Like most anthologies, this is a mixed bag. Really enjoyed the Dresden short story, and the third one, from the Greywalker series, is strong as well.
Month: August 2015
This doesn’t have the stakes of the original, but it is a lightweight, delightful homage to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The private schools of Longbourn (for girls) and Pemberly (for boys)– see what she did there?–pair their well-to-do students up every year for a no-holds-barred prom to end all proms. But scholarship student Lizzie Bennett has nothing but contempt for the rich kids who mock her relative poverty and none is worse than the stuck-up Will Darcy. Great fun.
In Book 7, all the storylines from 7 books come to a head, as Kate faces down her greatest fear, with the lives of everyone she loves at stake. Andrews’ usual sensational storytelling drives the plot forward, and time after time she surprises us with her twists and turns. Highly, highly recommended. Book 8 comes out in two months and I can’t wait.
In Book 6 of the series, Kate and Curran and the Pack go on the road into a probable trap, and Andrews delivers a smoking story that advances the broader narrative and is highly successful in its own right. Sensational villains, complicated side characters, incredible fights, this book is the whole package for an urban fantasy fan. Highly recommended.
Terrific spin-off from the Kate Daniels series featuring Kate’s best friend, Andrea, and covering her investigation into the murders of shape-shifters at a work site run by Andrea’s ex, the sexy were-hyena, Raphael. Of course, since this is part of the Kate Daniels world, there are great fights, scary creatures, and dialogue with attitude. Recommended.
|I have mad love for this series, but this is more of a transitional book, until Andrews finds her stride again more firmly in Book 6. However, I can not recommend the series overall more highly. A terrific heroine with fully developed characters around her, great action sequences, strong romance, and snark. It’s a total win.|
Kate’s work at the Order pulls her into a simple bar fight that leads her to her toughest challenge yet. And is she falling for Curran, the Beast Lord, or not? Gripping urban fantasy has me turning pages at top speed then going back to reread the book immediately.
Andrews’ writing just gets stronger as Part 3 of the Kate Daniels series unfolds. When one of her shapeshifter friends gets involved in the underground fights of the Midnight Games, it’s only a matter of time before Kate is pulled into battle mode. And the Beast Lord will kill them all if he finds out. Great stuff.
A haunting story of a crew of teen con artists in Las Vegas, all mentored by their own Fagan, an older con artist, whose goal is to keep them from getting arrested.And they are all successful at what they do, until one day their crimes catch up with them, and they have to pull off the biggest con of all. Clearly deeply researched, this book will certainly alert you to MANY ways to lose your money in Vegas beyond your gambling. This book feels like a YA story, but since our heroine, Piper, cons men who think she’s a prostitute, and for overall amorality, I recommend it for 17 and up.
Note: I was given a free e-copy of this book in the hopes that I would review it.
A terrific gothic take on Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau. When 16-year-old Juliet Moreau decides to leave her work as a servant in Victorian London and discover the truth about her father, a brilliant surgeon who was exiled in disgrace, she take a freighter with her father’s handsome assistant, Montgomery, to discover a world beyond anything she can imagine. Creepy and creative, for older teens only.