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review 2018-02-03 20:43
Face-stealing monsters, intergenerational drama, and squabbling witches
The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans) - J.D. Horn

Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalley


I'm not quite sure how to categorize this. There are pretty strong contemporary fiction leanings, what with the complicated, extraordinarily messy and interwoven multi-generational family dynamics. There's the paranormal/fantasy content, with witches, shapeshifters, and monsters lurking around the edges. Things skew from drama to thriller and right on into the realm of horror as the story progresses.


I found the first quarter really slow going. Like, I kept double checking to make sure this wasn't a companion series to an earlier series because there is so much worldbuilding detail and so many different points of view and webs of interrelational drama to wade through. Despite the deep, rich worldbuilding, or really, probably because of it, the book didn't draw me in at first. I felt like I just didn't care about the characters, the witchy goings-on, or the New Orleans southern setting. But by the end of the first third of the book, all that detail starts to settle in and the shape of the story emerges. Well worth the extra effort to get there.


The investment in backstory and getting to know so many different threads at the beginning starts to really pay off heading into the latter portions of the book. Various mysteries start to unravel and a race for the finish line tangles against late-in-the-game twists for an unexpectedly high stakes, surprising wrap up that provides some closure while setting up the series for further drama.


One caveat for squeamish readers; the family drama and dynamics get about as sordid as you can imagine. There's no explicit sexual content, and abuse isn't lingered over (though things get pretty violent in the paranormal/horror scenes), but there's plenty of cheating and backstabbing (and front stabbing), plus a little mixing of the generations that may turn off some.


Verdict: detailed, engaging start to what's sure to be an impressive new Urban Fantasy series. Good read for readers who enjoy a dense, richly imagined story world.

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review 2018-01-31 10:00
Release Day Review: Under the Blood Moon (Under the Moon #1) Tracie Provost
Under the Blood Moon - Tracie Provost



A supernatural war is brewing in New Orleans, threatening to expose the existence of vampires, werewolves, and Gatekeepers to the wider world . . .


Ritually staked and hidden for two hundred years, Juliette de Grammont, voodoo priestess and vampire, is found and revived. Just days after she is freed, still coping with a world she could never have imagined, she loses her sire and vampire coven in a fire. Confused and alone, Juliette seeks the help of the city's powerful Grand Master, but dark elements within the city are conspiring to topple that regime. Soon Juliette's struggle for survival places her in the middle of a supernatural war for control of the city.


Josh Bouchard, former Texas Ranger now vampire and coven lieutenant, is drawn into the conflict and appoints himself Juliette's protector over her objections. They must enlist the help of both the city's werewolf pack and the Gatekeepers - a shadowy group dedicated to keeping the paranormal world secret from humans - to forge a coalition to save New Orleans from the powers that seek to destroy it.


After traveling extensively with wanderlust struck parents, Tracie Provost settled down to small town life in rural Georgia. There she teaches history at a small university and writes to keep her cats in the luxury to which they have become accustomed.




The first book in the new ‘Under the Moon’ series by Tracie Provost starts off a bit on the slow side or so I thought, really it starts off with a series of small events that keep readers’ curiosity spiked and it draws them deeper into the magical New Orleans setting. The author did a great job of setting the scene and the background so it really sets the mood for the book, so the reader becomes engrossed in the book and even though it seems slow, the reader is completely hooked, it does pick up speed and then things get even better.


The strong, compelling characters grab the reader’s attention and refuse to let go as Juliette and Josh get to know one other through all the trials and tribulations of the story. The romance is on the sweet side and the book focuses more on the thrilling events of the plot than the romance throughout most of the book.


I said above that the story is a bit slow but really the plot is a steady to fast pace that keeps the reader glued to the pages as the events unfold building suspense and anticipation throughout with some unexpected twists that surprises readers as well as the characters.


Overall, at the beginning, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like the story, but it didn’t take long before I was completely caught up in the story, the author created a great paranormal story with a few unique qualities that makes her story stand out and I am now looking forward to reading the next book and finding out just how the series progresses.




Under the Blood Moon is the 1st book in the Under the Moon series.


Under the Blood Moon is available in print or ebook at:

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Tracie Provost can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook

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text 2017-09-27 15:04
Diverse Voices Square
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru

I don't give much thought to the ethnicity of an author unless it has some relevance to the story. Like a story set in the Australian outback is likely to be more realistic from an Australian author than someone who has never been there or something similar. Mostly I don't know and don't think to ask.


So, with a square called Diverse Voices to fill, my first port of call was Google. Put in Diverse authors and you get a lot of results.


Then I thought, what have I got in my slush pile waiting to be read? The Google results give me well known authors. I'd rather unearth a new voice. The trouble is, most books don't come with any indication of racial group of the author unless their name indicates maybe Hispanic or Eastern. Black people tend to have names that look a whole lot like white people's names unless they actually come from Africa.


So I went for a scroll through my free books slush looking for anything that stood out and...


Qwantu Amaru stood out. I looked at the book description.


"Rich themes of voodoo, family curses, political ambitions and a quest for power are dominant in this roller coaster ride set in Louisiana."




This square is in a row that has 4 called squares. I've read 3 books for the row and am working on Dead Sea for that row. This book is 488 pages and Dead Sea is over 500. I'm doomed...


I have one other row with 4 called squares. The books I need to finish that one are more in the 250 page range. I think I'll try to finish those first and then get stuck into this. It sounds good!

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text 2017-07-02 13:50
Roll 19: 4 (double 2) Main Street
The Dance Of The Voodoo Handbag - Robert Rankin



A fun read, reminiscent of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy with it's seemingly completely unrelated scenes.  


A private eye gets stuck in some sort of virtual reality and has to escape to save the world by using the least most obvious least most obvious way so the guy who put him in there doesn't stop him.  Why he doesn't call it the second least most obvious way I don't know.  Maybe that's too obvious.



It was also Free Book Friday when I rolled, but this particular books covers both options so I'm going with the obvious one. Or the least obvious.



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text 2017-06-30 14:28
Free book Friday
The Dance Of The Voodoo Handbag - Robert Rankin


Hopefully this will be better than the last two.

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