City of Lies by Sam Hawke

This novel offers a rich world, strong story, and characters who are complicated in all the right ways. I did have a few issues with the narrative, but the majority of them were that I’m too quick to pick up … Continue reading

Planet Urth (Book 1) by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci

My uncle recommended this post-apocalyptic title to me, and while it has weaknesses, I can see what attracted him to the story. This is very much a tale about taking ownership of your life rather than just maintaining the patterns … Continue reading

Stand & Deliver by Rhenna Morgan

I have a new favorite in the series. Maybe it’s the time lapse since the last Men of Haven novel I read, but I don’t think so. Stand & Deliver offers the perfect blend of two people falling in love … Continue reading

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop offers a lot to like in this book. It’s shifters, but they aren’t humans who sometimes wear fur. They are wolves first and humans second, but they’re more than simply wolves as well. The humans as a whole … Continue reading

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

I don’t normally review two books by the same author so close together, but I’m making an exception for Tamora Pierce. (Binge reading makes the author’s style/technique stand out too much for me.) This is a before and after view … Continue reading

Didn’t You Promise by Amber Bardan

First, a disclaimer: I just realized this is a part 2, which explains the “jump in already running” feel and why the relationship was hot and heavy from the start. I’m still posting my review, though, because even without the … Continue reading

The Earl’s Unsuitable Bride by Lauren Royal and Devon Royal

I was in the mood for a historical romance, and this one sparked my curiosity because it’s a sweet version of a sensual romance transformed by a mother-daughter team. I read romance at all levels, but especially with historicals, the … Continue reading

Death Be Blue by Katie Epstein

Urban fantasy is all about premise. I signed up to win this title on Goodreads because the premise sounded intriguing, and it holds up. The prologue voice is awkwardly formal and led to some confusion, but once the story starts, … Continue reading

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

I try to read a novel or two by the BayCon writer guest of honor each year, even those known to me. I thought I had read Alanna, but the story in my memory and the story of the book … Continue reading

By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis

I enjoyed the first novel in this steampunk series, and By Fire Above offers an interesting follow. While it does not repeat the situations of the first, it is both true to the feel and holds similar themes. The characters … Continue reading