The first six books in the Bite Back series are books of becoming. Inside Straight (book 6) felt very much like an end to that part of the story. Amber Farrell has grown into her three parts, her athenate (vampire), were and adept (witch).
Queen of Diamonds is a new chapter. Her house, her pack and her coven are all united and now she must move forward with uniting the werewolves and the athenate of North America while fighting a secret war against their enemies.
Amber travels from Denver to New Mexico and then on to Louisiana battling House Matlal. But there are rumours of a powerful witch in New Orleans, a witch who is the goddess of her own world.
It really is difficult to talk about this book. The entire series has been 4 or 5 Stars for me, and this is probably my favorite book in the series. It has everything you expect from an Amber Farrell book but the ending is a complete mind f––k. I finished a week ago and I still don’t really know what just hit me. I suspect I will need the next book before I start to understand what just happened.
Sidra was accused of murdering her husband and even though she is not guilty, his family are demanding her punishment. Hunted by Jamra, her husband’s brother, she must reunite with Elena and Yvette to defeat him and prove her innocence.
But Jamra isn’t the only one pursuing her. A mysterious dog and the sorceror who mixed the poison that killed her husband all have their own agendas and it’s not clear whether they are friend or foe.
This series started with a definite feel of magical realism but as it has progressed it has become more fantastical. And The Conjurer is the most fantastic of the three with flying carpets and magical jinni doing battle. Book one The Vine Witch had me hooked and honestly it’s probably still my favorite of the series but all three books are great.
I’m a little sad that the journey ends here but I look forward to seeing where this author takes us in the future.
Many thanks to 47North and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC
After the prison break (Snared, book 2) Kaliya and Raphael find their investigation blocked at every turn. Those who created Raphael and orchestrated the prison break have powerful friends on the tribunal and every lead is a dead end. The only path left for them is to risk everything and go rogue.
Wow. This book is amazing. It’s a part of an ongoing series and it’s worth reading book one and two before jumping into Monsters but if you’re not that way inclined I honestly believe this book will work as a stand-alone which is quite unusual in urban fantasy.
It’s a slow burn for the first half of the book but buckle your seatbelts because the second half is a runaway train. 5 Stars.
Many thanks to K.N. Banet for providing me with this review copy.
Kristen Brand contacted me out of the blue and asked me if I’d be willing to read and review the first two novellas in the Dark & Otherworldly series. I accepted and jumped in even though I had no idea what I was jumping into.
And honestly that’s one of the best things about these novellas. Things are not explained, you don’t really know what’s going on in Poison & Honey you just find yourself in a strange world and you need to work it out as you go along.
I love that.
And because I love that I’m not going to offer any insights into the story. Just that it’s original, well written and entertaining. And 5 Stars just because.
Sting of Thorns
The battle is over and Leigh has won, or is it? The second novella brings with it a new challenge. And enemies find themselves forming uneasy alliances.
These novellas are great, but I read a lot of great books. The thing that really set the first one apart was the lack of information. I was just dropped into the story and had to figure things out for my self. It never overwhelms you but it certainly keeps you on your toes.
And I hope Kristen Brand is able to keep surprising me as the series progresses because I’m in for the long haul. Great books.
Rumours have been whispered for years about the brutality of the Alpha of the Russian werewolf pack and his inner circle. But they remained rumours until one submissive female werewolf plunged a knife into his chest.
Now the Russian pack are cleaning house and doing everything in their power to silence dissent and hold onto their power.
Standing against the Russian werewolves is suicide and nobody is willing to put their life on the line. But Jacky Leon is a Werecat and the number one predator in the United States and she won’t abandon those in need even at the cost of her life.
Echoed Defiance is so much fun. Jacky Leon is Wonder Woman. Honestly, all the women in this book are incredible. They don’t need to be saved, they’ll save themselves dammit! And one of the great things is I didn’t even realise it until the slap (you’ll have to read the book if you want to know what that means). 5 runaway train stars.
Many thanks to the author who provided me with a review copy of this book.
Like thousands of Native Americans, Cash was taken from her mother and entered the system as a young child. Now an adult she is a chain-smoking farm worker who hustles a pool table for drinks every night.
She lives the small life, the life of getting by, that is lived by everyone who has no money. When the body of a Native American man is found in a field she investigates his murder.
Girl Gone Missing (book 2)
Cash has enrolled in college and is struggling to balance life on campus with driving a farm truck and hustling a pool table. When girls start to go missing, all blonde haired and blue eyed she finds herself pulled into the investigation.
There isn’t much I can say that will do justice to the Cash Blackbear series. It’s gritty and real, like a punch in the gut. Marcie R. Rendon uses her craft to not only tell a story that drags you through the pages, she also manages to weave in lessons that every single person needs to hear.
A paranoid conspiracy nut is murdered outside Portland, and Detective Mason Callahan catches the case. While at his home he stumbles upon a plot blow up a government building but as the police race there a sniper starts shooting, killing and injuring multiple police officers.
With the killer seeming to taunt the police and leads thin on the ground, Ava and Mason find themselves in the killer’s sights.
The Silence is an entertaining book that bends under the weight of the unlikeliness of the plot.
Was it too much?
It probably depends on where you are coming from. If you want a police procedural that’s true to life, this isn’t your book. But if you want some entertaining romantic suspense you’ll probably love this book despite the few liberties the author takes.
Many thanks to Montlake and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy
Kaliya deals with the very worst of the supernatural community. The killers and the politicians. And sometimes they are one and the same.
While performing a routine prison inspection, she and Raphael are attacked and find themselves battling for their lives. Not only must they stay alive, they need to find out who orchestrated the attack and who was the target. Kaliya or Raphael?
Snared is like standing in front of a speaker stack at a concert. It thumps into you from beginning to end.
The author’s Jacky Leon series is very much Urban Fantasy but Kaliya Sahni despite being set in the same world feels a little different. It’s a Marvel Superhero Comic. You can almost see the characters rendered in beautifully illustrated panels.
Loved this book.
A review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Miranda, Mario and Doug left San Jose (Love in an Undead Age Book 1) with a mission. To find a vaccine for the zombie virus and make it available for all.
In Damage in an Undead Age they have managed to set themselves up in an abandoned university where Mario can work on the vaccine. But there are enemies everywhere and the price demanded of them might be too much for anyone to pay.
It’s easy to forget that zombie apocalypse books are a sub-genre of horror. Over the years they have fallen into a predictable pattern and when you pick one up you can check off all the tropes.
Escape the city – check
Visit Walmart – check
Build a fort – check
Battle a zombie horde – check
Not so here. This series is completely original and it turns the genre on its head with a bit of a nudge back towards the horror end of the spectrum.
Honestly, it’s brutal in parts and difficult to read at times –– and it’s completely brilliant. Can’t wait for book 3!
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Returning home from attending the trial of Jacky Leon (Oath Sworn) Kaliya, one of the last nagini, stumbles into a job searching for a human on the run. She is doing it as a favour for a friend, but then Sinclair a cold blooded vampire killer joins the hunt things get personal.
Raphael has been on the run for 5 years. Moving from town to town, working for cash in hand, always staying just ahead of his pursuers. Those who want him will stop at nothing and he has never had an ally, at least not until Kaliya showed up.
Bounty is the first in a new urban fantasy series set in the same world as Jacky Leon. It’s actually a little more dense than most UF. Kaliya is a nagini and that needs a bit of explaining and Raphael is something completely new so more world building. But explanations are left intentionally sparse with the idea that things will gradually be revealed as the series progresses so it’s not too much.
I don’t think it’s for everyone, this series will take a commitment (much more so than Jacky Leon) but for those who are willing to put in the effort it’s well worth it. And if kick ass women who don’t need rescuing are what you want, look no further.
A review copy of this book was provided to me by the author.