Reviews

The Surgers by Julian R. Vaca

The Surgers! by Julian R. VacaThirteen-year-old Finley McComb thinks it would be pretty cool to be a surger. After all, it would really help if he could move the hands on the clock at school to bring the day closer to ending. However, he has resigned himself to the fact that he is not a surger and has no special abilities. So what is a recruiter from Brighton Preparatory School for Surgers doing at his house? And how in the world is Finley able to produce a flame from a dead lighter? Read More »

How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan

How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclan Becca Muchmore feels like a failure. Her boyfriend of two years moved away to build schools in the Congo, she recently quit her job to attend graduate school, and only lasted one day at that. The only thing Becca knows she is good at is baking. It is comforting, soothing, and as long as you follow the recipe, you get perfect results, unlike in life. With the help of her neighbor, too-cool-for-words Sal, Becca starts a baked goods project, to be delivered twice a day to the law offices of a friend of a friend. Read More »

The Younger Gods by Michael R. Underwood

The Younger Gods by Michael R. UnderwoodJacob Hicks has secrets. He is not really Jacob Hicks at all, but instead is a member of the notorious Greene family, a cult known for their blood sacrifices to appease the Gatekeepers of the unborn Younger Gods who were imprisoned after a war of the Gods. He escaped from his family’s North Dakota compound and is hiding in New York City and attending university. And he is a sorcerer able to tap into the magic pool of the Deeps. His goals in life are simple-–stay hidden from his family, fit into regular life and never use magic again. Read More »

Tales From Rugosa Coven by Sarah Avery

Tales from Rugosa Coven by Sarah AveryClosing Arguments: Bob and Sophie are cleaning out their parents’ house after their premature death, and they are shocked at the condition of the house. Apparently, their parents had become secret hoarders, and Bob, an attorney, is desperately searching for the will to ensure he is following his parents’ last wishes. After tripping over cases of toilet paper and bundles of Post-It Notes, Bob calls in the other coven members to help them out. Solving the mystery of the hoarding behavior drags Bob into a dangerous place where he fights against a pretender to save his parents and enable them to reincarnate. Read More »

Alice Through Blood Stained Glass by Dan Adams

Alice Through Blood-stained Glass by Dan AdamsAlice is babysitting her younger sister, Elizabeth, in the park when they notice a man running towards them. He is wearing a waistcoat, sweating profusely, and keeps looking at the time on his phone and muttering to himself. “Waistcoat” informs them that they have missed the news that a deadly infection is running rampant in the city, making people die and then get back up and start feeding on the nearest human. They have twenty minutes to get to the nearest evacuation site before the whole city is quarantined. And then off he goes. Read More »

V-Wars Volume 1: Crimson Queen by Jonathan Maberry and Alan Robinson

V-Wars Volume 1: Crimson QueenThe Ice Virus has arrived. Possible origin point is from melting artic ice. This new virus is triggering dormant genes from our junk DNA, genes that might once have created vampires. Right now the infection rates are low, but we could potentially be looking at a global pandemic. Be on the look-out for anyone who appears to have an unnatural and unstoppable hunger. And pray. Read More »

Braving Fate by Linsey Hall

Braving Fate (The Mythean Arcana Book 1) by Linsey HallSouls are rarely reincarnated and then only for the most desperate reasons. The Immortal University, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, had been warned by a Goddess of Fate that a reincarnated soul would soon awaken to take on a world-altering task. It will be up to a Mythean Guardian to ensure the safety of the person so that the task will be successful, even though the cost to the person will be death. Cadan Trinovante was chosen as the Guardian and little did he know that his own past was coming back to haunt him. Read More »

The Highland Dragon’s Lady by Isabel Cooper

The Highland Dragon's Lady by Isabel CooperColin MacAlisdair was visiting the country estate of his friend Edmund’s family, helping to discover the reasons behind the hauntings at Whitehill. Edmund’s father had collected an eclectic group of people, the local vicar, his sister, and a medium and her assistant, all for the purpose of conducting a séance. Colin was surprised, when on his first night at Whitehill, he met Regina, the daughter of the house when she climbs up the plum tree outside his balcony, and proceeded to give advice, thinking Colin was her brother Edmund. Read More »

A Rake by Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

A Rake by Any Other Name (Somerfield Park) by Mia MarloweRichard Barrett, Lord Hartley, was both worried and resigned. Worried because his mother had written to tell him his father had fallen off the roof and was even now in an invalid state, and resigned that he would now have to give up his carefree existence and take on the running of Somerfield Park, the family estate. Richard brought with him his best friend Lawrence Seymour to keep him company, and had decided it was also time to settle down, so he had invited his almost-betrothed, Lady Antonia and her family to visit.
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Blood Tears by Denise K. Rago

Blood Tears by Denise K. RagoThe story begins in the late 1770’s in France, a time of decadence and revolution. Christian and Michael, two young men who are best friends, are seduced by the vampire Gabriella, and for a time the threesome enjoy passion and life together. But Christian meets Josette, a young and exquisitely beautiful woman, bound in an arranged and loveless marriage, and falls hopelessly in love. Josette is a powerful psychic whose blood calls vampires to her, and Christian is not her first vampire lover and he will not be her last. Read More »

Blood Chimera by Jenn Lyons

Blood Chimera (Volume 1) by Jenn LyonsJackson Pastor has pretty much seen it, done it and experienced it all, or at least he thinks so. As a former Special Forces operator and now contractor with Kidnap & Ransom, he is highly skilled in combat, weapons, intelligence and negotiations. Nothing he has experienced, however, prepared him for dying and coming back as a vampire. As he comes to discover, being a vampire is the least of the surprises in store for him. Read More »

Reckoning by S.J. Harper

Reckoning: A Fallen Siren Novel by S.J. Harper Reckoning, the terrific second installment in the engrossing Fallen Siren series, opens with secret siren and official FBI Agent Emma Monroe in a no-strings-attached relationship with Kallistos, the local vampire king, since Emma’s constantly-monitored love life, courtesy of the goddess Demeter, prohibits her from forming a connection of real love. Emma’s partner, werewolf Zack Armstrong, the true object of her desire, has had the memories of their times together erased by Emma’s witch friend, Liz, in order to protect him. Read More »

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

Dead New World by Ryan HillTrying to live a happy life while zombies roam the earth is hard to do. Most people just exist. What’s left of the living gather in towns where there are tall walls although a few still live wild and free traveling the highways, always on the move. The government had to make a drastic decision to help fight against the growing zombie numbers, making people enlist in the service at the ripe old age of sixteen and serving a nine year tour. Read More »

The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Chase (Fox and O'Hare) by Janet Evanovich and Lee GoldbergKate O’Hare has only one goal in life: to put Nick Fox away for good. So, being paired with the world’s sassiest – and sexiest – con man isn’t the easiest thing for her to deal with. When she’s teamed up with him yet again, it’s for the most intense and dangerous mission yet: to bring down Carter Grove, one time White House Chief of Staff. This mission will take them around the world and back again, but will they get their man?
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Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore

Broken Souls by Stephen BlackmooreEric Carter has a problem–well, more than one. A necromancer now “married,” or, at the very least, linked, to Santa Muerte, the Aztec goddess of death (after she killed his sister, no less), Eric now possesses pitch-black eyes that require the use of sunglasses so as to not freak people out. When he meets a fellow mage, Kettleman, at an observatory to get some information on how to separate himself from Santa Muerte, two things happen: he hears a voice warning him about the meeting, and after speaking briefly with Kettleman, a former associate of Eric’s parents, the man attacks him with a wicked-looking knife. Read More »

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven by Melissa de la CruzLucifer has been defeated and the Blue Blood coven has been rebuilt. Under the leadership of Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human familiar of Schuyler Van Alen, now turned vampire, the community is thriving. What better way to celebrate than by resurrecting the Four Hundred Ball and formally taking his place as Regis. Finn, Oliver’s human familiar and half-sister of Schuyler, could not agree more, and relishes planning the social event of the year. Read More »

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

The Midnight Queen (A Noctis Magicae Novel) by Sylvia Izzo HunterGray Marshall, a student at Merlin College, had unfortunately agreed to be part of a late-night excursion into town on an undisclosed errand, when they came upon a group of townspeople, who were angry and drunk. Once the fight began, Gray summoned his magick, shifted into an owl, and flew quickly back to school, hoping to get Professor Callander’s attention and assistance. Instead, Gray became a virtual prisoner at the Professor’s country estate for the summer, after overhearing some sort of murder plot in which the Professor was involved. Read More »

Incarnate by Anton Strout

Incarnate (A Spellmason Chronicle) by Anton StroutAlexandra inadvertently created more gargoyles in the war with Stanis’ father. They have slowly been trying to find them and determine whether or not they can recruit it. But, they have their hands full between a police paranormal investigative team and another group that is trying to recruit the reanimated gargoyles. Read More »

Stonecast by Anton Strout

Stonecast (A Spellmason Chronicle) by Anton StroutAlexandra misses her gargoyle friend, Stanis, but per his instructions, is doing everything she can to learn about being a spellmason. Hopefully, she will be able to learn enough to find Stanis and rescue him from his father’s clutches. But, when a thief steals some of her remaining potions, Alexandra is concerned that she will not be able to learn enough in time. Read More »