Necromancing the Stoneby Lish McBride At long last, it’s here! This review contains some spoilers from the first book, so proceed at your own risk. After killing the evil necromancer Douglas Montgomery in last year’s hilarious Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Sam LaCroix has not only inherited Douglas’ seat on their town’s supernatural Council, but he’s inherited his huge house, his shapeshifting cat butler James, and a small army of angry jam-loving gnomes as well. Just as he’s settling into his new position as head of a very unusual household, however, his sister gets a nasty threat delivered to her door, and a sudden death changes everything. One thing a necromancer should always keep in mind, after all, is that just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they stay that way. It feels like we’ve been waiting for this sequel forever, and I’m so pleased to report that catching up with Sam… Read more »
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Deadly Coolby Gemma Halliday How was it fair that I had to conduct a murder investigation and do trig? If Nancy Drew had a cheeky sense of humor, she would be Hartley Featherstone. Hartley’s boyfriend Josh has been cheating on her, and even worse, the girl turns up dead and Josh is now the prime suspect in Courtney’s murder. What’s a girl to do except band together with her best friend Sam and the good-looking Chase to try and solve the crime? Reading Deadly Cool is like eating a bowl of ice cream. It’s a refreshing treat following the afterburn of reading so many mopey and middling young adult novels, and it’s one that goes down smoothly and will leave you craving more more more! I didn’t expect for a murder mystery to keep me laughing throughout the entire story, but this one totally did. Hartley’s observations are hilarious, and… Read more »
Flying Blind (Dragon Diaries #1)by Deborah Cooke Aerial dragon battles. A girl with a cool mystical powers. Cute boys on motorbikes. What more could you ask for in a fun and fluffy paranormal book? Flying Blind took me completely by surprise. The story follows Zoë Sorensson, the only female dragon shapeshifter in existence, who has important duties to assume when she comes to maturity. The problem is, her powers haven’t bloomed properly and the few times they begin to appear–in the form of a mesmerizing flame in the pupils of her eyes and a single curved talon–she can’t control them. As a result, she’s shipped off to dragon “boot camp” where she’s huddled with a group of dragon boys she’s known all her life, including Nick, the attractive guy who she may be destined to be with. The dragon lore is exceptionally well thought-out, with specific behaviors and mythology. I… Read more »
Dearly, Departed (Dearly #1)by Lia Habel Dearly, Departed is one of the most enjoyable steampunk novels I’ve ever read, as the author skillfully puts Victorian customs down in a futuristic setting and then throws the crazy addition of zombies into the mix! It is, unfortunately, also a very frustrating novel in many ways, mainly because it has major flaws that stand in the way of a really terrific story. In the year 2195, Nora Dearly is just coming out of a period of mourning for her father, who was a noted scientist, when her home is attacked by living corpses. She’s rescued by Captain Bram Griswold, a dashing young man who turns out to be not quite alive himself. There’s a difference between Bram’s brand of zombie, however, who have technically died but have retained their memories and personality, and those who are just mindless, violent cannibals. There are a… Read more »
Babe in Boylandby Jody Gehrman It’s pretty much impossible to read this book and not smile throughout most of it. Impossible, I say! I’ve never read this author before, but the quirky cover and premise appealed to my sense of humor. Have you ever wondered why guys don’t call back when they say they will? Natalie has, so she decides to go undercover at a boys’ prep school for some inside info for her newspaper story on how the other half thinks. She cuts her hair, puts on a school uniform, applies some fake stubble, and throws herself right into the project. How hard can it be to figure out what makes boys tick, right? The set-up and many of the details are obviously far-fetched and silly (and have been used in many stories before this one), so you’re going to have to just run with them if you’re going… Read more »
Necromancer: A Novellaby Lish McBride In case you missed it, this Kindle freebie contains “Death and Waffles,” a companion story to the hilarious book Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. If you enjoyed reading about smart-mouthed Sam and his brief interactions with the pig-tailed, saddle-shoed harbinger of Death named Ashley, this story gives you a little more time with her. And yes, there are waffles. Plenty of them. If you haven’t read the book but enjoy fast-paced action and sarcastic dead-pan humor, I’d highly recommend it–my full review is on GoodReads if you’d like to check it out. This novella, which is currently free on Amazon, comes with a preview chapter for the book as well.
Demonglassby Rachel Hawkins I love a good paranormal book as much as the next person, but sometimes they take themselves too seriously. Enter Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall series, which follows the hilarious 16-year-old Sophie Mercer as she enters a reform school for supernatural kids. In the first installment, she learns that her father is a powerful warlock and that she’s inherited powers that are greatly coveted and feared–and tries to stop an attacking werewolf by yelling, “Bad dog!” I’m happy to report that Demonglass retains the same sarcastic humor and snappy, action-packed plot. Sophie is spending some time on her father’s estate to figure out whether she’s going to keep her awesome but pesky powers, and she’s still secretly pining for her missing demon-hunter crush, Archer Cross. Complicating matters is the revelation that cute-as-heck Cal has been betrothed to her for years (hey, they do things differently in the otherworld)… Read more »