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

IS THERE A NICE WAY TO SAY A BOOK IS 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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Quote: Guilty Pleasures, “Graves Are For The Living…”


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Graves are for the living, not the dead. It gives us something to concentrate on instead of the fact that our loved one is rotting under the ground.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures

 
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Review: God’s War By Kameron Hurley


A NEW BREED OF (ANTI) HEROINE HAS ARRIVED

ASS-KICKING, HEAD CHOPPING WOMAN RE-WRITES THE CONVENTIONS OF A GENRE AS SHE UNDERTAKES A MISSION SHE CAN’T REFUSE

 

Book CoverGod’s War
(Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1)

Kameron Hurley

Genre: Science Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
Date: 16th January 2014 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 0091952786
ISBN-13: 978-0091952785

 
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Part science fiction, part urban fantasy, God’s War is a rather difficult novel to nail down, due in no small part to its inherent contradictions. For example, certain facets of the book are incredibly original and unique, yet the plot progresses in a very predictable manner; there is little, if anything, within the run-of-the-mill narrative that will take you by surprise. Also, several interesting characters are introduced throughout the story, yet interesting never translates into memorable; you’ll have a hard time remembering any names once you’ve finished reading the book. It is a novel that is rather good at setting up expectations, but not so good at meeting them.

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Review: Bitten By Kelley Armstrong


IT TOOK A SECOND TO CHANGE ELENA’S LIFE…

FEW READERS WILL ESCAPE THE SENSE OF DEJA VU. YES, YOU’VE READ THIS STORY NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE

 

Book CoverBitten
(The Women Of The Otherworld, Book 1)

Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th May 2010 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 1841499188
ISBN-13: 978-1841499185

 
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When Kelley Armstrong’s debut novel, Bitten, was first published in 2001 the urban fantasy genre was still very much in its infancy, hence the book didn’t need to do much to stand out; Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series was more or less the only high profile competition. As the market was not yet as saturated as it is today the tropes that readers now come to expect of the genre had not been established. One obvious benefit of this circumstance is that readers at the time would more than likely not have viewed the story as lacking in originality. Sixteen years later, however, anyone reading the book for the first won’t be able to escape the feeling they’ve read it all before.

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In Coming: Brand New Releases For March (2016)


WHAT’S ON THIS MONTHS RELEASE SCHEDULE?

Take a gander at some of the most noteworthy book releases for the third month of 2016.

 

This month there are over thirty new titles vying for the attention of genre fans. These include a few first instalments of new book series as well as a several sequels to ongoing series. Which of these offerings will succeed in persuading you to add them to your reading lists this March?

Note:
Based primarily on UK publication dates.

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Quote: Full Moon Rising, “…Not A Snowflake’s Chance In Hell.”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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If I had a talent I could claim, it would be as a finder of trouble. Which is undoubtedly what I’d find by sticking my nose where it had no right to be. But would I let a thought of trouble stop me? Not a snowflake’s chance in hell.

Keri Arthur
Full Moon Rising

 
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