Reviews

The Last Grave by Debbie Viguie

The Last Grave: A Witch Hunt Novel by Debbie ViguieWhen Samantha Ryan was asked to go undercover to stop a murderous coven in Salem, she was forced to face things from her past she desperately wanted to forget. She also had to break her vow never to use magic again. Now, the life that she had so painstakingly created for herself is over. Her fellow police officers, including her trusted friend and partner, do not want to work with a witch. Read More »

Broken Worlds by Anitha Robinson

Broken Worlds by Anitha RobinsonLife on the streets was hard, but for 17-year-old Kalli, it was a better option than returning home. After her father left, supposedly to find a better job and provide for the family, her aunt from India moved in and decided that the best way to save the family was to marry teenaged Kalli off to a rich man. Her aunt let the men “sample the merchandise” and her mother did nothing to stop the abuse, so Kalli ran. Then one night, Kalli was attacked and beaten in an alley. Gravely wounded, she was carried away by a handsome stranger whmo she thought was an angel. Read More »

Stop Dragon My Heart Around by Susannah Scott

Stop Dragon My Heart Around (Entangled Covet) by Susannah ScottTallulah “Tee” Alameda is a Native American from the Paiute Tribe in the Las Vegas area. Her father is the Chief, which has put a lot of stress on her throughout her life and added to her feelings of not belonging or fitting in with the other tribe members. Her mother was her main support, but she died approximately a year ago. Tee has immersed herself in work at the Crown Jewel as a high-roller host since Leonidas (Leo) Ryan coaxed her away from the Bellagio. Read More »

Claimed by Renee George

Claimed (The Cull) by Renee GeorgeAnna Davis has accepted that cancer will take her life. Her only regret is that she will not see her son, Sam, grow. So when she wakes, feeling and looking better than she has in years, Anna is not sure what to make of it–until she sees Connor Evans. Read More »

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire

Discount Armageddon (InCryptid) by Seanan McGuireAll Verity Price wants is to be able to pursue a ballroom dancing career, and was even on a television reality show about it. However, her family is on the shoot-to-kill list of the Covenant of St. George for taking the side of cryptids, which is her other career path. The Price family are cryptozoologists, which involves the study of things like boogeymen, lindworms, dragon princesses, and things that go bump in the night. And they even have their own colony of Aeslin mice. Read More »

Audio Review: Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright (Zevin) by Gabrielle Zevin Because It Is My Blood picks up shortly after the first book in Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright series, All These Things I’ve Done. Anya Balanchine’s sentence at Liberty is coming to an end, and she finds out that her nemesis, Charles Delacroix, has something to do with the easy time she has received there. Although she promised to stay away from his son, that becomes impossible when an anonymous donation lets her back into Holy Trinity. Read More »

Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler

Beg Me To Slay (Entangled Covet) by Lisa KesslerFour years ago, Tegan (pronounced like Megan but with a T) Ashcroft, survived a horrific attack that has left her not only physically scarred but also mentally and emotionally damaged. She literally fights back from a stay in a mental institution by getting her black belt in martial arts and opening her own dojo. She has hidden herself in her work for four years, until she witnesses the attack of another woman by the same monster that attacked her. She goes to the police; unfortunately, there is no evidence of foul play and the police do not believe her because of her prior attack and subsequent mental collapse. Read More »

Blood and Whiskey by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

The Cowboy and the Vampire: Blood and Whiskey (The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection) (Volume 2)As the new Queen of the vampires, Lizzie Vaughn has discovered ruling is not nearly as easy as she thought it would be. dd into the chaos the fact that Lizzie is pregnant, and you get one tired, cranky vampire not willing to take guff off of anybody. But with her cowboy, Tucker, by her side, she feels as though anything is possible. Now, if she can only get the vampiric population to agree with her… Read More »

Audio Review: All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done (Birthright (Macmillian) by Gabrielle ZevinA future where chocolate and coffee are banned could be pretty bleak, and if your family is the US’s top exporter of chocolate, that means your family is a bunch of criminals—a mob, actually. This is the predicament that sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself in. As if she does not have enough trouble keeping track of her older, mentally-challenged brother and her spunky, younger sister while their guardian, their grandmother, is on life-support, she is accused of poisoning her ex-boyfriend with chocolate. Read More »

Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance

Tempt the Stars (Cassie Palmer) by Karen ChanceCassie has recently found out her mother was a Goddess. Unfortunately for Cassie, she can barely figure out some of her chief Seer Pythia powers, let alone any half-goddess powers, if she even has any. She decides her best bet is to use her Pythia powers and travel back in time to find her mother and get her to explain a few things. One of Cassie’s friends is in major trouble, and she feels her mother is the only one to give her the help she needs.
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Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

Geekomancy (Ree Reyes) by Michael R. UnderwoodStruggling screenwriter Ree Reyes is just your average girl. Work, friends, and relationships are all chugging along at that twenty-something pace when one very disheveled, very curious customer changes Ree’s life. Thrust into a world of magic that exists just beyond our own, Ree finds herself an apprentice geekomancer on the trail of something wicked that is prompting suicide among the town’s teenagers. Learning on the fly, Ree must get a handle on the magic she can harness, buoyed by the ability to call up pop culture phenoms on her phone, a love of comics, and her own hard-earned geek knowledge. Read More »

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel by Kathleen KentThough the travesty of the Salem Witch Trials has received plenty of attention, the horrors of the incarcerations of those accused may not be so widely known. The excellent The Heretic’s Daughtercovers both of those aspects, as well as events leading up to the trials. Told in first-person narration by the ten-year-old Sarah, readers get the chance to experience the proceedings and surrounding incidents through the eyes of a child, albeit a precocious one. Read More »

The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley

The Secret WeddingThis enjoyable novel in the Secrets trilogy begins with the young soldier Christian Hill attempting an ill-fated rescue of a young woman from the clutches of one of his comrades. Upon arriving at the inn, Christian ends up fighting for his life against the recalcitrant Moore, who refuses to either give up the young lady or surrender himself. The ensuing battle results in the death of Moore. Immediately thereafter, the aunt of the terrified young woman tells Christian that he must marry the fourteen-year-old Dorcas, or he will be indicted for murder. Feeling trapped, Christian agrees, and he and Dorcas marry. After that, both young people go their own ways–Dorcas back home, and Christian overseas with the army. Read More »

So Into You by Sandra Hill

So Into You by Sandra HillWhen this first installment in the Bayou Angels series begins, Angel Sabato decides that the time is right to disclose his true feelings for his longtime friend and colleague, Grace O’Brien. Unfortunately, Grace’s reaction of disbelief and shock are not what Angel hopes for, resulting in his decision to leave Houma, Louisiana (outside of New Orleans) immediately. Two weeks later, the surprising news that Angel married a flight attendant makes its way to Grace. Read More »

Scandal by Heather Lin

ScandalFast-track attorney Jackson Montague plans an evening of his specialty – a love ‘em and leave ’em one-night stand. Arriving at his typical haunt, he meets a beautiful woman, and they engage in furtive mutual gratification just short of intercourse in a dark corner of the bar. Feeling sated and pleased with himself, Jack is taken completely unawares by an attack from the jealous husband of one of his conquests. When some approaching people scare of the attacker, Jack makes his way home and calls the police. Read More »