Review: Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell

between jobs by w.r. gingellBetween Jobs by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between Series #1

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Publishing Date: 2018

251 pages

Synopsis: When you get up in the morning, the last thing you expect is to see a murdered guy hanging outside your window. Things like that tend to draw the attention of the local police, and when you’re squatting in your parents’ old house until you can afford to buy it, another thing you can’t afford is the attention of the cops.

Oh yeah. Hi. My name is Pet.

It’s not my real name, but it’s the only one you’re getting. Things like names are important these days.

And it’s not so much that I’m Pet.

I’m a pet.

A human pet: I belong to the two Behindkind fae and the pouty vampire who just moved into my house. It’s not weird, I promise—well, it’s weird, yeah. But it’s not weird weird, you know?

My thoughts

This is the sixth book I’ve read by Ms. Gingell this year. It’s an urban fantasy rather than a fairy tale retelling which is what the books that I’ve read so far are. I read this in June and am finally getting my review posted. I checked the author’s website before posting this and am excited to see that the second book in the series–Between Shifts–comes out September 30!

Pet

I started out wondering a little about this story since the only name we have for the main character, a 17-year-old girl, is Pet. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like a story about a girl kept as a pet by two fae and a vampire. However, much as the fae and vampire don’t want to like her and warn each other not to get too fond of her, they like her cooking, listen to her when she has ideas and save her several times as she also saves them. They don’t think humans are very intelligent which is understandable if we think about the powers fae and vampires have compared to humans. Pet is determined that they will listen to her and treat her as an individual.

The three psychos

She has been on her own since her parents were murdered when she was 13. Whoever murdered her parents didn’t find her in the house and she has squatted in the house ever since. When the three psychos (as Pet calls them) come into the house they don’t find her at first and by the time they do she discovers it’s nice to have someone else in the house to interact with.

The psychos are in the human world looking for a murderer who kills both humans and supernatural characters. Pet helps them in their investigations. Sometimes she seems smarter and certainly understands the human world better than they do. There’s a lot in this book for future stories and I can’t wait!

My Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Mini-Reviews: Shards of a Broken Sword trilogy by W.R. Gingell

I read the Shards of a Broken Sword trilogy in February and March and am doing mini reviews for each book. I’m also excited because this is the first time I’ve read a book by an author from Tasmania (as far as I know). I’ve always thought Tasmania sounds like such an intriguing place to visit.

twelve days of faery by w.r. gingellTwelve Days of Faery by W.R. Gingell

Series: Shards of a Broken Sword #1

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Ebook, purchased

150 pages

My thoughts

This is the first book I’ve read by W.R. Gingell, but it isn’t the last book by Ms. Gingell I will read. So far this year I’ve read six of her books! I really enjoy her writing.

I liked that this book turned some of the fairy tale tropes on their head. For example, a prince is cursed instead of a princess. A woman comes to save him, but maybe after the curse is gone she’s not interested in the prince, but in his father the king. This is a short book (a novella), but it’s lots of fun and filled with intrigue, magic, some romance and trips into Faery. A good start for a trilogy.

My Rating: B+

fire-in-the-blood-by-w-r-gingellFire in the Blood by W.R. Gingell

Series: Shards of a Broken Sword #2

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Ebook, purchased

123 pages

My thoughts

This is the second novella in this fantasy trilogy called Shards of a Broken Sword. The first two books are about different characters. They are set in the same world and both about shards from a broken sword that hold a great deal of magic. The books are short (from about 120 to 220 pages), but the stories are satisfying and complete.

This story about a prince, a dragon, a maid and a sleeping princess in a tower is humorous and exciting as the prince along with his dragon try to complete challenges in seven circles to find the princess. And there is even some romance!

My Rating: B

the first chill of autumn by w.r. gingellThe First Chill of Autumn by W.R. Gingell

Series: Shards of a Broken Sword #3

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Ebook, purchased

220 pages

My thoughts

I like how this ties up the loose ends in the trilogy. Each book is about different characters, but in this book all the characters are brought together by the end. I like that. There is magic galore in the book as well as dragons, royalty, enchanters and enchantresses, romances, lots of Fae! And we finally find out what the shards of the broken sword are for.

I recommend this trilogy to anyone who likes fairy tale retellings, a little romance in their stories (that doesn’t take over the story), magic, dragons, fantasy.

My Rating: B+

Trilogy Rating: B+

About the Author

W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who lives in a house with a green door. She loves to rewrite fairy tales with a twist or two–and a murder or three–and original fantasy where dragons, enchantresses, and other magical creatures abound. Occasionally she will also dip her toes into the waters of SciFi.

W.R. spends her time reading, drinking an inordinate amount of tea, and slouching in front of the fire to write. Like Peter Pan, she never really grew up, and is still occasionally to be found climbing trees.

Reading Challenges

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge hosted by the POPSUGAR website — A book with a weather element in the title (The First Chill of Autumn)

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge hosted by MsNoseinaBook — Read a sequel (Fire in the Blood)

Waiting on Wednesday: July 20

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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once-broken-faithOnce Broken Faith

by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye #10

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication date: September 6

Synopsis: Politics have never been October “Toby” Daye’s strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn’t expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches.

Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs, hosted by Queen Windermere in the Mists and overseen by the High King and Queen themselves.

Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up. As the only changeling in attendance, Toby is already the target of suspicion and hostility. Now she needs to find a killer before they can strike again—and with the doors locked to keep the guilty from escaping, no one is safe.

As danger draws ever closer to her allies and the people she loves best, Toby will have to race against time to prevent the total political destabilization of the West Coast and to get the convocation back on track…and if she fails, the cure for elf-shot may be buried forever, along with the victims she was too slow to save.

Because there are worse fates than sleeping for a hundred years.

…………………………

The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • This is a favorite series of mine.
  • I really like Toby and other characters in the series.
  • I’m a couple of books behind and want to catch up!

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

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Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Series: Unknown
Genre: Fantasy — Dark Fairy Tale
Setting: New Hampshire at Melete — an artist’s colony
Published by Saga Press
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: May 17)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
336 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.

What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.

Initial impressions

  • Such an interesting and imaginative book! I love the fairy tale within the fairy tale feel of the book.

The story

  • The story of two sisters–one a writer and one a dancer–who attend an artists’ retreat (Melete) together.
  • They have been apart for a number of years. Their mother is worse than any stepmother in a fairy tale and Imogen (the writer) felt she had to escape from her mother before her mother killed her.
  • Marin (the dancer) is more favored by their mother, but she suffered, too, from her mother’s cruel attentions.
  • After the sisters’ arrival at Melete they begin to get reacquainted as they both pursue their art.
  • Slowly they begin to discover that not everything at Melete is as straight-forward as they thought.
  • Gradually they learn that both of them and others at Melete are chosen to compete for a very special prize. And they both want that prize.

Pluses

  • I like the mix of fantasy and modern, mundane everyday life.
  • This is a fairy tale, but a dark fairy tale.
  • I like the strange things at Melete–birds watching, leaves blowing into a room, getting lost trying to find some places in Melete, a bridge built only half-way across a river.
  • Imogen is a writer who has grown up reading fairy tales. She also writes them and the stories are sprinkled throughout the book. This gives the book even more of a fairy tale feel.
  • I like that Imogen is skeptical about Melete. She feels it just sounds too good to be true. Many people who attend Melete become famous and successful afterward. Almost everything she reads about Melete tells how wonderful the place is and how much everyone loves it. She’s very suspicious of that!
  • I didn’t know how the book would end. Throughout the book there is an ominous feeling.
  • Interesting characters in the book. Helena is one of the most interesting characters in the book.
  • The cover gives a brooding, gothic feel. From the descriptions in the book I didn’t feel Melete looked like this. However, a brooding atmosphere does come through in the story.
  • I love the title and the images that arise from that title–Roses (beautiful, flower, colorful, often sweet-smelling, sometimes with thorns, sometimes hidden thorns); Rot (something spoiled, smelly, corrupt, sometimes hidden below the surface, maybe even morally corrupt?) A dichotomy, but maybe the rose is rotten? Provides lots of imagery for the story.

Minuses

  • The ending felt a little too easy to me. The book is imaginative and has a great premise, but I feel it didn’t quite live up to that. Still a good read though.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • This is Ms. Howard’s debut novel. She’s a talented writer and I’m looking forward to reading more books by her.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel.

Reading Challenges

  • 2016 Goodreads Challenge
  • Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge–hosted by Falling for YA
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • New Release Challenge–hosted by Lexxie at Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge–hosted by the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog — Fairy Tale Twist

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

fire-touchedFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Tri-cities area of Washington State
Published by Ace, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
352 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Initial impressions

  • A great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. This continues to be one of my favorite series. And this book is one of my favorites in the series.

The story

  • A troll on the bridge! Eating cars and people (I always knew I was right when I was afraid of trolls as a child!)
  • The werewolves come out to fight with Mercy joining in as well.
  • The story gets even more complex with the appearance of a human stolen by the fae a long time ago. He has some dangerous powers. And the fae want him back.
  • The story escalates from there!

Pluses

  • March is one of my favorite months of the year, because I can almost always count on a Patricia Briggs book. I love catching up with Mercy, Adam, the rest of the werewolf pack and other characters. I really like how characters grow and change in these books.
  • I love the relationship between Adam and Mercy. Ms. Briggs does a great job of showing their love and concern for each other.
  • The last Mercy Thompson book dealt with a volcano god and that has had lasting effects on the pack. Now they are dealing with fire again–and this will change their world even more.
  • I am glad to see Adam support Mercy so strongly.
  • This is a great story–lots of action and important plot twists.
  • I like the ongoing story arc with the fae and humans at odds. Lots of room for action on both sides. Is a war going to happen?
  • I’ve always liked that Mercy is a VW auto mechanic. That has always been a great job for her–shows her strengths and makes her more real. And throughout these books lots of action takes place at her garage. She’s doing repairs after the volcano god wrecked the garage.

Minuses

  • I’m ready for all the pack to finally fully support Mercy. There’s progress in this book, but I want to make sure that continues…lol. The pack isn’t a democracy after all.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I love the world Ms. Briggs has created and that she writes two different (sometimes intertwining) series set in this world.
  • I don’t like waiting for the next book, but I’m glad the quality of writing is so high. So take the time you need for this series, Ms. Briggs!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels. In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson.
  • Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series.

Reading Challenges

Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

hot-lead-cold-ironHot Lead, Cold Iron
by Ari Marmell
Series: Mick Oberon #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Historical)
Published by Titan Books, 2014
E-book, purchased
400 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand.

Oberon’s used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one’s extra weird. A mobster’s daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick’s been hired to find the real child. The trail’s gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick’s not really welcome in the Seelie Court any more. He’ll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles to find the kidnapper – and of course it’s the last person he expected.

Now I’m a PI in a filthy, crime-ridden city, where I gotta talk like I’ve got a beef with grammar if I wanna halfway blend in, in a world that actually hurts me.

and

His peepers were zipping back and forth like pixies on caffeine….

Cheers

  • I love the world building and setting. 1932 Chicago isn’t a place I see much in fantasy!
  • This world parallels our world except for the magic and the Fae and other supernatural creatures.
  • One of the best new urban fantasy series I’ve read in recent years.
  • I’ve seen this book compared to the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The similarities: They both live in Chicago and Mick Oberon has a similar humor to Harry Dresden. I like Oberon’s inner dialogue and that he takes everything with a grain of salt. (Sometimes literally–he uses quite a bit of salt in this book!)
  • This book also has a slightly different take on the Fae community. I haven’t seen this twist before–that the Fae mimic human behavior. I like how the author uses this in the book.
  • The Seelie and Unseelie Courts in the Chicago Otherworld near the human city of Chicago is built from the homes or buildings destroyed or torn down in the human Chicago. The Seelie Court is modeled after the municipal government in Chicago. They use titles like Judge and Police Chief, but the titles don’t tell a person how important that Fae are. For example, the King is just one of many judges.
  • The gangsters are great characters.
  • I like all the slang the book uses. “Lamps” and “peepers” are eyes; “choppers” and Chicago typewriters” are Tommy guns.
  • The book has a number of twists and turns and I didn’t see most of them coming.

Jeers

  • I thought Oberon could have managed without making a deal with Queen Mob. That just sounds like a bad idea.

About the author

  • Besides this book which is the beginning of a new series Ari Marmell has a written a number of other books including the Widdershin’s Adventures. He’s also a long-time RPG player.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I want to read the next book in this series! Luckily, the next book comes out in a few months.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (a book with antonyms in the title)
  • COYER Winter Reading Challenge–hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading (e-book, $1.99)

Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

turn-coatTurn Coat
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #11
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2009
E-book, Library
540 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules.

Like Harry.

So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly eager to leap into action. Morgan has been accused of treason against the White Council, and there’s only one final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog.

Like Harry.

Now Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less than agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head.

Like Harry…

Cell phones were like those security guys in red shirts on old Star Trek: as soon as something started happening, they were always the first to go.

and

Colonel Mustard, in the den, with the lead pipe.

Now all I needed was a clue.

No pressure, Harry.

Cheers

  • Lots happens in this book.
  • This is one of my favorites of the series so far.
  • I like the Edinburgh setting of parts of this book.
  • Even though I figured out the traitor I didn’t realize all the ramifications of it.
  • Harry has lots of great allies. The werewolves, the pixies, Karrin Murphy–he knows how to be a good friend and is willing to put his life on the line for his friends and allies.
  • He has a code of honor which the rest of the White Council doesn’t have.
  • Many twists and turns in this book and by many characters.
  • I’m glad this book moves the overall arc of the series forward.
  • There are sad portions in this book–I admit I shed some tears.
  • We find out more about Morgan’s background and history.
  • I love the humor in these books…the banter between characters, in Harry’s thoughts and his taunting the bad guys at inconvenient places! Other characters get good lines sometimes and even the bad guys have their moments.
  • Mouse and Mister continue their awesomeness–mostly Mouse who is amazing!

Jeers

  • I figured out who the traitor was early in the book. However, it didn’t take away my enjoyment of  the book.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I hope to read the next book in the series soon!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

 

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The Falconer
by Elizabeth May
Series: The Falconer #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (historical)
Published by Chronicle Books, 2014
E-book, purchased
378 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

“You know my mother thinks the waltz is indecent.”

I watch the couples dancing. They spin around the room, bodies pressed together. Close, intimate. The way dances should be.

“Your mother would find the sight of a chair leg indecent.”

and

Murder is the simplest thing for me in the world, uncomplicated by emotions. It’s just me and my victims. Hunter and prey.

Cheers

  • I love the cover!
  • There are a number of young adult books with a similar premise–a young person able to see supernatural beings, hunts and kills them. The “normal” people can’t see the supernatural characters and she can’t talk about them so this gets her into trouble. However, I like the way the author tells this story and I like the characters.
  • Aileana is a sympathetic character. She finds her mother right after her mother is murdered by a faery. That changes her life completely. Now she lives for vengeance. She hunts and kills the fae while many in society thinks she killed her mother. She’s motivated by vengeance.
  • Aileana’s pixie, Derrick, is a fun character. He provides some comic relief, but he also is a useful ally.
  • I like Gavin who is her childhood friend. I like that they don’t want to marry each other!
  • Kiaran, Aileana’s mentor, is a more mysterious character.
  • There are steampunk aspects to the story, but they’re quite subtle.
  • I don’t understand what good a seer is. Perhaps I’ll understand when I read the next book!

Jeers

  • The book ends in a cliffhanger. The ending is very abrupt.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read this book in 2014–I still have a few reviews to publish from 2014.
  • I like this first book and look forward to the next book.
  • This reminded me a little of another series I read a few years ago about a girl in London society who fights vampires in between parties. However, I can’t remember the name of the series or the author.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge
  • 2014 New Author Challenge

TBR Review: Bones of the Fair by Andrea K. Host

bones-of-the-fairBones of the Fair

by Andrea K. Höst
Series: Darest, Book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Andrea K. Höst, 2013
E-book, Purchased
324 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Darest stands on the verge of a Golden Age. The revival of the Rathen line and a blood price won from the Fair has drawn a flood of visitors eager to snatch their share of changing fortune – or at least one of the fabulous prizes offered at the Spring Festival.

Among those coaxed back to the once-failing kingdom is Gentian Calder, daughter of Shapers. Before she can decide whether to risk her life by staying, news arrives to put all other considerations aside. The Atlaran Ambassador and half the heirs of the western kingdoms have disappeared on Darest’s border.

Gentian agrees to join the Diamond Coeurveur and his apprentice in a rush to join the search. Will they find the missing? A plot against Darest? Or uncover older secrets, buried deep?

“Bones of the Fair” is set in the same world as “Champion of the Rose”. It can be read as a stand alone novel, but it’s recommended that you start with “Champion”.

It occurred to Gentian that some of the people here would have been sent in hopes of making sure they didn’t some back.

and

…it was all too much for Gentian, who choked into laughter.

“How very pragmatic you are, Lord Magister,” she managed. “You almost reconcile me to being trapped in Darest.” She paused, finding an unexpected core of truth in the words, and spoke unwarily when she added: “I didn’t think anyone could do that.”

Cheers

Map of Darest (link goes to Ms. Höst's blog)
Map of Darest (link goes to Ms. Höst’s blog)
  • I like this world. The world building is interesting and I hope there will be more books written in this series. Ms. Höst only scratches the surface of the stories which could be written.
  • This could be read as a stand alone as it states above, but you will have more understanding of the book if you read the first book–Champion of the Rose.
  • Told from two points of view–Aspen and Gentian.
  • Aspen and the Diamond Coeurveur are two characters from the first book who are main characters in this book.
  • Aspen plays the fool in both books. One who wants to live life to the fullest and get the most pleasure from life. He doesn’t take it seriously and hides behind that facade. He’s a hard character for me to like or respect during much of the book.
  • The sexuality in the book (mostly discovered through Aspen–his thoughts, words and actions–is interesting. There aren’t many taboos. I like that it isn’t the major focus of the book. It’s just the way this world is and doesn’t require much in the way of comment.
  • Most people overlook Gentian since she’s small, quiet and a “gardener,” but she’s also stubborn, refuses to give up and powerful in an unusual way. She also comes from a famous and quietly important family.
  • Many of the royals in this book are appropriately arrogant.
  • The Fair (Fae) don’t have much interest in humans. We find out a little more about them in this book.

Jeers

  • I had trouble keeping all the characters straight. So many princes and princesses!
  • I get to know Aspen better in this book, but the Diamond Coeurveur remains a mystery.

And a few thoughts . . .

  •  Ms. Höst’s always seems to write the kind of book I love to read. She really hits the mark with me–even this book which isn’t my favorite of her books.
  • The September challenge was to read a book recommended by someone else. This book wasn’t specifically recommended, but Li @ Me and My Books recommended Andrea K. Höst so I’m saying this book is part of that recommendation!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

  • Bones of the Fair is my TBR review for the month of August hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. The review for this challenge posts on the third Wednesday each month.
  • Also qualifies as a TBR Pile Reading Challenge book.

Review: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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Small Favor

by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 10
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2008
E-book, from Library
420 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: No one’s tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow. An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she’s calling in her marker. It’s a small favor he can’t refuse…one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits. It figures. Everything was going too well to last…

Think of every fairy-tale villainess you’ve ever heard of. Think of the wicked witches, the evil queens, the mad enchantresses. Think of the alluring sirens, the hungry ogresses, the savage she-beasts. Think of them and remember that somewhere, sometime, they’ve all been real.

Mab gave them lessons.

and

Anybody with an ounce of sense knows that fighting someone with a significant advantage in size, weight and reach is difficult. If your opponent has you by fifty pounds, winning a fight against him is a dubious proposition, at best.

If your opponent has you by eight thousand and fifty pounds, you’ve left the realm of combat and enrolled yourself in Road-kill 101. Or possibly in a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

Cheers

  • Harry is a character who grows and changes with each book. I like when an author does that with their main character.
  • Harry has a couple different groups of enemies in this book. He’s in a bad place almost constantly.
  • I like the allies Harry has gathered around him. They are a diverse group and not all of them show up in every book, but they’re strong allies. (Danya @ Fine Print blog commented on my review of Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire: “My favourite thing about long-running UF series is the inevitable transition from loner to part of a supernatural crew of buddies.” I hadn’t consciously thought of that, but she’s right.)
  • The various mythologies Jim Butcher introduces in The Dresden Files are different and interesting…the different types of vampires, the Denarians, the Knights of the Cross. The Fae are more familiar, but Mr. Butcher gives them interesting twists, too.
  • The Fae feature prominently in this book. Unseelie Queen Mab wants a favor from Harry and since he owes her two more favors he doesn’t have much choice. Mab is scary!
  • This book doesn’t deal with the White Council’s war with the Red Vampires.
  • I really like the ending of this book and look forward to what happens in the next book.

Jeers

  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • With each book I’m hooked more and more. I love the fact there are so many books in the series. At first that was intimidating, but I’m enjoying reading the books so much that I’m really glad I haven’t caught up yet.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

No reading challenges for this book! 😦