Quick Shot Book Reviews (20)

Posted 20 July, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 2 Comments

Quick Shot Book Reviews

30648616Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic #1) by Devon Monk

Urban Fantasy, 300 pages, ebook; published June 17, 2016 by Odd House Press; source: purchased

In my never-ending search for more awesome urban fantasy (this is harder than it sounds, sadly), I ran across a new book — a new series — by Devon Monk and, of course, immediately purchased it. Set in a town called Ordinary where gods shed their powers and take a well-earned vacation, Delaney and her sisters are the law for both mortals and everyone else. This story was lighter than some of Monk’s other series, which I definitely appreciated (really, I can’t get too serious in the summer. It’s too hot for that noise.). Delaney and her sisters were fantastic together, though you can tell they need to regroup, having lost some of their connection as sibs since the death of their father a year ago and settling into their new jobs. Delaney’s romantic life is a bit of a mess and she’s a little too…impulsive? teenager-y? hormonal?…when it comes to the unrequited love/lust in her life. By the end of the book, she had her head on a bit straighter, though. Best thing? The second in this series releases this month. Woot! 4 stars

27774642Flight from Mayhem (Fly By Night #2) by Yasmine Galenorn

Urban fantasy, 336 pages, paperback; Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Berkley; source: publisher

I liked the first in this series but this second story really stepped up its game (and you do not have to have read the first to fall into this one, though it helps). Shimmer is a dragon shifter banished from her homeland and trying to make it in the human world. And, while she struggled a bit, she’s doing a lot better in this story. She’s dating Alex and their relationship is smokin’ hot (Galenorn knows how to bring the heat to a relationship for certain). Life is pretty busy, especially with the giant lizard on the loose, the giant, Alex’s ex-girlfriend, and friend/office mate Bette’s kidnapping. Good for us, though, as it keeps the action poppin’ all the way through the story. Looking forward to more shenanigans with Shimmer and the gang. 4 stars

25804214Hope and Red (Empire of Storms Trilogy #1) by Jon Skovron

Fantasy, 416 pages, paperback; published June 30, 2016 by Orbit; source: publisher

Wow. This story was quite a ride. Of course, I was expecting a lot because of that awesome cover and the inside matched the outside. We follow the story of two disparate young people — Hope and Red — who haven’t yet found their purpose in life. In fact, they’re just trying to survive. Out for vengeance against those who destroyed her family and home, Hope trains to be the most deadly assassin ever. Red, looking to thrive in the slums, trains to be the best thief and con man. Our pair don’t actually meet until a little more than halfway through this story but, once they meet, it’s destiny. The writing keeps the story moving, despite some serious worldbuilding to develop an incredibly intricate world. I wanted to keep reading it until I was done (sadly, not possible with a 400+ page book. Must read faster!). Not thrilled with the quick wrap-up of an ending (and cliffhanger, since this is the first of a trilogy) but there’s more to come. 4 stars 

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