Review of Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. ★★★★ Certain Dark Things is a gritty, fresh take on vampires set in an alternate version of Mexico City. Domingo is a homeless seventeen year old who makes a living collecting garbage off the streets of Mexico City. But then he meets Atl, a young vampire on the run. Her clan of…

Review of Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen. ★★★1/2 Trigger warning: rape Wake of Vultures is a fantasy Western novel. I found it a mixed bag. Basically, I found the thematic content far more interesting than the plot itself. Nettie Lonesome is a mixed race sixteen year old working for people who treat her like a slave, even if they…

Review of Hellbent by Cherie Priest

Hellbent by Cherie Priest. ★★★1/2 While Hellbent is a sequel to Bloodshot, I don’t think it’s strictly necessary to read them in order, although I’d suggest it if you can. The plots are largely independent, and Hellbent has a recap type thing to fill you in on what you need to know. Namely, that Raylene is a vampire thief living in Seattle….

Review of Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Bloodshot by Cherie Priest. ★★★1/2 Bloodshot might not be particularly deep, but it’s just the sort of fun beach read I was looking for. Raylene, our anti-heroic protagonist, is a neurotic vampire thief. Another vampire, Ian Scott, hires her to retrieve some documents for him after the US army experimented on him and took his sight. What follows is…

Review of Of Scions and Men by Courteny Sloan

Of Scions and Men by Courtney Sloan. ★★1/2 On the surface, Of Scions and Men looks like it could be really cool – a dystopian urban fantasy world ruled by vampires. However, it’s poorly executed and often feels like a collection of little thought out tropes. If I weren’t reading this with the intention to review, I would…

Review of Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Carpe Jugulum is the twenty-third book in the Discworld series and the sixth following the witches. I’d suggest starting with the witches at Wyrd Sisters, since you’ll get more out of the book if you know the characters ahead of time. Carpe Jugulum is witches vs. vampires. Lancre is preparing for the naming of their…

Review of Marking Time by April White

Marking Time by April White. ★★★1/2 I was debating with myself what rating to give this. Maybe four for the first half, three for the second? Before I get any farther, I should not that I read the second half in various planes and airports, which might be related to my lessened involvement with the book. Marking…

Review of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani. ★★★★ Sunbolt is the first in a planned series of novellas all following Hitomi, a street thief with untrained magic. The first installment was certainly part of a series – while the ending felt like a natural stopping point, the story has a whole had only just begun. In this case, the cover blurb gives…

Review of Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. ★★★★★ Please note that this is the seventh book in the Kate Daniels series. Unfortunately, I have not yet gotten around to writing reviews of the other six. To sum up the series in general, it’s a female lead urban fantasy that takes place in post magic apocalypse type Atlanta. There…

Review of Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. ★★★★1/2 For those unfamiliar with it, Carmilla is a short vampire story published in 1871 which influenced the writing of Dracula and the vampire sub-genera as a whole. It is also notable for its significant lesbian undertones. I really liked Carmilla and found it easily accessible for the modern reader. The only issue…