THE GIVEN is a satisfying and touching conclusion to the Celestial Blues series. The main mystery of who killed Griffin Shaw occupies THE GIVEN, surrounded by a plot that involves betrayal, organized crime, and murder, yet at its center, it’s a story about true love and finding peace with yourself.
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THE DEAD RUN was an exhilarating thriller with a blend of horror and supernatural qualities, though I was left wondering whether I was reading a straight up horror novel as much of the super intricate and magical plot line doesn’t seem to start until a few chapters in. Aside from expecting more paranormal qualities earlier in the story THE DEAD RUN was a pretty enjoyable read and the plot was set to eleven in terms of speed which is how thrillers should be. I am typically not a fan of gore which tends to be synonymous with horror so I was pleased that while THE DEAD RUN does have a fair amount of gore it wasn’t excessive enough for me to stop reading it.
DEAD MAN’S DEAL continues to expand the excellent dark and gritty world of The Asylum Tales series with even more magic and mayhem. While there were moments that slogged due to necessary exposition the revelations about the world building and dangerous action kept me invested in the story.
After reading the two standalone ‘prequels’ for Jocelynn Drake’s The Asylum Tales series, I was more than ready for a full length novel set in this fascinatingly gritty world with these intriguingly flawed characters. ANGEL’S INK introduces a budding romance between outcast mage turned tattoo artist Gage and on the lam elf Trixie
After reading THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: TRIXIE, I am eagerly anticipating ANGEL’S INK so I can have a full length book with Gage and his magical tattoo shop. This prequel introduces us to more of Gage’s friends who range from trolls to vampires to elves.
A classic steampunk novel, THE JANUS AFFAIR faithfully combines the aesthetic and social mores of Victorian England with advanced technologies in their nascent form. The period elements of this story didn’t always work for me, so prospective readers may want to read an excerpt first to assess the style.
THE THACKERTY T. LAMSHEAD CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is a unique compilation of bizarre object illustrations and stories about the fictional Dr. Lambshead’s collection of knick knacks, relics, and devices found in his massive cabinet. I was amazed at the detailed yet fictional history of Dr. Lambshead and his cabinet provided in the introduction.
THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX, was an engaging and gritty introduction to The Asylum Tales series. Gage immediately held my attention with his backstory as a ex-warlock who is forbidden to use magic and is working as a tattoo artist. We only get a little mention of why he isn’t a warlock anymore but what we do learn about his past makes me has me anxiously looking forward to more revelations.
Jocelynn Drake stopped by to share an interview she conducted with one of her characters from her brand new series The Asylum Tales. The first of two prequel stories, THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX is available today from Harper Voyager (the review will be up later today) and if this little taste of Parker (a tortured incubus) whets your appetite for more…be sure to preorder ANGEL’S INK and look for the next short story THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: TRIXIE in September. Here’s Jocelyn to introduce her interview: To celebrate the release of the new novella (THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX) and the new series (THE ASYLUM… Read more »
LIQUID LIES, the first book in The Elementals series, is a blend of paranormal and light sci-fi romance that despite its enticing description didn’t grab me as much as I expected. I enjoyed learning about how Gwen and her race of aliens called Ofarians came to Earth…