Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding

Stray Magic by Kelly MedingStray Magic by Kelly Meding

Series: Strays #1

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Setting: Maryland & Middle Atlantic

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2018

416 pages

Synopsis: Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.

Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.

Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.

Unless she can stop it.

My thoughts

I enjoyed this new urban fantasy a lot more than I expected. I don’t read as much urban fantasy as I did a few years ago. It’s hard to find original characters and plots. This book has some familiar paranormal characters and some familiar plot points, but has enough freshness for me to really enjoy it.

Shiloh Harrison–half-djinn

I also like many of the characters. I felt I got to know enough about them to understand them at least a little bit. I especially like the main character–Shiloh Harrison. She’s courageous, a little insecure and a bit impetuous, but she tries her best to do what she thinks is right. She’s half-djinn and half human and she has problems because of her mixed heritage. I don’t think I’ve read any urban fantasy with djinn characters so that was nice. The other characters were also ones I enjoyed reading about. I’m looking forward to reading more about many of them. One thing I didn’t like at all (and I think most people will agree with me)–I didn’t like the spiders in the story at all!

The story kept me guessing about what exactly was happening and how it all fit together. I had guessed a few things, but not all of it. I also like that the story wasn’t predictable and that some things happened I didn’t want to happen. Not everyone is safe and it doesn’t all end happily for everyone.

Dark urban fantasy?

For me this is bordering on dark urban fantasy. I don’t like books that are too dark and I don’t like horror. There were a few elements which crossed into horror for me–but I’m easily scared! I don’t think a lot of people would feel that way…lol. And I kept reading every moment I could!

Next book comes in 2019

There are plenty of loose ends for the next book which is already scheduled for 2019. I really want to find out what happens next! And now I think I need to search out some of Kelly Meding’s backlist!

My Rating: B

Have you read any books by this author?

Review: Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

nightshades-by-melissa-f-olsonNightshades by Melissa F. Olson

Nightshades #1

e-book, purchased

Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations—the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

………………………..

Melissa F. Olson is an author whose books I’ve read and liked before. This book is the beginning of a new series and is a novella (208 pages) published by Tor.com (which is publishing novella e-books). I’ve read several others they’ve published and enjoyed the ones I’ve read. (Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is a Tor.com book, for example.)

I thought this book was quite different from others I’ve read by Ms. Olson. For example, the main character is male and the other two series I’ve read by her had female protagonists.

The setting

This book takes place in the Chicago area in a new division of the FBI (called the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations–BPI). Shades–or vampires as people who hear about them often call them–have only become known to humans within the last couple of years after a shade was captured alive by humans. He is being held and studied by the FBI in a secure prison. However, he’s legally still considered a human so only certain tests can be done–blood drawn, but no dissections!

Changes in Shade behavior

Before this book opened the shades kept a low profile. Now they have changed in the Chicago area and are acting more openly. A number of teenagers near Chicago have been kidnapped and other people killed all in what look like Shade attacks. In the first few pages of the book a number of Bureau of Paranormal Investigations agents are killed. New agents are posted to Chicago including a new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office.

Alex McKenna, Special Agent in Charge

Alex McKenna is known as “the legacy agent” since his mother was the first female director of the FBI. Alex grew up in the Hoover Building and the FBI doesn’t want him killed. However, Alex is ambitious and though he’s only in his early thirties he gets the Special Agent in Charge job even though it’s a very dangerous job. He has a better chance to get this job because other agents don’t want this very dangerous job! Plus he feels someone has to figure out what is going on with the shades.

Once Alex and his best friend–Chase Eddy (who becomes Alex’s number two in Chicago)–set up their team and arrive in Chicago everything moves very fast in the book.

My thoughts

The first part of the book deals with setting up background for the characters and getting to know them. We learn about the world building slowly and I would guess we will find out more in future books. By the end of the book more is known about shades and there are several confrontations with the shades. Ms. Olson has plenty more avenues for future books!

This book doesn’t end in a cliff hanger which pleased me. It’s a quick read. The story has a number of familiar parts as an urban fantasy about vampires. However, it has a few unique parts which helped keep my interest. Ms. Olson’s characters are well-written and we get several points-of-view. Two more books in the series show up on Goodreads, but they have no publication date or cover yet.

Rating: B

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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: Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan

tainted-bloodTainted Blood
by M. L. Brennan
Series: Generation V #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2014
E-book, purchased
318 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly…

Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.

So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.

But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…

From the expression on Sassoon’s face, he not only caught the reference, but was highly offended by it. Again, Suzume’s instincts for antagonization were proving flawless.

and

The situation should’ve been annoyingly reminiscent of a sultan checking out new applicants for the harem, but instead it reminded me very uncomfortably of Discovery Channel footage of a wolf inspecting a deer herd.

Cheers

  • Each book gets better and better.
  • We get lots of Suzume in this book and I love that.
  • We learn more about vampires in this book.
  • These books have a mystery in them, but the paranormal aspects of the book are more important than the mystery.
  • Even the recurring and secondary characters in the book are complex and interesting–Suzume, Prudence, Chivalry. All have motivations for the way they act even Prudence who is very scary and even Chivalry who seems like a “civilized” vampire who loves his wives, but nevertheless slowly kills them.
  • Fort learns more about how vampires live and is appalled by what he learns.
  • The book is often very funny.

Jeers

  • I had an idea who the murderer was, but important details were missing until the last minute. In a mystery that would have irritated me, but as I said above these books aren’t mysteries first and foremost. I did think that someone would have mentioned some of the important facts earlier in the investigation.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m so ready for the next book in the series. It should come out in August 2015.

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

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge

November books on my radar…

RadarEach month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and other times I get excited by some new author I might try.

I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read and sometimes these new books have high prices 😦

I’m not reading just e-books anymore so I’m also getting books from the library which helps with the high priced books.

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books and I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too!

November 1

I’ve read the first two books in this series and liked them. I like the two main characters in this book.

maybe-this-christmasMaybe This Christmas

by Sarah Morgan

Series: O’Neil Brothers #3

Published by Harlequin HQN

Genre: Contemporary Romance

384 pages

Synopsis: This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O’Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he’s simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he’s never ruined, and he’s not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she’s been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he’s sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she’s always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?

November 4

This is the book I’m most excited about this month!

tainted-bloodTainted Blood

by M. L. Brennan

Series: Generation V #3

Published by Roc

Genre: Urban Fantasy (vampires)

318 pages

Synopsis: Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally  gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.

So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.

But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…

This is an interesting sounding mystery. It takes place in Belfast and is a new series.

down-on-cyprus-avenueDown on Cyprus Avenue

by Paul Charles

New series: book 1

Published by Dufour Editions (Hardcover)

Genre: Mystery

256 pages

Synopsis: In this new series from Paul Charles, formerly retired policeman Brendy McCusker is forced to return to work following his wife’s flight to America with their nest-egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy businessman. But before that case is resolved, an American banker working in Belfast is brutally murdered down on leafy Cyprus Avenue and McCusker and O’Carroll are put on the case. While the list of suspects grows ever longer, McCusker find himself juggling his move to Belfast, O’Carroll’s frequent blind dates, his status as a hired-back rent-a-cop, and being a single man while trying hard not to have his head turned by Belfast’s beautiful women – one mysterious one in particular. There is no relief when McCusker and O’Carroll eventually find a suspect with an air-tight alibi, which only one of the detectives believes is genuine…

I’ve read the first two books in this series and look forward to this book. Tanya Huff is one of my favorite authors.

the-future-fallsThe Future Falls

by Tanya Huff

Series: Gale Women #3

Published by DAW HC

Genre: Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they’re wielding a guitar and a dragon.

The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine’s dire prediction, Charlotte “Charlie” Gale turns to the family for help.

But Allie is unavailable because the universe seems determined to have her produce the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son of a Gale.  And the Aunties can’t help because they’re tied to the earth – although they are happy to provide their delicious, trademark pies.  And in the end, all Charlie has is a guitar…

…and Jack. The Dragon Prince, and a Sorcerer.

But Charlie might like Jack just a little too much, and Jack might like Charlie a little too much in return. Actually, between Allie’s hormones, the Aunties trying to force her and Jack into ritual, the Courts having way too much fun at the end of days, and Jack’s sudden desire to sacrifice himself for the good of the many, Charlie’s fairly certain that the asteroid is the least of her problems.

The Gales are going to need more than pie to save the world from an incoming asteroid. But together there isn’t anything they can’t deal with – except possibly each other.

I still need to read a book by Juliet Marillier. This sounds very good and it’s the first book in a new series. A good place to start!

dreamers-poolDreamer’s Pool

by Juliet Marillier

Series: Blackthorn and Grim #1

Published by Roc HC

Genre: Fantasy

448 pages

Synopsis: In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she’ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.

This is a debut mystery and winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize. The book takes place in the U.S. Southwest. Need I say more. . .

bad-countryBad Country

by CD McKenzie

Series:

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, a debut mystery set in the Southwest starring a former rodeo cowboy turned private investigator, told in a transfixingly original style.

Rodeo Grace Garnet lives with his old dog in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as El Hoyo. He doesn’t get many visitors in The Hole, but a body found near his home has drawn police attention to his front door. The victim is not one of the many undocumented immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border in Rodeo’s harsh and deadly “backyard,” but a member of a major Southwestern Indian tribe, whose death is part of a mysterious rompecabeza—a classic crime puzzler—that includes multiple murders, cold-blooded betrayals, and low-down scheming, with Rodeo caught in the middle.

Retired from the rodeo circuit and scraping by on piecework as a bounty hunter, warrant server, and divorce snoop, Rodeo doesn’t have much choice but to say yes when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman from his own Reservation has hired him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she seems strangely uninterested in the results. Her attitude seems heartless, but as Rodeo pursues interrelated cases, he learns that the old woman’s indifference is nothing compared to true hatred, and aligned against a variety of creative and cruel foes, the hard-pressed PI is about to discover just how far hate can go.

CB McKenzie’s Bad Country is a noir novel that is as deep and twisty as a desert arroyo. With confident, accomplished prose, McKenzie captures the rough-and-tumble outer reaches of the Southwest in a transfixingly original style that transcends the traditional crime novel.

I haven’t read the first two books in this series, but Sharon Shinn is one of my favorite authors.

the-turning-seasonThe Turning Season

by Sharon Shinn

Series: Shifting Circle #3

Published by Ace

Genre: Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn’t escape. Even though she’s built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her—and for each other—she can’t help but wish for a chance at being normal.

When she’s not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changes—a drug that might even allow them to remain human forever.

But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: She meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.

Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.

……………………….

The new books I hope to read this month:

  • Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan
  • Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  • The Future Falls by Tanya Huff
  • Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
  • Bad Country by CB McKenzie

What books are you excited about this month?

Review: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

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Vampires of Manhattan
by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The new blue bloods coven, book 1
Genre: Fantasy (vampires)
Published by Hyperion Books, 2014
Library Book
240 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

Wasn’t it Yeats who had said, “Wine comes in at the mouth, and love comes in at the eye?” Love was like that–instant, a fire that burned, a pool you drowned in. She had looked at him, and she had known. She pitied those who had never experienced a love like theirs. It was a miracle, a gift, when love happened upon you like that. It was so easy.

and

…[H]e loved her so much, but sometimes, once you had your beloved, it was natural to pay attention to other things. After all, that was the point, wasn’t it? Of a so-called happy ending? To move on to other concerns? To stop worrying about love? Come to think of it, what was a happy ending after all? It wasn’t as if once the credits rolled and the lights came on or an author wrote, “The end,” you stopped living, because there was so much more of life to live, wasn’t there? Besides, there was no such thing as happy ending for the likes of them….

Cheers

  • A theme of this book is relationships as the above quotes illustrate. What exactly is love? What comes after the “happily ever after?”
  • This is an adult book about some of the characters from a young adult series. I don’t know that I’ve read a series which goes from young adult to adult so that’s interesting.
  • The book is told from several POV’s–Oliver, Ara, Mimi, Kingsley, Finn.
  • I like the parts of the book which are a mystery and trying to solve that mystery.

Jeers

  • I didn’t understand why they decided to continue with the Four Hundred Ball when things in the vampire society aren’t going well.
  • This was kind of a depressing book. Not too many people in this book seem to feel any joy.
  • In the synopsis this is called “hipster horror.” I’m really not sure what that is. Now I admit I’m not a “hipster,” but I have read horror and I don’t like horror because it’s scary. This wasn’t scary.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read a few of the young adult series from which this series continues as an adult series. I didn’t have any real problem following along although it’s clear a lot happened after I lost track of this series…LOL.

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

  • 2014 Goodreads Challenge (Hoping to read 100 books this year)

My fall reading list . . .

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week.

This week I get to talk about the books I’m most excited about for fall 2014. For me I focus on the new books coming out this fall and books from my TBR pile.

New fall books:

1.The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas–I read the first book in this young adult fantasy series and liked it a lot.

2. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh–Mary Balogh is one of my favorite historical romance authors. She had a new book out in July which I read and loved so I’m excited she has another new book published in this series in October!

3. The Pyramids of London by Andrea K. Höst–I already talked about my excitement for this steampunk fantasy in a Waiting on Wednesday post a couple weeks ago.

4. The Future Falls by Tanya Huff–The third book in the Gale Women series. I’ve enjoyed the first two books so this is a no brainer!

5. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews–A new series from Ilona Andrews!

6. Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan–The third book in the O’Neil Brother series and this is a Christmas book, too.

7, Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan–I’ve read the first two books in this series and they’re one of my favorite new series of the year.

Books from my TBR Pile:

8. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness–I read the first book in this series and loved it. I really need to read this book especially since the third book is already available.

9. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch–So many people have recommended this book to me. I need to read it!

10. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marilier–I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I’ve wanted to read it for quite awhile.

What books do you want to read this fall?

 

Waiting on Wednesday–September 9

Waiting-on-WednesdayI have decided to participate in Waiting on Wednesday at least occasionally . . . when I discover a book I am impatiently waiting for!  Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.

The book I’m excited about: The Pyramids of London (The Trifold Age #1) by Andrea K. Höst — Expected publication December 2014 (published by Andrea K. Höst)

I haven’t read all of Ms. Höst’s books (because I want to save a few!) However, I’ve loved every one of the seven books I’ve read and really look forward to this book. One of the things I like best about Ms. Höst’s writing is that each book or series is different from the others: fantasy, science fiction, young adult fantasy, young adult science fiction. Each is unique. I really like that. And I’m equally impressed that she self-publishes her books.

This book has a beautiful cover and sounds awesome: An alternate history steampunk Europe–I can’t wait!

 

From Goodreads:

In a world where lightning sustained the Roman Empire, and Egypt’s vampiric god-kings spread their influence through medicine and good weather, tiny Prytennia’s fortunes are rising with the ships that have made her undisputed ruler of the air.

But the peace of recent decades is under threat. Rome’s automaton-driven wealth is waning along with the Imperium’s supply of power crystals, while Sweden uses fear of Rome to add to her Protectorates. And Prytennia is under attack from the wind itself. Relentless daily blasts destroy crops, buildings, and lives, and neither the weather vampires nor Prytennia’s Trifold Goddess have been able to find a way to stop them.

With events so grand scouring the horizon, the deaths of Eiliff and Aedric Tenning raise little interest. The official verdict is accident: two careless automaton crafters, killed by their own construct.

The Tenning children and Aedric’s sister, Arianne, know this cannot be true. Nothing will stop their search for what really happened.

Not even if, to follow the first clue, Aunt Arianne must sell herself to a vampire.

 To find out a bit more about Ms. Höst check out her blog.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexander

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Bloodshifted
by Cassie Alexander
Series: Edie Spence #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by St. Martin Paperbacks, 2014
Ebook, Purchased
304 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Ambushed. Blindfolded. Kidnapped by vampires. Edie Spence must race against time to save herself and her baby—from the nightmare that flows through her veins…

As a nurse in the hospital’s secret Y4 ward, Edie has seen her share of daytimers. Once-ordinary humans who’ve tasted vampire blood, daytimers are doomed to serve their nighttime masters. Forever. And now Edie has to face something even more horrifying: she’s become one too…

Abducted by the vampire, Raven, Edie is taken to the catacombs beneath the Catacombs, an ironically-named L.A. night club that supplies fresh blood and other favors for its vampire Masters. Edie has no intention of swapping her nurse’s uniform for a cocktail dress—not when her newborn infant needs her. But if she and Asher—her shapeshifter fiancé—can’t figure out a way to bleed Raven’s power, they may never get out of this plasma-soaked pleasure palace…undead or alive.

Maybe being a daytimer meant getting to eat all the hamburgers you wanted, hooray.

Cheers

  • This book begins where the last book ended and everything which happened in that book is the reason for this book.
  • The world building is quite original in this series and I enjoy each new book.
  • Edie needs to figure out why Raven agreed to take her on as daytimer. She also discovers lots is happening among this group of vampires and daytimers. She needs to figure out about that, too.
  • Edie found out she was pregnant near the end of the last book. That ups the stakes for her since she needs to protect her baby from the vampires and daytimers.
  • Edie is able to find some empathy for some of the daytimers she interacts with–even though she doesn’t trust any of them.

Jeers

  • We don’t get a series ending which I’m unhappy about. The book has a satisfying ending, but is written with at least one more book in mind so it leaves lots of questions not answered.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m so sad this seems to be the last Edie Spence book. I really like the series. I guess it doesn’t have a big enough fan base. 😦
  • From checking Ms. Alexander’s blog, she is writing other fiction. She has two erotica books available now and is working on a YA series.

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

Review: Iron Night by M. L. Brennan

Iron Night
Iron Night

 

Iron Night
by M. L. Brennan
Series: Generation V, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2014
E-book, Purchased
307 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Underachieving film theory graduate and vampire Fortitude Scott may be waiting tables at a snooty restaurant run by a tyrannical chef who hates him, but the other parts of his life finally seem to be stabilizing. He’s learning how to rule the Scott family territory, hanging out more with his shapeshifting friend Suzume Hollis, and has actually found a decent roommate for once.

Until he finds his roommate’s dead body.

The Scott family cover-up machine swings into gear, but Fort is the only person trying to figure out who (or what) actually killed his friend. His hunt for a murderer leads to a creature that scares even his sociopathic family, and puts them all in deadly peril.

Keeping secrets, killing monsters, and still having to make it to work on time? Sometimes being a vampire really sucks.

“With how you were reacting to that glamour, I’ll have to keep an eye on you. Otherwise the next time I see you, you’ll probably have a Doctor Who tramp stamp.”

For one awkward second, I realized that the only way Suzume could possibly look hotter to me was if she had a tattoo of the TARDIS on the middle of her lower back. I was profoundly grateful in that moment that the kitsune were unable to read minds.

and

“When this whole thing is over, I never want to talk about elf genealogy again. The last few days have been like some nightmare biology lesson. Like Attack of Mendel’s Beans set in the Appalachian mountains, crossed with a PBS special on Egyptian pharaohs.”

Cheers

  • This is a fun, new urban fantasy series. I read this second book soon after reading the first book.
  • Again, I like Fortitude a lot. His inner dialogue is very funny. He’s growing more like a vampire which disturbs him. He finds it ever harder to hold on to his humanity and human friends.
  • He’s also learning the “family business” from his brother Chivalry. And Fort learns a few things from his mother about her plans for his life and why she treated him differently than his siblings.
  • Suzume continues to be a great character. I love her snarky humor. I’d like to read more about the kitsune.
  • All the TV and movies mentioned fits well since Fort is a former film student.
  • We learn more about Fort’s family and thus, vampires. Also more about the supernatural community.
  • The vampires in this world are not very nice. I like the ways these vampires are different from other books I’ve read about vampires.
  • This book doesn’t focus so much on the mystery, but on the characters and moving them along on their journey.

Jeers

  •  I’m not sure if this series is known as the American Vampire series or Generation V series. The books carry both titles sometimes.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’m liking this urban fantasy series so much and looking forward to the next book.
  • I’m so glad book 3 in this series–Tainted–comes out in November 2014.

 

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