Archive for the ‘uban fantasy’ Category

Inferno-Sherrilyn Kenyon

May 6, 2013

Inferno
Sherrilyn Kenyon
St. Martin’s Griffin, Apr 9 2013, $18.99
ISBN: 9781250002839

The Cajun-demon Nick Gautier turned sixteen with concerns that seemingly everyone wants him dead. He has no friends as he learned firsthand to trust no one. The nearest individual to an ally Death wants him dead but warns him even his loved ones will betray him. Stunned Nick confronts his girlfriend Nekoda Kennedy, who confesses she must prevent a future Nick from becoming the Malachai who ended the world by stopping him now. Dumping Nekoda, being a teen Nick turns to Casey the cheerleader.

Enemies attack Nick and his Malachai father with no regard to collateral damage as they rationalize all will die otherwise. However, as their adversaries deploy increasingly deadlier assaults without success, they desperately turn to an ancient they cannot control. Nick soon concludes he must risk his life to stop the abomination threatening the world and also keep the future Nick from ending the world from happening while dating.

The latest Chronicles of Nick (see Infamous, Invisible and Infinity) is an action-packed twisting fantasy as the protagonist struggles to survive, save the world and find a date who does not want to kill him. Action-packed, fans will enjoy this entry although feel frustrated with the abrupt cliffhanger climax requiring a wait for book five.

Harriet Klausner

Dead Things- Stephen Blackmoore

February 4, 2013

Dead Things
Stephen Blackmoore
Daw, Feb 5 2013, $7.99
ISBN 9780756407742

Fifteen years ago necromancer Eric Carter fled Los Angeles with no plans ever to return as too many essences wanted him dead. Estranged from his family, over the decade and a half he used his paranormal skills to make a nice living mostly helping spirits move on and occasionally some more dangerous missions, but he always adhered to his vow until now. Something ripped to shreds his sister Lucy in her home. Feeling guilt as he may have been the motive for her torturous death, Carter needs to know who did it so he can bring Lucy justice.

Carter comes home to learn his worst fears seem true when his sibling’s killer left a message that only he could read. Anguished Carter knows Lucy was an avenue to get to him. However, he knows so many want to perform the act of his gruesome murder, but who was amoral enough to use Lucy as an expendable tool? His answer to his rhetorical question leaves him with numerous suspects as he woks the blighted streets.

Dead Things is a great hard-boiled detective thriller inside an urban fantasy landscape. Fast-paced from the moment the kick butt necromancer comes home to the “Mad City” to investigate his sister’s murder and never slows down, readers will appreciate this terrific paranormal mystery as few writers capture Los Angeles as the City of the Lost as well as Stephen Blackmoore does.

Harriet Klausner

Gates of Paradise-Melissa de la Cruz

January 19, 2013

Gates of Paradise
Melissa de la Cruz
Hyperion, Jan 15 2013, $16.99
ISBN: 9781423157410

As the London coven has little to celebrate the New Year, Lucifer begins his final assault on the gate of Paradise as he believes victory is now. Supporting him is the powerful sibling angels Abbadon and Azrael, respectively known as Jack and Mimi Force elsewhere, who are assigned by Lucifer to kill their loved ones.

While Lucifer continues his attack, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn and Lawson the wolf team up to liberate his people from hell; Abbadon and Azrael prepare for the right moment for a betrayal. At about the same time Schuyler Van Alen, worried about Jack who she last saw in Egypt, becomes a prisoner in Hell where she thinks the only hope for Heaven and earth resides with doing what Michel refused to do when faced with the same crisis in Ancient Rome.

The final Blue Bloods urban fantasy (see Lost In Time and Bloody Valentine) is a super climax to a strong good and evil saga as the prime subplots are tied up. The cast is powerful from the diabolical Prince of Hell to the Force angels who expect death regardless of the outcome to the heroic sacrificing Schuyler ready to die in hell for a heavenly cause.

Harriet Klausner

Ever After-Kim Harrison

December 26, 2012

Ever After
Kim Harrison
Harper Voyager, Jan 22 2013, $27.99
ISBN 9780061957918

Elf Trent Kalamack’s top security expert, Quen Hanson wants to hire witch-demon Rachel Morgan to protect his employer so he can spend quality time with Ceri and their babies (Lucy and Ray). Though she knows she desperately needs the money, Rachel declines the offer due to her bi-polar history with the mogul.

The ley line Rachel created is rapidly eroding the demon Ever After realm. At the same time, Rosewood syndrome infected children start vanishing with Rachel as the only suspect after the ley line disaster; while an insane extremely powerful demon abducts Ceri and Lucy. With no choice, Rachel teams up with Trent and Quen to prevent the end of the demonic realm (and her life) and rescue the security expert’s family while betrayal awaits their efforts.

The latest Hollows urban fantasy (see A Perfect Blood) is a great entry that series fans will relish as the transition to the end game countdown has begun. Filled with action and numerous exciting subplots containing a sense of pending doom (including Rachel’s convoluted AFU personal life and insight into the demon-elf hostilities), the Hollows readers will enjoy this thriller.

Harriet Klausner

A Love Untamed-Pamela Palmer

December 22, 2012

A Love Untamed
Pamela Palmer
Avon, Dec 26 2012, $7.99
ISBN: 9780062107510

Once he was Kieran the Therian, but now he has become the latest rendition of Fox. He was the only one of the new shapeshfting Feral Warriors who did not attack the team veterans (see Ecstasy Untamed). Still as the rookie, Fox needs to prove as much to himself as his teammates he belongs as their equal in their endless war against the evil Daemons.

He is assigned teaming with Melisande the Ilena warrior who loathes shapeshifters. Expecting his teammate to be like all females wanting him, Fox is stunned by her hatred and distrust of him. As he begins to defrost the ice warrior, they become snared inside a daemon mage trap. Working together to escape before time runs out on them, Melisande and Fox find love and trust as the keys to freedom.

The latest exciting Feral Warriors romantic urban fantasy (see Rapture Untamed) is an enjoyable entry as two warriors, a newcomer and a shapeshifter hater, pair up. The storyline is fast-paced but has a somewhat déjà vu feel with the couple falling into a spirit trap. Still series fans will appreciate this tale as only love can save the lives of the Feral and Ilena Warriors.

Harriet Klausner

The Keepers: L.A. – Keeper of the Night-Heather Graham

December 15, 2012

The Keepers: L.A. – Keeper of the Night

Heather Graham

Harlequin Nocturne, Dec 18 2012, $5.50

ISBN:  9780373885619

 

Musician Rhiannon Gryffald relocates to Los Angeles as the new Keeper of Southern California; a tough place to enforce peace amidst the Others and the human species as Hollywood is loaded with performers.  Her first major assignment as the Keeper to the stars is serial murders in which the evidence points towards a rogue vampire.  Her investigation leads to Elven police detective Brodie Mac who is undercover as an actor on a show working the same case. 

 

Rhiannon and Brodie agree to work the case together.  They soon connect the victims to Brodie’s show.  Believing they know the predator personally though not the identity of whom he/she is as the culprit remains hidden in plain sight; the pair tries to focus on ending the homicides though their attraction makes concentration on the killer difficult.

 

The first of a new Keepers series (future tales by Harley Jane Kozak and Alexandra Sokoloff) is an entertaining entry as the Los Angeles paranormal realm seems genuine with Brodie as an Elven cop anchoring the realism.  The whodunit is cleverly designed as a combo matchmaker and Hollywood Homicide inquiry as the protagonists know they must solve the case quickly (with timeouts for kisses) without revealing the truth of the Others residing among the humans.  Readers will enjoy Heather Graham’s tour of the SOCAL night life. 

 

Harriet Klausner

Enchanted Ever After-Robin D. Owens

December 11, 2012

Enchanted Ever After

Robin D. Owens

Luna/Harlequin, Dec 18 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9780373803477

 

In Denver, Kiri Palger loves online gaming though her job of the last two years at a national computer firm has left her drained of more energy than losing at Fairies and Dragons.  Needing to unkink after a long day on her butt at the office, Kiri takes a walk in Mystic Circle where she lives.  A man with a runner’s physique accosts her saying he is from Eight Corps, Human Resources, parent company of Fairies and Dragons where she hopes to work at one day.  He refers to her neighbor Jennie Weaver as a reference, but calls her Jindesfarne Mistweaver Emberdrake (see Enchanted No More).  When he floats his business card to her, a frightened Kiri rushes home while hybrid Lightfolk Lathyr Tricurrent watches her retreat.

 

At a neighborhood party that Lathyr attends, Jennie hires Kiri to work on a new game.  As she spends time with Lathyr, Kiri works on the new project while she finds herself obtaining mystical new powers.  Soon she and Lathyr are on a magical quest as Kiri “tests” in real life the game she is helping to create.

 

The third Mystic Circle romantic fantasy (see Enchanted Again) is a fun entertaining thriller as the real and virtual worlds merge.  Fast-paced, fans will enjoy Kiri’s lighthearted romp as she must choose between magically in love or ennui in the mundane. 

 

Harriet Klausner

Enchanted Ever After-Robin D. Owens

December 11, 2012

Enchanted Ever After

Robin D. Owens

Luna/Harlequin, Dec 18 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9780373803477

 

In Denver, Kiri Palger loves online gaming though her job of the last two years at a national computer firm has left her drained of more energy than losing at Fairies and Dragons.  Needing to unkink after a long day on her butt at the office, Kiri takes a walk in Mystic Circle where she lives.  A man with a runner’s physique accosts her saying he is from Eight Corps, Human Resources, parent company of Fairies and Dragons where she hopes to work at one day.  He refers to her neighbor Jennie Weaver as a reference, but calls her Jindesfarne Mistweaver Emberdrake (see Enchanted No More).  When he floats his business card to her, a frightened Kiri rushes home while hybrid Lightfolk Lathyr Tricurrent watches her retreat.

 

At a neighborhood party that Lathyr attends, Jennie hires Kiri to work on a new game.  As she spends time with Lathyr, Kiri works on the new project while she finds herself obtaining mystical new powers.  Soon she and Lathyr are on a magical quest as Kiri “tests” in real life the game she is helping to create.

 

The third Mystic Circle romantic fantasy (see Enchanted Again) is a fun entertaining thriller as the real and virtual worlds merge.  Fast-paced, fans will enjoy Kiri’s lighthearted romp as she must choose between magically in love or ennui in the mundane. 

 

Harriet Klausner

Echo-Alyson Noël

October 22, 2012

Echo

Alyson Noël

St. Martin’s Griffin, Nov 13 2012, $18.99

ISBN: 9780312664879

 

In Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire Santos learned from her paternal grandmother Paloma why she is different is due to heredity making her a Soul Seeker who travels between the mundane world of the living and the surreal world of the dead like her late dad and her grandma.  As the last of her line, Daire is Fated to save or destroy the world of the living. 

 

With her boyfriend of her dreams Dace at her side, Daire saved her grandma’s soul.  However, as a lethal second order effect the Richter sorcerers escaped and have caused havoc in the Lowerworld.  Dace’s sibling Cade leads a horde of ancestors on a destructive path that causes Daire to choose between embracing her Fated prophecy at a cost to her heart and soul or to allow Cade to conquer the world starting with a small town in the Land of Enchantment.

 

The second sensational Soul Seekers urban fantasy is a fast-paced thriller starring an intrepid heroine who understands what she must do but the price weighs heavily on her emotional well-being as increasingly PTSD symptoms cause her to hesitate.  The storyline is thin, but entertaining as fans wonder whether Daire will dare to embrace her fate before it is too late as either way she chooses she knows the cost is beyond what she can mentally afford.

 

Harriet Klausner

Covet-Melissa Darnell

September 8, 2012

Covet

Melissa Darnell

Harlequin Teen, Sep 25 2012, $9.99

ISBN: 9780373210565

 

In Jacksonville, Texas until recently Savannah Colbert never comprehended why the Clann overtly loathed her.  At school Tristan Coleman refused to acknowledge she existed as he was warned to keep his distance.  That ended when she came back from a week of absenteeism totally changed as Sav and Tristan became an entry (see Crave). 

 

After a warning from the Vampire Council to never see Tristan or else, Sav ends their relationship to protect her beloved from what she is tuning into.  Tristan refuses to accept her assertion that it is over as he knows there is more to this.  Vowing to find a way for them to be together, neither is ready for what awaits them.

 

The second Clann teen urban romantic fantasy is an engaging coming of age thriller.  Both protagonists mature out of necessity as much as due to their love, while the support cast enhances the insight into the Darnell vampire mythos.  Leisurely paced for the most part, readers will enjoy this fresh vampire romance.

 

Harriet Klausner