Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Series Review: Servants of the Fate by Sarah Fine

Marked (Servants of Fate, #1)  Claimed (Servants of Fate, #2)  Fated (Servants of Fate, #3)

Servants of the Fate by Sarah Fine
Marked: 4 of 5 stars
Claimed: 4 of 5 stars
Fated: 5 of 5 stars

Series Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

She laid her cool palms over the backs of his hands. “You’re making this so hard.”

“Good. We’re almost there, then.” He ducked his head until they were nose to nose. “My plan is to make it impossible.”

Servants of the Fate is an adult paranormal/urban fantasy trilogy, with a hefty dose of Greek mythology thrown in. Each book follows a Ferry sibling, a long-living descendant of a family that ferries souls into the afterlife after they die. The setting is post-apocalyptic Boston, and due to environmental disasters, it has been transformed into a dangerous network of canals (think Venice). The world is a fascinating blend of dystopian/urban dangers, the surviving modern technology, and mythological beings – namely ferrymen, Keres, Moros, and the Fates.

Each novel features its own main couple, with their own romance, but the overarching trilogy plot is also compelling, and everything comes together excitingly in Fated.

I really enjoyed this series! It has a blend of both YA and Adult themes that add up to a winning combination for me. As with Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy, I was hooked within the first couple of chapters, and I raced through the whole series in less than a week. It helps that I had a great time reading them, and I was always dying to know what would happen next, even without cliffhangers.

Recommendation: Read this if you are a fan of YA urban fantasy with some sexy times thrown in, especially if you’re intrigued by Greek mythology!

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Minute Review: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser, #1)
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge (The Dowser, Book 1)
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I quickly fell into the peaceful rhythm of baking, my hands moving and mixing while my mind and eyes were on the next ingredient. I was a particular fan of icing, sometimes piling it high enough to double the height of the cupcake. My grandmother often dropped in when I was baking–as I still did five out of seven days a week. She said watching me bake was like watching an adept witch work a spell. Flattery will get you treats from me every time.

I don’t think I would have picked this one up if it hadn’t been one of my February book club picks, but I’m glad that I did. While I wouldn’t call it a new favorite, the story was quick, some of the characters were intriguing, and it gave me a MASSIVE craving for cupcakes (which I immediately satisfied by making a batch all for myself). While the story was pretty simplistic, I think more depth comes in the later books.

Recommendation: Read this if you enjoy lighthearted urban fantasy, devil-may-care heroines that are still growing into their boots, or stories in which food wins the award for best supporting character.

The most important recommendation of all: READ THIS WITH CUPCAKES ON HAND!

Seven Days of Midwinter: An Urban Fantasy Giveaway

There’s another book event happening on Facebook! It’s run by the same folks who set up Thirteen Days of Halloween in October.

What is it? It’s a week-long Facebook event open to everyone from now until December 20th. Seven Days of Midwinter is being hosted by a bunch of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors, and it’s a great way to find some new favorites! (As far as I can tell, the list includes authors of YA, New Adult, and Adult.) This event is full of fellow readers, authors, and TONS of free stuff.

I’m sorry, did you say free stuff? Yes! There are drawings for all kinds of goodies (books, gift cards, candy, Kindle Fires, etc.) as well as lots and lots of books that are free for everyone for the duration of the event. Each day has a different line-up of author giveaways (the list is posted on top of the main event page). There is also a “Free Book” post with links to each author’s Goodreads and Amazon pages, as well as links for any books they may be featuring.

Happy Book Hunting and Happy Holidays!

Minute Review: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (Heartstrikers, Book 1)
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

“So far as I can tell, ‘good dragon’ is just another name for coldblooded sociopath,” he said. “No friends, no trust, no love. Why would I ever want to live like that? It’s not like any of you good dragons are happy.”

I was pretty sure I’d like this book, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did! Despite a slower start, by 40% I was completely hooked by Aaron’s charismatic writing and the growing plot. By the end I was dying to pick up the next installment.

Recommendation: Read this if you enjoy quirky urban fantasies and sociopathic, yet lovable dragons. Also, read this because of Bob…

Thirteen Days of Halloween: An Urban Fantasy Giveaway

I’m a few days late to the party, but when I discovered this I knew I had to pass it on!

What is it? It’s a two-week Facebook event open to everyone from now until Halloween! Thirteen Days of Halloween is being hosted by a bunch of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance authors, and it’s a great way to find some new favorites! (As far as I can tell, the list includes authors of YA, New Adult, and Adult.)

What makes it a party, exacty? Lots of fellow readers, authors, and TONS of free stuff. Who doesn’t want to go to that party? 😉

I’m sorry, did you say free stuff? Yes! There are drawings for all kinds of goodies (books, gift cards, candy, Kindle Fires, etc.) as well as lots and lots of books that are free for everyone in the days leading up to Halloween. Each day has a different line-up of author giveaways (the list is posted on top of the main event page). There is also a “Treat Bag” post where authors post links to event-long free books for anyone who’s interested.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of the downside of celebrating Halloween with a bunch of paranormal books and free goodies 😀

To further entice you to check it out, here are some of the Kindle books I discovered through this event in just one afternoon!

Darkangel (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill #1)  Aurora Sky (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1)  Entangled (Spellbound, #1)  Bloodfire (Blood Destiny, #1)  Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, #1)

(In order from left to right: YA witches, YA vampire hunters, more YA witches, YA/NA shapeshifters, witches AND shapeshifters)

I wish everyone Happy Book Hunting and Happy Halloween!

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PS – I discovered this event through Anthea Sharp’s newsletter, one of the hosting authors. If you’d like to sign up yourself, check out this link to her website!