Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho manages to be funny, touching, and sometimes scary pretty effortlessly. If you must read a Fixi Novo book, read this one.
Robots, aliens, spacecrafts, and violence in a fantasy setting, ooh. Now, how on earth did this one end up being an obvious extension of the campaign setting splatbook, churned out as part of a marketing plan, instead of a story in its own right?
It looks like Seanan McGuire has gotten the mojo back into the InCryptid series, as this one introduces a new cast, a new setting, and some new lore with style and panache. Cobras, gorgons, nerd action heroes, and – of course – guns for everyone!
Verity Price is back and she is up against the biggest threat of all: the dreaded sophomore slump.
Oh look, a fun urban fantasy series that I can get into, after the ones I’m reading have come to a close or come to making me roll up my eyes one time too many. Warning: some Kate Daniels-induced bitterness seeps into this review once in a while.
The Edie Spence series comes to an end with an entertaining but underwhelming finale. The author really should consider coming back one more time for a proper send-off for Edie and her friends. They are not your average Chosen One and her Magical Boyfriends sorts, and they deserve better than this.
How nice of Ilona Andrews to come up with a new series after the axing of the interesting Edge series. With the Kate Daniels books turning into a fanservice series for werewolf fans, this one is a welcome change of pace.
Finally, the long-awaited conclusion of the Hunter Kiss series… and things just have to nosedive and become really annoying. Why is the author doing this to me? WHY?
Maxine Kiss is back to kick more demon asses, except, oops, her own demon entourage is now free from her, so they can now make merry or cause mayhem to their heart’s content. What would Maxine do and why should I care?
A family, against all kinds of forces of nature as well as political adversaries! There is also a tough lead female character here, which is not very common in sandbox fantasy stories. Unfortunately, the author treats this story like any other wham-bang action fantasy.
Two kids save the world and become superheroes. Or something like that. The fairies eat human flesh and steal human babies, which make them cool and the main characters pale in comparison.
On the bright side: a story with a gay guy that isn’t brimming with angst. On the down side, all that perkiness gets old really fast without a conflict to challenge the fellow in a meaningful manner.