Category: Reviews

Review: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

I want to start this by clearly stating Foundryside was a very enjoyable read. I was pulled into the story within the first page because it starts strong and I was immediately curious and captivated by Sancia, a thief in the middle of a complicated job. The strengths of this book get ramped up more as we learn about what...

Review: Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

While most people enjoy a good heist (at least as a story), no one appreciates heists more than the wyverns featured in the world Sky Hawkins lives in. It’s pretty much just like our world, but with a race of people called wyverns (or as Sky likes to call them: were-dragons). They are descendants of dragons that came to this...

Review: Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost

So, I rarely read paranormal romance, which this book falls squarely into, but you know, sometimes the mood just strikes to read a book were passions run high. I’ve not read any of Jeaniene Frost’s other novels, but evidently this one, while a first in series,  is set in the same world as other books and features a character, Ian,...

Review: An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

I found An Easy Death to be very easy to get in to. I immediately enjoyed getting to know Lizbeth. She is fiercely independent , speaks her mind and is quite the shot. Really, there’s not much not to like. Lizbeth, also known as Gunnie Rose, is part of a crew of “gunnies”, which are are pretty much hired protection,...

Review: Stranger Things – Worlds Turned Upside Down

This is a book that just made me smile the minute I received it and any time I would pick it up after that. The entire book is so incredibly retro, straight down to the worn look, complete with plastic protector to prevent further damage. I mean, even the FAIR condition sticker from Melvad’s General Store on the front brings...

Review: Read Me by Leo Benedictus

Read Me is not a traditional type of story, but I found it fascinating. It takes you into the thoughts and actions of a serial stalker as he chooses and watches his prey. I am always intrigued by stories that take you into the mind of someone that is unhinged because the stories always tend to illustrate that they don’t...

Review: Slender Man by Anonymous

OK, this is one seriously addictive and creepy read, and is a perfect pick for Halloween (or any other time of year if you are in the mood). The atmosphere is fantastic, and I love the epistolary style its told in. Fragments of journal entries, text messages, reddit posts, police interviews and recordings are used to lead the reader through...

Review: Cold Iron by Miles Cameron

So, I want to lead with that I really enjoyed Cameron’s The Red Knight, However, while there were parts of it that I loved, there were also areas where it seemed to lag and there were so many characters that even for an epic fantasy, it felt hard to keep up with all of them at times. So even though I...

Review: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Kill the Queen is a wonderful story of good versus evil, with a main protagonist that I loved getting to know and root for. There were many familiar aspects of this story (as I explain below), but they are all the good familiar with characters that are built out enough that you can’t help but care and enjoy the story, embrace...

Review: Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven

I really don’t read all that many books labeled Romance, but will admit, sometimes, it is just what I want. I was offered this book right as I was in one of those moods where I was craving a bit (or maybe even a lot) of romance. So, despite having a backlog of other books to review, I couldn’t resist and...