Paranormal Historical

B
Highland Dragon Warrior

Paranormal plus historical. Yeah, I wasn’t sure what to think either, but I couldn’t resist the lure. Isabel Cooper creates a historical world based in fantasy with the elements of a more contemporary paranormal and kept me entertained for over 300 pages with it. It’s the fourteenth century ...

B+
The Mech Who Loved Me

I’ll start this review by saying that while The Mech Who Loved Me could be read as a standalone novel, it probably won’t make much sense to you unless you have read at least some of Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk books.  In that series, the author introduces and develops her alternative visi ...

B+
Call of Fire

When it comes right down to it, sequels are hit or miss. When the author does a fantastic job of setting up an alternate history in book one, as Beth Cato does in Breath of Earth, it’s a really hard act to follow. In the end, Call of Fire is a good follow up, but doesn’t quite match the intensit ...

A
Spectred Isle

Spectred Isle -  a title playing on words from Shakespeare’s Richard II – is the first book in a new series based around the natural magic of the English Green Man myth and it’s written by K.J. Charles. Do I need to say more? Okay, that was a rhetorical question. In short, it’s a fantastic ...

C-
Crown of Stars

Crown of Stars is the second installment in Sophie Jaff's Nightsong trilogy. I started reading it without prior knowledge of the series – and discovered that was a very bad idea because I didn't understand the story at all. So I picked up the previous book, Love Is Red, read it, and then returned ...

A
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

This book is a magnificent read and homage to the tradition of Victorian paranormal stories, and their ilk. I wish I could just let my review be those words, but if I did, I'd probably be drummed out of the ‘Reviewers Union’ ;) The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal is almost the ‘queering ...

B
Wild Embrace

Wild Embrace is a selection of stories set in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling world.  I found the anthology to be uneven, with the first story excellent and the last one flirting with a D. None of the tales are really “stand-alone” novellas – they will work well only for readers familiar with ...

F
Soldiers in the Mist

R.H. Burkett’s story of war, love and redemption was not at all the book I was expecting. Soldiers in the Mist is a reissue of a book originally published in 2011 and the storyline is what I can only describe as convoluted and pretentious. The book opens with the author herself, Ruth Weeks Burk ...

A-
Forevermore

I’m not a great reader of paranormals, but all the buzz and good reviews I’d seen for Firelight the first book in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series tempted me to read it; and once I did, I was totally hooked and have eagerly devoured all the subsequent instalments. Forevermore is the se ...

A-
Soulbound

Years ago a young warrior was bound by magic to forever exist between Here, the mortal world, and There, limbo for lost souls.  His only chance at breaking this curse was to find his soul-mate, the one who would forever be bound to him in any plane of existence.  Seven hundred years of searching l ...