Reviews

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine HarrisThe residents of Midnight, Texas are an odd bunch. They are a small community and outsiders do not feel very welcome. Being off the beaten path helps keep their secrets safe. When Manfred takes a trip to visit a client in the big city, chaos ensues. He sees one of the other residents of his little town there, and then somehow dead bodies turn up–his client and the people Olivia was meeting with. Manfred will need to prove he is innocent of both murder and robbery so that the little sleepy town can return to normal and its inhabitants continue to hide their secrets.
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Treadmill by Warren Adler

Treadmill by Warren AdlerJust when Jack Cooper thinks that everything is going his way, it all comes undone. Within the space of a month, he loses his job, his wife to another man, and his mother to illness. Dejected and alone, he focuses on one thing alone-–his daily workouts at the Bethesda Health Club. Not looking to make friends or find a girlfriend, Cooper is befriended by a mysterious man named Mike Parrish. Read More »

The End of Healing by Jim Bailey

The End of Healing by Jim BaileyDon Newman is a resident physician in one of the city’s most prestigious hospitals. But when a patient, being treated against her will, catches his gaze with her own, he begins to rethink his entire life plan. What if he is on the wrong track and this is not what he is meant to do with his life? Can he justify working the medical system to make good money and rest comfortably on the suffering of others? Read More »

Happily Ever After edited by John Klima

Happily Ever After by John KlimaI grew up on fairy tales. Even as I get ready to enter the fourth decade of life, I still embrace their magic, and cherish the life lessons available in these old stories of magic and perseverance against the ugly and dark aspects of life. I appreciate reading an author’s reinterpretation of the old fairy tales, which was why I looked forward to reading this volume. It started very strong with an impressively innovative introduction by Bill Willingham, in which he is faced the consequences of a life of writing fantasy, and making some powerful and otherworldly enemies in the process. Read More »

Initiation by Rebecca Royce

Initiation (The Warrior, Book 1) by Rebecca Royce Initiation is the story of just-turned sixteen-year-old Rachel Clancy. Her life has not ever been easy, and it is about to get more complicated. Rachel is a Warrior by birth. Her parents both carried the gene, which makes her physically ideal for fighting the vampires and werewolves that prey on the surviving humans living underground after the world as we know it ended. Her father has been a drunk since she was born, right before her mother was killed by vampires. She has spent most of her young life taking care of him, and training to be a Warrior, and feeling like an outcast because of the way her father failed their community. Now the day of her sixteenth birthday has arrived and she must take her place Above, fighting their inhuman enemies. Read More »

The Serpent Bearer by Frank Say

The Serpent Bearer by Frank SaySydney considers herself cursed because she is just too damn agreeable, particularly when her Grandmother, Mamaw, has a request-–strike that, an order. Sydney just cannot say no to the woman who raised her and her sister, and Mamaw knows it. This particular request involves the use of Sydney’s special talent, dreaming. The family is full of members with special gifts. They all come from New Orleans, after all, a bastion of “special” people. Read More »

The Edge by Rudy Josephs

The Edge (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy) by Rudy JosephsIn this second entry in this series, James Tiberius Kirk discovers that the Academy is much tougher than he thought — not just because the classwork is hard, but because the competition from the other cadets is unrelenting. Everyone wants to be the best. Kirk has already made his famous declaration to Captain Pike that he can graduate in three years. He still does not know Uhura’s first name. Add to that the fact that cadets are dropping like flies and Kirk finds the Academy is not what he expected.
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Witches with the Enemy by Barb Hendee

Witches with the Enemy: A Novel of the Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee Witches with the Enemy, the riveting third installment in the Mist-Torn witches series, begins just a few months after the events of book two. After a period of calm, dealing primarily with physical complaints from their apothecary customers, sisters Celine and Amelie get called to the castle to see Prince Anton, their benefactor, for whom they also work as seers when needed. Upon their arrival at Read More »

Spiral X by J. J. Westendarp

Spiral X by J. J. WestendarpCheryl Erikson stumbled into the life of Hunting after her father’s brutal murder by a vampire. She continues to do it, because she’s good at it, and it gives her a sense of purpose to destroy the creatures who prey on innocent humans in her city of Dallas. Now, she is wondering what is the point of it all. She is thinking of getting out of the life, so she can have the normal existence of a twenty-two-year old. But first, she wants to stop the flow of Plast, a deadly drug that seems to be related to the vampire activities in Dallas. Read More »

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James

Suddenly One Summer (Novel) by Julie JamesVictoria Slade, a high-powered divorce attorney, had just finished celebrating a win with her associates when her townhome was broken into, forcing Victoria to hide in her closet and call 911. While waiting for the police to arrive, Victoria was suddenly thrust back to her childhood and had her first-ever panic attack, blacking out while hiding behind her clothes hamper. Read More »

The Doppelganger Song by Caitlin Sumer and Bill Shears

The Doppelganger Song by Caitlin Sumer and Bill ShearsBusiness partners and longtime lovers Frank Zhelikhovsky and Dr. Holly Ambrose are called in as consultants to investigate a suspicious accident involving a teacher at an exclusive boarding school. She might have been pushed out the window by a resident spirit that lives in the school, one who the students call Shadow Emma, the apparent doppelgänger for the accident victim, Emma Ward. Read More »

Tales of the Seelie Court Edited by Scott M. Sandridge

A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court by Scott M. SandridgeStories of the Fey seem to have been around since the beginning of time, coming in all shapes and sizes and the deeds attributed to these beings are just as widely diverse. A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court contains nineteen stories pertaining to what we have labeled the good fey. We tend to think of the Seelie as goodness and light, but they are just as quick to abduct a human or cause pain and mischief. Read More »