Urban Fantasy Posts

Mark of the Demon

6048518by: Diana Rowland
Pages: 370
Published: June 23rd 2009 by Bantam
ISBN: 9780553592351
From Goodreads: Cop and conjurer of demons, she’s a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill….

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head…

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This book has been on my TBR pile for quite a while. The author was the keynote speaker at a luncheon my writer’s group hosted last year and I bought every book in this series. I’d already read the white trash zombie novels and adored those, so I wanted to give this series a shot. To be completely honest though, I wasn’t as excited because it was a procedural. I’m not really that big of a fan of those. Mainly because I think they’re overdone and don’t have the kinds of stories I’m looking for. This was so so good though. I gobbled it up and couldn’t wait for more. I think the demon twist was exactly what I needed to keep me interested and invested in the case. It’s very well written. The main character having to hide from everyone she works with may not be the most original idea out there, especially when it comes to urban fantasy, but I loved it just the same. It was interesting watching Kara solve the case using her arcane skills and knowledge that no one else had. I thought the characters were well thought out and I enjoyed getting to know them. I was little torn with whether there was a love interest or not, so the romance element is definitely not very heavy in this book, so if that’s what you’re looking for you may be a little disappointed. The story even surprised me at the end. I thought for sure what I’d been suspecting was right and everything was confirming that and then BOOM! twist. Ha. It was really good though and I recommend it to any mystery/urban fantasy fan. I’m already halfway through the second book. I’ll be writing a review for that one soon.

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Lucid

18672156by: AK Harris

Pages: 256

Published: July 23rd, 2013

ASIN: B00E48DNVC

From Goodreads: I have dreams just like anyone else. The only difference?

My dreams are killing me… Literally.

Seventeen year old Mercy Clarke has gone crazy. Shes sure of it. Getting killed every night in her dreams, only to wake up feeling like she never fell asleep in the first place. She just wants the nightmares to end, that is until the mysterious Deegan O’Foalain shows up in them as well. But when the nightmares start bleeding into her real life, there is a lot more at stake than just her sanity. Now she has to find a way to stop the nightmares before the beasts inside them, find her or her family.

 

There were things I liked and disliked about this book. What I really liked was the concept, I’ve always been a fan of stories that play with dreaming. It’s fascinating to me. The extreme this novel took dreaming to was amazing. I loved that part. I wanted to figure out what was going on in her dreams so badly that I kept wanting to turn the pages hoping I’d learn something. I ended up being kind of disappointed though because this book doesn’t wrap everything up at the end. We are left with a pretty big cliffhanger and that’s not something I’m a fan of. I want to want to continue the series, not have to in order to finish just this story. Also, there were a lot of typos that kind of drove me a little crazy, but that may just be because editing is what I want to do for a living. By the end of the story I was attached to the characters and I would be willing to give the next book(s) a shot. There were definitely interesting parts and I think that this author shows promise. I think there’s places this story could go that would be really interesting and I hope we get to see that happen. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here:Lucid: Dreamer Legacy Book 1 (Volume 1)

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Taken For His Own

21296069by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 316

Published: April 28th, 2013

ASIN: B00CZ4IGC8

From Goodreads: After learning Theo is alive, Sar immediately embarks on a mission to find him. Reunited, the lovers return to New York, Danial, Terian and Theo uneasily combining forces to protect Sar from Al’s assassins who still seek her. But when Sar is taken prisoner in an all-out attack, only one man can save her—her old adversary, Devlin.

 

Let me just say that with this series you need to start at the beginning. My review won’t contain any spoilers, but it’s important to note that if you start with this book, you may not know what’s going on. I know it took me a little bit to remember since it had been a while since I read the last one. It will pick right back up where the last one left off, so if you wanna just grab all of them and read straight though, that would probably be a lot of fun. I’ve been looking forward to this installment for a while because these stories are always so much fun. To me, this series makes the paranormal world seem even more realistic than some of the other series out there. It seems perfectly normal that the world works the way it does and there’s nothing that breaks me from feeling like this is reality when I read these. The main character, Sar, is a little frustrating to me just because she is so incredibly different from me and reacts in ways to situations that I don’t always understand. The love stories in these books make me feel like I’m spinning in circles and I can’t quite keep up with how Sar feels about someone sometimes. That being said, I think it’s kind of fun. I like feeling like I’m on a roller coaster because when I read, I read to escape reality. This definitely does that and I really enjoy these books. This one was no exception. The story went by a lot quicker than I wanted it to and I hope I get to read the rest soon. They’re like a paranormal soap opera, which is exactly my kind of soap opera. There’s tons of up and down emotions and everything you’d want in a series. 🙂

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Pierced

17860488Sorry for the lack of reviews, all… I got in a car accident and then Orange is the New Black season 2 came out on Netflix. 😛

Pierced
by: J.C. Mells
Pages: 333
Published: April 9th, 2013
ASIN: B00CAW3G66
From Goodreads: Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.

That’s Pierce in a nutshell.

Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks’, have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.

I really, really enjoyed this. I thought Pierce’s character was really fun and entertaining. I loved all of the different descriptions of her cooking. Cooking just seemed like something that wouldn’t fit with her personality, but it worked so well. The descriptions of her different mental disorders was fascinating to me. I’ve always been interested in those kind of characters. I thought the story was engaging and I found myself finishing it a lot quicker than I expected just because I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much more about this world that I want to know, so you better believe I’m interested in reading more in this series. I thought everything about the vampire compound was interesting. I have never seen anything quite like that in a paranormal novel before. Definitely enjoyed everything this book had to offer and recommend it to any paranormal fans. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: Pierced (The Pierced Series Book 1)

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Blood, She Read

17724946by: Sara Hubbard

Pages: 286

Published: April 2013 by Etopia Press

ISBN: 9781939194749

From Goodreads: Petra Maras lives a charmed life, but only in the magical sense. Her absentee father is a criminal, her mother is emotionally dead, and everyone at her new school knows she comes from a family of witches. All she wants is to be normal, but that’s impossible, given her family. And given that she’s psychic. When the police request help with a murder investigation, Petra reluctantly agrees. Which isn’t such a good idea since the prime suspect wants to date her, and she really wants to say yes. Her gut says he’s innocent, but since she can’t get a read on him, she can’t know for sure. And when she discovers he’s been keeping secrets, she wonders if maybe she’s been following her heart instead of her head…

I thought this was a fun YA read. I didn’t really fall in love with it right away. I kinda thought that this was a story I’d heard a bunch of times before. A girl has strange powers that her family doesn’t want her telling people about and there’s a boy at school that she kinda likes but everyone thinks is creepy. There isn’t much that immediately struck me as unique, and I’m not even sure I could tell you what exactly it was about this book that I liked so much. But I did like it. A lot. I’m always looking for YAs where the main character is someone that is relatable as well as someone you can look up to. I think that played a big role in how much I liked it. The characters felt deep and well thought out. The world was a actually very cool and felt different than a lot of YAs with a similar theme. I definitely would recommend this book to fans of the urban fantasy genre and YA. It’s a fun, enjoyable read. 🙂

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A Member of the Council

16041732by: Lynn Cahoon

Pages: 82

Published: November 5th 2012 by Lyrical Press, Inc.

ISBN: 9781616504243

From Goodreads: A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world.

Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks donÆt show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that sheÆs different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it.

But when Ty walks into her bar, both lives are instantly changed.

Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? HeÆs a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretaryÆs dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance

 

This was a very quick read. I knocked it out in one day, no problem. It was a nice little escape from the world and since it was in once of my favorite genres, of course I enjoyed it. This was a nice setup for the next one as well. (That review will come later.) I was intrigued by the introduction and was interested to know more about the world that this author was setting up. I liked the hero and heroine’s instant connection. Their personalities are a little different than your basic paranormal hero and heroine, so I liked getting to feel the chemistry between them. It felt really unique. The ending does leave you wanting more, so be prepared to read the next one. It’s not a story you’re going to be able to be done with after just reading this. You won’t be satisfied. This is quite a unique paranormal world and I loved how much everyday stuff there was to deal with. I always enjoy when the magical and normal worlds collide. If you’re an urban fantasy fan, go ahead and give this a try. 🙂

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Taken in the Night

17315263by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 250

Published: January 28th, 2013 by Melange Books

ISBN: 9781612355

From Goodreads: When Theo disappears, Sar is left bereft, the uncertain guardian of Theo’s newly born werecougar daughter, Elle. As months pass, clues emerge about Theo’s disappearance, yet the twisting trail ends repeatedly without answer. In her grief, Sar turns to Danial and hesitantly begins to build a life with him and Elle.

 

This was my favorite book of this series by far. I didn’t have the same issue as I did with the last one. While the reader still might be confused if they chose to pick up this book without reading the other two, I feel like there was enough backstory explained that it wouldn’t have been nearly has confusing as if they had started with the second one. I loved the direction this story has taken. I wasn’t sure what I was hoping for and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. There are definitely times that I want to pick Sar up and shake her. I feel like some of her decisions aren’t necessarily the best ones and it makes me dislike her sometimes. I love the chemistry she has with Danial though. A lot of times in stories like this I can’t feel the chemistry and that makes it much easier for me to stop caring about what happens to their relationship. That has never been the case in this series though. This installment is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish and it was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the paranormal genre. I would, of course, recommend starting with the first one, but if you don’t want to do that, this one is a great one. It won’t leave you disappointed. It’s full of emotion and suspense. 🙂 I can’t wait for the next book and you won’t be able to wait either once you read the last page of this one. 🙂

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Broken Promise (Promise Me #2)

by16055874: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 221

Published:  September 24th 2012 by Melange Books

ISBN: 9781612354729

From Goodreads: Shocked at Danial’s betrayal, Sarelle returns to her old home to consider her options. Yet even as Sar plans a reconciliation with Danial, Terian arrives, confessing his desire. When Theo witnesses Terian and Sar kiss, he angrily confronts Sar, leading to startling consequences. Will Sar’s heart choose Danial, Terian,…or Theo?

 

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about the book and also a few things I didn’t. Let’s talk about what I didn’t like first and get that out of the way. I didn’t like that there really wasn’t any refresher at all. I read a lot and there were a lot of books that I picked up between this one and the last one. I found myself getting confused a few times. I had to sort of fill in the blanks as best I could and hope that I remembered something close to what happened. I don’t like books that have too much explanation of what happened in previous books, but a little is necessary. I also had some issues with the fighting between Danial and Sarelle. I’m not going to give too much away, I don’t like having spoilers in my reviews, but I did think that a lot of it seemed too immature. I wanted more out of both of them. Now, that being said, I enjoyed this book. I finished it in one sitting. Things just kept happening that made me want to keep reading. That’s definitely something that an author should strive for. Don’t give the reader an opportunity to want to put the book down! 🙂 I was surprised with a few of the changes that occurred in the story and I’m still not sure how I’m hoping everything will turn out. But I hope I get to read more because I’m really enjoying a couple of these characters and I want to know more. I thought this title was very fitting, especially considering the previous book. If you enjoyed the last one, then you should definitely pick this up. If you haven’t read the first one in this series, then you NEED to. You can’t start this one without being very confused.

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Sandman Slim

by: Richard Kadrey

Pages: 388

Published: May 1st, 2010 by Eos

ISBN: 0061976261

From Goodreads: James Stark’s great rep got him sent to hell. When his fame as a teenage magician attracted the attention of demons, they snatched him up and dispatched him to the inferno, where he spent the next 11 years as a sideshow freak entertaining Satan’s minions. Now released and hell-bent for revenge, Stark loses no time seeking out the dark magic cabal that nearly destroyed him; but he soon discovers that in the war between heaven and hell, he is not the only one with big plans? Buyer’s choice; now in mass-market paperback. (Hand-selling tip: Sandman Slim elicited raves from fellow cult figure William Gibson: “A wild, weird, nail-biting supernatural thriller?in the bestselling tradition of Chris Moore, Kim Harrison, and Warren Ellis? This man is mad, in the best way.”)

 

I was lent this book by a friend to read because he said that fans of The Dresden Files would enjoy this novel. He was definitely right. While I can see the similarities that can be drawn between this book and the Harry Dresden books, they are still very different. James Stark is a much darker and cruder hero. If hero is even a word that should be applied to him. Harry Dresden seems like a happy-go-lucky, fluffy main character in comparison. He’s great company though and I enjoyed being inside his mind, even if it was much darker and crazier then I originally expected. I found myself flying through the first half of this novel in no time and only slowing down a little in the second half. What the main conflict of this novel was wasn’t clear to me through most of the novel, and normally that would make me put it down then and there, but this book was entertaining enough that I barely noticed and wanted to continue reading anyway. This novel has a LOT of violence. From start to finish there’s graphic scenes and there’s definitely a language warning on this book, so if you’re squeamish about either one of those things, then I wouldn’t suggest picking this up. But if you’re looking for a dirty, gritty, urban fantasy that is a lot of fun and full of interesting characters and situations then I would definitely tell you to pick this up and enjoy the ride.

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