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review 2017-08-12 01:20
Master of Ghouls (SPECTR #2)
Master of Ghouls - Jordan L. Hawk

This was a quick and fun continuation into the SPECTR world that Ms. Hawk started building in the first book. Caleb's still possessed - obviously - and he and Gray are learning how to share one body and work in tandem to fight the monsters. The complications of the situation aren't ignored either - Caleb still very much wants to be rid of Gray, and there are still questions being asked on all sides about the ethics of "monster" killing, at least where Gray is concerned. 

 

The main plot with the titled Master of Ghouls felt a little thin on substance but there's hints of something else in the works for the rest of the series, so I'll wait to see where that goes.

 

Pointing out it's only been eight days since all this started makes the insta-love a little harder to swallow, and Jon bordering on unprofessionalism due to Caleb feels like a stretch. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-16 12:21
Unbound is an Unimpressive Anthology Even Though it had 4 Big Names in it! Here's my Review...
Unbound - Kim Harrison, Jocelynn Drake, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson,Melissa Marr

 

Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison - A pixy tries to solve a mystery and gets more than he bargained for.
★★ I liked how cute it was but there was a lot of repetition.

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Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost - Bones is asked to hunt a ghoul couple in New Orleans by its Voodoo Queen. Of course, things aren't as they seem.
★★★ I liked the darkness and that Bones was able to carry the story without Cat.

Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson - Dark & Light come together when agents from the opposite side come together.
★ No surprises.

The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake - A vampire fights to keep her domain under her control while she is being framed.
★★ Loved the violence, for instance, check out the quote below:

The fledgling was still in the attic, chained to the wall. For a moment, I wondered if I should go up and free, but quickly shook off the thought and got into the car. If she couldn't find a way to free herself, then she would never survive in my world.

but the story lacked cohesion.

Two Lines by Melissa Marr - A glaistig does her best to fight temptation and stay mortal.
★★ I really liked the parts with the glaistig's family but other than that, the story was repetitive and boring.

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review 2016-06-02 11:18
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

It's really hard post-hoc reviewing books that begin long-running series you've already read. It's too easy to overlook things that gave pause on first read, or were unclear, because you know where it's going. On the other hand, it's sometimes hard to see the really clever flourishes in the world-building, the exact things that pulled you in the first time, because this world and it's inhabitants are already old friends.

In any case, the Hollows books are rip-roaring urban fantasy with a pretty great female protagonist. There's romance, but these are not PNR (although there's the odd sexytimes scene, maybe 4-5 times in the entire first ten books, unless I'm misremembering). I mention this because I'm so over reading poorly written "PNR" that's just an excuse for horribad erotica, and I know I'm not alone there.

As mentioned, long but completed series, I'm just gonna suggest you pick up the first book and see if you like it.

But if you're interested in more thoughts, read on. Consider yourselves warned, this might get long. Even for one of my reviews.

 

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review 2016-01-20 18:25
The Revenge of Rose Grubb by Rachel Eyre
The Revenge of Rose Grubb - Rachael Eyre

Currently free on Kindle 2016-01-19

 

Surprisingly good, this was a fast read. It's a little hard to describe - the cover is terrible and the blurb doesn't really do the story justice.

 

In short, famed illusionist Hestia is invited to appear on a smash hit tv talk show, having engineered and reimagined her entire life around just this opportunity: A chance to visit revenge on the hostess of the show, who has been a bully and nemesis for nearly 30 years, since early teenagerdom, when she wasn't Hestia, but a chubby schoolgirl named Rose Grubb, long before even the first of her many self-reinventions.

 

It's wry and quirky, and rather British, and I found several parts of it quite funny.

 

It's a little bit Witches of Eastwick, and a little bit an examination of the way bullying can haunt people far beyond the time of it's occurrence, and a little bit revenge fantasy. It's about obsession, good and bad, and where it can get you... or not. It's a bit supernatural urban fantasy, and a bit of a love story but not at all a romance.

 

Fair warning for some same-sex content (and some very British attitudes to sex, which seems to amount to you can be outrageous as you like as long as you don't get in the tabloids).

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review 2015-08-04 00:00
Ghouls Rush In
Ghouls Rush In - H.P. Mallory This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

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H.P. Mallory brings humor and the paranormal to the forefront yet again.  I liked the setting being in New Orleans. I always think of haunted houses and ghostly things in that city.

Peyton is starting over, and meets quite a few new people in her new town, including the dead sort.  Century old crimes are being brought up as she restores the old house left to her by her aunt.

There is definitely some mystery and shenanigans to cleanse her house.  Those don't always turn out the way Peyton is hoping.

The romance is light and flirty.  Whether it be with the hot contractor she has working on her house, or the ghost that refuses to leave her house.

All in all, it's a fun listen and will have you giggling or shaking your head at the mess Peyton seems to fall into.
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