A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

I wasn’t ready to reach the end of this book, and not because there’s a scene or two I wanted to see live instead of in flashback or discussion. I didn’t want to pack these characters away. That’s the sign … Continue reading

Memories of Mist by Valerie Comer

Valerie Comer’s romances tackle realistic situations that can fall under the “truth is stranger than fiction” banner because some character types are rare in romance. Memories of Mist is a better example of this last than most through Myles, the … Continue reading

Frost and Flame by Gena Showalter

Science fiction romance requires a balance between the elements, which can be a struggle to maintain. In Frost and Flame, it’s more science fantasy, but the relationship develops along with the story in very real ways. It’s open-door romance and … Continue reading

His to Defend by Rhenna Morgan

I enjoyed Rhenna Morgan’s Men of Haven series where she takes men with rough backgrounds and a need to act then pairs them with competent women in over their heads. Despite the above summation that matches each book in the … Continue reading

The Stark Divide by J. Scott Coatsworth

Book one of the science fiction series Liminal Sky introduces a fascinating world with a glimpse of ways science can work with nature to broaden our world. It reminds me of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama with one critical difference: human … Continue reading

Relic Seeker by Fiona Tarr

In keeping with the first book in The Priestess Chronicles, Relic Seeker has Ariela thrown into a new time and place to uncover her mission. She left with friends, but arrives alone, something that bothers her friends just as much … Continue reading

Her Viking Warrior by Gina Conkle

I chose this title because I had a craving to return to my roots where reading romances is concerned, but what I’d expected to be a quick, candy-bar read turned out to be much more. The story speaks to the … Continue reading

The Ten of Spades by Patricia Loofbourrow

The Red Dog Conspiracy is a conspiracy that spans many books and about which we learn more with each one. The Ten of Spades (Chapter 5) is the latest and one written for existing fans. I say this because a … Continue reading

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

I made extensive notes as I read A Skinful of Shadows, but most of them I cannot use without spoiling something, which I don’t want to do. This is a very odd book. It’s set in an alternate English Civil … Continue reading

Monsters: I Bring the Fire Part II by C. Gockel

Monsters is a middle novel in most respects. It advances the overall series plot, and both introduces and develops more characters. Unlike the first book, I didn’t find a clear plot arc for this section as a separate entity. Still, … Continue reading