I’ve become more and more interested lately in good shifter stories, especially with a kick-ass heroine at the helm. So when I received “Frayed – A Madison Lark Novella” from new author (and fellow reviewer over at BookCountry), Blakely Chorpenning I was happy to find that kind of heroine in Madison “Fray” Lark, a leopard shifter. This novella starts off something that could turn into a long-running and interesting shifter series.
My very first review here on FanaticSpace was for Kelley Armstrong’s Waking The Witch, the 11th book in her Otherworld series. It seemed like a natural fit for me to pick up the series’ newest release, Spell Bound (Book 12 in the Otherworld series), which picks up right where the last book ended, finally providing the needed answers to the questions that the previous book left me with.
And when I say that it picks up right where the last book ended, I mean it literally. I was afraid I’d need to go back and re-read Waking the Witch before heading back into the Otherworld series, but I didn’t need to fear. Within the first chapter, the reader not only gets that resolution that I was left hanging, waiting for, with the prior book, but you are also thrown directly into a natural progression of the series’ arc that Kelley Armstrong began with it.
I’ve been on the internet for a long, long time (as long as you refer to the 1990’s as old, I guess)… and as a writer, especially a genre author, one of the first real “homes” I found on the web was the Forward Motion boards, and there I was not only introduced to the Great and Powerful Holly Lisle, but also the fantastic Lazette Gifford (Twitter – @LazetteG). Not only does she run the boards, Vision for Writers and is active on her blog and twitter, but she is a prolific and really fabulous author. I’ve become dependent on her to be a driving force to help my wordcount during Nanowrimo, as she usually works on multiple projects during that crazy month, while I usually squeak out just enough to win some years.
My second book review for FanaticSpace, and my second round of being thrown straight into an established urban fantasy series which I had no real knowledge of before receiving the book from the gracious and wonderful people over at Wunderkind PR. (Disclaimer for FTC regulations – I have received this book at no cost) I had a bit of a moment thinking about what I was getting myself into when picking up A Wild Light, third book in the Hunter Kiss series by Marjorie M. Liu.
I’m one of those people that can be found more often than not with a book in my hand, so when I was asked to review a few books for FanaticSpace, I jumped at the chance. The first one on my list happened to be Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, the eleventh book in her Otherworld Series. (Disclaimer for FTC regulations – I have received this Advanced Reader Copy at no cost from the PR department, Wunderkind PR)
I was a little worried that being thrown straight into a long-established series would make it much harder to review, and there was only one time that I felt a bit left out because I didn’t have the history from the prior books in the series to refer to, but unfortunately, that one time was during the climax of the story. More on that later, though, because this is almost a side-issue due to the rest of the book.