Monday, June 26, 2023

"Nothing Will Be Left" by October Kane

In the nice, quiet little town of Quill Point, something evil stirs as an unusual cloud appears, blotting out the sky. When the storm breaks, it brings a destructive earthquake. Phones stop working and cars won't run. Then, when groups of people start trying to walk to the next town, that's when things start getting really bad, and people start getting killed. But are the beings doing the killing aliens, demons, or something completely different? That's something no one seems to know, along with why it was happening. Or whether or not the whole world was affected or just this one town.

This was a very creepy horror novel. For me, it evoked a feeling of early Stephen King novels combined with old Twilight Zone episodes. It did manage to send some shivers down my spine more than once. This is a full-on horror story, complete with all the violence and gore you would expect to see in a scary movie. So if you enjoy reading books that are meant to frighten, then I believe this one might be right up your alley.

I received an Advance Review Copy of this book and will be watching for book 2 in this series to become available. I may not often read horror stories the way I did back when I was in high school, but this one left me wanting to know what happens next. And obviously for that, I'll need to wait for book 2 to be released.

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Monday, June 19, 2023

"Antique Magic" by Kait Disney-Leugers

Brie is a graduate student, sharing an apartment with her brother and looking for a part time job to help them make ends meet. She finds one working at what appears to be a small, not very busy antique shop. The owner seems to be a cranky, but sexy man, and the clientele are also rather odd, to say the least. And the strangest thing? Even though the store does appear to be open to anyone, part of her job is to chase away any tourists who wander in. What kind of antique shop doesn't want tourists to shop there? Clearly there's more going on than meets the eye.

This was a fun and interesting paranormal urban fantasy novel that I received a review copy to read. The customers of the store are all manner of magical beings, from fae, to vampires and everything in between. Many are friendly (some almost too friendly, like the incubus who visits the store), while others are not so friendly. Including one who actively dislikes her, and leaves her feeling threatened whenever he is around. Why though, comes as a bit of a surprise to her.

This was, in my opinion, primarily a paranormal romance with a number of twists along the way. I thought it a fun story, and one that I believe most people who enjoy paranormal fantasy books would enjoy. Do be aware that there are a few sex scenes in this book. Not many, but they aren't The "fade to black" style.

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Monday, June 12, 2023

"To be Normal" by Jessica Salina

In the City of Riverpeak, Colorado, a group of friends have been helping a superhero who goes by the name of Hematite. Hematite can't die. He uses his powers to fight evil and try to rid his city of the corruption infesting the east side. Drugs are being produced and sold, and young women are going missing. When Hannah, a popular fantasy author moves to town, Hematite is suspicious. Is her arrival merely a coincidence? Or is she part of the drug ring?

I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. It was the second book in this series, and after reading it I want to track down book 1 to learn more about Hematite's origins. And then of course, I'll need to wait for the release of book 3. This series has captured my interest, making me want to learn more. As someone who collected and wide read a variety of comic books over the years, naturally a book about a small town superhero would capture my attention.

If you enjoy books about superheroes or, like me, enjoyed reading comic books as a kid, then I think you will enjoy this book just as much as I did.

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Monday, June 5, 2023

"The Quarter Mage" by Angelina J Steffort

Princess Sanja tried to run from an arranged marriage to a cruel man. But after being brought back & married despite her unwillingness, her new husband has her father immediately killed and has her stabbed with the two bodies disposed of. However the man who was supposed to kill her, once he has her away from her new husband, does what he can to heal her. Then he sends her off to hide in the neighboring faerie kingdom. Faeries, however, enjoy tormenting humans. And without the help of a human mage who takes her in as an apprentice, she would likely have been dead within a matter of days.

I received a review copy of this book, and I enjoyed it a great deal. The characters were interesting, and the human/faerie interactions made quite clear the often malevolent fascination that each had with the other. It also left me with some questions about the faerie prince that I hope will be answered in book 2 of this series. Because to me, he certainly seems to be more than a little interested in her, but it's not quite clear if in the future he is meant to become a friend or foe, both or neither.

This book left me wanting to read the next one in the series, which I plan on doing soon. I found it to be an unusual and interesting fantasy novel, and if you enjoy books involving the interactions of those who are born without magic, those who can learn it, and faeries, as well as stolen kingdoms, then give this one a try. I think you'll enjoy it too.

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