Early Review: Along Came a Spider by Kate SeRine

Along Came a SpiderTitle: Along Came a Spider (Transplanted Tales #3)
Author: Kate SeRine
Release Date: 1 August 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page count: 191 pages
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 9781601831
Source: NetGalley – in exchange for an honest review
Links: Amazon / Goodreads

I adored the first two novels in this series because of their characterisation, plots and settings so had very high expectations for this one. This is the story of Beatrice “Trish” Muffet and the spider who loved her, Nicky “Little Boy” Blue. Trish first met Nicky when they were transplanted and promptly fell in love. She watched from afar as Nicky built his criminal empire, married Jules Capulet (one of the Willies) and supported him after Jules was murdered. Jules’ death turned Nicky into “the Spider”, a vigilante, as he thinks that dealing with the scum of the earth may bring him closer to nailing Vlad Dracula. Vlad however is after Trish and Nicky is determined to protect her. Continue reading

Review: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Eternal Kiss of DarknessTitle: Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: 27 July 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page count: 361 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780061783166
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

I’m glad Frost broke away from novels that just feature Cat and Bones because there are so many cool secondary characters that deserved to get a HEA. I’ve had a soft spot for Mencheres for ages and was curious what kind of woman would capture the eye of someone who has lived for so long and experienced so much. PI Kira Graceling is walking past a warehouse when she hears someone in pain. She investigates and discovers some ghouls torturing a bloke. A human female risking her life to save him is the impetus Mencheres needs to defeat his attackers. He saves Kira, holds her captive until his blood should have exited her system and then tries to send her away. Problem is he just can’t quite let go. Continue reading

Review: A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson

A Cursed EmbraceTitle: A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2)
Author: Cecy Robson
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet
ISBN: 9780451415677
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

Short Review – just read it!

Long Review – in case the short review wasn’t long enough, here is a little more detail. Celia Wird and her sisters just saved their town and it is time to do it all over again. The story starts oddly enough with an exploding wereraccoon which is a pretty clear sign that things are getting weird again. Demons are in town and supes are killing each other. Continue reading

Review: Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase

Silk is for SeductionTitle: Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1)
Author: Loretta Chase
Release Date: 28 June 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Page count: 359 pages
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780061632686
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I was thoroughly charmed by the romance between the stylish dressmaker Madame Marcelline Noitot and the Duke of Clevedon. When Marcelline hears that the Duke of Clevedon is shortly to return to London in order to propose to Lady Clara, she travels to France to contrive a meeting. She wanted to charm Clevedon so his future Duchess would give her shop much needed patronage. Once they meet however sparks fly. Continue reading

Review: Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

MoonglowTitle: Moonglow (Darkest London #2)
Author:  Kristen Callihan
Release Date: 31 July 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page count: 382 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN:  9781455508587
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

I was worried that the sequel wouldn’t have the same gothic vibe and engrossing romance as Firelight. Silly me! Our heroine is Daisy who is free to enjoy herself now that her husband is dead…or so she thinks. Her path crosses Ian Ranulf, Marquis of Northrup after she sees a werewolf (lycan gone mad) kill a man in front of her. Ian is determined to stop the reckless behaviour that could bring unwelcome attention to the lycan pack that he once loved. As more people are murdered, Ian and Daisy realise that there is a pattern that puts Daisy squarely in harm’s way. If that wasn’t enough, this mad werewolf smells wrong to Ian’s keen nose. Continue reading

Review: Bronze Gods by A. A. Aguirre

Bronze GodsTitle: Bronze Gods (Apparatus Infernum #1)
Author: A. A. Aguirre aka Ann Aguirre and Andres Aguirre
Release Date: 30 April 2013
Genre: Steampunk
Page count: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace
ISBN: 9780425258194
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In the first line of Chapter 1, Mikani writes of being seduced while he dreamt. I was seduced by this novel while I read. I was enchanted by the characterisation, thorough world building and solid mystery wrapped up in a steampunk setting and tied with a magic bow. Police detectives Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work the night shift at the Criminal Investigation Department. When a girl from a royal house goes missing and later shows up dead, Mikani and Ritsuo have to solve the political hot potato fast or risk losing their careers. The pressure mounts as the body count rises and our dynamic duo realise they have a serial killer on their hands who is targeting women from old Ferisher (fey) Houses. Continue reading

Review: Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett

Binding the ShadowsTitle: Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #3)
Author: Jenn Bennett
Release Date: 28 May 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 366 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781451695083
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

I love this series because of the plots, characters, world building…I could honestly keep going on and on. I can even forgive (a little) Jenn Bennett for leaving us with one hell of a cliff-hanger if you can forgive my effusive praise. Continue reading

Review: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

FirelightTitle: Firelight (Darkest London #1)
Author:  Kristen Callihan
Release Date: 31 January 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page count: 372 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN:  9781455508594
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

*Warning* This review contains unseemly gushing. I simply adored this book and can honestly say I haven’t read anything quite like it before. Whenever I read paranormal books I’m always fascinated to see the supes’ origin story and rules that dictate how they operate. If done well, the book should reflect on facets of our society and make us reconsider what it is that makes us human. This book plays out like a tragic opera where larger than life characters, tragic circumstances and achingly beautiful scenes abound. Waxing a bit lyrical I know but opera tends to do that to me.  It is a classic Beauty and the Beast / Phantom of the Opera love story and I devoured every bit of it. Continue reading

Review: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

BittenTitle: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date: 25 August 2009 (first published 1 October 2001)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 422 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780756406752
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

This is probably the hardest book to rate as it pulls me in two completely different directions. On the one hand we have the strong, Elena Michaels with a tragic past. She is the first female werewolf yet has gone to extreme lengths to try and live a ‘normal life’. She is a complex character and grabs your attention no matter if she is in her human or wolf form. On the other hand we have creepy Clay, the werewolf who bit her. He is part sociopath, part child and part academic but all of his parts are in love with Elena. He embodies the Byronic hero and only thing missing from the book was “Clay! Clay!” being shouted over the moors by Elena. Continue reading

Review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of LondonTitle: Rivers of London / Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Release Date: 1 February 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 298 pages
Publisher: Gollancz / Del Ray
ISBN: 9780575097582 / 9780345524256
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads

Rivers of London is an extra special urban fantasy tale of Probationary Constable Peter Grant. It’s so special it even has two titles to cater for both the USA and UK markets – I’ve listed both names and ISBNs. Ben Aaronovitch clearly has affection for London and it is lovingly recreated, albeit with a dash of magic. Peter unfortunately has been drafted into the Case Progression Unit which is a branch that help the police fill out paperwork. The only thing he is likely to die from is boredom. His career takes a 90 degree turn however when he encounters a ghost at a crime scene who gives him exclusive information about a headless corpse. This captures the eye of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale who investigates magic crimes and unusual happenings. Continue reading