Review: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

Broken HomesTitle: Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4)
Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Release Date: 25 July 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 320 pages
Publisher: Gollancz
ASIN: B00B8TBXJY
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads
4star

In Broken Homes we have a series of deaths that seem like isolated cases, except PC Peter Grant recognises the signature vestigia of the warped magician, the Faceless Man. All clues lead to a mysterious housing estate so Peter, Lesley and Toby head off to investigate. Continue reading

Review: Shadow Sight by E J Stevens

Shadow SightTitle: Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1)
Author: E J Stevens
Release Date: 1 July 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 243
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
ISBN: 0984247580
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
3star

Ivy Granger has the gift of psychometry which means she is able to ‘read’ objects. Unfortunately she lacks the ability to switch off her ability and touching even the littlest of things can give her a horrific vision. The Kelpie King has been kidnapped and Ivy is hired to find his bridle. Things aren’t quite that simple though and Ivy soon finds herself embroiled in a massive fight against the each uisge. Continue reading

Review: Mind Over Monsters by Jennifer Harlow

Mind Over MonstersTitle: Mind Over Monsters (A F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation #1)
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Release Date: 8 October 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 280
Publisher: Midnight Ink
ISBN: 9780738726670
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4star
 

Mind Over Monsters is just plain fun. I giggled, oohed and smiled my way through it. Beatrice “Bea” Alexander may be able to control unruly children but she has huge issues managing her ‘gift’ of telekinesis (moving objects with her mind).  She is recruited to the Federal Response to Extra-Sensory and Kindred Superaturals Squad (F.R.E.A.K.S.) after one little incident where she almost kills her brother. This group combats all things freaky that threaten the general populace. Her first case has her dealing with a nutty necromancer who is raising a zombie horde.   Continue reading

Review: Scythe Does Matter by Gina X. Grant

Scythe Does MatterTitle: Scythe Does Matter (The Reluctant Reaper #2)
Author: Gina X. Grant
Release Date: 15 July 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 200 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
ISBN: 9781476728698
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
3star
 

At the beginning we have a quick recap of what has happened so far. Kirsty D’Arc lost her appeal to be returned to her body because the wrong stapler was used as evidence. Kirsty discovers her evil ex-boss Conrad’s latest plot and decides to become a reaper in order to thwart him. Continue reading

Review: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland

White Trash Zombie ApocalypseTitle: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie #3)
Author: Diana Rowland
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 320 pages
Publisher: DAW
ISBN: 9780756408039
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4star

I love hanging out with Angel Crawford and although this book isn’t as emotional or gripping as the last two novels were, I still had a great time.  A zombie movie is being filmed in town and when Angel shows up on set, her psycho zombie baby Philip pops up. Shadowy evil organisation Saberton is also back doing evil things in the shadows. 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
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5star
 

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: Forsaken by the Others by Jess Haines

Forsaken by the OthersTitle: Forsaken by the Others (H&W Investigations #5)
Author: Jess Haines
Release Date: 2 July 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books
ISBN: 9781420132052
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2star
 

The concept behind Forsaken by the Others was intriguing but I found the execution a little lacking. Royce sends private investigator Shiarra West and her sidekick Sara to Los Angeles for their own protection. Clyde, the vampire looking after them, demands they investigate a zombie infestation within his territory. He won’t however give the ladies the tools they need to track down the necromancer properly and seems to know much more than he is letting on. Continue reading

Review: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland

Even White Trash Zombies Get the BluesTitle: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie #2)
Author: Diana Rowland
Release Date: 3 July 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 312 pages
Publisher: DAW
ISBN: 9780756407506
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4star

Our favourite zombie gal has to deal with zombie hunters (eek) and the zombie mafia this time round but it is her personal development that really kept my attention. This book follows on fairly closely on the heels of the first. Continue reading

Review: The Reluctant Reaper by Gina X. Grant

Reluctant ReaperTitle: The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper #1)
Author: Gina X. Grant
Release Date: 17 June 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 200 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
ISBN: 9781476728681
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
3star

Kirsty d’Arc is having a bad day. She is attacked by a wanton stapler, bleeds all over her boss’s contract and accidentally gets her soul reaped by Dante (yes, THE Dante). After separating her from her body, Dante whisks her down to hell which is full of bureaucracy and other such nightmares. This story deals with her death and attempts to get her wrongful reaping case heard. Continue reading

Review: The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guide to New York CityTitle: The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides #1)
Author: Mur Lafferty
Release Date: 28 May 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page count: 368 pages
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 9780316221177
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads
4star

The Shambling Guide to New York City is a great debut novel from Mur Lafferty. Zoe has moved back to New York City trying to put a disastrous relationship behind her. She winds up working for a supernatural publisher writing a guide book to the Big Apple for monsters coterie (they find the term ‘monsters’ offensive). I’ve worked at jobs where management tries to suck you dry but for Zoe, this could literally happen as her boss is a vampire. There is something wrong in the state of New York and Zoe has to be on her toes in order to find out what is upsetting the balance between humans and coterie, and meet her publishing deadlines. Continue reading