When reading a long series, it’s nice to take a break with a genre collection under an interesting theme. Burning Up brings together four authors who know how to bring the heat to a supernatural romance! As I heard only great things about Nalini Singh, I decided to bring this on my adult spring break trip to Hawaii. I procrastinated on my review and realized this is perfect for my Summer Reads bingo square. I highly recommend powering through a sexy anthology on the plane. Short stories are a low commitment and easy to return to after sightseeing adventures. Singh’s […]
Verity (“Very”) Price has more going on than you’d think. In addition to working as a waitress at a strip club, subletting semi-legally, preparing for a dance competition, and generally trying to keep a roof over her head (and those of her colony of Aeslin Mice), she’s also responsible for keeping tabs on New York’s cryptid population. Which doesn’t leave her much, if any, time for dating.
After I saw teresaelectro’s review of the first three novels in the series, I figured this would be right up my lane. Despite that I was rather pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this initial entry. Even some of my favorite urban fantasy series have struggled to find their footing in the first novel, not really hitting their stride till book two or three, such as the Kate Daniels series and even the October Daye series. While I know there is much more to come and so much more background to add to this world, I felt like Price […]
I was all excited when I discovered that a used bookstore near me has a science fiction book club. I listened to the audio book of their pick. It was wretched, but I’m still looking forward to the meeting. Hopefully it will make for some interesting discussion! I fully admit that urban fantasy is not my jam, so maybe this book is just fine and the fault was with the reader. However, the bratty, unlikeable main character (I refuse to call her the protagonist or heroine…she’s just too unpleasant) has lustful feelings for: a minister 10 years her senior, a […]
Anne Bishop’s The Others series is a little bit odd. There is a lot in the books that is cool, interesting, and different, but I also found parts of the books to be tedious and amateurish. Bishop is not some green writer, so I can only assume that it’s just her style… which makes me hesitant to seek out her other books. I finished out this series because I was sufficiently curious how it would end, but overall I felt that the books didn’t quite live up to the potential of the world-building, and that Bishop made some choices that […]
Ben Aaronovitch takes a detour from London in his latest urban fantasy novella, but doesn’t really go too far afield. In The October Man we take a break from the adventures of Peter Grant in London to see what is happening elsewhere in the world of magical policing. We arrive in Germany to enjoy an adventure with Peter’s counterpart Tobias (Tobi) Winter, another young copper who turned out to have a bit of a gift with magic. Tobi is assigned to work a case in Trier where a man has died in weird circumstances – his body consumed by the […]
As soon as I saw Grave Witch by Kalayna Price in The Ripped Bodice bookstore, I knew I’d probably love it. The series is about Alex Craft, a grave witch who consults with the Nekros police. Her grave magic allows her to raise shades. Not to be confused with ghosts, shades take the form of the body just before it died and contain the soul’s memory. This is a pretty handy skill to have the victim’s shade testify in their own murder case. Grieving relatives hire her to speak to relatives or settle insurance issues. She also identifies bodies for her […]
I was familiar with Rebecca Roanhorse from Twitter and her articles on Tor.com, so definitely excited for Trail of Lightning‘s release last year. I guess I wasn’t the only one because it was sold out at The Ripped Bodice when I went to buy it! Always a good sign and her novel did not disappoint. Trail of Lightning is the first entry in the series: The Sixth World. After a climate apocalypse that drowns most of the world, several nasty things that go bump in the night surfaced. The gods have also begun to walk among the land more freely. In […]