Quick Shots Reviews (6): A little paranormal, little fantasy

Posted 8 September, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 3 Comments

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00031]Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1) by Angie Fox
Paranormal mystery, paperback, 320 pages; published January 2, 2015 by Angie Fox; source: publisher

I’ve always enjoyed a fun cozy mystery but I especially like when you add in a dash of paranormal and a pet skunk. I’m a big fan of Angie Fox and the humor (a bit over-the-top sometimes and I’m all for that!) she injects in every story. This first book of a new series is not exception. Verity’s ditched her groom at the alter, her beyotch of a near-miss mother-in-law is making her pay for the wedding, and, because of that, Verity’s having to sell her family home to cover it. While cleaning out, she dumps an urn full of what she thinks is dust and winds up with a gangster ghost (as opposed to the gansta Ghostface Killah), who opens her eyes to the paranormal world around her. Luckily, there’s a hot sheriff who needs help with a poltergeist — and Verity’s just the girl to help out, what with her new ghostly pal and all. Plus, it’ll be a chance for her to earn the cheddar she needs to pay her bills without selling the house. A win-win! A fun, quick read with plenty of giggles. 4 stars.


2285978824453065Infinity Bell (House Immortal #2) by Devon Reese
Fantasy, paperback, 341 pages; published March 3, 2015 by Roc; source: publisher
Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3) by Devon Reese
Fantasy, paperback, 356 pages; published September 1, 2015 by Roc; source: publisher

Ooh, a double-shot! My head is spinning. This is such a crazy story — and crazy-good. If you haven’t read the first in this series and you’re a fantasy/urban fantasy reader, check this series out. Seriously. Matilda is “stitched” galvanized human, a kind of Frankenstein’s monster-type girl with super-strength and healing powers, who’s become somewhat of a savior of her people (well, we can hope. What she’s done so far is really shake up a system that’s closer to slavery for her people than anything else.). She’s the best type of main character — strong and selfless, caring and just a little bit too trusting (this happens when you grow up on a farm with little to no contact with the outside world until it comes crashing down upon you). Her love interest, a galvanized named Abraham, is a gentle giant…for the most part, that is. He’s not afraid to do what needs to be done, a true leader. Both the second and third books in this series pick up right where the previous book picked up, a good thing, considering the cliffie in the second book (eep!). The series blazed on by, with plenty of action and great supporting characters (both on the good side and those of the opposition). While I wish some things were done slightly differently in the third book but, overall, I was pretty darned thrilled with the entire series, including the ending (yay, Matilda!). 4 stars for both.


21858764Hexomancy (Ree Reyes #3) by Michael R. Underwood
Urban Fantasy, Kindle Edition; expected publication September 14, 2015 by Pocket Star; source: publisher

Have you read any of these yet? Another series you really need to check out, urban fantasy fans! While you can actually read them separately, it’s more fun to start at the beginning, when Ree discovers that there’s something different about her and that there’s a whole magical underground. A magical underground that not only hosts the “typical” magic types but those who use geek powers (got vintage Star Wars sheets? Use them to boost your magical mojo and bind your opponents!), can hex people, and use star power to boost their abilities. Underwood certainly has a way of spinning a fast-paced, funny story filled to the brim with geek facts (I have to admit that I knew a lot of the things he referenced but definitely not everything). This third installment sees Ree nearly jobless, as her job at the underground bar where she works is still rebuilding after a massive magical attack. Too bad she doesn’t get paid for using her mojo, poor girl. Secrets are revealed, trouble is brewing…it just never ends for a girl with a stack of Magic: The Gathering cards. 4 stars.

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