Paranormal

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)

Moon Called

Summary:

Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Honestly, I just enjoyed this book so much because it’s fun!  From start to finish, it’s definitely right up my alley.  Mercy Thompson is spunky, doesn’t put up with bullshit and loyal to a fault.  I like that the paranormal world is somewhat set in reality without coming off as stereotypical.    The relationships in the story are realistic as well.  Although the romantic interests may be slightly accelerated, the hesitations and complicated relationships are realistic. 

The other thing I enjoyed was that each of the characters had a distinct personality.  Zee, for example, is a great guy who has a hidden past I hope we get to know more about down the line.  Stefan on the other hand, seems straight-forward yet has his own complex histories as well.  I am looking forward to continuing the series!

Warning: Contains repeated violence.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Paranormal romance fans who enjoy a mixture of mystery and adventure!

Want to read the whole series?

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)

Magic Bites

Summary:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book reminds me a lot of the Marnie Baranuik files!  I think it came out first, but was not introduced to it until now.  Kate is a spunky heroine who isn’t afraid to say what she thinks and deal with the consequences.  There are a lot of things that we don’t know about her quite yet, but towards the end of the book we get a few inklings of what her background might be.

I liked the balance of the creepy and humor: Just when I was getting a little uncomfortable with the paranormal perspectives, Andrews injects a little humor to the situation to keep things in context.  There were a few things that confused me or were not consistent, but considering Andrews introduced a lot of characters and an entire world in a relatively short book, I was very impressed.  I’d highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys the paranormal and a fun chaotic read!  Be forewarned though – there are a ton of books in this series!

Warning: Contains repeated graphic violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Paranormal fans looking for a mashup with a mystery / crime novel!

Want to read the whole series?

  • A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels #0.5)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3)
  • Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels #3.5)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4)
  • Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5)
  • An Apple for the Creature (Kate Daniels #5.3)
  • Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels #5.4)
  • Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5)
  • An Ill-Advised Rescue (Kate Daniels #5.8)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6)
  • Magic Steals (Kate Daniels #6.5)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8)
  • Magic Stars (Kate Daniels #8.5)
  • Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9)
  • Untitled (Kate Daniels #10)

Venom & Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy #1)

Venom & Vanilla

Summary:

Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn’t want to die. But when she’s infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil—or in this case, a warlock.

Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew—and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of “Supe” no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don’t know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, which marks the divide between humans and Supes, Alena is thrust into a dark and magical new world.

But just as she begins to adjust to all things supernatural, she realizes that her transformation is the least of her worries—and it was no accident. She was chosen…to be killed by a Greek hero trying to make a name for himself once more.

Alena was brought up to be subservient, preferring creating to fighting, and vanilla and honey to blood. But that was then. Now, to survive, she must stand up for herself—and this time she’s got fangs. But will she be ready to use them?  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of kindle firsts and I voluntarily chose to write a review

Review:

This was a quick fun read that started out very slow for me, but built up quickly.  Initially Alena comes off as a fundamentalist and listen to the resistance (particularly when you know the inevitable result) was a bit dull.  Once Alena does transform, she becomes much more intriguing and I appreciated her development from unsure subservient female to coming into her own skin towards the end.  Actually, it felt like sometimes she was overcompensating, but I’d rather that than the shrinking flower at the beginning.

I think I would have had this book at 4 stars if I felt that I had gotten to know the characters a little better, but at the end everyone was still pretty vague.  We got some insight to Alena, but that’s about it.  The other characters are only passing through at a superficial level and we never really get to understand anything about them.  This was a fun one for a free read, but I’m not sure if I’d continue the series or not.

Warning: Contains repeated violence.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for a light distraction without heavy thinking required.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Fangs and Fennel (The Venom Trilogy #2)
  • Hisses and Honey (The Venom Trilogy #3)

The Accident Season

The Accident Season

Summary:

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  It was addicting, impossible to put down and kept me on my toes throughout it.   This is definitely a book filled with magical realism in the best suspensive / creepy way.  I’m typically a wimp when it comes to scary books so it was refreshing to find one that was just the amount I could handle.

There are some romantic elements, but they’re really side stories to the main events.  Who is Elsie?  Why can’t they find her?  Where does the accident season come from?  I won’t say too much more at the risk of spoilers!  At the end I still had some outstanding questions, but I still think this book was extremely satisfying.  I’d definitely recommend this one to pick up immediately with Halloween around the corner!

Warning: Contains some sexual content and some trigger warnings (message me for more details)

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for a perfectly suspensive and creepy read for October!