Alternate Reality

B+
Karma Girl

Back in grade school, when most of my friends were reading Archie comic books, I was enthralled with superheros. Archie and Veronica were boring; I liked The Fantastic Four, the Avengers and the X-Men (I was a devout Marvel fangirl) and even now, I still can geek out over a good superhero story wit ...

B-
Darkness Unknown

There are few things I appreciate more than a well-written, alternate reality romance that doesn’t need much back-story and isn’t too complicated. Darkness Unknown is the fifth installment in Alexis Morgan’s Paladin series, but it functions as a stand-alone and avoids unnecessary data dumps. ...

B
Suite 606

Anthology
In this new anthology, Berkley brings together stories in a variety of genres linked only by the mention of a Suite 606. While at first glance the book appears to be a hodgepodge of odds and ends, the stories are all fairly strong. While some of the contributors could have made more use of the uni ...

C
Jinx

I like superhero movies; I'm a real sucker for them. But while the premise of the main character possessing superhuman powers used for good is always intriguing, the execution sometimes falters. Jennifer Estep's book Jinx is set in an alternate reality where superheroes are common. This has the u ...

C+
Double Enchantment

Double Enchantment is second in a series concerning Merlin’s Relics. While I didn’t read the first book, there was enough background info on the Relics for me to catch on quickly. While the story is one of the cutest things I’ve read in a while, there were a few major flaws that kept nagging a ...

A
Mine to Possess

This is Nalini Singh’s fourth and best novel in her Psy/Changeling series. Ms. Singh is one of the more talented authors I have come across in a very long time, and Mine to Possess shows why she is at the top of her game. Clay Bennett, a member of the San Francisco Darkriver Leopard Clan, i ...

B-
Enchanting the Lady

Enchanting the Lady is (dare I say it?) enchanting. Really, it's cute as can be, and it's clever and imaginative to boot. With a few adjustments, it could have been fabulous. In its present state, I'd call it fun – but flawed. Felicity Seymour lives in an alternate version of Vic ...

B+
Touched by Fire

If I picked up this one in a bookstore, I would never have bought it. However, since my copy didn't have a cover or blurb on the back, I began reading with no preconceived notions. I discovered that I could actually enjoy a book in which the hero and the heroine can save a city by having hot, reckle ...

B+
Heart of Stone

I broke a lot of my own rules when I picked up this book for review. For one thing, I never buy books in trade paper. Here in Australia, they can cost about $30 a piece, so if an author starts out in trade paper, I just wait until the book comes out in mass market paperback before giving it a try. A ...

B+
Caressed By Ice

What is it about emotionally distant men that make my inner heroine stand up and take notice? Inner masochism? Love of a challenge? Bone-deep belief in the power of love? Whatever it is, it was on high alert through Nalini Singh’s third installment in her Changeling/Psy/Human world - Caressed by I ...