Category: Urban Fantasy

Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace

Posted June 11, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 8 Comments

Review: Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
Sidekick by Auralee Wallace
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 249
Source: NetGalley

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Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.

Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...


Quiana’s Review:
Sidekick by Auralee Wallace is told through the eyes of Brianna St. James (Bremy for short).  She’s a little down on her luck after a falling out with her immensely rich, powerful, and criminal father Atticus St. James.  She can’t find a job, which means she can’t pay her rent.  And if she can’t pay her rent, her landlord (whom she suspects is currently or formerly a mobster) has threatened bodily harm.  Bremy would very much like to keep her fingers so she heads to the bank to withdraw every last dime she has from her savings, only to be robbed at gunpoint by a circus troupe (I’m laughing as I type this).

And thus is the start of Bremy the crime-fighter.  The city’s very own crime-fighter, Dark Ryder, becomes Bremy’s inspiration for protecting the city.  While Bremy makes it her mission to help Dark Ryder rid the city of the increasingly troublesome circus troupe.  Dark Ryder just wishes that Bremy would stop being so “helpful”, because Bremy’s version of help usually ends with things blowing up and Dark Ryder having to save Bremy.  But Bremy’s assistance will come in handy once it’s revealed that her father is up to no good and the entire city is in danger as a result.

What can I say about the super amusing and endearing read that is Sidekick?  There was action, comedy, a smidgeon of romance, drama, and the most peculiar cast of characters I’ve come across in a long time.  This book will make you laugh out loud one moment, and cringe the next at Bremy’s well-intentioned but rather clumsy attempts at heroism.  Bremy may be somewhat clumsy and ditzy, but she has a big heart and it is so very easy to relate to her.  I fell in love with this character who started out so lonely, discouraged, and down on her luck, but ended up with so much courage, and the support of a group of well-meaning people.  She deserved it.  And I admired her for her persistence to become the hero she so desperately needed to be: for her sister, the city, but mostly for herself.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for something that will make their day a little brighter and put a smile on their face.  It definitely put a smile on mine.  (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).

Mini-Audiobook Review: Ever After by Kim Harrison

Posted November 11, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 4 Comments

Mini-Audiobook Review: Ever After by Kim Harrison
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Series: Hollows #11
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by HarperAudio on January 22nd, 2013
Format: Audiobook
Source: Personal Copy

Also in this series: Black Magic Sanction
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic in our own. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix this, before life utterly changes for the worse.

Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. And that the most powerful demon in the ever after--one who eats souls--has vowed to destroy Rachel, and kidnapped her friend and goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn’t give herself up, they will die.

Rachel must team up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack--a prospect both thrilling and dismaying--to return to the ever after and rescue the hostages, then keep both worlds from being destroyed.


Sherri’s Mini-Review:
Tink’s Little Green Apples – This series continues to be one of my favorites. Although Ivy is sparse in the story; Rachel, Jenks, Algaliarept, Newt and Trent are all present and didn’t disappoint. I am going to be so sorry when this series ends!!

Rachel and Trent’s relationship continues to develop and for all their differences they combine to bring out the best of each other. I don’t want to say too much about the story; because there is a lot going on and this is one book you just need to read without knowing a lot of spoilers beforehand. But I can say that Harrison’s world building is at finest in Ever After and the threads she has laid in the precursors to Ever After are now woven into a complex and rich story; which hopefully will resolved as I hope in the series finale. Best read in order to truly appreciate the depth of the series, jumping into the middle is not recommended.

Review: Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin

Posted October 23, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment
Review: Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin

Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin Series: Grigori Legacy #3 Genres: Urban Fantasy Published by Penguin Group on October 15th, 2013 Format: eARC Pages: 358 Source: Author, NetGalley Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: From the author of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son comes the newest novel in the “electric, thrilling and extremely intelligent” (Ex Libris) Grigori Legacy series. Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory. With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic –­ leaving little time for her fledgling relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has […]

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Review: Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene

Posted August 29, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments
Review: Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene

Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene Series: The Sensor Series #2 Genres: Urban Fantasy Published by Self Published on July 7th, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 309 Source: Author Also in this series: Darkness Taunts Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Melena Sanders has managed to avoid all things inhuman for most of her life, but after coming to Fairbanks, Alaska to rescue her best friend from supernaturals she hasn’t been allowed to leave. That is, until her long-time nemesis comes to collect a favor she owes him. Lucas might be half angel, but he’s all bad as far as she’s concerned. Paying him back might get her out of town for a while, but her new destination will be anything but enjoyable. Mel’s got to help the nephilim take care of a demon possession outbreak in Juneau. Although something like this hasn’t […]

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Review: Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene

Posted August 29, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 1 Comment
Review: Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene

Darkness Taunts by Susan Illene Series: The Sensor Series #1 Genres: Urban Fantasy Published by Self Published on February 14th, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 387 Source: Author Also in this series: Darkness Taunts Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed. Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan […]

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Review: Fortune’s Scion by Ann Gimpel

Posted August 21, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult / 0 Comments
Review:  Fortune’s Scion by Ann Gimpel

Fortune’s Scion by Ann Gimpel Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on July 11, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 228 Source: Author Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Raised by wizards who never missed an opportunity to remind him of his deficiencies, Ned grows up believing his mage skills are seriously lacking. Conscripted at an early age, he fears it’s a back-handed way to ensure he sustains an honorable death in battle. Battling prejudice, insidious lies and lack of knowledge about his mage powers—which are really quite different from wizard magic—Ned finds ways to keep going. His first mission away from the wizards teaches him he’s stronger and more resourceful than he thought. Against stiff odds, he learns different isn’t necessarily bad and true love has a way of shining through. Lynn’s Review: Landarik is a wizard and […]

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Review: The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian

Posted August 5, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments
Review: The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian

The Necromancer’s Seduction by Mimi Sebastian Series: Necromancer #1 Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy Published by Imajinn Books on July 11, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 232 Source: Author, Tour Host Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Blurb: She has never feared the walking dead. It’s the power required to reanimate the dead that startles her, seduces her. The power that dwells inside her…and is growing. For Professor Ruby Montagne, being a necromancer has brought her nothing but heartache, and she walked away from that part of her life long ago. However, her quiet existence in San Francisco is shattered when she stumbles upon the body of a slain witch, and the supernatural community insists she transform him into a revenant to track the killer. But his murder was just the beginning, and Ruby soon realizes that the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine—and […]

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Review: Pooka in My Pantry by R.L. Naquin

Posted March 26, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Pooka in My Pantry by R.L. Naquin Series: A Monster Haven Story #2 Genres: Urban Fantasy Published by Carina Press on March 25, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages: 236 Source: Author Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Zoey Donovan—empath, wedding planner, go-to girl for monsters with personal problems—has been marked twice for pickup by Death. On both occasions, Riley the smoking-hot reaper has refused to follow through. For his breach of protocol, Riley is now on probation. For her refusal to die on schedule, Zoey’s right to live is challenged. She will have to undergo a life-or-death trial, but she won’t know when or where it will happen… Staying alive might not be so difficult if the Leprechaun Mafia hadn’t strolled into town. Now every business owner with the slightest connection to the supernatural community is being threatened with the most appalling […]

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Review: Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

Review: Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

Stolen by Kelley Armstrong Series: Women of the Otherworld #2 Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Published by Plume on September 28, 2004 Format: Paperback Pages: 480 Source: Personal Copy Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: Even though she’s the world’s only female werewolf, Elena Michaels is just a regular girl at heart — with larger than normal appetites. She sticks to three feasts a day, loves long runs in the moonlight, and has a lover who is unbelievable frustrating yet all the more sexy for his dark side. Like every regular girl, she certainly doesn’t believe in witches. Then again, when two small, ridiculously feminine women manage to hurl her against a wall, and then save her from the hunters on her tail, Elena realizes that maybe there are more things in heaven and earth than she’s dreamt of. Vampires, demons, […]

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Review: Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

Review: Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep

Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep Series: Elemental Assassin #1 Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy Published by Pocket Star on January 26, 2010 Format: Paperback Pages: 395 Source: Personal Copy Reviewed by: SherriPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble Book Links: Goodreads Overall Rating: Book Description:Book Description: “My name is Gin, and I kill people.” My name is Gin Blanco. They call me the Spider — the most feared assassin in the South (and a part-time cook at the Pork Pit BBQ joint.) As a Stone elemental, I can hear the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet and feel the vibrations of the soaring mountains above me, though I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride. After a ruthless Air elemental double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way. I may […]

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