Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter

Nell Ingram is no longer a "churchwoman." She has grown into being a probie in Unit 18 of the PsyLed division of Homeland Security. PsyLed specializes in policing the paranormals - witches, vampires, werewolves, and more.

Nell is also growing into her powers as whatever she is paranormally speaking. She is able to draw on the earth for various reasons and to read its current state in a given area.

The PsyLed unit is called to the site of an assassination attempt on a senator because Ming of Glass, a vampire, is on site. Also, the attempt has a weirdness to it. There seems to be a pyro aspect as well as wondering how the assassin was able to approach the house unseen when there was security personnel on site.There are further attacks on the senator and his family. PsyLed continues to be involved in the investigations.

There is a romance subplot. Nell and Occam seem to be getting closer. And her mama sets her up with someone as well.

The characters in the novel are well developed and multifaceted for the most part. They feel like real people who just happen to have these different abilities. Especially well developed are the PsyLed team and Mud, Nell's little sister.

The plot is well written. The pace is good. There is more than one seemingly climactic scene. The further on I read, the more hooked I was. I needed to know what happened next.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you like urban fantasy that is a little on the dark side, the Soulwood series is a good one for you. I also like that Faith Hunter stretches to have more than the typical paranormal characters. She has a lovely imagination. I've read Flame in the Dark twice now and enjoyed it both times.

Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter was released December 5, 2017 by Ace Books. For a taste of the series, you can read a short story, "Black Friday Shopping with Nell and Occam," which takes place right before this book here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #221: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

~~~~~~~~~~

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch. 

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. 

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.


Sea Witch is due to be released July 31, 2018 from Katherine Tegen Books.

Why am I waiting on this one? I love retellings. And retellings that humanize the villain of a story or are from an alternate point of view, I find particularly interesting. This one takes on the witch in the Little Mermaid. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Second Teaser from Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
Occam started laughing, a purring chuff of sound that brought a smile to my face and made me tease further. "You cat-boys are hard to get along with in your time of the month."
"Time of the-- Nell, sugar, that is an appalling insult." Occam was still laughing as he got in the truck beside me and we drove off together. (76% through on my Kindle)
Occam is a wereleopard. Nell is the main character in the novel. The story is told from her perspective.
This is my second teaser from Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter. It was released December 5, 2017 from Ace. I am enjoying the book.
Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #220: Noir by Christopher Moore


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It’s love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. ’Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he’s got the connections on the street.

Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay.

When one of Sammy’s schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets—and more than a few strange goings on—if he wants to find his girl.


Noir by Christopher Moore is expected to be published April 17, 2018 by William Morrow.

Why am I waiting on this one? I love Christopher Moore's writing. It's offbeat and humorous. And I kind of like noir style writing as well. I'm thinking that the combination of Christopher Moore with noir will be fun to read.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
I had fed Soulwood twice, the first time when a man had tackled me in the woods and tried to have his way with me, to get both my body and the land that came with it. I hadn't known the first man's name, had never even seen his face. But he died fast and his essence had fed my land, making my trees grow strong and swiftly, so much that the forest now looked like old-growth trees. (11% through on my Kindle)
Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter was released December 5, 2017 from Ace. 
Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox

It's time to get away from Frankie and the other ghosts and have a nice peaceful vacation. Ellis, Verity Long's boyfriend, has surprised her with tickets on the maiden voyage of the Sugarland Express, a historic train.

The ghosts have another idea. Frankie is determined to tag along to provide a romantic getaway for his girlfriend. Little do they know that the Sugarland Express was the scene of a murder oh so many years ago and that the detective that investigated it is still investigating.

As if that wasn't enough mystery, someone in the present day is also murdered on the train while it is stuck in the mountains and the wifi and communications equipment have been destroyed. It becomes a very busy trip for Verity as Ellis and Verity spring into action trying to solve the present day murder before anyone else gets killed. And Frankie and Verity get sucked into trying to solve the mystery from the past before the ghost train version of the train is derailed and plunges into the river once again.

This is a hat tip to Murder on the Orient Express. Someone on the train must have committed the murder in the present day as well as some ghost committed the murder in the past.

This book can be read as a standalone even though it is the sixth book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series. Enough information is given for you to follow along. It's better, though, if you've had some exposure to the characters prior to this though. It's just more enjoyable knowing their history.

Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's well-written and paced well. There are two mysteries for the price of one and the author even manages to connect them in a way. The characters are interesting. There is a good sense of humor that shines through even though the mysteries are tough to solve. If you enjoy humorous cozies with some paranormal involvement, then this would be a good reading choice for you.

Murder on the Sugarland Express by Angie Fox was published November 25, 2017 by Moose Island Books.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday #219: The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't-Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

Synopsis from Goodreads

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, "The Merry Spinster" takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature became among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg’s eye for deconstruction and destabilization. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief.

Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg's boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg's oeuvre will delight in her unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface.

Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night.

Bedtime will never be the same. 


The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg is expected to be published March 13, 2018 by Holt McDougal.

Why am I waiting on this one? I love retellings. And this collection looks to be a little different from most of the retellings I've read. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!