Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Review

Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

Jane in Love

Well reader, I was wrong. I read this book up to the 31% mark and figured it was a DNF due to an over-reliance on clichés. However, I started skimming the middle of the book and had to back up and read the whole thing. Jane in Love is a wildly uneven book which I expect will be a love it or hate it book for readers. I enjoyed Jane Austen as a curious and insightful … Continue reading Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

Book Review

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots


I made a number of mistakes regarding this book. First, I read it after I received the ARC, which was months prior to release date. Though this makes me an Unintentional Scourge Among Book Publicists, I try to read ARCs as close to release as possible so that I can talk about a book when that book is available to buy, borrow, or request. As I joke often, I’m here to enable everyone else’s poor … Continue reading Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

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Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Emerald Blaze

If you are an Ilona Andrews fan (and if you aren’t, why not??) I have good news for you. Emerald Blaze gives us everything we expect from an Andrews book: a competent heroine facing an unusual supernatural threat, an alpha-esque love interest with whom she has scorching chemistry, a great secondary cast, exciting action, strong world-building and sense of place, and jokes on jokes on jokes. I truly enjoyed every moment of the reading experience, … Continue reading Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews

Book Review

Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

Haunted Heroine

After three novels and a novella, you’d think I’d run out of new things to say about the Heroine Complex series, but the fourth book, Haunted Heroine, found new ways to surprise and delight me. This series involves a group of women, some with superpowers, who fight paranormal manifestations in San Francisco and who form a family. There’s Evie Tanaka, her sister Bea, Evie’s best friend Annie Chang AKA Aveda Jupiter, and trainer and bodyguard … Continue reading Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

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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

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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

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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

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