My rating: 4 of 5 stars Note: Free copy in exchange for honest review. What fun. I love Jamie’s internal monologue. Family lawyer Jamie Quinn is in no way prepared for a criminal defense case, but what to to when her nephew is accused of killing his music teacher with a didgeridoo? And what’s a … More Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
The Bad Guy is really bad. (His father is worse.) The King is really useless. The Magic is all a fraud… or is it? And should the Real Magic be kept under wraps? Girls can’t qualify as Official Musicians, but Lin is so great that the Greatest Bard encouraged her to pay her music at … More Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
30 pages in, I give up. Story takes place in Albion, a common name for Merrie Olde England. Plot: Manly men fight, women are arm candy. I’ve met this plot before in The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) by Bernard Cornwell (my 5 star review here: https://bookcarouselblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/the-last-kingdom-by-bernard-cornwell/) I thought I’d love the book, … More The Wolf by Leo Carew
We’re putting the band back together… not the musical band. The war band. Why? Because one person’s daughter took up the warrior’s road and got well and truly trapped by a siege. Slogged through ~145 pages. Most boring book I’ve read in a long long time.
Two young foxes watch an semi-abandoned country house. His Lordship fails at the capital and retires to said country house. Her Ladyship dutifully follows her husband, even though a strange thing happened to her at this very country house. The countryside. Where things are not entirely civilized. The young fox falls in love with His … More The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
It’s storm season here, and I’m not sure I ever read 1st book in the series, so… Not bad. The action is fun. Most of the dialogue is good, some is very B-movie or clunky. Harry keeps finding himself in situations where he has no access to his wizard tools. Yay improvisations! No buildings were … More Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Egyptian Mummy teams up with Roman Vampire to fight crime. In modern-day Miami. Pardon me while I croggle. OK, I’m back! Nonspoilery tidbits: The worldbuilding in this book is wonderful, a rare treat from a debut novel. Kudos. There’s a good starting scene where Alex (Alejandro) doesn’t tell his back-up that he isn’t afraid of … More Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil