Urban Fantasy; 351 pages, ebook
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix; Published: April 15, 2014
An interesting concept, living ink that bonds with the person it’s tattooed upon. Once inked, the magical tat itself enhances certain aspects of the wearer (strength, speed, etc.). But it can go so wrong, harming or killing the person and, when it starts to go wrong, it has to be bound, which is the same as “killing” the living ink and turning it into a flat, regular tattoo. Isa is one of the few who can both tattoo living ink and bind it, though she doesn’t have one of her own. Until she’s kidnapped by a sociopath who inks a massive creature on her (yeah. He’s a really nice guy.). While this story was a bit uneven in its pacing and story development, I’m pretty intrigued by this start of a new series. I think I’ll be keeping my eye on it!
Urban Fantasy; 304 pages, paperback
Publisher: Ace; Published: July 29, 2014
I don’t think I’d be a very happy camper if my parents sold me to a Fairy Godfather, even if it was to save a sibling with a miracle (heck. There are times I’m not sure my brother was worth the birthday presents he got. Every. Single. Year. *sniff* Yeah, yeah. Totally kidding, Scott! Love ya!). But Marissa is an indentured servant to Grimm, a powerful Fairy Godfather, working to earn enough Glitter to pay off her family’s debt. Again with the interesting concepts! While, at times, the “Fairyland” speak got a bit overwhelming (too much glitter this and princess that), the story itself trundled along at a good pace, keeping me turning the pages even as I rooted for Marissa to find away out of her servitude and help the princess find her prince.
Urban Fantasy; 336 pages, paperback
Publisher: Signet; Published: December 3, 2013
You know those people who come to you for advice or your opinion, nod and agree and thank you for your heartfelt words then turn around and do whatever the hell they were going to do anyway? Yeah. That’s the main character, Riley, for much of the story. Determined to find rescue her fiance, she keeps throwing herself headlong into dangerous situations without thinking about the consequences. Despite my quibbles with Riley and her non-advice-taking self, I really enjoyed this fifth and final installment (at least, I think it’s the final one…there was a good conclusion and epilogue but I’m still not convinced this is the end).
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