I really liked this book and the universe it’s set in. The whole thing reads likes the perfect Historical Urban Fantasy. I read it swiftly, carried it to bed, never left it behind in a restaurant, and general kept it with me until it was finished. I was really impressed with the characters of Eric and Theodora, especially the richness and drama of Eric’s past as it became part of the story. I enjoyed his internal struggle as he tried to fight against loving his wife upon discovering secret after betrayal after secret. I loved his interactions with his man, March. Theodora was impressive, too, attempting to stay true to both her mission and her love for Eric and the children. Steadiness and forthrightness isn’t a trait one expects in a fae. Indeed, Lady Changeling seemed as surprised at her deep love as her fairy friends thought she’d fallen for her own illusions.
Dan Williams is a young widower who lives a quiet life on a ranch west of San Jose, California with his dog, Syd. When his neighbor, Dr. Wallis, is found dead in his workshop/garage and Dan’s bloody hammer is at the crime scene, Dan becomes a suspect in the murder. Mystery readers will enjoy the interesting, well-plotted story, and dog-lovers will like the relationship of the main character with his dog. Those expecting a fast-paced thriller might be disappointed with the tedious and uneven pace.
The story started out seeming as if it were going to be a lighthearted comedy because of the playful tone of the first few chapters. However, about five chapters in, a lot of serious problems start to happen with her best friend and her mother. Cora’s life is basically falling apart and Isabella’s health is failing. There are some YA and middle-grade stories that deftly handle a serious topic, while retaining a comic feel throughout, but that aren’t many that can do this successfully. This book showed promise at the beginning and it could have worked well if only one person in the story had such serious problems. It seemed a bit much for a children’s book to have the two people closest to Harper experiencing tragedy at the same time. It went from humorous to extremely heavy in one chapter. While the problems mentioned were worth dealing with in a novel, it might have been better to focus on one problem only.
ALTERNI was a good reading experience. Written with enough room for its sequel to fill in and having relatable characters and strong world-building, it is sure to delight fans of alternate worlds.
A history lecturer’s quest for a promotion to assistant professor leads him through the sands of the Sahara, transports him across decades and introduces him to truths about the universe – and beings that inhabit it – he would never previously have believed. Will the discoveries made through his quest be enough to give him the courage to save a magical being from great evil?
Anyone who likes magical realism in the vein of Neil Gaiman or Christopher Moore will love this well-written, fast-paced adventure loaded with humor. Hero Forged has a little bit of something for everyone–action, adventure, comedy, tragedy, gods, and monsters, and even some romance.
People who enjoy tongue in cheek political satires will enjoy this book. There were many humorous moments as well as a few gags that didn’t quite work. However, Marie is a likable character and Josie, The Prime Minister’s wife, not so much, which works for the story. Most of the story is well told, especially at the beginning. However, there were a few sections where one of the characters would be telling a story to the other characters, and the story they were telling went on for way too long. These parts could have used some editing to cut out the unnecessary information. There were also some parts and some minor characters that were a bit confusing to follow as the story went on. But all in all, a worthwhile endeavor for those who want a good laugh and not necessarily a thought provoking read.
The premise of STORM OF ARRANON seemed interesting – a young woman of forbidden mixed race with remarkable powers called upon to save the two worlds of which she is both from – but the execution felt lacking.
This was a book I could really get my teeth into. For me, the author completely got inside the head of troubled teen Alison. I believe there are two more books in this series, which follows the journey of Alison, and I very much look forward to reading them.
I got what I came for, namely the anthropomorphic elephants. It was very realistically accomplished. Instead of feeling like a fantasy adapted race of creatures who just happened to have trunks, the Elephants of Ceylon and Kandy come to life as the very smart creatures they really are. The human race did not do so well. They broke my heart throughout the final chapters. Padma’s adventures seemed much too straightforward until she met the old soldier, George. Maybe it is the human arrogance in me, but I think I would have liked meeting the crazy man sooner. Or, perhaps, that’s the point of the tale. Padma’s people are much better stewards of the world than man ever was and will, perhaps, never be. This may be the best magical realism book that I’ve read this year.