Category Archives: Urban Fantasy

Review: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

1811543Magic Burns
(Kate Daniels, #2)
By: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Ace
Published: April 1, 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

 

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Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

12043770Third Grave Dead Ahead
(Charley Davidson, #3)
By: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: January 1, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

 

 

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Review: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

3570231At Grave’s End
(Night Huntress, #3)
By: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Published: Dec. 30, 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

 

1thoughtsThis book has more action than the others. It seems like every time they turn around someone is trying to kill them. With all the action it left no time for romance between Bones and Cat but with everything going on, you hardly miss it. First Cat is attacked my her father, then there is a suicide bombing at a vampire ceremony where Bones aligns himself with a master vampire, Mencheres, who has special powers, Bones makes a couple more vampires and then there are even more attempts on their lives. I don’t want to go into too many details because the surprises in this book are rather shocking.

Even though there wasn’t a lot of Cat and Bones time, there was some. But I think my favorite part was with Tate and Cat. They get pretty close and steamy on a mission. They have to act like a couple and when the vamps don’t believe them, they are forced to get rather close and intimate. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t rooting for Tate. I don’t know why but for some reason in this book he really stepped up for me and plays a big part in Cat’s life.

The story moves at a fast pace and with all the battles that are taking place there is a lot going on. Cat’s mother is around a lot more in this book since she is staying with them after their location is compromised. She seems to lightening up some and isn’t as uptight as the last books. She has become more comfortable with Rodney the ghoul and even Bone’s as well.

 

1favepartMencheres has a floor of his house where all of his feeder humans live. Some hope to become vamps, others have nowhere else to go and some are staying to pay their way through college. When Bones shows Cat the floor with all the humans on it, Juan pops out talking about how much he loves it there with all the beautiful women. Cat accuses Bones of turning him into an even bigger pig and Bones shrugs and says

“He’s just a bit overwhelmed with all the new senses. He’ll get used to them. Or get neutered if he forgets himself and even thinks of palming your arse, do you think I’m blind?”
He slapped at the hand wandering with feigned innocence near my hip.
“Control, amigo. Learn it.”

 

Previous reviews from Night Huntress
Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave

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Review: Kissed by Darkness by Shea Macleod

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Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

2168860One Foot in the Grave
(Night Huntress, #2)
By: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Published: April 29, 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again. Original.

 

1thoughtsThis second book takes place 4 years later. Cat is now the team leader of her special forces group who take down the undead. She has turned cynical and sour over the years but she will do anything for her team. After all these years she still misses Bones and cannot seem to forget about him. However after a turn of events Cat is reunited with Bones and it doesn’t take long for their relationship to rekindle. But Cat seems to have a price on her head and Bones is ready to do anything in order to keep Cat safe, which includes joining her team.

The first part of the book is about Cat and her new life. You see how much she has changed but no matter what she still holds onto the past. She is respected by her team of men and she would do anything to make sure they are safe. Then comes Bones who after years of searching for Cat, has finally found her and no matter what refuses to let her go again. So since Cat is so dead set on staying with her men since, let’s face it, without her half vampire strength and speed, they would be dead without her, Bone decides to join the special forces group. Once Bones is on board, he and Cat pick up where they left off. There of course are a couple of bumps along the way, like someone putting a bounty on Cat’s head, Bones’ ex-lovers popping up and a little problem with Cat’s vampire father making an appearance.

This one sets the stage for Cat and Bones to work with the team and create a stronger vampire fighting unit. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Cat and Bones’ story.

 

1favequoteTate and Bones are ready to fight and Tate rubs it into Bones’ face that he has known Cat for 4 years now whereas Bones only knew her for 6 months.

“Quit it! Tate, enough of the taunts, and Bones, how old are you? Why don’t I just give you a pair of my panties to hang around your neck? Then whenever you feel jealous, you can wave them at whoever’s pissing you off.” -Cat

 

 

Previous reviews from Night Huntress
Halfway to the Grave
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Review: Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

7060582Twice Bitten
(Chicagoland Vampires, #3)
By: Chloe Neill
Publisher: NAL Trade
Published: July 6, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.

 

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Review: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

38619Magic Bites
(Kate Daniels, #1)
By: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Ace
Published: April 1, 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

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Review: Never Deal with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

17798617Never Deal with Dragons
(DRACIM, #1)
By: Lorenda Christensen
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: July 22, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Consoling a sobbing dragon and serving pig buffets are just part of the job for Myrna Banks. Working for a mediation firm, it’s her job to get humans compensated for damages caused by the dragons who now rule. But her “typical” day is interrupted by Trian Chobardan, an old flame who sneaked out of her bed two years ago, taking her heart and a handful of classified documents with him.

Myrna would love to show Trian the door, but he’s been sent by North America’s reigning dragon lord for help negotiating a truce with a powerful rival to avert war. Myrna agrees to help, even though she’ll be stuck with Trian as a partner.

As the two work together, Myrna finds Trian to be surprisingly supportive—and still irresistibly attractive. Though her brain tells her not to forget his betrayal, her body feels differently. When they learn the enemy dragon lord is planning something no one could have imagined, Myrna has to learn who she can trust before she loses not only her heart, but her life.

 

1thoughtsMyrna was demoted at her job when her boyfriend stole important work documents from her home and virtually disappeared from her life. She’s now the assistant to a man who not only hates dragons but can’t dragonspeak, which their job is to mediate problems between dragons and humans. So when her ex, Trian, walks into her place of work, she’d like nothing better than to throw him out on his butt. However, she soon finds herself in the middle of a dragon war and must rely on Trian to keep her alive.

There wasn’t a lot of romance in this story. In fact the majority of it is pretty much urban fantasy with a smidgen of romance at the end. So with that being said, I was a little disappointed that a paranormal romance didn’t have much in the way of romance. However, the story itself was highly entertaining and I found myself enjoying it.

There is a lot of fighting, a ton of dragon action taking place in the story and quite a bit of suspense. I liked that the author didn’t play down the dragons. Instead they took front and center in the story. Their scaly hides were always present. She showed how they viewed humans as no more than slaves and she even wrote a particular disturbing scene with a terrified goat and his last minutes of life before being eaten by a dragon.

One of the big shockers in the book did not come as a surprise to me. In fact, from the beginning I knew what it was, and was a little disappointed when it was revealed that everyone made such a big deal about it… and yet no one figured it out. I always hate when I know the big secret before I’m even fully immersed in the book.

Regardless of my issues with the book, I did find it entertaining. I liked the suspense and fighting in the book. I like that the author didn’t make dragons vegetarians or make them humanized in the eyes of the reader. They are predators and she wrote them as such. This is a good book for someone who is interested in reading an urban fantasy about dragons.

 

1favequote“I was beginning to worry I’d have a heart attack combining exercise with sexual attraction.”

kRISTIN

Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

9565045Second Grave on the Left
(Charley Davidson #2)
By: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: Aug. 16, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

 

1thoughtsCharlie is the grim reaper, the portal to heaven, she can communicate with the deceased, she is a private investigator during the day, oh yeah and she is in love with Reyes, who just so happens to be the son of Satan.

In the second intallment of Charley’s story we are taken on another one of Charley’s P.I. jobs. Her best friend/neighbor/assistant, Cookie, finds out that her friend has gone missing and Charley takes the case to figure out where her friend Mimi has gone. However, things start looking bad when Mimi’s old classmates start turning up dead and Charley has to figure out what the connection is before time runs out.

Reyes also makes a bunch of appearances as well but he’s in his incorporeal form. Charley finds out that after his escape from prison, he was captured by demons and is now being tortured by them. Reyes refuses to tell Charley where his body is because he feels that it’s a trap and that the demons are really after her. After all, if they get Charley, they get the portal into Heaven. However, his body can only take so much before it dies and neither of them know what will happen if Reyes were to perish.

Again, Darynda has done a great job writing an entertaining story that will have the readers laughing and on the edge of their seat until the very last page. Even though Reyes is the son of Satan and he threatens Charley a lot, you sort of don’t hate the guy for it. As a young boy he was kidnapped by a cruel man who tortured and beat him. Not only that but you add the fact that for centuries he was a General in his father’s (Satan) army, what do you really expect? Not only are the characters developed well but the story flows beautifully. Everything that is written has a purpose and is never lacking in entertainment. I will definitely be keeping up with this series. I cannot wait to see what crazy adventure Charley goes on next. Not only that but I really want to know more about Reyes.

 

1favequote“I’m an excellent liar. Ask my dentist. He swears I floss regularly.” -Charley

 

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First Grave on the Right

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Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hounded
(The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
By: Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: March 3, 2011
Genre: Urban Fanstasy
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The first novel in the original, six-book Iron Druid Chronicles—introducing a cool, new, funny urban fantasy hero

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

 

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