Author Archives: Carol

A book reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books since 2008, Carol reads extensively in the urban fantasy genre, and also writes the column on genre television, Screen Bites. Serving as the director of the Urban Fantasy track at Dragon Con, Carol also works at Coastal Magic (formerly Olde City, New Blood), and AnachroCon, and for the last three years has been one of the organizers for a small literary festival in the town where she lives. When not reading, writing reviews, or working at conventions, Carol spends as much time as possible with her three amazing grandsons.

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. MartinCassidy runs her unusual family business, Trifles and Follies, located in Charleston, under the guise of buying old antiques and items people would like to get rid of for one reason or another. Unknown to most, the shop’s true purpose revolves around Cassidy’s psychometic ability (touching an item and seeing the history associated with it) to determine if the piece has an unsettling (haunted or worse) characteristic that may prove a problem for future owners, or even dangerous. For acquisitions that fall into the latter category, Cassidy enlists the aid of her colleague, Teag, who possesses his own magical ability, and Sorren, the five-hundred-year-old vampire who has worked with her family for centuries. Read More »

Fire Kin by M.J. Scott

Fire Kin: A Novel of the Half-Light City by M.J. ScottThe wonderful Fire Kin, the fourth and final installment in the Half-Light City series, grabs the reader from the first page and keeps them enmeshed in the story until the very end. Asharic, Fae warrior exiled thirty years earlier for having killed another in a duel, now a mercenary, receives an offer from the Templars of the City to help defend them in an uneasy peace with the Blood (vampires) and the Beast Kind (werewolves), that since the death of the Fae queen may descend into war at any time. Asharic agrees, realizing that the queen’s death also means the end of his exile, along with the added bonus of giving him the chance to possibly see once more a woman he thought lost to him forever. Read More »

A Plunder of Souls by D.B. Jackson

A Plunder of Souls (The Thieftaker) by D. B. Jackson A Plunder of Souls, the fabulous third installment in the outstanding Thieftaker Chronicles series, returns once again to the streets of eighteenth-century Boston and the trials and tribulations of Ethan Kaille. The story begins with Ethan attempting to elude fellow thieftaker and perennial thorn in his side, Sephira Pryce, and her band of enforcers. After an encounter in which Ethan, at great Read More »

Night’s End by Yasmine Galenorn

Night's End (An Indigo Court Novel) Night’s End, the fifth and final installment in the excellent Indigo Court series, picks up right where its predecessor leaves off. Now Queen of Snow and Ice, Cicely and her band of friends and acquaintances, along with her cousin, Rhiannon, now the Queen of Summer, face their biggest and most important test–the defeat of Myst and her Indigo Court who seek to plunge the whole world into perpetual winter and use it as a never-ending buffet for their insatiable appetites. Read More »

Captured by S.J. Harper

Captured: A Fallen Siren Novella by S.J. HarperFans of the Fallen Siren series will very much appreciate this exciting novella documenting the first case Emma and Zack worked on, alluded to in Cursed. The kidnapping of a young boy in Charleston leads to FBI Agent Emma Monroe being flown in from San Diego to assist Agent Zack Armstrong on the case while his partner stays by the side of his wife, an accident victim in critical condition. Though the two agents have consulted on the phone about prior similar cases, they have never met in person. Read More »

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly HarperThe highly-entertaining Better Homes and Hauntings tells the story, past and present, of Crane’s Nest, a palatial home built on its own island off the coast of Rhode Island at the beginning of the twentieth century. Soon after its construction, the lady of the house, Catherine Whitney, was murdered, and the house soon thereafter closed up and not used again, her husband the main suspect in her death. Over the years, the Whitney descendants, many plagued by extremely bad financial circumstances, have come to the house looking for items of value, especially Catherine’s famous jewel collection. Read More »

Screen Bites: Saying Goodbye: Season and Series Finales of Genre Shows

Watchers, recently we have said goodbye to some of our favorite shows, whether just until they next return, or perhaps, sadly, for good. Several genre shows got cancelled this year, some leaving fans hanging without a clear and decisive ending. If we’re lucky, shows end by agreement, with a plan and a proper send-off by its loose ends being tied up, such as Being Human. Often, however, cliffhanger season finales end up being series finales since the showrunners don’t know the show’s fate at the time they are writing. Read More »

Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett

Binding the Shadows by Jenn BennettThe terrific Binding the Shadows, the third full-length installment in the fabulous Arcadia Bell series, begins with Cady and Lon, her Earthbound demon boyfriend, on a mission for Ambrose Dare, leader of the Hellfire Club, a group of “elite” Earthbounds. One of the high-ranking members has gone off the rails with what seems to be a very extreme version of his “knack” (talent most of the Earthbound demons possess), and Dare wants Cady, a magician, to bind him. Read More »

The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part VIII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook**Though no spoilers of events that happen in this section of the serial novel will be given in this review, please be aware that references will be made to previous sections.**

The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure, the exciting conclusion to the entertaining serial novel, begins with Zenobia at Ariq’s bedside, waiting for him to wake up during his recuperation from the two arrows he had been shot with while protecting her during their escape for the Empress’s guards. In her very-welcome conversation with her brother, Archimedes, Zenobi confirms her love for Ariq right before he awakens. Read More »

The Kraken King and the Empress’s Eyes by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part VII: The Kraken King and the Empress?s Eyes (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean BrookThe superb The Kraken King and the Empress’s Eyes, part seven of the serial novel, begins with Zenobia’s longer-than-usual letter to her brother, describing the sights she witnessed upon her entry into the Living City and her feelings and fears in regards to Ariq. Unlike her letter, Zenobia finds herself displeased with her current story, and in a bit of a bad mood because of it. While discussing future plans with Mara, an airship arrives, bringing Lady Nagomachi, captain of the empress’s Imperial Guard, there to “replace” a few of the Empress’s Eyes (her spying machines). Read More »

Witches in Red by Barb Hendee

Witches in Red: A Novel of the Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee Witches in Red, the terrific second installment in the Mist-Torn Witches series, picks up a few months after the events of book one. Seer sisters Celine and Amelie have been making a life for themselves in the town of Castle Seone, after having solved a group of murders for Prince Anton. Celine finds peace and satisfaction in running the apothecary shop, though she has not used her gift of foresight since the murders, but Amelie feels aimless and a bit inconsequential. Read More »

The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part VI: The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook**Though no spoilers of events that happen in this section of the serial novel will be given in this review, please be aware that references will be made to previous sections.**

In part six of the Kraken King serial novel, Zenobia and Ariq make their way to the Red City so Ariq may petition the Empress to resist attacking his country, and to prevent further escalation of war. In order to enter the city from outside, visitors must wear the required gas masks to ensure that if they have been infected with the zombie disease they will not spread it to those who live within the city. Read More »

Leashing the Tempest by Jenn Bennett

Leashing the Tempest by Jenn BennettSnuggled between books two and three in the Arcadia Bell series, this exciting novella finds Cady and Lon renting a yacht (with a captain) for a day cruise. The two-fold purpose for the excursion: so Lon can see if he wants to purchase a boat of his own, and so Jupe, Lon’s son, can try out his knack (talent) on a willing Kar Yee, Cady’s friend and co-worker.
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The Kraken King and the Iron Heart by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook**Though no spoilers of events that happen in this section of the serial novel will be given in this review, please be aware that references will be made to previous sections.**

With Zenobia and Ariq separated in the plan to get Ariq to give up the location of the devastating Skybreaker machine, both do their best to escape their respective situations. Ariq determines he must get back to Zenobia, whom he refers to as his wife, but she worries that since she was moved from an airship to an iron ship (a boat), Ariq will have no idea where to look for her. Read More »

The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee

The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb HendeeThe excellent first installment in The Mist-Torn Witches series begins with sisters Celine and Amelie Fawe (ages fifteen and twelve, respectively) mourning the death of the their mother, the village seer. When a young man comes to their apothecary shop to consult the seer and Celine spots the bag of money in his hand, she makes the decision to say she shares her mother’s gift of foresight, even though she does not, thereby setting the course for the life she and Amelie will lead. Read More »

The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part IV: The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook**Though no spoilers of events that happen in this section of the serial novel will be given in this review, please be aware that references will be made to previous sections.**

Part four of the serial novel begins with Zenobia and Ariq having come to more of an understanding of one another on their way to deliver Helene, Zenobia’s friend, to her husband, an ambassador. Zenobia marvels at the wonders of the Red City and its surroundings as the airship makes its approach. Read More »

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One by Kevin Hearne Hounded, the fabulous first installment in the Iron Druid series, grabs the reader from the first page and does not let go for the duration of the novel. Atticus O’Sullivan, minding his own business on his way to lunch, faces an attack by a group of fae outside of his bookshop. The sole surviving Druid, Atticus appears only twenty-one, though twenty-one hundred more Read More »

The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox's Den (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook**Though no spoilers of events that happen in this section of the serial novel will be given in this review, please be aware that references will be made to previous sections.**

After their arrival in the town of the smuggler’s den that will serve as their base while Ariq and his men search the surrounding area for clues about the marauders, Ariq pays a visit to the Twins, a very unusual pair of siblings whose description will be best appreciated when read personally rather than mentioned here. Read More »

The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm (A Novel of the Iron Seas) by Meljean Brook**Though no spoilers of events that happen in this section of the serial novel will be given in this review, please be aware that references will be made to previous sections.**

Still smarting over the comments Mara told her she overheard between Ariq and his brother, Taka, in part two of the Kraken King, Zenobia continues to give Ariq a bit of a cold shoulder. Unfortunately, since the pregnant Helene really wishes to get to her husband in the Red City as quickly as possible, Zenobia decides to approach Ariq to see what other arrangements can be made to get the two women to the other side of Australia sooner rather than later. Read More »

Marked by Alex Hughes

Marked: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex HughesBeginning a few weeks after the events of the previous installment, Marked, book three in the Mindscape Investigations series, finds Adam Ward, telepath consultant to the police department, leaving yet another successful interrogation to go help Isabella Cherabino, his partner and not-so-secret crush, with a murder case. On his way, Adam receives a message to call Kara, his ex-fiancée, immediately. The two have a recent history of helping each other out when necessary, so Adam decides he will return the call a bit later. Read More »