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More from Nalini Singh in “Wild Embrace”

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Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
Berkley: August 23, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Free From Publisher

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After reading the fantastic Allegiance of Honor, I was ecstatic to get my hands on Singh’s new novella collection. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to revisit some of my favourite characters from the Psy-Changeling series in Allegiance, but I did miss the emphasis on romance. Happily, Wild Embrace addressed exactly what I was missing from the novel. Each novella included in this collection offers readers a peak into the world, as well as answers to some questions that have been plaguing fans throughout the series. While all of the novellas are great, my favouite ended up being Flirtation of Fate. (more…)

“The Heroine Complex”, Take 2

27209443Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
DAW: July 5, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher

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At the beginning of June Stacey reviewed and raved about Heroine Complex, having loved the main character, Evie’s personal growth. My reaction to the book was quite different.

The concept of this alternative San Fransisco where humans have gained strange abilities is an intriguing one, as is the fact that a select few in this world have developed powers, and some are even able to channel those abilities into a sensational career as a superhero. Evie’s best friend since childhood, Annie, was able to successfully transform herself into Aveda Jupiter, San Fransisco’s beloved heroine because of her telekinetic powers she developed after an earthquake. Of course, every heroine worth her salt needs a back up team, and that’s where Evie comes in. Evie, with powers of her own, prefers to stay out of the limelight, managing the more mundane aspects of Aveda’s life and basically ignoring the fact that she even has powers. However, when Aveda is injured Evie is forced to take centre stage and start to reconcile her own feelings towards her volatile abilities. (more…)

Returning to a Favourite World with “Allegiance of Honor”

26089799Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Berkley: June 14, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Urban Fantasy
Source: Free From Publisher

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Since my recent conversion to the cult of Nalini Singh a couple of years ago I have anxiously awaited each and every new addition to Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. Throughout this series Singh has created a rich futuristic world that is full of all kinds of race tension, but also fabulous romances. I can’t think of another series that so well combines complex world building with fully developed romantic relationships. Nalini Singh, she is a master, and this is again proven with her newest book, Allegiance of Honor and its shift for the entire series. Allegiance propels the series into new territory while also giving readers a glimpse into the lives of so many of the beloved characters of the series. (more…)

Where the Magic’s At: “On the Edge”

6329547On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Ace: September 29, 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Free From Library

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I’m a fairly recent addition to the Ilona Andrews bandwagon. I recently caught up on Andrews’ fabulous Kate Daniels series and was left with a void as I await the newest installment (coming September 2016). Luckily, Andrews has more books out in the wild that do not feature Kate Daniels and On the Edge is one such book.

On the Edge is the first in Andrews’ Edge quartet. In this world there are three worlds. First is the human world, the Broken, where magic doesn’t exist. Second, is the Weird, where magic is king and the world is ruled by the aristocratic bluebloods. In between these two worlds is the Edge. In the Edge magic is present, but its a kind of mixture of the Broken and the Weird. In the Edge, magic can cement your power, but the level of your power can come at a terrible price, a fact that Rose Drayton knows all too well. (more…)

Gunmetal Magic has guns, shapeshifters, and romance

12288282Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Ace: July 31, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Free from Library

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It’s strange and interesting to read about Kate through different eyes, and to get into her best friend Andrea’s head. Andrea has her own voice, apparent from the very first page with her enthusiasm and expert knowledge about everything guns and weapons.

Andrea is a fun heroine, and a good match for Kate. She struggles with her past, with her feelings for Raphael, and with the bouda clan. Her determination for independence wars with her desire to save others. As beastkin instead of a shapeshifter, as a former Knight of the Order dismissed because she’s not human, she struggles to find a place where she belongs.

The big plot is very similar to the plots in the Kate Daniels books. An ancient Egyptian god decides now is an opportune moment to take back his power and become a god again in thousands of followers’ eyes. Another god opposes him and hatches his own schemes for world domination. As Andrea and Raphael, her estranged mate and the alpha male of the bouda clan, investigate the murder of several of Raphael’s metal reclamation employees, they uncover both gods’ plans and endanger themselves trying to prevent the slavery of thousands of people by said gods. (more…)

The Visitor

17204332The Visitor by Amanda Stevens
MIRA: March 29, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

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The wait for Steven’s fourth installment of her Graveyard Queen series has been a long one. The last book was published in 2012 and it’s only now, several years later that readers are treated to a new installment that follows graveyard restorer Amelia Gray. I don’t know why there was such a long delay, but I can tell you that The Visitor is worth the wait. From the start readers are dropped into the highly atmospheric and haunting setting of the old South.

Amelia Gray has come a long way since her introduction in the first book in the series. Most notably she has decided to stop following her father’s rules; she’s no longer ignoring the ghosts that are attracted to her, and this has severe repercussions for both her personally as well as in her new relationship with John Devlin. In The Visitor Amelia is followed by a ghost that could be her identical twin, except for one thing, this ghost has gouged out her eyes. This visitor is only one of many that come to Amelia, but each of them compel her to Knoll cemetery, a place that only came to be after the violent mass death at a commune many years ago. For Amelia, there is a personal connection to that cemetery and only by listening to those ghosts that Amelia will find out what the connection is. (more…)

1421990Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Avon: October 30, 2007
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Free From Library

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Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series is a series that I’ve heard a lot good things about over the years, but not a series that I’ve felt inclined to pick up. When I came across it in audio format I thought I would finally give it a try and see what all the fuss was about. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I should pay attention to the “fuss” more often.

Catherine Crawfield is a half-vampire who’s been stalking the undead for a number of years. Her mother has a hate on for all vampires and isn’t really cool with the fact that Cat is half-vampire. To atone for something that’s not her fault, Cat hunts for vampires. Things get interesting when Cat attempts to kill Bones, an old vampire who objects to Cat’s attempt to murder him. Instead of killing Cat, Bones decides to train her. After all, Cat does not give any obvious signs that she’s stronger than the average human, which just might be the ace in the hole that he needs to take down the vampires that he’s hunting.

For her part, Cat is uneasy about teaming up with a vampire. All she knows about vampires is what her mother has told her. So, to Cat’s mind, all vampires are murderers who deserve to die. Bones slowly challenges that opinion while simultaneously encouraging Cat to embrace the fact that vampire blood is also running through her veins. Ever so slowly does Cat start to accept the interesting bits of her nature, and with that subsequent acceptance, Cat also starts to feel something more than antagonism for Bones. (more…)

Marked in Flesh: In Which War Breaks Out

22062202Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Penguin/Roc: March 8, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free from publisher

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As I’ve read this series, I’ve enjoyed each book to a different degree. The first one drew me in, the second and third one let me down a little. And as you’ve figured out by now, I liked this one quite a lot.

Marked in Flesh brings the conflict between humans and Others to a disastrous climax. The fight between the bad humans and the Others turns into war in this book. (more…)

“Storm Front” Rolls in, With a Chance of Magic

6219313Storm Front by Jim Butcher
ROC: April 1, 2000
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Free From Library

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You’re a wizard, Harry. Wait, wrong wizard.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard PI who’s tight on cash and low on cases. This Harry is not a graduate of Hogwarts.

HARRY DRESDEN – WIZARD

LOST ITEMS FOUND. PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS. CONSULTING. ADVICE. REASONABLE RATES. NO LOVE POTIONS, ENDLESS PURSES, PARTIES, OR OTHER ENTERTAINMENT (p. 3).

Harry is summoned to the scene of a murder as part of his consulting gig for Chicago P.D. Considering the fact that Harry advertises the fact that he is a wizard, it’s pretty much a sure bet that the murder is of a unusual nature. Soon Harry is neck deep in mob bosses, missing persons, magic and frog demons. This consulting case turns out to not be the easy money that Harry initially anticipated. (more…)

Kicking Butt in Atlanta: “Blood Trinity”

7775742Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
Pocket Books: October 19, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Paranormal Romance
Source: Free From Library

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Thanks to the Kate Daniels series I’ve been more inclined to read urban fantasy of late and for whatever reason I somehow came across Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love’s Belador series. Blood Trinity is the first in the series and introduces readers to Evalle, an outcast in the larger brotherhood of the Belador warriors.

Like the other warriors Evalle has power and she uses those powers to fight against other paranormal beings. Unlike the other Beladors, Evalle is a half-breed and as such she is an Alterant, a person that can shift into beast form. Unfortunately, this transformation is unique to Alterants and the other Beladors fear that Evalle will lose control of her beast and kill without consequence; a fact that has been proven over and over again with other Alterants. Evalle has been successfully avoiding being caged by the Belador elite thanks to two loyal friends who have covered for her in the past. However, when a new player rolls into Atlanta is seems that Evalle might not be able to avoid being caged unless she can prove that she’s not responsible for a recent murder. Complicating matters is the impending apocalypse. Sigh. As if your day job isn’t tough enough. (more…)