Posts Categorized: Paranormal

Dec 08
Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

This is the first time I’ve said this about a Richelle Mead book (excluding Gameboard of the Gods), but where was the action???  Where was the excitement???  Maybe this was something I’ve been able to overlook in her earlier works because I was enjoying them so much, but there was SO much recapping of earlier events and extensive, repetitive explanations of lore.  I do think authors should cater somewhat to a reader who picks up a series mid-stream, but there… Read more »


Dec 01
Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

No Angel does not take itself very seriously, and as a result, neither did I.  But that does not mean that I didn’t enjoy it, and I found myself succumbing to the silly humor, even as the non-stop twists continued to pile up.  Rafael Angelos is a simple guy in a unique position – he’s the only male student in a boarding school for girls.  As soon as he sets foot on campus, the girls are pounding down his door… Read more »


Nov 07
Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Note: This review will contain spoilers from Poison Princess, the first book in the series. The Arcana Chronicles series reads like a mystical version of The Hunger Games.  That’s not a bad thing here.  Usually when I compare a book to The Hunger Games, it doesn’t fare well in comparison.  But Kresley Cole manages to keep the whole teenagers-out-to-slaughter-each-other thing fresh by having them embody the characters on Tarot cards. Evie is the Empress, and she is completely transformed from… Read more »


Oct 06
Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

I had very high expectations for Frozen.  I love Las Vegas, and I love post-apocalyptic stories, and the combination of the two was irresistible.  I’ve already had a great experience with the video game,  Fallout: New Vegas, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic (you guessed it) Las Vegas.  But the story in Frozen couldn’t even measure up to the story in the video game. My first inkling that I might be in for some trouble came right at the outset… Read more »


Oct 03
Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

My knowledge of the Tudor period primarily comes from the Showtime series, The Tudors, the wonderful film, Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, and the occasional historical fiction novel.  In other words, my knowledge is not exactly extensive, and I approached Witchstruck with the desire to be entertained and without any thought of wanting to nitpick for accuracy.  Obviously, since Lamb decided to feature a witch living alongside the future Queen Elizabeth, we know that this is not intended to be a… Read more »


Sep 09
Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

Review: Shadows by Paula Weston

How does an author write a story about angels while maintaining a sense of originality?  Give the main character a major case of memory loss.  Gaby, the narrator, is still mourning the loss of her brother, Jude, in a car accident.  She doesn’t remember much, but she has bizarre nightmares of fighting demons.  A guy named Rafa shows up and claims to have information about Gaby’s and Jude’s pasts, but it seems too far-fetched for Gaby to believe.  Readers unfamiliar… Read more »


Sep 03
Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Note: This review contains spoilers of the first book in the series, The Sweetest Dark. The Deepest Night suffers from a case of sophomore-itis.  The first book, The Sweetest Dark (you can see my review here), revealed Lora’s shocking secret: she’s a dragon.  And so is Armand, who is deeply in love with Lora.  Small world!  That book was enjoyable for a lot of reasons: The WWI setting in England; the fish out of water aspect of poor-girl Lora given… Read more »


Jul 25
Review: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

Review: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

At nearly 700 pages, The Fury is a monster of a book – nearly as monstrous as the image on the cover.  Unfortunately, before I was even halfway through, I was close to tearing my hair out.  Just end already!!!  I think this book may turn off readers who are drawn in by the cover and the synopsis.   You may think you’re getting a zombie story, but partway through this massive tome, the story suddenly turns supernatural, and I… Read more »