Series Reviews/Genre Pages Updates:
The Elemental by Shannon Mayer. 66 points (3 ½ stars). Larkspur is an Elemental without any elemental magic. Or is she? When she attacks her queen, she is given two choices: banishment or to training to become a Guard. Then a deadly illness sweeps across the population, and there is more to this illness than meets the eye. After that, it is just one problem for Larkspur to solve after the other.
Dante Valentine by Lilith Saintcrow. 93 points (4 ¾ stars). Dante Valentine is a Necromance, meaning she can speak to the dead. Now, Lucifer has tasked her with tracking down and killing the unkillable, and she doesn’t have the option to say no. But Lucifer is kind, they have sente Japhrimel with Dante, to help her. Who knew Dante’s revenge coud have so many consequences to herself?
Elemental Legacy by Elizabeth Hunter. 98 points (5 stars). Benjamin Vecchio is human, but has been raised around vampires ever since his “uncle” adopted him when he was a child. Tenzin is one of the oldest and most powerful vampires. Benjamin is looking for meaning to life, and has found it in searching for lost artifacts and shiny things. Tenzin is willing to go along with whatever Benjamin wants to do, so they go into business together. Now all Ben has to do is keep Tenzin from stealing the shinies.
Georgina Kincaid by Richelle Mead. 77 points (4 stars). Georgina Kincaid is a succubus. About two thousand years ago, she sold her soul away to make up for her a mistake she made. Now, she is tired of hurting people. She has a solid life, working at a bookstore and having sex with people for parts of their soul. She just wants something more. She wants love.
Immortality Bites by Michelle Rowen. 56 points (3 stars). Sarah Dearly used to have a life. Now she is a vampire and everything has changed. She is constantly under threat from vampire hunters. She cannot work anymore. She has to figure out what to do with herself. And worst of all, she can’t look in a mirror anymore! Good thing she has the sexy Thierry de Bennicoeur looking out for her!
Immortality Bites Mystery by Michelle Rowen. 70 points (3 ¾ stars) Sarah Dearly and Thierry de Bennicoeur have worked out their problems. Now Thierry has been asked to problem solve for the Vampire Council. It isn’t really something he can turn down. So they go together into danger.
Jaz Parks by Jennifer Rardin. 96 points (5 stars). Jaz Parks is an assassin. Together with her Vampere partner, Vayl, they take out threats that no one else can handle. However, they may get themselves into more trouble by taking on these tasks no one else can. Jaz is becoming more than human, and Vayl is the only Vampere on the CIA payroll, and one of the strongest. Together, they become powerful, and with their friends helping them nothing can get in their way. Even themselves.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. 72 points (3 ¾ stars). Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, destined by tradition and will to become the bodyguard and guardian to a Moroi. Bound to her best friend, Lissa Dragomir, in a very rare bond of legend, Rose knows who she is going to become guardian to. First they have to graduate high school, and in order to do that, Rose has to keep Lissa safe. Which is a bigger job than you would expect for a bunch of high schoolers who live in a boarding school in the middle of Montana.
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. 79 points (4 ¼ stars). Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, and she hates moroi. But after she got in trouble for helping a dhampir out in Russia, she has a new assignment. Watch after some moroi and dhampir to make certain they fraternize with the humans. She is going to be watched herself, because she got too close to that dhampir before. But are the moroi really the evil monsters she has been told they are?
Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie. 89 points (4 ¾ stars). Breq, formally the starship Justice of Toren, used to many. Now she is one, and she is on a mission. Breq lost her ship, and she lost her people on the ship, and she wants the one responsible for this treachery to pay. And Lord of the Radch, Anaander Mianaai, is the one responsible. The most powerful person in the Imperial Radch.
The Lost Stars by Jack Campbell. 89 points (4 ½ stars). The Syndicate and the Alliance used to be at wan, before John “Black Jack” Geary came back. Now the Syndicate is on the verge of collapse. Artur Drakon and Gwen Iceni aren’t going to let the Syndicate take them down with it. They are going to fight to create Midway Star System independent.
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. 72 points (3 ¾ stars). Humanity is at war. In order to get off Earth, they’re left with two choices: become a colonist or join the Colonial Defense Forces to protect the colonists. The Colonial Union has strict guidelines about who can sign up for either choice. But there is one stipulation: once you leave Earth you can never go back. Which means braving the danger of space, with hundreds of alien races fighting for the choicest planets.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. 96 points (5 stars). In 2019, a researcher working at Arecibo in Puerto Rico discovers extraterrestrial life. What he heard was beautiful singing from the planet that would come to be called Rakhat. The Society of Jesus quietly, but quickly, organised an expedition to this planet of singers. A catastrophic end to the mission leads the sole survivor, Emilio Sandoz, to be blamed for heinous crimes. But what really happened on Rakhat, and how does someone who might once have been considered a living saint become someone who became a whore and child killer? And where does he go from here?
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Advanced Review: Brave the Tempest by Karen Chance, book nine of Cassie Palmer
Mini Review: Newest installment of the series went as expected. No surprises and I was happy with it.
Advanced Review: Bursts of Fire by Susan Forest, book one of Addicted to Heaven
Mini Review: Young adult epic fantasy with a solid concept but shaky execution.
Mini Review: Unbelievable characters and worldbuilding and plot and I loved it.
Mini Review: One of my favourite series. The books this month ranged from okay to amazing. Great world, love the characters.
Mini Review: This series continues to be mediocre with not a lot happening except one after the other attacks and things to collect.
Mini Review: Absolutely brilliant series in the Realm of the Elderlings. Some of the most unique worldbuilding I’ve ever seen combined with amazing characters to both love and hate.
Mini Review: Products of their time, these books have absolutely amazing worldbuilding, with some very questionable contents at times.
Mini Review: Sequels to The Talent, these continue the great worldbuilding and combine it with some genuinely likable characters and interesting plot.
Mini Review: While I love the series, these first two books have some issues that get worked out later. These set up the world and characters I came to love, though.
Standalone: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Mini Review: Amazing combination of scifi with fantasy. Plus, it has jinn. I enjoyed the book a lot.