could write. BETTER HOMES & HAUNTINGS is a departure from Harper’s normal vampires, werewolves, and witches, but it doesn’t suffer for it. In fact, this standalone was a treat, and definitely worth the read despite my complaints about tropes.
Every time I pick up a Charley Davidson book, I’m concerned that maybe, just maybe, I’m misremembering how good the previous books were. After all, there’s no way Charley can be that snarky, Reyes can be that sexy, and Cookie can be that sweet, right? And yet, with every one, my love of this series is reaffirmed, and SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE is no exception to that rule.
A brilliant, chilling ghost story, SILENCE FOR THE DEAD created such a vivid world I couldn’t bear to put it down. This story is as romantic and terrifying as reading Jane Eyre for the first time, and as soon as I finished it I rushed back through my gothic favorites to continue savoring the tone.
Downton Abbey by way of Anne Rice, THE MIDNIGHT WITCH is a touching period romance, set against a backdrop of a dying class system and a secret magical war over the ability to raise the dead. Though the exact purpose of the Lazarus Coven and their sorcerer rivals, the Sentinels, is vague, Brackston does an excellent job of painting Lilith Montgomery’s classic struggle between her duty to her craft and her heart.
Those who spent years every Thursday with Elaine Benis will understand my fervent wish that she’d had a hand editing WAKING THE DEAD. Something about the use of exclamation points almost makes it inevitable.
With this sequel to THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK, Mur Lafferty returns her readers to a world of vampires, zombies, dragons, and gods, most of whom are just looking for ways to pass their lengthy, or even immortal, lives. The pressure’s on Zoe Norris in GHOST TRAIN TO NEW ORLEANS, as the urban jungle she’s scouting for her next supernatural travel guide recognizes her as a rare citytalker, and doesn’t want to let her go – especially when she’s determined to go straight into danger. GHOST TRAIN is a fun urban fantasy, with some clever ideas in a rich setting, but it’s tripped up by repetition, a few too many characters, and some flaws in the internal logic of the universe.
I’ve always had a thing for ghost stories – from the days of sleepovers, campfires, and my own haunted house experiences, there’s just something about souls in unrest that calls to me. For that reason alone I was very excited about starting SPIRITED and also loathe to put it down.
I remember thinking at the end of Shattered Souls that the traditional end of a first-in-a-series book only really left one outstanding element – the bad guy – and hoping desperately that I wouldn’t be headed into a manufactured hostile environment for the established couple to drag the series on. I’m very pleased that this didn’t happen.