Genre: Urban Fantasy

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Even though I really liked it, The Bone Season was a little all-over-the-place for me. Paige Mahoney’s gift is fascinating – the ability to step outside of herself and move her spirit not only in the world, but into others.  While this is definitely one of those “the main character has this rare and magnificent power!” tropes, I didn’t mind it so much, because she wasn’t the only one.  In The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon introduces her reader to a world where “unnatural” people have incredible psychic and spiritual abilities… whether it’s simple and common like reading tarot, the the rare ability to read […]

Posted September 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Before I go into details, I do want to say that I think Skulduggery Pleasant is one of those books I’m going to have to re-read in hard copy.  While the audiobook narration wasn’t strictly bad on this one, the voices didn’t really fit the characters in my head, and it wasn’t working for me the way I thought it could. I really enjoy this obscure little subgenre of “humorous fantasy books written by western European authors”.  Derek Landy’s style falls comfortably in with Jonathan Stroud, Douglas Addams, Eoin Colfer, and Terry Pratchett.  Also Christopher Moore (American).  Skulduggery Pleasant was a […]

Posted July 3, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I need to be honest straight into this and say – Soulless is a bit silly. This is a book about a declared spinster – a young Victorian lady in her twenties – who just so happens to have no soul.  It’s an unfortunate side-effect of her birth, as her father is also soulless.  She’s also half-Italian, which is a constant source of difficulty for her in civilized society.  She doesn’t really talk about her preternatural state, but she does argue with werewolves, flirt with vampires, and stab people with parasols. Really, Soulless is a typical cheeky paranormal romance with a steampunk edge, […]

Posted June 15, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

They warned me this wasn’t as good as Lamb, but I didn’t listen. A Dirty Job has the same humor as I was expecting from Christopher Moore, but the pacing was a little more awkward here, and the jokes were much more abrasive.  In this book, Charlie Asher becomes a Death Merchant quite against his own will.  Death Merchants aren’t Grim Reapers… they’re more responsible for soul transference.  When someone dies, their soul is transferred into a beloved object, and it’s the job of people like Charlie to make sure these ascending souls get into the right hands. Of course, it’s all […]

Posted May 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

This book was a lot of fun. I don’t think that The Rook ever pretends to be a serious work of fantasy fiction.  Myfanwy Thomas has had her memory erased.  She’s doing her absolute best to pretend that HASN’T happened so nobody will noticed.  All she knows for sure is that something fishy is going on in the Checquy, and it’s why she’s in this position.  Plus that person is probably still trying to kill her, so Myfanwy 2.0 needs to figure out what’s going on, quick. The Rook has a lot of fundamental flaws.  First of all, it is LONG.  […]

Posted February 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight was interesting, and in some ways unique, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t fall in love with it. Echo is discovered as an orphan and taken in by the Avicen – a species of avian humanoids who have feathers instead of hair.  As a pickpocket, Echo wins her way into the hearts of the Avicen through stealing candy for them and through her own natural charm, but to some, she’ll never belong.  When Echo is sent on a secret quest for one of the high council members to find the firebird, she follows her mission […]

Posted January 10, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //