review: lost soul

Lost Soul by Adam J. Wright (2016) Have you ever downloaded a sample of a book, gotten a couple of pages in, and decided to take a pass? Then, months later you give the sample another, dive in, and devour the book? Well, this is what happened to me with Lost Soul by Adam J.... Continue Reading →

review: maggie get your gun

Maggie Get Your Gun by Kate Danley (2011) This is the second book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. If you haven’t read the first book, Maggie for Hire, click here for a review and keep reading at your own risk. Spoilers ahead!  Did you want to know if you should still keep... Continue Reading →

review: the grendel affair

The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin (2013) Have you seen The Librarians or Bones? The Grendel Affair feels a lot like those shows, but with supernatural elements. This is the first book in Shearin’s SPI Files series and it could easily be viewed as a kind of pilot episode for the series itself. We are... Continue Reading →

review: maggie for hire

Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley (2011) Looking for a new urban fantasy series featuring a female protagonist as the main character? May I suggest Maggie for Hire, the first book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. Even for this slow reader it was a quick read, and I’ve already added the second... Continue Reading →

review: wrong side of hell

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman (2016) I read a lot of books that are the first in a series, and Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman is the next addition to that particular section on my bookshelves. When I read the first book in a series, I’m looking for the author to... Continue Reading →

review: cursed city

Cursed City by William Massa (2016) Do you ever get into reading slumps?  You know, those periods when you search and search for something to read (even though you have tons of books already on your bookshelf just waiting for your attention) but nothing ever really sparks your interest? When you read sample after sample... Continue Reading →

review: dead things

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore (2013) I stumbled upon Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore when I was trying to find new authors to read.  I decided to give this one a try and it’s been on my e-reader for a couple of months.  Dead Things exists within the urban fantasy genre, and if you don’t... Continue Reading →

review: black wings

Black Wings by Christina Henry (2010) I have another first-in-series book to write about, this time Black Wings by Christina Henry.  It fits into the urban fantasy genre and takes place in one of my favorite cities--Chicago (I wonder if the protagonist and Harry Dresden have run into each other). This series follows the story... Continue Reading →

review: destined for an early grave

Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost (2009) Destined for an Early Grave is the fourth book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series featuring Cat and Bones as the protagonists.  I’m going to do my best not to spoil too much of what happens in this book, but if you haven’t read the first... Continue Reading →

review: hunted

Hunted by Kevin Hearne (2013) Hunted is the sixth book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series, which features Atticus O’Sullivan, a two-thousand year old Druid.  If you haven’t yet discovered this series, I highly recommend it.  The first book in the series is Hounded.  There are spoilers below for readers who have not completed... Continue Reading →

review: white night

Note: This is the ninth book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.  Spoilers will inevitably follow.  You may want to look away now if you haven’t read the first eight books in this series. White Night by Jim Butcher (2007) Well hello, Harry Dresden! It’s been a long time but I have not... Continue Reading →

review: one foot in the grave

One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (2008) One Foot in the Grave is the second book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.  It’s official. Catherine “Cat” Crawfield is now part of my favorite first-person narrators in an urban fantasy series (if you haven’t been paying attention, she joins Harry Dresden and Atticus O'Sullivan... Continue Reading →

review: deadly descendant

Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black (2012) Deadly Descendant is the second book in Jenna Black’s Nikki Glass/Immortal Huntress urban fantasy series.  I recommend reading these books in order, starting with the first in the series, Dark Descendant.  I’ll do my best not to spoil things that happen in the first book, but beware that spoilers... Continue Reading →

review: the devil you know

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey (2007) I tried really hard not to allow myself to do this, but alas, I have no willpower when it comes to books.  The Devil You Know by Mike Carey is the first in a series featuring exorcist Felix “Fix” Castor, and although I’ve been trying to avoid... Continue Reading →

review: “devil in the dollhouse”

“Devil in the Dollhouse” by Richard Kadrey (2012) In the timeline of the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey, this is designated as number 3.5 since it comes after the third book in the series, Aloha From Hell and before Devil Said Bang, the fourth book. The story happens three days after the end of... Continue Reading →

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