January 30, 2016

Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

T I T L E: Bite the Dust
S E R I E S: Blood and Moonlight (Nº 1)
A U T H O R: Cynthia Eden
P U B L I S H E R: Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 6, 2015
I S B N: 9781942840077
Paranormal Romance
Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night...When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves…and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.
Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane…
One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town…then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.
And Jane is more than prey. Far more.

     I was in the mood for a really great paranormal romance and was looking hard for one when I stumbled upon this particular book. Didn’t take me long at all to finish it. I did enjoy it but I didn’t love it. Perhaps it’s because I am rather picky when it comes to books of this genre. I felt that Jane could have been a bit more...savvy about the paranormal, especially because of her past. If there is one thing I can’t abide, it’s overly stubborn or seemingly clueless heroines. Yes, I know she was young when her unfortunate events occurred and that she was told by a psychiatrist that she was delusional, but still I think that she shouldn’t have been quite so clueless. Another thing that annoyed me about her was the fact that even after Aidan explained to her about a newly made vampires, she still thought of them as being human and that she had to save them. I mean really that almost made her seem dense. Even if she had no clue that paranormals existed, I don’t think it plausible that she was still trying to convince Aidan not to stake the newbie vamp.
     Now, let’s talk about Aidan. I really did like him, but then, I have a thing for bad boys. I know for the most part he was your typical alpha male and he had his shortcomings because of that. However, in spite of those I liked him and more than I did Jane. I think he has the potential to be a very complex character if developed a bit more. In fact, I feel the same about Jane. I hope that happens with the next installment in this series. I think both characters need a bit more depth.
     There were times in this book that things felt a bit rushed. I wish that it would have taken a bit longer for the pair to get together and for the plot to play out as well. We really didn’t get to see as much of Thane as I would have liked either.
     I hope in the next book that not only do the personalities for Jane and Aiden develop more, but I am hoping to get to know Annette and Paris more as well. I will definitely read the next book in this series because I am curious to see how the characters grow and what happens with them next. Let’s hope I can give the next one four stars instead of three.


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January 29, 2016

Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World

T I T L E: Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare's Fantasy World
A U T H O R: Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Foz Meadows, and Adrian Tchaikovsky
P U B L I S H E R: Rebellion/Abaddon
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 6, 2016
I S B N: 9781781083949
Anthology, Literary Fiction, Fantasy

Mischief, magic, love and war.
These are the stories Shakespeare never told. Five of the most exciting names in genre fiction today – Jonathan Barnes, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Foz Meadows and Kate Heartfield – delve into the world the Bard created to weave together a story of courage, transformation and magic.
Including an afterword by Dr. John Lavagnino, The London Shakespeare Centre, King's College London.

     This anthology of short stories adapted from none other than The Bard himself is a great collection. Based on William Shakespeare’s fantasy characters each story is its own and yet connected in some ways. Miranda, Puck, Oberon, Titania, just to name a few are all there. Having said that I find that it is sometimes difficult to review anthologies, unless there are stories that stand out because they are poorly written or one that is written so much better than the rest. That isn’t the case here.
     Each story is well written, although there were some that I liked more than others. Still in all it was a great undertaking. I did have to think back to my days from Advanced English Literature in High School when I read tales from Shakespeare in order to remember some of the story lines. After all, it has been quite some time and I haven’t really read those plays since then and not all of them stand out in my memory. But, even if you have never read Shakespeare, don’t despair. I think you would still be able to enjoy them regardless. If you are a fan of Master Shakespeare then I believe you will enjoy them as well.
     Kudos to all of the authors of this collection, it was a job well done.


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January 28, 2016

Skeleton Blues by Paul Johnston

T I T L E: Skeleton Blues
S E R I E S: A Quint Dalrymple Mystery (Nº 7)
A U T H O R: Paul Johnston
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885784

Ex-cop Quint Dalrymple discovers there is something very rotten in the independent city-state of Edinburgh in this near-future dystopian thriller.
Edinburgh, spring 2034. The weather’s balmy, there’s a referendum on whether to join a reconstituted Scotland coming up – and a tourist is found strangled. As usual, maverick detective Quint Dalrymple is called in to do the Council of City Guardians’ dirty work.
For the first time in his career, Quint is stumped by the complexity of the case. An explosion at the City Zoo is followed by the discovery of another body – and the prime suspect is nowhere to be found. Can Quint and his sidekick, Guard commander Davie, put a stop to the killings before the city erupts into open violence? Are the leaders of other Scottish states planning to take over Edinburgh, or is the source of unrest much closer to home? Quint must race to pull the threads together before he becomes one of the numerous skeletons on display …

     I need to say wow, I love Quint Dalrymple and his cases. Set in a dystopian Edinburgh during the year 2034, it is not your average mystery series. In fact, this particular installment has a lot going on and you never know what will happen next. The plot thickened with each turn of the page and kept me guessing. I had no idea how things would play out or what was in store in the end. As a result, I was completely surprised but what happened and I love it when I am not able to predict the end.
     As I mentioned in the paragraph above, this story has a lot going on which can sometimes be hard for some authors to pull off and readers can get lost. But Paul Johnston does an excellent job and there is no getting confused in this story. Instead he keeps you on the edge of your seat, not knowing which characters are trustworthy and which are not. There were also a few scenes that brought a tear to my eye and I don’t want to give anything away, but you get to see another side of Quint that just makes you like him all that much more.
     The banter between Quint and Davie is always fun to read. I think I like Davie almost as much as Quint. You also get to see more of Sophia and Quint as well, and their relationship grows closer.
     I could go on and on about this book and the series in general, but I will just say you need to read this one. These novels would make an awesome TV series, or even movies. BBC are you listening?
     If you like mysteries with a different twist or novels set in a dystopian society then I recommend Skeleton Blues, even if you haven’t read any of the other Quint Dalrymple books. Needless to say this book has earned five stars from me.


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January 27, 2016

Soft Summer Blood by Peter Helton

T I T L E: Soft Summer Blood
S E R I E S: Liam McLusky Mysteries (Nº 4)
A U T H O R: Peter Helton
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House Publishers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885777

A seemingly open-and-shut case becomes increasingly complicated for Detective Inspector Liam McLusky in this intriguing police procedural.
It all seemed so simple: a murder; an obvious suspect; a shaky alibi: DI McLusky never had it so good. Until a second killing challenges all his earlier assumptions. With every new piece of evidence McLusky brings to light, the case becomes more complicated. Does it have its roots in a disappearance eighteen years earlier, or is it firmly based in the present?
Meanwhile, DI Kat Fairfield and DS Jack Sorbie are tasked with finding the daughter of a prominent Italian politician, who has disappeared while on a student exchange programme at Bristol University. Neither is overjoyed to be lumbered with a routine missing person’s case while McLusky heads a high-profile murder investigation. Until they find a dead body of their own…

     This is the first Liam McLusky mystery that I’ve read and I really liked it. I do have to admit though that it took me a bit to warm up to Liam, and I can’t quite put my finger on the reason why. As I read, I began to see that he was a bit more complex with more depth than I initially thought. I did eventually begin to like him and found him to be a fascinating character.
     This book is well written with interesting twists and turns as well as an unexpected ending. It has all of the elements that make a great mystery. There were also references to the board game “Clue” which in some novels of this nature can have the tendency to be cheesy and overdone. However, that was not the case in this one. They were tastefully done and made me chuckle.
     For those of you that enjoy a good British Police Procedural mystery, I recommend that you pick this one up. I’m interested to see where the next case takes DI McLusky.


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January 22, 2016

Negative Space by Mike Robinson

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     This novel was much improved from the last. All aspects of it. The characters are more likable, all easy to relate to and love - even through their complexities. 
     Like the first novel in this series, the story is fast paced, but it flows better, so it's easier to read because of fewer hiccups. I felt as though the plot was better planned and executed in this novel, which added to the ease of reading. Better still, no unexpected first person. 
     Sadly, this second book isn’t enough to warrant a read of the third novel. I feel like these stories are missing something. Maybe it's the way they end. Whatever the case may be, they provoke little feeling from me. I’m not itching to find out more.

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T I T L E: Negative Space
S E R I E S: The Enigma of Twilight Falls (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Mike Robinson
P U B L I S H E R: Curiosity Quills Press
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 17, 2013
I S B N: 9781620073155
Mystery, Thriller

Negative Space tells the story of a provocative Los Angeles painter named Max Higgins, on the verge of local fame. The secret to his work's haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the often melancholy faces, as he puts it, a "home in his work." This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father. Then, one day, someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, and he is suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will determine irrevocably his future.


(Nº 1) The Green-Eyed Monster review

*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

Skin Like Silver by Chris Nickson

T I T L E: Skin Like Silver
S E R I E S: Tom Harper Mysteries (Nº 3)
A U T H O R: Chris Nickson
P U B L I S H E R: Severn House
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 1, 2016
I S B N: 9780727885708
Historical Mystery
The third intriguing historical mystery to feature Detective Inspector Tom Harper
Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It’s a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper. Then a fire during the night destroys half the railway station. The next day a woman’s body is found in the rubble. But Catherine Carr didn’t die in the blaze: she’d been stabbed to death – and Harper has to find her killer.
The estranged wife of a wealthy industrialist, Catherine had been involved with the Leeds Suffragist Society, demanding votes for women, the same organization for which Harper’s wife Annabelle has just become a speaker. Were Catherine’s politics the cause of her death? Or is the husband she abandoned behind it? But when her brother escapes from the asylum and steals a shotgun, Harper has to race to find the answers.

     An engaging mystery. I really do like this series so far. If you haven’t read any of these books before, don’t let that stop you from picking up any one of them. It is still easy to follow along and keep up even if you haven’t read them previously. They could each be stand alone novels.
As in all of the books, the characters are well developed and the plot well executed. The writing is excellent. I love Tom and Annabelle, they are well suited for each other. The mystery was such that it kept me guessing right up to the end. I found myself not really wanting to put it down once I started reading.
     I highly recommend this book for those that love a good Victorian mystery. In fact, I recommend the whole series. I have to give this one five stars, it’s really that good.


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January 19, 2016

Dark Child: Bloodsworn (Omnibus Edition) by Adina West

T I T L E: Dark Child: Bloodsworn (Omnibus Edition)
A U T H O R: Adina West
P U B L I S H E R: Momentum Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 11, 2016
I S B N: 9781760301774
Urban Fantasy

It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace …
With the fate of two races resting on her shoulders, Kat is determined to make the best of her forced visit to her grandmother Imara's Napa compound, and learn all she can about the Families of Power and her newly discovered witch heritage. But she quickly learns that Imara's word can't be trusted. Prejudice runs deep in the old coven leader, and her grandmother remains committed to a war with the Tabérin that Kat would do anything to stop.
But Imara's war isn't the only threat to the fragile balance between the races that has endured for centuries. Fanatical factions within the European covens plot to resurrect an ancient power best left sleeping, and the new Vodas is building his dynasty on the backs of a personal guard willing to fight to the death to give him what he wants.
With the unsolved murder of a young witch boy raising as many questions as answers, Kat is discovering blood is the key to everything, including the new Vodas's subjection of his sworn elite.
In this world, blood is power. But blood can betray you.
An urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, which is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series.
This is a full length novel. Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Omnibus Edition bundles together Dark Child (Bloodsworn) Episodes 1-5.

     I found this a struggle to follow along. When I read the description I thought since it said it was episodes 1-5 it would start at the very beginning and take the story through to the last of episode 5. That is after all what an omnibus is. However, it didn’t seem to start at the very beginning.Though I am new to this series, and since this seemed to be the whole story wrapped up in one book, I assumed I would be getting everything as it began. That didn’t really seem to be the case. As I began reading, I became confused very quickly.
     Having said that, it was still very well written and the execution was great. The plot is good and I did like the characters once I figured out who was who. It did hold my interest even though I struggled in the beginning with trying to figure out what was going on. I do suggest to those that read this book, to read any books that may have come before this one.
     I am giving this one three stars. More than likely if I had known there were other books before this one then it would probably have been four stars. I did really like it however, in spite of that.


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January 18, 2016

Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer

T I T L E: Dead Before Dying
A U T H O R: Kerry Schafer
P U B L I S H E R: Diversion Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: February 9, 2016
I S B N: 9781626819276
Urban Fantasy, Mystery,Thriller

In this supernatural thriller, shot through with biting wit, Maureen Keslyn checks herself in to Shadow Valley Manor to recuperate and rehabilitate from her last job. There, she runs afoul of the stern director and makes friends with some of the other residents, mostly older, all harboring either a secret or a grudge. With secrets of her own, like why she has her own Federal Agent checking up on her, and how she injured herself in the first place, Maureen fits right in, even as she sticks out like a thorn.
But Shadow Valley isn’t just for rest―Maureen is working undercover, seeking to find and eradicate whatever forces are picking off the residents (and staff) at a grisly clip. With her resources dwindling one death at a time, and unnatural forces seething to rise up once more, Maureen’s experience fighting the supernatural will be her only hope to destroy a clever and powerful evil―and her only chance at surviving it. She'll need people as paranoid as she is--from the sheriff, to the undertaker's daughter, to a cook whose knife skills in the kitchen could prove deadly out of it--if she is going to bring rest to the weary, and peace to the dead…

     Let me begin by saying that this was definitely different. When I read the description above I pictured a rehab facility where people go to recover from injuries and to receive intensive physical therapy. And after all the main character, Maureen, had been injured. What I got was not a rehab facility, but a retirement home instead. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against older people, I am after all no spring chicken myself. Although, I am in no way, shape or form ready for a retirement home. Far from it, but I do find it hard to believe that a woman close to retirement would still be kicking paranormal ass as if she’s 25.
     Since, I am mentioning the main character in the paragraph above, let’s go ahead and talk about her shall we? I didn’t really connect with her. It has been much easier for me to connect with female protagonists that are in their late twenties, early thirties than with Maureen. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, I’m not the age for retirement. Still in all I am no longer 25 or 30 either. I didn’t really like her. In fact, I didn’t really like any of the characters, except Sophie and she was a teenager. And really, a vampire that is in his 90s and wears dentures with fangs? I know that might be humorous to some but to me it was just wrong. I guess you could say that this book was most certainly not my cup of tea.
     The story wasn’t horrible and I did like it in some ways. I have to admit also that the plot was unique and the writing was very well done. So, I’m going to give this one three stars, not two but I also can’t give it four stars because I just didn’t like it well enough. It just wasn’t for me.


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January 17, 2016

The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

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     To say I was elated to find this on NetGalley is an understatement. And when I got the email of approval to read this title in exchange for an honest review, I damn near jumped out of my skin with excitement. 
     A little over a year ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to The Graveyard Queen series. I’m so happy she did, as I’ve really enjoyed these novels. And every single book in this series has been a great read . . . but . . . holy-freaking-moley, this one wasn't only great, but fucking awesome. It made the wait of this novel worth it. There is a ton of fantastic story in this.
     Each book in this series is a building block to a much larger story. Like its former, The Visitor gives you just enough of those blocks to leave you needing more. I mean, that ending freaking line. I was also happy to see that this one, more than the others, had a bit more of thriller bite to it; there were a few moments during the story where I totally blurted, "oh shit," because of the build of something about to happen, or something that happened. 
     I love Amelia Gray. I love this story, and I cannot wait to continue reading The Graveyard Queen as her story flourishes with each book, because every book gets better and better. 

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T I T L E: The Visitor
S E R I E S: Graveyard Queen (Nº 4)
A U T H O R: Amanda Stevens
P U B L I S H--D A T E: March 29, 2016
I S B N: 9780778315179
Literature/Fiction (adult), Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal Romance

My name is Amelia Gray. I'm the Graveyard Queen.
Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price.
Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll's disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I'm being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin.

*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

January 15, 2016

Joenna's Ax by Elaine Issak

T I T L E: Joenna’s Ax
S E R I E S: Bladesend (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Elaine Issak
P U B L I S H E R: Rocinante
P U B L I S H--D A T E: July 8, 2015
I S B N: 9780985857738

After Joenna's half-orc son is killed in battle, she disguises herself as a man to join the army and avenge him, adding one notch to the handle of her ax for every demons she kills. But when she volunteers to lead a suicide charge of half-orc scouts, she risks her secret and her own mission to try to save them. Rewarded for her prowess with a grant of land and ownership of her half-orc man-at-arms, Joenna plots to rescue all of the half-orcs from the king's plan to destroy these reviled bastards—making herself a traitor along with them. When their haven is discovered, Joenna leads the half-orcs in a desperate fight against a famous warrior and his knights in the hopes of winning their freedom and claiming their humanity.

     While this book was action packed, it was a very quick read. I would say it was more of a novella really. I read this in about three hours.
     The action scenes in this book were well written. In fact, this story starts out with a combat scene and just goes from there. One of the things that had me wondering though, was how Joenna received her military training. She held her own and was very skilled at handling her ax. After months of fighting with the army no one ever discovered that she was a woman. That in itself is quite a feat, but this was after all a fantasy and I do love very strong female characters. That is what I think I liked most about Joenna. The fact that she held her own and was able to kick some demon ass.
     I also really liked Valanor. He was well written and though he was described as not being handsome by any means since he was half orc, I still kept picturing him as being very good looking in my head. I suppose it had to do with his personality and sense of honor. I grew quite fond of him, I must say.
     My complaints are as follows...it was too short and I still have unanswered questions. Needless to say because of those two things, I was not ready for the ending and admittedly, I didn’t care for the ending. But because it was well written and I did really like Joenna and the half orc characters, I am giving this book four stars.


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January 13, 2016

Death of An Alchemist by Mary Lawrence

T I T L E: The Death of an Alchemist
S E R I E S: Bianca Goddard (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Mary Lawrence
P U B L I S H E R: Kensington Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 26, 2016
I S B N: 9781617737121
Historical Mysteries
In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in London's slums, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder. . .
For years, alchemist Ferris Stannum has devoted himself to developing the Elixir of Life, the reputed serum of immortality. Having tested his remedy successfully on an animal, Stannum intends to send his alchemy journal to a colleague in Cairo for confirmation. Instead he is strangled in his bed and his journal is stolen.
As the daughter of an alchemist herself, Bianca is well acquainted with the mystical healing arts. As her husband, John, falls ill with the sweating sickness, she dares to hope Stannum's journal could contain the secret to his recovery. But first she must solve the alchemist's murder. As she ventures into a world of treachery and deceit, Stannum's death proves to be only the first in a series of murders--and Bianca's quest becomes a matter of life and death, not only for her husband, but for herself. . .

     As far as historical mysteries goes, this was a great one. A bit different in that the sleuth in this series is a woman who is not of noble or privileged birth. In most books of this nature the investigator is either a constable or someone of the noble class. Bianca however, grew up in the poorer district in Southwark, located across the Thames from London. Her comings and goings take her to some pretty sketchy areas but since she grew up there, she knows how to survive. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have some close calls or stays out of trouble. I think that is one of the things I liked about this book. It’s from the perspective of a character not from the upper classes.
     Some of the language and phrases were modernized but that doesn’t detract at all from the time period in which this book takes place. I think that it makes it easier for modern readers to enjoy this story.
     It was well written and the characters were well developed. Though I didn’t read the first book, it was still easy for me to follow along. I enjoyed the interactions with Bianca and Meddybemps. I was also on the edge of my seat wondering what fate had in store for John. I do look forward to reading more of Bianca’s adventures. I’m giving this one four stars.


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January 6, 2016

Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye

T I T L E: Unholy Blue
S E R I E S: Bannerman Boru (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Darby Kaye
P U B L I S H E R: Spencer Hill Press/Spence City
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 19, 2016
I S B N: 9781633920521
Urban Fantasy

Strong and Irish.
That's how Shay Doyle likes her whiskey. And her men. As Healer to a clan of immortal Celtic warriors living in modern-day Colorado, she has been gifted with such a man: Bannerman "Bann" Boru, who is warrior, lover, and father. The only problem is keeping the stubborn warrior alive. For Fate seems to have it in for Bann, and his son, Cor, descendants of the kings of Ireland, and recipient of an ancient grudge from the mad god, Cernunnos.
But, with a bit o'luck, Shay, Bann, and the rest of the Doyle clan - along with the aid of a legendary huntsman known as the Black Hand - might just suss out how to kill a shapeshifter that refuses to stay dead, prevent clan warfare, and make a choice that could change their lives.
If they don't lose them first.

     I was attracted to this book because it was about the Tuatha De Danann and the fact that it was a bit different. Since I love to read about the Fey and ancient Ireland, I can be pretty picky when it comes to stories that are based on these myths and legends.The Urban Fantasy setting in no way detracted from these subjects. I was a little worried at first that perhaps it might, but the author did a great job and I enjoyed it.
     While I didn’t read the first book in this series, at no time was I confused even a bit. I had no issues following the story or understanding what was taking place. Shay Doyle is a fantastic female character, who is both smart and tough, the way I like them. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see her kick a little more butt.
     I really liked Bann as well. I feel the author wrote his accent well. I could hear the brogue in my head as I read. He was a well developed character but maybe a bit too stubborn.
     I only have one more complaint and that concerns the love scenes. I realize that this book is urban fantasy and not erotica. But, still they felt forced and a bit on the lame side. In fact, I felt they lacked the heat and emotion that a good love scene should have. It is possible to write an emotional sex scene using other words besides “member” and not sound vulgar. Don’t get me wrong, I really wasn’t looking for anything erotic but if a love scene is included then it shouldn’t feel forced and flow well. Unfortunately, for me this didn’t seem to happen.
     Other than that, I felt this was a good read. I am looking forward to the next one in this series.


A M A Z O N          B A R N E S & N O B L E          G O O D R E A D S

January 1, 2016

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

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     In the beginning, it was hard to enjoy Saki as a character for both Laila, and I. She starts as quite the brat. This made it very hard to get into. However, as the story progresses, she turns into a more enjoyable character, and even displays responsibility, which is what I am assuming, is part of the moral of this story.
     Once the night parade actually begins in the book, you’ll begin to meet fantastical and imaginative creatures; each one bringing something new to the table, each one offering something to Saki’s character.
     While I have no current knowledge of Japanese culture or background, I never once felt like I couldn’t tell what anything was or how it related to the countries obviously splendid stories, and myths. We learned many new things as we looked up what we wanted to know more about.
     This novel was a fascinating, entertaining, and engaging read. It’s adventurous, and takes its readers on an imaginative experience.
     Laila enjoyed it, and so did I. We both agree that this novel is totally a four star book.

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T I T L E: The Night Parade
A U T H O R: Kathryn Tanquary
P U B L I S H E R: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 5, 2016
I S B N: 9781492623243
Children’s Fiction
In the shadow of the forest, the Night Parade marches on...
The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother's village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family's ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.
But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked...and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth or say good-bye to the world of the living forever.


*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*