Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Review

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Tam Lin

Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean, is one of those novels that has popped up in the comments and in book recommendation posts a lot of times and never gotten a full review. I figured I’d use some of my quarantine time to tackle it and what a long, strange book it was – sort of a romance, sort of a fairytale, and mostly a book about college. I feel like I’d need to read it … Continue reading Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Lightning Review

Fire and Water by Alexis Hall

Fire & Water

Trigger warning: Lots of violence, death of major characters Fire & Water is the third urban fantasy novel featuring Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator. I have not read the previous books in this series, but I had no trouble finding my way into Kane’s world – she provides the necessary backstory in her laconic, humorous style, and it’s enough. Having said that, I’m not sure that it stands alone, precisely – the end, while not a … Continue reading Fire and Water by Alexis Hall

Book Review

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

House of Earth and Blood

Perhaps unsurprisingly, after reading House of Earth and Blood, I posit that the best barometer of whether or not you will enjoy this book is whether or not you have enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’ other books. All the hallmarks of Maas are here: a beautiful, semi-outcast heroine hiding an incredible power; a super-powerful, much older hero with a dark past; a jam-packed cast of intriguing secondary characters; loads of snarky and sassy dialogue, and nonstop, … Continue reading House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review

A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

A Treason of Thorns

A Treason of Thorns has beautiful writing and an excitingly original concept. Sadly, the quality of the pace and the characters doesn’t match the quality of the concept, and the book raises questions that are not fully answered. This has a romance in it, although it’s more of a fantasy that includes a romance than a romance novel, per se. The dominant relationship is not that between people but rather that between a person and a … Continue reading A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

Book Review

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Never-Contented Things

My day was very productive until I picked up Never-Contented Things, planning to read just a few pages.That concluded the day’s productivity. I’m not saying that this book is perfect but I am sure as heck saying that it is gripping. This is NOT a romance. It’s really good YA Urban Fantasy/Fae Horror, with a really good fledgling romance in it. Ksenia and Josh are foster siblings. They met in foster care when Josh was … Continue reading Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Book Review

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Lies Sleeping

I finished this book and thought to myself, “What the hell just happened?” The answer: A LOT. A lot happens in this book. There is so much that if I attempted to recap it, even with the broadest of summaries, the text would be miles wide and tens of thousands of words long. The plot starts, throttles up to “I can’t comfortably open my eyes” speed and doesn’t stop until the end, with one or … Continue reading Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge has an irresistible premise involving magic and alcohol. The heroine, Bailey Chen, who has spent her entire life as an overachiever, graduates from college and promptly finds herself completely adrift in her hometown of Chicago. She lives with her parents and works at a bar run by her ex-best friend and current crush, Zane. Bailey discovers that she has the ability to see monsters, called tremens (a group of tremens … Continue reading Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

Book Review

Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Wild Hunger

I haven’t read any of the Chicagoland Vampire series, so I went into the spinoff series with zero world knowledge. The lack of knowledge wasn’t a problem because, boy howdy, is there some infodumpage in the first few chapters. I had to coax myself to keep going on to the next chapter because the setup and construction of the world in the first part was some slow reading. But once the main character moved from … Continue reading Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Lightning Review

Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine’s Journey

Heroine’s Journey is the third book in the diverse, fun, feminist Heroine Complex trilogy. In theory it could work as a stand alone, but it will be easier to follow and a more emotional read if you read the other two books in the series first (Heroine Complex and Heroine Worship). More books in this world are planned, but the first three, which are intended as “the first trilogy,” make an emotionally satisfying arc about … Continue reading Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn

Book Review

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Trail of Lightning

Trail of Lightning was preordered around two months in advance and I would have waited triple that amount for this book if I had to. It’s steeped in Native American (namely Navajo) mythology, badassery, and lots and lots of violence. If you’re sensitive to graphic, gritty details, this book is not for you. It was rather early on that I knew this book was going to be amazing. And by early, I meant page two: … Continue reading Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Book Review

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich

Midnight Riot

First, a note: this is more of a review of the series, but the books therein need to be read in order so I shall start here. Second, I will avoid spoilers as much as possible, focusing mostly on what I like, what I find bothersome, and whether I recommend the book and the series. The grade above is both for this book and the series as a whole – lucky for me they line … Continue reading Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich

Book Review

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Shadowshaper

NB: It’s Flashback Friday! Given Sarah’s recent love of Labyrinth Lost, it seemed fitting to resurrect another YA, urban fantasy with a diverse heroine that she happened to enjoy. This review was originally published July 15, 2015. Shadowshaper is a freaking incredible novel. It’s a bit outside my reading tastes because it’s urban fantasy and it’s for teen readers, a vein of YA I haven’t read much of. But it’s also got a huge portion of my catnip because it includes … Continue reading Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

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