Reviews by Sidney Young

D
Exploited

Exploited, the first book in A. Meredith Walters’ two-part Zero Day romance serial, features a topical premise that is largely wasted amidst a sea of poorly-written characters and improbable scenarios. After weeks of putting the book down and forcing myself to pick it back up again, I cannot recom ...

C-
Blood Guard

In Blood Guard, the first book in the two-book Mission series, author Megan Erickson introduces her readers to the vampires of the Gregorie clan and the women who love them. Just reading the premise had the paranormal junkie in me salivating. A brand new series that promises danger, excitement, and ...

B
Contingency Plan

Contingency Plan is the second book in Robyn Bachar’s Galactic Cold War series. Set in an alternate future in which the Cold War never ended, the series follows the crew of the privateer spaceship Mombasa as they follow the trail of a super weapon developed by the Soviets that may paint the entire ...

C-
Midnight Target

Midnight Target is the eighth and final chapter of Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series. For fans of the series, this book provides some much-anticipated closure for not one but two couples, but for readers unfamiliar with these characters,  Midnight Target may induce whiplash with its constant ...

B+
White Hot

White Hot is the second book in Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy trilogy. Just like Burn for Me, the first in the series, it’s a highly enjoyable story that features a fast-paced plot, a cast of extremely likable characters, and sizzling chemistry between the two leads. If you are a fan of urban fan ...

C
Royally Bad

With Royally Bad, author Nora Flite introduces her readers to the big, bad Badd family. The Badd clan – led by patriarch Maverick Badd and consisting of brothers Kain, Costello, Hawthorne and little sis Francesca – pretty much controls the seedy underbelly of Rhode Island. Oh, and they’re also ...

B
A Bridge Across the Ocean

Reading the synopsis for A Bridge Across the Ocean, one can't help but approach the book with the highest of expectations. A story that spans decades and crosses continents, it contains all the elements of a page-turner – wartime intrigue, a seventy-year-old mystery, even a touch of the paranormal ...

C
For the Most Beautiful: A Novel of the Trojan War

For the most Beautiful is the first book in début author Emily Hauser's Golden Apple trilogy. Per the Author’s Note in the back of the book, Ms. Hauser took her inspiration from Homer's epic poem, the Iliad, although her aim is not to reinvent the story, but to provide motivation, thoughts, and f ...

B
Silence Fallen

When Moon Called, the first book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, came out in 2006, I was in a paranormal reading slump. The triumvirate of Anita, Richard, and Jean Claude was no more, and our favorite mercenary Kate Daniels had yet to make her mark on a futuristic Atlanta. Imagine my su ...

C+
Dragon Springs Road

My experience with books set in China has not been stellar – I've read too many authors who seem only interested in transplanting characters with western attitudes to a more exotic setting. Janie Chang's Dragon Springs Road, I am happy to say, does not fall in this category. If anything, by adheri ...