Category: Paranormal

Dec 31
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews (review)

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews (review)

“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?” I love how sarcastic and funny Kate is. She knows how she should act around vampires and werewolves, but she doesn’t always do so. Especially around the Beast Lord. She makes mistakes and owns up to them. She admits she is lonely, but she is also unafraid to call the men in her life on the stupid things they sometimes do. She has lines she will not cross, and she also has a strong sense of right and wrong. She has a magic sword that actually drools…. Read more »

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Dec 27
Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

I really liked the way ghosts were portrayed in the book. As well as the way Mel interacted with them. It was not only believable, but quite funny at times! There were a few different ghosts in the book besides the one in the main storyline that haunted Crosswinds. They each had their own distinct personalities and quirks. As did the living characters in the book. I was totally surprised by who killed Chantelle, I had a few guesses, none of which turned out to be correct. But it made perfect sense once the killer was revealed. I also liked… Read more »

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Dec 23
First Year (The Black Mage #1) by Rachel E. Carter (review)

First Year (The Black Mage #1) by Rachel E. Carter (review)

The synopsis was a bit deceptive. I thought we’d get to see or at least hear about, Ryiah and her twin choosing their schools. Or even anything about Ryiah and her powers. But the book starts off with the twins heading to the magic Academy. I also wasn’t a fan of how the book dealt with her powers prior to entering the School. It almost felt like important story bits had been cut out of the beginning of the book during an editing phase. The friendship theme with Darren didn’t work for me at first. He had been too much… Read more »

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Dec 16
The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary (review)

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary (review)

Saki behaved the way I’d expect a 13 year old girl to act, when dragged out into the middle of nowhere and forced to leave her friends behind. Which is to say, she was an almost unlikeable little brat. Which while realistic, wasn’t much fun to read about. Luckily, once the curse came into play, she started to grow up a bit. I loved the kitsune the best of the three spirit guides Saki met. And I liked the tanuki the least. Which was kind of amusing because the kitsune tells Saki that everyone likes the third spirit (the tanuki)… Read more »

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Dec 13
Indelible (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

Indelible (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

I won the third book in this series in a giveaway, not knowing that it was the third book. So I went to the library to pick up the other two. I think the Universe was trying to tell me something. I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the world of the Twixt, and how it bled over into Joy’s world once she was marked by Ink. I loved how cute Ink was as he learned about what it was to be and look like a human from Joy. He grew so much as a character during the book. It… Read more »

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Dec 03
Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery #3) by Heather Blake (review)

Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery #3) by Heather Blake (review)

I loved all the Southern-isms in the book. The way the characters talked, the phrases they used for things, the foods and parties and everything. It made the book feel more real, even though I did not grow up in the South, I could picture it all perfectly in my head. I’m used to cozy mysteries where the business that the main character owns (if they own one at all) plays some part in the mystery. And while this one DID use the potion shop, it was in a very round about way. Most of the focus in this book… Read more »

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Dec 02
A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

I love this series because of the wide variety of Fae we get introduced to. And the Fae are not the sweetness and light that some stories and cartoons make them out to be. They are the stuff of the original dark fairytales. There are other reasons I love the series, but most of them fall into a guilty pleasure area. Taranis finally falls into madness in a way everyone around him can see it, whether or not they choose to. Except of course most humans, because they are not around him all the time like the Fae. And Andais… Read more »

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Nov 19
The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning (The Vampire from Hell #1) by Ally Thomas (review)

The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning (The Vampire from Hell #1) by Ally Thomas (review)

It sounded like it might make for an interesting twist. And the way Hell is set up like a business was kind of neat. They use computers and modern technology to keep track of humans going into and out of Hell. The Hell Hounds weren’t like I’m used to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s mostly a light read, not lots of background information, and nothing that you have to concentrate on or you’ll miss it. We didn’t really get a lot explained, but since the book is fairly short that was expected. I’m not sure what the… Read more »

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Nov 18
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

This was a fairly quick read, though not up to the usual scary standards I’ve come to expect from this author. There was a bit of suspense, but it never got to even slightly creepy. All the workers at the Hall seemed to know Sophia’s ghost was haunting them, and had been a wicked child. But Florence’s Aunt and Uncle had no idea. Florence’s Aunt hated her on sight, and believed the worst about her. While at the same time, thinking Sophie had been the next thing to an Angel. Constantly yelling at Florence and trying to get her sent… Read more »

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Nov 15
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (review)

“We’re the good guys. That we’re scary doesn’t mean we’re the villains.”   This is one of my favorite Mercy Thompson books yet! I love the series in general, but this one just stood out more for some reason. I got about halfway through the book, and wondered what was going to happen next. Because at that point, most of the plot seemed like it was wrapped up with only a few things left to do. And then more twists happened. Ones that worked with what had happened already so far, and didn’t feel like they were just there to… Read more »

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