I’ve liked some of Armstrong’s earlier books, but this YA didn’t work for me at all. Our protagonist is 16, but seems much younger, plot twists are signaled way ahead of time, and it feels too much like stronger books, including Shiver, the Mercy Thompson series, and Morganville Vampires. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but I won’t be continuing the series. Okay for 14 and up (though that’s not a guarantee that later books won’t skew older).
Tessa’s conflict between her werewolf and witch sides comes to a head, as the local coven demands she be returned to them to head the coven. Great tension and action in this one, as the story rockets forward. Much fun – still for 16 and up.
Werewolf Tessa is forced to reach out to the local coven, whose leader hates her, to find a cure for her ailing roommate. I liked this chance for us to get to know Tessa’s family inheritance as a witch, or bruja. Another quick read for the 16+ audience.
Wow! The best one in this series for quite a while, though I have enjoyed them all. Atlanta mercenary Kate Daniels just wants to live her life: marry her boyfriend, get her PI agency going, fight the occasional monster. But she is the daughter of the greatest evil the planet has ever seen, and she will have to face him sooner rather than later. This novel just explodes across the pages, and it incorporates all the characters we’ve come to care about. A wonderful celebration of all that is great and good in the Kate Daniels novels: adventure, romance, negotiation, and assorted badassery. A fantastic read – 18 and up.
An excellent novella focusing on werewolf Derek, who is working with Cutting Edge Investigations to track down a murderer. Naturally, he is pulled further into Atlanta’s magic underworld, as is teenager Julie, who is working to become a magic-user. A great read, whether you are a fan of the Kate Daniels series or not. If this is the beginning of a spin-off series, count me in.