4.0 Stars: Shards of Hope

The newest addition (released June 2, 2016) to the Psy/Changeling books by Nalini Singh, Shards of Hope, begins the new series arc and won't disappoint. It's an especially satisfying read for diehard fans who will love the glimpses into many favorite past characters. However, if you're new to Ms. Singh's series, I recommend starting at the beginning with Slave to Sensation. While Shards of Hope is a complete story in and of itself, there are so many returning characters and plotlines that you may find yourself lost or confused unnecessarily. After 14 [...]

By | June 5th, 2015|Book Reviews, Paranormal Romance|Comments Off on 4.0 Stars: Shards of Hope

2.0 Stars: Blood Winter

Blood Winter is the fourth and final book in the Horngate Witches series by Diana Pharaoh Francis. Unfortunately, it feels like it was not meant to be the final book—too many things are left open-ended and unresolved. This is disappointing since as a reader you're left wanting more and wondering why you read the previous three books. This book once again follows Max and Alexander, but instead of moving forward with the progress from book three, you take three steps backward. By this point in the series, the Max and Alexander [...]

By | May 26th, 2015|Book Reviews, Urban Fantasy|Comments Off on 2.0 Stars: Blood Winter

2.5 Stars: Shadow City

Shadow City is the third book in Diana Pharaoh Francis' Horngate Witches series. This book is a fairly large departure from the previous two books and takes you into a far more fantastical world than where we live. Unfortunately, Shadow City does not have the same feel or heart of the other books and marks the beginning of the end for the series. In this book, Max has accepted her agreement with Scooter and has left her world behind to help him out within the Shadow City. Meanwhile, Alexander is left behind at [...]

By | May 22nd, 2015|Book Reviews, Urban Fantasy|Comments Off on 2.5 Stars: Shadow City

3.5 Stars: Crimson Wind

Crimson Wind is the second book in Diana Pharaoh Francis' Horngate Witches series. It's a good continuation with the same breathless action, enjoyable characters, and tense plot line. Book two might not be quite as strong as the opening, but it's an enjoyable followup that keeps the story moving and leaves you ready for book three. The book picks up right where Bitter Night left off. Max and Alexander are dealing with the fallout of the battle at Horngate and the dangerous plan of the Guardians. Giselle is only one of two [...]

By | May 19th, 2015|Book Reviews, Urban Fantasy|Comments Off on 3.5 Stars: Crimson Wind

3.5 Stars: Bitter Night

Bitter Night is the first book in the Horngate Witches series by Diana Pharaoh Francis. It was first released in 2009 and I recently decided it was time for a reread. Let me start by saying that I am not caught up with the series. I stopped reading it after book three but I've decided to give it a shot again. So although I'm a little late on these reviews, I'll go through the series in order. Bitter Night is a very good debut. Diana has created an interesting world that isn't so [...]

By | May 15th, 2015|Book Reviews, Urban Fantasy|Comments Off on 3.5 Stars: Bitter Night

4 Stars: The Winter Long

Let me start by saying, I love October Daye. There's just something about her. She's constantly putting her life on the line, bleeding out, and getting into general mayhem thanks to her overly developed hero complex. October has to be the one to save everyone, whether she really even likes you or not. And she'll never let you down. Whenever you pick up an October Daye novel, you know that you can count on Seanan to place Toby in crazy, death-defying circumstances, and you can count on Toby to be Toby. [...]

By | May 9th, 2015|Book Reviews, Urban Fantasy|Comments Off on 4 Stars: The Winter Long