Review: Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
3.5 Stars , Reviews / June 30, 2016

Rarely am I so unsure about how I felt about a book. I’ve let a little time pass (about a week) since reading this to see if I could better sort my thoughts on it. But I am still finding it hard. Slatter’s prose is simple, to the point, and yet somehow not plain or boring. She creates a very realistic narration for a well spoken and intelligent character. I would say her words are precise in the most interesting of ways, with little to nothing extra. Mistress Gideon is a witch, but she lives in a time and place where such things are not tolerated or talked about. If anyone knows or suspects her, they certainly don’t discuss it. She is doing good for the community, treating and healing their sick, carefully hiding her true witch-y nature. However, when a shapeshifter gets caught, the supernatural world can no longer be denied and of course, the story goes as it these tales of witches and supernatural beings often does. The fear of the unknown drives humans to immediately go on a literal witch hunt. People known or suspected of supernatural abilities are rounded up and locked up. Instead of looking for understanding…

Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
4 Stars , Reviews / June 27, 2016

The Wolf Road is a brutal and fascinating story that entrenches you in the mind and personality of Elka, a young woman living in a post apocalyptic world that can be harsh and unforgiving. I found her personality and story both riveting and touching. She is far from a sentimental type, quite the opposite really. She is driven by practicality and survival and gives little thought or need for much of anything else. In all honesty, her character has not had the luxury of being able to experience little beyond this. Lost and on her own at the age of seven, she meets a man she eventually names Trapper. A man who can appear scary to her at times but when it comes down to it, he takes her in, gives her name (Elka) and teaches her all that she knows, takes care of her when she is sick or injured. They live in isolation in the remotes wilds where he teaches her to track, trap, hunt and survive. He becomes not only the largest, but also the only, influence on her as she develops from that lost young girl into a young woman. He also teaches her to fear other humans, solidifying her isolation with…

Backlist Burndown Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

You know what? Sometimes I just like to read a book about a girl that is defying societal expectations, and if she kicks some ass doing it, that can be even better. The Falconer is about a young woman who is supposed to be a proper young lady at court. But really, she spends her time hunting and killing fae. Being anything but proper and ladylike. OK, I’m sold! Now the trick is to keep me engaged. And this book definitely did. Lady Aileana Kameron’s life changes dramatically after witnessing her mother’s brutal murder by one of the fae. She turns her pain into a quest for vengeance. In addition to aligning herself with a pixie and a fae who she decided were “good”, she has been training to hunt/fight/kill fae. She also likes to create things, bringing in a bit of a steampunk element. Honestly, it was refreshing to see more to her than just fight. Aileanna is faced with being a dutiful daughter and being married away. Attending court as the men vie for attention (aka dowry) is definitely trying for her as she has no interest in settling down to become a wife, mother and all that…

Audiobook Review: Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
4 Stars , Reviews / June 20, 2016

Voodoo Killings is a fun and refreshing urban fantasy featuring ghosts and zombies. At the center of this story is Kincaid Strange, a voodoo practitioner struggling to make ends meet in Seattle. Now, what makes her story fun is a combination of her personality (and snark) and the people we encounter through her. First, there is the ghost she shares her apartment with (when he is around). He was a super star of the 90s grunge scene, and being supernatural has certainly not hurt his celebrity. I found the dynamic between Kincaid and him to be quite a bit of fun. They seem like quite an unlikely pair in many ways, but it works very well. Now, evidently there are certain ways that are approved or standard for raising zombies. When a lost new zombie crosses paths with Kincaid, she feels compelled to help him (against her better judgement). When she discovers he was not raised in a typical or approved way, it opens many questions and Kincaid is determined to get answers. She just has to make sure she is not caught with him, because this is a dangerous game she is playing. And to make it worse, there is a murder…

Stacking the Shelves – June 18, 2016
Stacking the Shelves / June 18, 2016

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! This is the mega-haul, super sized edition! (at least for me). It’s been about a month since I last posted, and I definitely have some books to show for it!! Received for Review                     So, this was evidently my FIRE package from Ace/Roc/DAW/NAL! 🙂 The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan – I am incredibly curious to see what Anthony Ryan has in store for us with this new series! Many thanks to Ace for sending me a finished copy for review. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine – I was really excited to get my hands on this book as Ink and Bone was a surprise hit for me last year. I’m most of the way done, so should have a review in the next couple of weeks!   Roses and Rot by Kat Howard – I am hoping to get to this one soon, I’ve been curious about it since I first heard of it quite a while ago and the reviews I’ve seen have…

Friday Face Off: Fool versus Jester
Friday Face Off / June 17, 2016

  Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted at Books by Proxy. Every Friday two books will be lined up to be judged solely on their covers (that thing we are never supposed to do, but you know we all do it!) This weeks theme: Better a Witty Fool than a Foolish Wit (A cover which features a fool or jester) You know, I couldn’t find anything in the rules that said it had to be the same book. So this week, I am pitting Fool against The Jester!   These are two completely different styles so curious to see what people pick!             [socialpoll id=”2367988″]    

Review: Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
4 Stars , Reviews / June 14, 2016

Spells of Blood and Kin presents a fresh and interesting twist on the paranormal. This is not as dark or gritty as a horror novel, but it is darker and more violent than I expected. It is also not a paranormal book that romanticizes the violent creatures of the world and for me, that honestly was a positive. I found it overall rather unexpected and definitely could not predict the way things would go. Also a positive. Lissa is a witch whose grandmother (and mentor in all things witch related) just died. She comes across as quite sheltered, having really had little interaction with anyone but her grandmother. I found her character to be a bit naive in some respects, also sweet, kind and found myself interested in her story. She is faced with having to replace her grandmother’s role and services in the community. Most the the magic she performs is based on placing spells on eggs, the recipients use the eggs when they want to release the spell. There is a time constraint on how long the eggs/spells are good and all of them are temporary (tied to the life of the egg they were cast on). But in the course of taking over…