Mini Review Swarm of Bad Ass Heroines

Posted 20 December, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 12 Comments

BLACK AND BLUE (Otherworld Assassin #2) by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance
387 pages, paperback
Available now (October 2013)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Review copy purchased

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first in this series because there was a lot of abuse of the female heroine (not by the hero. That book would have gone in the trash.) but I do love Gena Showalter and the premise for this whole series so I picked this one up. And I’m so glad I did. Corbin Blue is one smexy beast — a pro footballer who plays the role of a bad boy (even though he’s really got a gushy marshmallow center) as well as a deadly assassin. The interplay between him and Evangeline Black (daughter of the badass black ops leader Michael Black)  is super-snappy and the action keeps the story moving forward at a blistering pace. This was one I couldn’t put down!

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CURSED (Fallen Siren #1) by S.J. Harper
Urban Fantasy
288 pages, paperback
Available now (October 2013)
Publisher: Roc
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Banished for her failure to prevent Hades from kidnapping Persephone, Emma is stuck on Earth until she’s saved enough women to satisfy Demeter. So, Emma now works for the FBI to track down missing persons. When werewolf Zach (and past one-night-stand) arrives on the scene, she has to do her best to keep him at a distance for fear of Demeter’s wrath (she kills anyone Emma loves. A really nice woman. Maybe we should have her over for tea.). I shouldn’t be surprised by how much I liked this one — it’s the team effort of Jeannie C. Stein (love her!) and Samantha Sommersby. A great start to a new series, one I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.

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TEMPT THE STARS (Cassandra Palmer #6) by Karen Chance
Urban Fantasy
357 pages, paperback
Available now (October 2013)
Publisher: Signet Select
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

As chief seer of the supernatural world, you’d think that Cassandra would have it together. Nope. Not even close. This girl, who’s had to learn most of her skills on the fly, is one untied shoelace away from a broken neck. Luckily for her, she can flip back and forth through time and space (though, holy cow, that got so confusing!) so she can rescue her friend, deal with visitors, evade her vampire bodyguards, and, yanno, save the world in her own special way. This is not a great standalone, as there’s so much going on (I’ve read most of the others and still had a hard time keeping everyone straight in my mushy brain) but, for those of you who’ve read this series, it’s nice to see Cassandra growing into her role as a bad-assed seer.

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12 Responses to “Mini Review Swarm of Bad Ass Heroines”

  1. I’ve never heard of these series before Mary, but I think I would definitely have a lot of fun with the Otherworld series. I think I need some Corbin in my life. And it’s always great when a follow up book ends up giving you a better read than the first book in a series. Lovely reviews!

  2. Evie was a fantastic leading lady and I think the best thing about that book (other than the cover which was freaking fantastic)! I haven’t read the other two authors I am going to have to change that 🙂

  3. Hmm, I never had much luck with Showalter’s books, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give them another try!
    But I do love Karen Chance, and while I wasn’t too crazy about this installment, I love the series as a whole and I love her Dory Basarab series even more.

  4. Sometimes I adore quick reviews. 🙂 Admittedly I am not the biggest fan of urban paranormal romance (is that the right category? I’m stuck in YA), but when I occasionally dabble into it, I love having recs and these are going on my list!

  5. I think I got to book 4 in the Karen Chance series before I had to set them aside. Things got so complicated, it was hard to keep track of everything that was going on. Sounds like that doesn’t really diminish in books 5 and 6! I’m so glad to read your review of Black and Blue too, I read the first book and wasn’t really wowed either, despite being a huge Gena fan, so I’m really pleased to know that this second book worked much better for you Mary!

  6. I really need to try some Gena Showalter adult goodness! I love her writing from her YA book and I hear she’s even better with adult! I also have read a few review of Cursed since it came out and that one def. sounds up my alley!

  7. I’m so behind on the Cassie Palmer stories. So glad she still kicks arse! Oh and I do want to try Cursed. It sounds SO good! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the second installment of the Otherworld series. Darn I do want to continue on that Cassie story….

  8. I struggle with Showalter..sometimes I love it and sometimes meh. I could see myself loving Curse, and will watch that one. The Palmer books are ones I would like to read, I just need more time!!!! Happy Friday my friend 🙂

  9. I loved Cursed! I don’t always like the FBI/police whatever type books but this one I really loved! I also loved Tempt the Stars but I agree that it gets confusing. I think it’s a series that will be easier to read once they are all out and can be read close together.

  10. I’m glad that Gena’s second book is better. I read a lot of bad reviews for the first and thought she lost her touch.

  11. I haven’t actually ever read a Showalter adult book, but I saw another good review of Black and Blue (though abuse also bothers me – do I have to read the first to get to this one?). I like a hot football playing bad boy! I’m always a fan of Greek myths and werewolves (though an odd combo?) so Cursed looks good. Will the whole series focus on this pair? And the final one just sounds confusing! You are such a quick reader it’s amazing!