Anne Bishop’s The Other’s series is a gem among gems. It is an Urban Fantasy set within an alternate reality where supernaturals rule and humans are relegated to small communities, afraid of the wild areas.
The Gardiner and Renner series starts off with a bang in Lisa Black’s second book. The series can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the first book, That Darkness, first. I have a thing for vigilantes, and Lisa Black’s series is just my thing…
My biggest complaint about this book is that it is number twelve in a series. Unfortunately NetGalley needs to update their series displays, unless it’s in the synopsis you can’t tell if it’s a series book. Yes, shame on me, I should have gone onto Goodreads.com and checked, but you see a pretty cover and a cool blurb and you get excited and you click. So, I think this book would have been much better if I was actually committed to the series, since there were eleven books that came before it.
A fresh new Paranormal Romance series, Once a Gypsy is a unique read that I found enjoyable and entertaining. Very slow to start it took me a little to get used to the nuances of the story and slog through a lot of the need to establish gypsy culture - but once the story got going it was interesting. I give it to Winters for staying true to the real gypsy culture, or at least the one that we are used to as depicted by TLC and not brushing it off, she did a great job of portraying pseudo-reality within the pages of fiction.
Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand was a quaint YA mystery that was reminiscent of my childhood favorites, the early Christopher Pike books - or even further with Nancy Drew.
Roman Crazy is going on my Top 10 list of favorite books this year. Relatable characters, funny dialogue, and descriptive writing made this a five-star read. As soon as I finished the last page I wanted to start reading it again.
This is my first book by Shelly Laurenston and she’s now officially an author to watch. Laurenston’s writing is filled with quick wit and robust world-building that grabs your attention and sucks you in.
This ARC review is ridiculously late. It took me forever to slug through this book, but I have to preface, it was not the stories fault, or the plot etc., it was the typography. This is a lesson to authors - your formatting matters. Why BERKLEY didn’t check their ARC output is beyond me. I understand it’s just the ARC - but you are trying to get reviews out of these and the LIGATURES were missing. For the none typography nerds out there - that’s the fi - when it converts to one glyph. See, in some fonts the fi combines and removes the dot on the i. Some fonts have this glyph, others do not. The master file used ligatures - when they converted it to an eARC the converted font didn’t have that glyph, which means EVERY fi in the book was missing. There are 3681 words that use an fi. It made this ARC almost impossible to read. I apologize for the long rant, but I feel obligated to read the book because I received and ARC, but found it impossible to enjoy the book since I was constantly being popped out of it.
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