State of the Blog

Well the site has been going for nearly two weeks and I think I have been fairly good at posting. I have had to edit quite a few posts to get the the format of the reviews (I decided to include ISBN numbers) and tagging right but as I am learning, the editing is decreasing. My biggest concern at the moment is that 4 star reviews are over-represented. It isn’t that I hand out 4 star reviews to all the books I read but rather if I am going to get some content on the site, I’d rather blog about the […]

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Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

  Kitty Norville is not your average werewolf by a long shot. She was attacked at park and forcibly turned which still haunts her. She occupies the lowest rung in the pack and when confronted by anything scary, her first reaction is to curl up into a ball and hope it goes away. Pack politics are violent and abusive. Rationally Kitty knows this is wrong, but isn’t it her job to follow her alpha, Carl, at all costs? On one level she craves Carl’s abuse as he sometimes follows it up with sex and she really just wants someone to love her. […]

May 11, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments
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Urban Fantasy Love

I was looking at my reviews and noticed that the urban fantasy category wasn’t getting much attention from me. The blog has been going for 10 days now and I’ve only done 1 UF review which is a bit tragic considering it’s one of my favourites. I did a university course last year on folk and fantasy literature and picked vampires as my assignment topic. From there I veered into urban fantasy properly and paranormal mystery & romance. I’ve decided to dedicate my weekend to all things urban fantasy and share a little of the love. I’ve just posted a […]

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Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

  Angel Crawford is not your typical heroine – she dropped out of high school, is addicted to pills and is on probation for possessing stolen goods. She and her alcoholic dad live in squalor and she has a loser boyfriend, of sorts.  In short, she is white trash. All this changes however when she wakes up in hospital after overdosing on drugs. Her memory may be distinctly fuzzy but she does remember being involved in a car crash. She receives a letter which tells her she has been given a new job as a driver for the coroner’s office […]

May 10, 2013 Reviews 2 Comments
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Review: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul

Review: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul

  This novel hits quite close to home as it was only in 2002 and again in 2005 when Bali was bombed. Shamini Flint definitely doesn’t shy away from unpleasant and what some would consider taboo topics. The fat man is back and this time he is hunting an opportunistic murderer. A bomb is detonated in Bali and when police recover the bodies, they discover one of the skull fragments has a bullet hole in it. I really enjoyed the character of Inspector Singh – he’s fat, sweaty, smokes like a chimney and has a habit of ticking off people in authority. […]

May 8, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments
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Review: The Mercenary by Cherry Adair

Review: The Mercenary by Cherry Adair

  I’m afraid I really did not like this book. I can suspend a certain amount of disbelief – most people who read romances and urban fantasy can – but I have my limits. I found the plot way too implausible, the characterisation poor and the characters’ interactions tedious. I know that is a strong attitude so let me qualify it by saying that I checked out Goodreads and at the time of this review, 1401 people had reviewed it and the average rating was 3.74. Clearly the book has fans even though it didn’t work for me. The premise of this novel […]

May 8, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments
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Review: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Review: A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

  A Week to Be Wicked is a distinct improvement from the last novel as the main characters are likeable, the situations they find themselves in amusing and the romance is swoon-worthy. The bespectacled Minerva, a bluestocking geologist propositions the delectable rake Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne. She wants him to leave her sister Diana alone and fake an elopement so she can attend the Royal Geological Society Symposium in Scotland. She offers him the price money of 500 guineas which she reckons she is a shoo-in to win with her plaster-cast of a giant lizard’s footprint.  I was pleasantly surprised […]

May 8, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments
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Review: What’s a Witch to Do? by Jennifer Harlow

Review: What’s a Witch to Do? by Jennifer Harlow

  What’s a Witch to Do? is a charming, light novel that has elements of paranormal romance, cozy mystery and urban fantasy. I loved the first two novels in the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigations series and couldn’t wait to rip into this one. It is not necessary to have read those books to fully appreciate this one but they are lots of fun. Mona McGregor is a very busy woman and just reading the first few pages exhausted me. Not only does she manage an occult shop, she is the High Priestess of a large coven and is raising her sister’s children.  It […]

May 8, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments
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Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

The indomitable and soulless Alexia Tarabotti, now Lady Maccon, is back in another delightful romp through steampunk Victorian England. Once again the supernaturals are feeling the pressure when all of them within a certain radius are turned human. Is it a plague or is it something more sinister? Queen Victoria is not amused and demands Alexia find the cause.  Alexia can’t rely on her husband, who happens to be a werewolf alpha, as he toddles up to Scotland to deal with his family. Whatever has caused the nullifying effect follows him. Alexia follows the trail up north with a large […]

May 7, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments
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