Holly Black’s first novel marketed for adults is a gritty urban fantasy in which magic allows people to control their own, and sometimes other people’s, shadows, and in which the rich and powerful trade in secrets and books of lore while jockeying for power. The protagonist, Charlie, lives in the world of normality, where she is a bartender hoping to put her sister through college, and the world of magic, in which she is a … Continue reading Book of Night by Holly Black
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
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
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
Yeah, that’s right – Netflix, cheese, and “Wonderwall.” If that’s not a winning combination, I don’t know what is. Regardless, I hope you all enjoy this selection of links and…I’m sorry, but there’s more Star Wars stuff. … The New York Times had a really great write-up on the women who helped bring the Star Wars universe to life, both on screen and off: Kathleen Kennedy founded the group in 2012 when she succeeded George Lucas … Continue reading Links: Netflix, Cheese, & Wonderwall
Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep is $1.99 today only as a Kindle Daily Deal. This is book 4 of the Gin Blanco series, also known as the Elemental Assassin series, which mixes paranormal, urban fantasy, ass kicking, and some romance. I also noticed that the Kindle sale also prompts a sale on the Audible book, too. That’s always nice. This book has a 4+ star average, and I know the series has many fans around here.
First Grave on the Right is the first book in Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series, and it’s $1.99 today only.
This book won the Golden Heart in 2009, and the RITA for Best First Book in 2012. As I’ve mentioned before, I listened to the audiobook performance by Lorelei King (after buying the Kindle copy on sale I was offered a discounted audio copy — see if that’s true for you if you buy, k?) and the audiobook was really good. I didn’t want to stop walking the dogs, that’s for sure.
Can you tell we’re excited about January? This might be the longest Hide Your Wallet yet! Saga, Vol. 4 Author: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples Released: 12/23 by Image Comics Genre: Graphic Novel Series: Saga Summary: Visit new planets, meet new adversaries and explore a very new direction, as Hazel becomes a toddler while her family struggles to stay on their feet. Collects SAGA #19-24. Carrie says: Technically this is a Dec release but it comes out so late in the … Continue reading Hide Your Wallet: January’s New Releases
RECOMMENDED: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is $1.99! This author became an auto-buy for me after I read this book as a part of a GoodReads reading challenge. I would liken this book to women’s fiction with a magical realism slant. It’s heartwarming and beautiful and has a 4-star rating on GR. The biggest complaint seems to be the book is a little predictable, but we all need an easy read now and again. It’s the first book in the Waverley Family series.