A review of Illona Andrews‘ Magic Bites, first in the Kate Daniels series. Capsule Review: A unique blending of magic, urban, and tech, with fun takes on shapeshifters and vampires. Kate Daniels was trained to be a sociopathic assassin. The book opens with her guardian’s murder, and Kate is left to pick up the pieces… […]Read more "Romance Not Required: Magic Bites Back!"
Heads Up: Here’s a book I didn’t actually pay for. It was a gift from the author because Trista beta read some stories included within. I doubt she expected me to review it here, but this appears to be a back-to-back Snyder-stravaganza. My first introduction to Lucy A. Snyder’s work was her short pieces. The […]Read more "But Mostly Monsters: Lucy A. Snyder’s While the Black Stars Burn"
A review of Spellbent, by Lucy Snyder Capsule Review: Snyder blends paranormal romance with horror, humor, and high fantasy for a hot n’ spicy treat. Top-notch worldbuilding combined with cool and idiosyncratic characters romanced this reader from the beginning. Deft pacing, awesome whimsy, and what-happens-next curiosity keep me coming back for more. Jessie Shimmer is […]Read more "Git Strapped: Miz Shimmer’s Comin’"
The Blending, by Sharon Green A review by Trista Robichaud Apologies for the long silence. Foolishly, I let silly things like grading student papers keep me from reviewing! (Many thanks to Dan for filling in.) Capsule review: A fantasy noir shoujo series, “The Blending” delves deeply into relationships and characters over a five book series with […]Read more "Sharon Green’s Shoujou Five ‘Man’ Band"
Some people are obsessed with stamps, others with coins, C. C. Blake gathers nightmares. Care to sample his collection? Mystic dangers, occult espionage, maniacal torments, supernatural suspense, weird wartime encounters … These twelve tales offer brushes with gruesome , grim, and blackly comic worlds of terror. ________________________________________________________________ Hi, all. Just a quick bit of shameless promotion. A brand new omnibus […]Read more "For Your Consideration Tuesdays"
The story spark in Ann Voss Peterson’s Pushed Too Far (first entry in the series of thrillers centering on small town sheriff Val Ryker) is pretty simple. As a young cop, Val solved a high profile murder case and the momentum helped her ultimately achieve the role of Sheriff of Lake Loyal, Wisconsin. Years later, the assumed […]Read more "And All You Love Shall Be Taken Away: Ann Voss Peterson’s Pushed Too Far"