Review: Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier
4 Stars , Reviews / January 3, 2017

Den of Wolves was a wonderful conclusion to the Blackthorn and Grim trilogy. If you read the first two, you can expect more of Marillier’s fluid prose, that quickly brings emotional connections to characters in a way that just feels simple and natural. The style of her writing just flows, and I honestly can’t pinpoint how it works so much better than other authors, but the end result is characters and events just feel like an honest folktale, and as I reader, I find myself engaged immediately. In this book, we have a new character and plot that is central, and again, Blackthorn and Grim have their developing story ongoing as well. They have established a life in Winterfalls, Blackthorn treating people as a wise woman, Grim doing whatever needs doing, odd jobs, etc. A young girl, Cara, is sent to court and the princess of Dalriada requests Blackthorn to help the girl who has lived a rather simple and isolated life. At the same time, Grim is given a job to help build a structure for the girl’s father. It’s a very odd job in that the father requests secrecy about it and lays down many rules for Grim regarding…

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 – January 16, 2016
Stacking the Shelves / January 16, 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! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Stacking the Shelves, so I have a number of great books to share!! Received for Review Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley I was SO excited to have this one land on my doorstep! Providence of Fire left me wanting this book, and I was thrilled to get an early copy! Many thanks to Brian Staveley and Tor for getting a copy to me! Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis “Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress–a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.” Sounds really good! Thanks to Pyr for sending me a copy!   Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher This is one of the 2015 releases I most regret not requesting. Honestly, somehow I didn’t even know about this book until it was released! And then everyone I know that has read it, loved it. So when the author offered me a complimentary copy…

Review: Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
4.5 Stars , Reviews / January 7, 2016

Tower of Thorns is the second novel in Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series. If you missed my review, I loved Dreamer’s Pool and really can’t stress just how addictive and enjoyable I find these books to be. They have a darkness to them, but overall I find they tend to be feel-good stories. If you haven’t read Dreamer’s Pool, I recommend you read that review instead of this one because there are some potential spoilers for the first book in this review. One small town in the north is plagued with hideous howling every day. The howls come from an old tower that is surrounded/blocked by thick thorns. No one is quite sure what kind of creature it is, if the howls are from fury or pain, but the sounds it makes are horrendous to listen to. Lady Geiléis is the noblewoman who owns the land and she has requested help from the Prince of Dalriada, who in turn looks to Blackthorn and Grim. Since Blackthorn is still under her agreement with the fae to always provide help when asked, she has agreed to help and well, Grim tends to go wherever Blackthorn goes. So once again, Blackthorn and Grim…