February 11, 2016

Review: Shadow Sight

Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, book 1) by E.J. Stevens

shadow sight

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Shadow Sight (1)

Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets
unseen by humans…except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger.

Some things are best left unseen...

Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills—most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client—until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...


Review:

Positives first. I've been wanting another read with a lead for psychometry. Ivy is pretty cool and as a character I enjoyed her. She had an interesting voice and I chuckled at quite a few lines of her internal banter. The cast of characters are fun and the magical creatures are in abundance. The Unicorn lore and THE unicorn was awesome. My unicorn obsession hit full force, and was a factor for me pushing through. I'm a sucker for magical creatures. Especially the horned one. (That would sound really bad out of context. It actually sounds kind of bad in context.)

It helps that the writing isn't the worst I've read, and spelling isn't an issue. Though the writing is rough. Sometimes I felt like there were too many commas. I do it to.

The killing factor for me was the information dumps. It's all very convoluted. It took 5 pages to walk to a church, because of the needless information that was being dumped. Don't get me wrong I adore it when an author has a place so well developed and the characters have rich back stories. When it's taking away from the present story it's not a good thing. Pacing and information come hand in hand. It needs to be told, but not in away that it bogs down the story. The back stories didn't even follow a linear story. They jumped around tossing random bits out.

The excess of information was bad. Quite a bit of it could have been cut out, or at least not repeated so much. Making this a much longer read then it needed to be, and quite honestly I no longer cared about the story it was trying to tell. Ivy ended up suffering as a character due to everything else being delved into. Actually I felt like Steve enjoyed all her other characters more. It was very strange.

In the end the convoluted nature of this book killed it's own story. Not even using the time to flesh out Ivy, who is actually an interesting character. From the little about her in the book. Psychometry we miss each other again. Maybe another lead in a better book. I'm out. There are better series. More importantly better written books. It's a shame, it had so much promise.

Sexual Content: Pretty clean. Nothing shocking.

 
1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Shadow Sight (1)
Ghost Light (2)
Burning Bright (3)
Birthright (4)
Shadow Sight (1)
Ghost Light (2)
Burning Bright (3)
Birthright (4)
Shadow Sight (1)
Ghost Light (2)
Burning Bright (3)
Birthright (4)

February 10, 2016

Wednesday Wishes

Filler


From Russia With Claws by Jacey Conrad (AKA Molly Harper), Gia Corona

from russia with clawsGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: From Russia..., book 1

When Alpha female Galina Sudenko agreed to attend her distant cousin’s birthday party, she wasn’t counting on meeting the devastatingly handsome and powerful Rom Alpha, Andrey Lupesco, or having her sexy times with him interrupted by the murder of her idiot brother-in-law, Sergei. But such is life when your father is one of the most powerful werewolves within Seattle’s supernatural Russian organized crime syndicate.

Not content with being just a pretty face and good breeding stock, Galina sets out to make her mark within the family. But in doing so, she runs afoul of her eldest brother, Alexei, the heir apparent to the family dynasty. He has no intention of ceding his position without a fight.

Andrey and Galina’s burgeoning romance is threatened when she discovers that before his death, Irina’s husband, Sergei, hijacked Andrey’s shipment of the werewolf drug, Bullet, a synthetic drug that gives the supernatural creatures a cocaine-like high. Sergei’s theft means that Andrey had a reason to have Sergei killed, leaving Galina to decide whether to risk trusting Andrey even as her feelings for him deepen.

As her brother Alexei’s behavior becomes more erratic, Galina must find the missing shipment, prove to her family that she’ll be a capable leader, and decide whether her lover Andrey can be trusted before she can hope to challenge her brother for his position as head of the family.

A tale of sexy werewolves, forbidden love, family power struggles, and danger closing in, Gia Corona and Jacey Conrad's From Russia With Claws will leave you howling for more!

Molly Harper writing a badass PNR where the characters are not good guys? Yes, please!

Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

fighting destiny by amelia hutchinsGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Fae Chronicles, book 1

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae—beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh—did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae... every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface—not even me.

Never heard of this series until this week. Apparently the last(est) book is coming out. There's a lot of buzz around it and I have to admit I'm very curious. Crazy ass Fae book. Yeah. I'm in.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of WitchesGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: All Souls Trilogy, book 1

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

"Sensual as the Twilight series," that there is why I never added it to my TBR pile. But I've been hearing a lot of good things and I know comparing a book to another doesn't always mean they will be a like. So I need to give this book a fair chance.

February 9, 2016

Review: For I Have Sinned

For I Have Sinned (Charley Davidson, book 1.5) by Darynda Jones

for i have sinned

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: For I Have Sinned (1.5)

Darynda Jones revisits the sexy, suspenseful world of supernatural shenanigans she created in her Grave series with For I Have Sinned.  In this Charley Davidson story, Charley helps a woman find out how she died and gives her the closure she needs to pass through to the other side.


Review:

After finishing up First Grave on the Right I knew that this series had me. Normally I don't care about shorts and only follow them for a few series. I hadn't planned on doing shorts for the Charley Davidson books, but after book one I knew I was a goner. I will now read anything that has anything to do with Charley.

So I hunted down a copy, and the rest of the series to date, and sat down to read this short. Which surprised me as it was told by a ghost that had found her way to Charley's light. Hmmmm. Strangely enough I enjoyed it. It was fun seeing Charley and Reyes from the outside. And I enjoyed the inner thoughts about the characters.

It was great seeing Charley's compassion for the dead. Also, chilling to see what happens when a ghost can't remember. It was well done and overall I enjoyed it. I'm curious what future shorts for the series will be like.

For those wondering whether or not to give this a try I'd say try it if you love the series. Either way it's not important to the story so if you opt out nothing will be missed. I did love how the tension between Charley and Reyes could be felt by just an observer.

Sexual Content: Some mild dark themes, and some kissing.

 
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
First Grave on the Right (1)
For I Have Sinned (1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light (5)
Shimmer (5.5)
Glow (5.6)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (6)
Seventh Grave and No Body (7)
Eighth Grave After Dark (8)
Brighter Than the Sun (8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (9)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (10)
Untitled (11)
First Grave on the Right (1)
For I Have Sinned (1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light (5)
Shimmer (5.5)
Glow (5.6)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (6)
Seventh Grave and No Body (7)
Eighth Grave After Dark (8)
Brighter Than the Sun (8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (9)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (10)
Untitled (11)
First Grave on the Right (1)
For I Have Sinned (1.5)
Second Grave on the Left (2)
Third Grave Dead Ahead (3)
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (4)
Fifth Grave Past the Light (5)
Shimmer (5.5)
Glow (5.6)
Sixth Grave on the Edge (6)
Seventh Grave and No Body (7)
Eighth Grave After Dark (8)
Brighter Than the Sun (8.5)
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (9)
The Curse of Tenth Grave (10)
Untitled (11)

February 8, 2016

Cover Coveting (3)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

I’m a little short on time


Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Den of Wolves  (Blackthorn & Grim #3) Series: Blackthorne & Grim, book 3 

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Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

I am in love with this cover! This series has always had gorgeous covers, but I just love the tons.

I just love the way her hair looks and how gorgeous that simple dress looks. I love the tree, birds, and the colors! Well I love everything about this cover! Especially the art style.

Well done.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


furthermore Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Ah! Another stunning cover. Love the style and the color choice. Considering this series is supposed to be about a world that uses money as currency it fits well.

I can't wait to see what each new cover looks like.

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Magic Binds Series: Kate Daniels, book 9

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

That is not a Kate outfit. But at least she's still wearing a bad ass sword.

I like the floating candles on the water.

February 5, 2016

Review: Justice Calling

Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, book 1) by Annie Bellet

Justice Calling by Annie Bellet

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Justice Calling (1)

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.

Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine.

Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.

As long as she doesn’t use her magic.

When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.

Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.

Justice Calling is the first book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series. Readers who enjoyed The Dresden Files or The Iron Druid Chronicles will likely enjoy this series.


Review:

It's a true testament of Bellet's writing talent that this short of a book worked. Short reads like this have more pressure, especially as an official first book, to introduce the world and lead. To get readers hooked and say, “Hey, I've got some great stuff to show you!

Bellet really does.

There were some mild grammar issues and rough writing moments, but mostly the writing is solid. Jade's voice is awesome. She's clever, snarky, and nerdy. She's a gamer and that had potential to make it hard for non gamers to understand. I'm a very casual gamer so I know some of the lingo and games, but not all. There's just enough gamer inside jokes, but not to an extant to alienate non gamer readers. But Jade is a well rounded geek and I'm sure everyone can find some way to connect with her. (Come on we all have an inner nerd/geek.)

Jade is pretty cool. The book does a good job to introduce her, tell about her past, and make readers love her. As mentioned she's a fellow geek, so that immediately endears her to me. But I like that despite her fears she can't abandon her friends. Not to mention she can see when someone else is right and has the balls to make the decisions that need to be made. She's got a lot of work to do to be in fighting shape, but I think the journey will be well worth it. For her and readers. Plus, I have to find out more about what I thought was Jade's wolf familiar. She's an Undying? That happens to look like a wolf tiger, lynx, and other things! How cool is that.

“A girl needs options. To me, video games are like shoes. But with more pixels and a plot.”

Despite how well setup, and paced, the book was Jade and Aleksie's attraction felt off. More like an obligation. Aleksie is the Justice. A weretiger who helps to keep the piece in the shifter society. He's the law, judge, and executioner basically. So he's the perfect setup for a love interest. But there insta-lust felt off. Especially since it barely took a few paragraphs—barely a new page—for Jade to start imagining doing dirty things to Aleksie. (But I can't really fault her.) It just felt off. But. Yes, there's a but. I look forward to seeing these two characters connect and get a proper page time to develop.

“After all, in a world full of shape shifters, witches, gods, and sorcerers, maybe miracles can happen.”

Apparently there aren't vampires in this world. Bummer. However, console yourself with bad ass sorcerers/sorceresses, witches, all kinds of animal shifters, leprechauns, and more. At this point there's not a ton of detail on the magic, but I liked the range and variety shown so far. It's a promising setup and I can't wait for more to be revealed!

“Guess no one had ever told him not to bring a gun to a mage fight.”

Despite some minor issues Justice Calling is a solid introduction to Jade Crow's world. Readers get to know her and I can't wait to see her grow. Even better is the promise of what is going to be an epic show down once Jade's Ex tracks her down. Bad Romance, can't say no to that. Especially when he's out her eat her heart—not brain. (Sorry I made lots of Gaga references there. I couldn't help it!) I love the fictional town of Wylde, Idaho. I'm a sucker for any book in my state. The cast of side characters is promising and I simply want more of this cool Urban Fantasy world.

Sexual Content: Dirty thoughts, humor, and some kissing. Clean. (Well one dark musing.)

 
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back. 


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)

February 4, 2016

Review: The Trouble With Fate

The Trouble With Fate (Mystwalker, book 1) by Leigh Evans

the trouble with fate

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Paranormal Romance)
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: The Trouble With Fate (1)

Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…

I Have Two Words ForWerewolves:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Bite Me.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…


Review:

What putrid bull shit was this? Maybe I was more sensitive to annoying and stupid leads because of the last book I finished. Either way I gave this book my all. Even after it was clear that I disliked the female lead. A lot. I pushed on. Got up to 50 percent, realized I actually hated the female lead. I pushed on because of all the amazing reviews and recommendations.

But there is a freaking breaking point. And I promised myself that I would use my Did Not Finish rights!

So why didn't things work well for me with Hedi Peacock? I like characters who are different. They can give you a knew perspective. Well it can be summed up in five words: Hedi Peacock lacks common sense.

So think about this. As a young child you witness some werewolf breaking a treaty rule with the Faye. (But you don't know that because you're to stupid to realize this at the time, or to go forth and figure out as an adult.) That leads to the murder of both your parents and the kidnapping of your twin brother. At no point do you go forth and seek answers. Even though you have an aunt that's living with you and she should have answers.

No what do you do? Go on the run assuming things. Never asking questions. Nope. Why were my parents murdered? Who was responsible? Who are my real enemies? Maybe I should ask my Faye aunt?

No. Instead you wait endlessly for a childhood crush to show up. The childhood crush that you basically stalked and blame for the murder of your parents. (WHAT THE BOOKWORMS?) She admits to this. That her whole life she's been waiting for this guy, who is an ass. No really. The male lead is awful. He's the type of male lead the author assumes all of her female readers will fall for because he's a bad boy. AKA a stupid jerk. A jerk who spends more time insulting the lead then anything. No really there's this point where he then goes to strip bar to feed his alcohol addiction. At that point Hedi decides to use her Mystwalker powers for the second time. Which blows up spectacularly. And again I question why she never thought to seek information on how her forbidden and dangerous powers work.

Not to mention that Hedi is unlikable. She's day dreaming at work (AKA entering her aunt's dreams) and can't do her job. Her boss is upset from her lack of work, and he accuses her of stealing. So she quits, uses her powers to wreck work equipment, and then we find out later she is stealing. A lot, basically a thief. So her aunt dreams overcome her, but it sounds like she wants to sneak in on her failing aunts mind. To get sneak pieces of of the land of the Faye. She enjoys it, and doesn't even really feel guilty when her aunt smacks her out of a dream and calls her out on it. Hedi also likes to blame everyone around her for everything. And if she finds something out I'm sure her little mind will twist it again to make someone else responsible. Don't get me wrong she's got some guilt, but she somehow starts blaming it on other people.

In the end this is clearly a romance. The werewolf soulmate type. With two exceedingly annoying characters. The world is basically little snips of other series out there. It sounded cool, but ended up falling flat. Even if Hedi didn't annoy the crap out of me, the love interest would have killed the book all by himself. I will say don't just listen to my review, a lot of my Goodreads pals loved this book. Or read the first bit on Amazon, you'll know right away. You'll know.

Sexual Content: I believe there are sex scenes, but I didn't finish the book. I do know there were steamy scenes up to where I read.  There is adult humor and some minor dark themes.

  
1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

The Trouble With Fate (1)
The Thing About Weres (2)
The Problem with Promises (3)
The Danger of Destiny (4)

The Trouble With Fate (1)
The Thing About Weres (2)
The Problem with Promises (3)
The Danger of Destiny (4)

The Trouble With Fate (1)
The Thing About Weres (2)
The Problem with Promises (3)
The Danger of Destiny (4)

February 3, 2016

Cover Coveting: Weather Warden Edition

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

So it looks like Rachel Caine will be continuing her Weather Warden series. She will be self publishing book 10, and has a Kickstarter page. It's supposed to be released July 1st, 2016. At least that's what Goodreads is saying, as there is no official Amazon link. Nor official news on the author's site.

Wow the last book came out in 2010! I wonder if Caine had to wait to continue the series so that she could get the rights back?

So let's take a peek at that cover!


Red Hot Rain by Rachel Caine

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Red Hot Rain Series: Weather Warden, book 10

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Matches the series well enough. It probably won't look as seamless as all of the others sitting on my shelf.

Yet I do like that it signals something new, that this is the self pub continuations of the series.

I love her stance. It makes me think of killer tango!

Synopsis:

RED HOT RAIN starts a few years after the end of TOTAL ECLIPSE, in a world that seems to finally be settled. Mother Earth isn't mad at us. The Djinn have kissed and made up (sometimes literally) with the Wardens, and the two sides work together to solve whatever problems do arise. All good, right?

Nope.

When Joanne Baldwin first hears about a freak monster storm that destroys the rebuilding community of Lubbock, Texas, she takes a personal trip to find out what's going on. Problem is, seems like it's exactly as it appears: a freak natural occurrence.

But when the same kind of storm tears a killer swath across the country to follow her home, and all her Warden powers can't put a dent in it, it's clear there's more to this storm front than physics. Soon, Joanne's embroiled in a deadly struggle against a mysterious, powerful opponent, and her husband David--most powerful of the Djinn--seems strangely unhelpful against whatever's coming for her. Even Lewis, her long-time friend and ally, now an otherworldly consort to Mother Earth herself, doesn't seem inclined (or able) to help. Someone's got the mother of all grudges against Joanne Baldwin, and they're coming at her hard.

And not just her. Joanne's not just fighting for her own life. It's coming for her son, too.

It'll be up to Joanne to save herself and her son from the storm that's coming for them ... a storm that wants to erase Joanne Baldwin and everyone she loves from the face of the earth.

I confess I haven't read past book 2. But it sounds cool that after the official ending this takes place some years after the first series.

I wonder if this means she might bring back the Outcast Seasons books? If this one goes over well. It also makes me curious if a book is successful if she'll end up making more money then going through a traditional publishing house?

Well are you guys excited?