Indie Focus: Review Of Just Breathe By Sarah Doughty


URBAN FANTASY’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

AN UNFORGETTABLE HEROINE MUST DISCOVER HERSELF IN ORDER TO CONQUER THE DEMONS OF HER PAST BEFORE IT DESTROYS HER

 

Book CoverJust Breathe
(Earthen Witch, Book 1)

Sarah Doughty

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 409 Pages
Date: 28th April 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1310871580

 
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A young writer burdened with terrible psychological baggage from her past, struggles to make sense of her life and who she is in the wake of discovering a long-held family secret revealed by her recently deceased grandmother. If learning that she is a witch wasn’t hard enough to contend with, nothing can prepare her for being thrust to the centre of an unseen conflict in the paranormal world that will see her confronted by those who wish to destroy her, those who wish to steal her power, and an implacable enemy determined to do both. If she is to survive, she must be stronger than she’s ever been before. Stronger than she believes she can be.

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Review: Blood Price By Tanya Huff


NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE…

A GREAT PROTAGONIST JUST ISN’T ENOUGH TO ELEVATE THIS RUN-OF-THE-MILL STORY TO GREAT HEIGHTS.

 

Book CoverBlood Price
(Vicki Nelson Series, Book 1)

Tanya Huff

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 7th October 2004 (First Published 1991)

ISBN-10: 1841493562
ISBN-13: 978-1841493565

 
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A series of brutal murders in Toronto gives rise to sensationalist reports about a vampire terrorising the city; all the victims had their throats torn out and their bodies drained of blood. Of course, nobody―not even the headline writers―believes that vampires are real, and one man in the city has a vested interest in ensuring this remains the case. Henry Fitzroy sleeps during the day, works at night, and hasn’t noticeably aged in four centuries. Joining forces with a former detective turned private investigator, Vicki Nelson, he sets out to eliminate a supernatural killer before anyone discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

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Review: Undead And Unwed By MaryJanice Davidson


CHICK-LIT IN URBAN FANTASY CLOTHING!

A HEROINE WHO MAKES SOOKIE SEEM DEEP. A TALE SO BAD IT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A GUILTY PLEASURE.

 

Book CoverUndead And Unwed
(Queen Betsy Series, Book 1)

MaryJanice Davidson

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 2nd February 2006 (First Published 2004)

ISBN-10: 0749936452
ISBN-13: 978-0749936457

 
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There are certain books that can only be enjoyed when approached as guilty pleasures, not to be taken too seriously (or at all). MaryJanice Davidson’s comedic urban fantasy debut, Undead And Unwed is one such book that’s so bad it’s good enough to qualify. But in taking the comedy route the author cleverly sidesteps a lot of potential criticism of her story’s lack of literary merit by establishing that this is a book not to be taken seriously. It is played for laughs from beginning to end, and reads much like a supernatural incarnation of Ally McBeal.

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Review: Queen Of The Slayers By Nancy Holder


SUNNYDALE WAS ONLY THE WARM-UP…

NO VACATION. NO BENEFITS. AND THE ONLY RETIREMENT IS AN EARLY DEATH. THIS BOOK SHOULD LIKEWISE BE PUT OUT OF ITS MISERY.

 

Book CoverQueen Of The Slayers
(Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Nancy Holder

Genre: Media Tie-in, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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It has been mentioned in a previous book review that media tie-in novels have a poor reputation, and that this negative perception is well earned. There’s no need to repeat, here, the various reasons for this; it is enough to state that everything wrong with media tie-in novels is present in Queen Of The Slayers―a hopelessly irredeemable Buffy The Vampire Slayer novel. As a result, this review will likely be very short given that this book has practically nothing going for it.

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Review: Club Dead By Charlaine Harris


SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLUBBED TO DEATH

A BOOK EVERY BIT AS VAPID AND VACUOUS AS ITS SIMPLE-MINDED PROTAGONIST

 

Book CoverClub Dead
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0575117044
ISBN-13: 978-0575117044

 
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From the outset, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries has been a series that is best approached as a guilty pleasure of the “so bad it’s good” variety; for most readers this is the only hope of getting any enjoyment from reading the books. But even the adoption of this mindset is not enough to make book three, Club Dead, anything other than an awful read.

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Review: Gameboard Of The Gods By Richelle Mead


GODS WALK AMONG US, WE ARE THEIR PAWNS

BEHIND A SERIES OF RITUALISTIC MURDERS LIES A HIDDEN REALITY A KICK-ASS HEROINE ISN’T READY TO BELIEVE

 

Book CoverGameboard Of The Gods
(Age Of X, Book 1)

Richelle Mead

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th June 2013

ISBN-10: 140591355X
ISBN-13: 978-1405913553

 
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For almost a decade author Richelle Mead has been one of the most popular voices of the urban fantasy scene; writing a number of successful books in more than one series, for both the young adult audience as wells as adult readers. With the very noticeable shift towards dystopian stories in the mass market publishing sphere, kick-started by the success and popularity of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Mead would follow the trend and throw her hat into the dystopia ring.

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Review: Living Dead In Dallas By Charlaine Harris


IT’S JUST HER MIND THEY WANT TO USE. HONEST!

THWARTING HATE GROUPS AND SOLVING MURDERS IS ALL IN A COUPLE OF DAYS WORK FOR ACCIDENTAL SLEUTH, SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

 

Book CoverLiving Dead In Dallas
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117036
ISBN-13: 978-0575117037

 
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While a part of me would ideally love for every book I read to be an unforgettable, life defining masterpiece, I realise that this is not a realistic expectation. There are times when I simply have to let myself enjoy a book for what it is. Reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris is always one of those occasions. Living Dead In Dallas, the second instalment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, much like its predecessor, Dead Until Dark, is at best a disposable guilty pleasure. Much, if not all, of the enjoyment to be derived from it is the result of how eye-rollingly cringe-worthy, and hilariously funny the story is. Whether or not that is by design is hard to tell. But I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt.

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Review: Angelfall By Susan Ee


THE ANGEL APOCALYPSE FOR THE TWILIGHT GENERATION

YET ANOTHER DYSTOPIAN YOUNG ADULT PHENOMENON SOON TO BE RECEIVING THE HOLLYWOOD TREATMENT

 

Book CoverAngelfall
(Penryn And The End Of Days, Book 1)

Susan Ee

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 23rd May 2013 (First Published 2011)

ISBN-10: 144477851X
ISBN-13: 978-1444778519

 
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Once upon a time, publishing houses would publish books that told a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. In recent times, however, it has become the case that an increasing number of books are being needlessly split into multiple instalments, to tell stories that could and should be told in a single volume. A cynical person might conclude that the driving force behind this trend is obviously to squeeze more money out of readers’ pockets.

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Review: Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris


MAYBE HAVING A VAMPIRE FOR A BOYFRIEND ISN’T SUCH A BRIGHT IDEA…

Thus begins the much beloved Southern Vampire Mysteries series, the brainchild of Charlaine Harris.

 

Book CoverDead Until Dark
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117028
ISBN-13: 978-0575117020

 
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Last summer saw the release of Charlaine Harris’ Dead Ever After, the final instalment of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which lead to much acrimony and gnashing of teeth among a legion of shipper fangirls. Now that the controversy has settled down, what better time to look back at the novel that first introduced readers to Sookie Stackhouse and her world of vampires, and their Fang Banger groupies.

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