review: maggie for hire

Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley (2013) Looking for a new urban fantasy series featuring a female protagonist as the main character? May I suggest Maggie for Hire, the first book in Kate Danley’s Maggie MacKay Magical Tracker series. Even for this slow reader it was a quick read, and I’ve already added the second... Continue Reading →

review: the strongest steel

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole (2015) Are you here to find out whether or not you should add The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole to your to-be-read list of books? Short answer: yes. Want to know more? Keep reading… The Strongest Steel is the first book in Cole’s Second Circle Tattoos series. The book... Continue Reading →

review: wrong side of hell

Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman (2016) I read a lot of books that are the first in a series, and Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman is the next addition to that particular section on my bookshelves. When I read the first book in a series, I’m looking for the author to... Continue Reading →

review: odd thomas

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (2003) Though I have liked both of the books I have read by Dean Koontz in the past (Fear Nothing and Phantoms) he isn’t one of my go-to authors.  My perception of his work and the fact that his name is frequently spoken in the same breath as Stephen King’s... Continue Reading →

review: cursed city

Cursed City by William Massa (2016) Do you ever get into reading slumps?  You know, those periods when you search and search for something to read (even though you have tons of books already on your bookshelf just waiting for your attention) but nothing ever really sparks your interest? When you read sample after sample... Continue Reading →

review: dead things

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore (2013) I stumbled upon Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore when I was trying to find new authors to read.  I decided to give this one a try and it’s been on my e-reader for a couple of months.  Dead Things exists within the urban fantasy genre, and if you don’t... Continue Reading →

review: black wings

Black Wings by Christina Henry (2010) I have another first-in-series book to write about, this time Black Wings by Christina Henry.  It fits into the urban fantasy genre and takes place in one of my favorite cities--Chicago (I wonder if the protagonist and Harry Dresden have run into each other). This series follows the story... Continue Reading →

review: the lazarus gate

The Lazarus Gate by Mark A. Latham (2015) While haunting the science fiction/fantasy section of the bookstore a couple of weekends ago, I picked up the second book in this series--The Iscariot Sanction--and was intrigued enough to seek out the first book, The Lazarus Gate.  This year has been about completing and catching up on... Continue Reading →

review: the devil you know

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey (2007) I tried really hard not to allow myself to do this, but alas, I have no willpower when it comes to books.  The Devil You Know by Mike Carey is the first in a series featuring exorcist Felix “Fix” Castor, and although I’ve been trying to avoid... Continue Reading →

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