In the criminal justice system, magical crimes are considered especially bizarre. In London, the detectives who investigate these crimes are increasingly beset by dangers both mundane and otherworldly. These are their stories. Dun DUN.
Parallel universes are categorically THE BEST, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them done quite like they are here in A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in Victoria Schwab’s* Shades of Magic series, which just published its third and final book last week. *She writes YA under her real name, and adult fiction under her pseudonym V.E. Schwab. I’m late to the party, especially given how much I love fantasy and parallel universes, but I don’t really care because I now own all three books and I DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TO READ THEM (though I probably […]
I am very late to the Parasol Protectorate party, which Gail Carriger threw from approximately 2009-2012, and celebrated the publication of a 5-book steampunk/urban fantasy series. Now that I have finally read the series, it’s evident that the fanfare is deserved. Carriger has a voice that is unique of her contemporaries, and while I consider all of my very favorite historical romance/fantasy books to have some measure of wit and humor, these books are on another level. If Wodehouse decided to dabble in the territory of vampires, werewolves, ghosties, and Victorian romance, the result would basically be what Carriger has […]
I got a surprise when I opened my Kindle on Friday. See, the email I use for Amazon was being annoying on my phone, so I wasn’t getting emails and I frequently forget the release dates for books. When I opened my Kindle and saw the cover of Magic for Nothing staring out at me, ready for my reading pleasure, I died of happiness. It was the best. Magic for Nothing is book six in Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series, and is really not the place to start reading these books. However, you should TOTALLY read the series and then this […]
Well I’ll be honest. The main reason why this book is five stars for me is because of the awesome awesome reveal that we get about a character that I was ultimately dismissive of while reading. I ended up having to go back and reread parts of the book though after that reveal and just chuckle to myself. I think long-time readers are going to love it, no spoilers. Until that reveal I was probably firmly in the four-star range territory just because we have read previous books about either Adam or Mercy being abducted and being away from each […]
This review will probably not be coherent to anyone except those familiar with this series, and maybe not even then. There will be spoilers. And conflicting feelings. The shortest version of my history with the Fever series is that I instantly fell in love with the first five books, reading them all in succession over the course of a weekend. I had Fever fever. I’ve read those original five several times since then. When I learned that Karen Marie Moning planned to continue the series, I was thrilled. I was skeptical when I learned that she would be continuing it […]
Moon Over Soho is the second outing for PC Peter Grant and remains as fun the first, retaining the same sense of humour while adding a spot of world-building and introducing of a potential Big Bad for the series. Peter and his friends are still recovering from the aftermath of the events of Rivers of London – Nightingale is recuperating well but Lesley is hiding herself from the world and placing all of her hopes on magic to restore her to her previous self. But London’s supernatural citizens aren’t resting – jazz musicians keep dropping dead just after gigs, while elsewhere men keep turning […]
I will say that I timed this perfectly. Book five is coming out in a little over a month, and I’m all caught up. Honestly, I wish the last book was out right now, because the last fifty pages or so of this one made me intensely curious about how this series is going to end. Which is good news! Because throughout the first half of this one, I was going to three-star it and hope for the best for book five. What charmed me so much about the first book, Written in Red, was how immersive it was to […]