Category Archives: Urban fantasy

Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks

Read  April 2018 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy, Kate Daniels ★    ★   ★   ★    I can’t imagine why I dropped this series. Actually, I can: while I waiting for Wilks to write the next book, I broke up with … Continue reading

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Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks

Read  April 2018 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy ★    ★   ★   1/2 I’m going to shamelessly borrow a technique from my friend and buddy-reader, Mimi, and shorthand this as: ‘The one where Lily becomes two people, visits Dis with … Continue reading

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The Black Parade by Kyoko M.

Read  April 2018 Recommended for fans of paranormal and angels ★    ★   carol.’s guideline for identifying sub-optimal YA books: 1) Everyone is supermodel attractive, even the villains. 2) They all ‘smirk.’ (I believe there’s over 20 instances in this one). … Continue reading

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Indexing by Seanan McGuire

Read  March 2018 Recommended for: not me ★    ★   At the end of the day, McGuire needs to stop turning in first drafts. Either that, or hire a new editor, because the one she has is about as rigorous as … Continue reading

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Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks

Read  March 2018 Recommended for people tho liked only the first Anita Blake ★    ★   ★    ★    In deference to Mimi, I’m letting my four stars stand. “Lily’s years in Vice and Homicide prior to making detective had rubbed … Continue reading

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Double or Nothing by Craig Schaefer

Read January 2018 Recommended for fans of noir urban fantasy ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Schaefer does the unthinkable in urban fantasy: he stays true to the beginning of his series while consistently writing satisfying stories that include new … Continue reading

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The Secret History of Moscow by ekaterina sedia

Read  December 2017 and January 2018 Recommended for fans of Cat Valente ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 The Secret History of Moscow is, judging by the wide range of reviews, the literary equivalent of an optical illusion: You might … Continue reading

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. I’d go there.

Read  January 2018 Recommended for YA adventurers and librarians ★    ★    ★    1/2 Titles with ‘library’ and ‘bookstore’ are irresistible to readers. Add in a cover that looks like faded and cracked leather with gilt lettering and it is … Continue reading

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Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of Mira Grant ★    ★    1/2 My success with Into the Drowning Deep led me to this novella and nominal prequel. Sadly, this feels more like the Seanan McGuire I am familiar with; the … Continue reading

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Re-read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy ★    ★    ★   ★   1/2   About a year after my initial read, I think it’s time for a decent review. More relaxed reading time raised my rating; I actually think … Continue reading

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