Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

21 September 2015 Sarah 0

A dark and twisty story that encapsulates the best that urban fantasy has to offer, Menagerie by Rachel Vincent is supremely satisfying.  In the back of my mind, I heard dark, discordant calliope music while reading (creepy and foreboding).  A crazy alternate reality of paranoid humans seeking to cage the monsters […]

A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin

17 November 2014 Natassia 2

Thriller novels take an eerie spin in A Vision of Fire by writing duo Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin. The plot revolves around the seemingly ordinary PTSD of one teen and unfold into a tale of epic proportions. From beginning to end, I was on the edge of my seat, […]

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

20 October 2014 Natassia 0

The thrill and intrigue of Lovecraftian mythos is beautifully used in Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft. The debut novel of Priest’s new Borden Dispatches series is a departure from the post apocalyptic steampunk realm we have come to know her for. Taking off with the infamous Lizzie Borden, Priest creates an amazingly […]

California Bones by Greg van Eekhout

30 June 2014 Natassia 0

With a mix of Lovecraftian sensibility meets film noir, Greg van Eekhout gives us an interesting tale in California Bones. The backdrop is Los Angeles but it is far from the reality of today. Instead, LA of Eekhout’s imagining feels like old Hollywood with a magic twist. Magic is simply […]

The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl

17 May 2014 Natassia 1

Bringing more investigation into her latest installment of  The Disenchanted & Co. steampunk series, Lynn Viehl creates a delightful story with The Clockwork Wolf. Romance takes a back seat to the intrigue and adventure, creating an all around amusing tale. Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview […]

The Furies by Mark Alpert

11 May 2014 Natassia 0

Urban Fantasy is turned onto its Science Fiction side in The Furies by Mark Alpert, which brings us a new kind of witch that is simply misunderstood and shows how magic is simply science wrapped in mystery. Alpert brings a refreshing authenticity to his story, creating a believable world which draws the […]

The Polaris Whisper by Ken Gregory

31 March 2014 Natassia 0

The reader is instantly transported into another time in Ken Gregory’s The Polaris Whisper. With chilling landscapes and glorious traditions, Gregory proves he has a respect for the Norse culture of old. Though he starts of slow, Gregory hits his stride in an epic journey of trials. It is a […]

Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl

21 February 2014 Natassia 0

Lynn Viehl twists a tale mixing paranormal, romance and steampunk in Disenchanted & Co., the first in her new series. Viehl creates a neat alternate reality where America lost the Revolutionary War and despite being past WW1, is still in a Victorian state of development. This setting makes the world […]

Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest

5 January 2014 Natassia 0

Cherie Priest’s renowned Clockwork Century Series continues in the fifth installment Fiddlehead. At the close of the civil war, Priest thrusts the reader into political plans. With a heavy emphasis on reunification, Priest shifts the story to DC. Though Priest has proven in the past to be a masterful storyteller, […]

A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

20 November 2013 Natassia 0

In the debut novel of the new Baskerville Affair Trilogy, Emma Jane Holloway puts her own spin on steampunk with A Study in Silks. Unlike any other Sherlock spin off I’ve read, Holloway mixes humor with intrigue and magic with science. There are neat concepts at each turn and Holloway […]

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The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

16 October 2013 Natassia 0

An edgy thrilling ride, the intro to the Mookie Pearl series is as  enticing as the name The Blue Blazes implies. Page after page, I was reminded why Wendig is a writer’s writer through his gritty storytelling. With a cast which is perfectly raw, Wendig unabashedly spins a tale that […]

The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher

4 June 2013 Natassia 1

The theme of atompunk is mixed with a film noir feel in Adam Christopher’s The Age Atomic. The sequel to Empire State, the tale continues on in this new installment. Christopher’s take feels like an old film mixed with a comic book mentality, fusing adventure with atomic era sensibility The […]

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

19 May 2013 Natassia 0

Liesel Schwarz starts off with a bang in A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the first installment of the Chronicles of Light & Shadow. An alternate history tale, Schwarz brings elements of steampunk to her adventure. Readers and non-readers alike will feel at home with the familiar themes and no-frills take. LEAVE […]

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

17 March 2013 Natassia 1

A charming science fiction novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord is a tale of truly alien customs. Lord writes a harmonious dance of foreign and familiar; with unique characters and a truly fascinating journey of government funded scientific research, Lord excels. A romance story unlike many, […]

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The Six Gun Tarot by R.S Belcher

27 February 2013 Natassia 0

In a blend of old and new, R.S Belcher’s The Six Gun Tarot brings an entertaining read. With an ensemble cast, Belcher draws reference from old world fantasy and mythology from many faiths and cultures blending all in an epic fashion. With a western setting, The Six Gun Tarot feels […]