Fantasy

Dungeon Crawl

Dungeon Crawl (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #8) By: Annie Bellet

Plot:

New Rule: Never owe a vampire a favor…
Nearly a year after defeating her evil ex, sorceress Jade Crow has found some peace running her comic book store and gaming with her friends. Until the vampire who helped her win against Samir comes knocking and wants the favor repaid.
The Archivist’s request looks simple on its surface. Go into an empty house and check for magic items.
There’s just a tiny problem: simple is not Jade’s forte. There are lies around every turn and soon she’s neck deep in undead.
Not all quests are what they seem and laid to rest doesn’t mean the dead stay buried…

Review:

I’m not sure why this book was necessary. I kind of wish Bellet had just moved on from the main characters because I feel like this didn’t really bring much to the table. It was more of Jade kicking magical butt, but there was no character growth and it felt weird after the big fight from the previous book. It was almost like a big epilogue with a random bad guy in it.

Also, Alec’s mysterious bad guys that show up were really random and didn’t really have any kind of bearing on the overall story.

Overall, I was disappointed.

2.5/5

Veiled Threat

Veiled Threat (Rylee Adamson #7) By: Shannon Mayer

Plot:

Demons are putting rips in the veil in order to cross over and steal my friends and allies away.

But, going after them isn’t even close to simple. The deepest level of the veil is not a place you can just open a doorway too, after all, and of course, that’s where they’ve been taken.

As fate would have it, it looks like I might get some help from a trained demon slayer and his fire breathing ride.

The only problem? Said demon slayer claims to have family ties to me. And I’ve never trusted my family.

Nor am I about to start now.

Review:

This book was nonstop from the minute it started to the very end. That kind of pace just doesn’t work for me. By the end I was skimming because it felt like it was just another fight with Rylee kicking butt. Nothing meant anything anymore.

It was also mainly just build up for the upcoming fight with Orion. Lots and lots of build up with the goal Rylee was working toward for the book kind of feeling contrived except for what happens to Milly and that just seemed like back peddling.

I don’t know, I was more than a bit disappointed. I was hoping to finish the series, but after this I’m not in a rush, which makes me sad.

3/5

Guardian (Rylee Adamson 6.5) By: Shannon Mayer

Guardian (Rylee Adamson 6.5) By: Shannon Mayer

Plot:

“My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

After months of danger, running for my life, and dealing with one crisis after another, I’m finally getting that vacation I deserve.

I even get to take my favorite guardian with me for some serious one on one time.

Of course, when it comes to my life, even a vacation can turn ugly.

And when I say ugly, I mean monsters, magic and death. Just another day in the life of a Tracker.

Review:

It’s been a few years since I’ve read a book in this series and I was concerned I wouldn’t remember what was going on. The fact that this book is just a novella really helped that. It was a side story that eased me back into the characters and didn’t throw me into the deep end.

Even though it was short a lot happened and there were developments that grew the characters. It was short but impactful. It also hinted at what was going on in the world so I feel better prepared to start back into the series.

This book and the next are in Kindle Unlimited so I’m going to move right onto the next.

4/5

Shadow Flare (Ruby Calloway #2) By: D.N. Erikson

Shadow Flare (Ruby Calloway #2) By: D.N. Erikson

Plot:

Magical cults are better left alone. Especially when they’ve got friends in high places.

When twenty-three bodies are discovered on the edge of the Fallout Zone, the FBI calls in Ruby Callaway and Colton Roark to investigate. From the powerful dark magic branded into the bodies, Ruby quickly determines those responsible: the Crusaders of Paradisum. Which is impossible, considering Ruby killed their Crusading Prophet, scattering the cult to the wind over a century ago.

But some people just don’t know when to stay dead – especially when they’ve made new friends in powerful places. And that’s a problem Ruby needs to fix.

Before it kills her first.

Review:

It took me a while to get into this book. Part of that is that I had two library books I had to read before I could read this and since they were cozy mysteries it took me a little while to shift gears. Part of it was also because it used a plot device I’m not overly fond of, it started off with an action scene and then flashed back twenty-four hours. Hawaii Five-0 does that a lot and it’s started to annoy me.

Anyway, by fifty-five percent into the book I was invested and interested again. I wish there was a bit more world building and a bit more detail. There was also a lot going on, with multiple life and death plots which made it slightly hard to keep up with what was going on and what action had to do with which plot.

All in all, it wasn’t as good as the first book, but I’m still invested in the series and looking forward to the third and final book.

3/5

Lightning Blade (Ruby Callaway #1) By: D.N. Erikson

Lightning Blade (Ruby Callaway #1) By: D.N. Erikson

Plot:

After twenty years inside a supernatural internment camp, bounty hunter Ruby Callaway is granted a temporary release by FBI Agent Colton Roark to help capture a necromancer publicly killing high ranking government officials. Each year, on the same day, the necromancer kills. And today marks the eighth anniversary.

But after dying at the killer’s hand, Ruby discovers something strange: the day repeats over and over, in an endless time loop starting at midnight.

The killer has something much bigger planned for today. And Ruby, as the only one capable of seeing the necromancer’s endless time loop, must stop the psychotic necromancer from obtaining unlimited power.

But the world outside the fence has changed, the supernatural forced to live in sprawling slums lying just outside gleaming cities. And in this uneasy new world, there might be threats even greater than serial killers lurking in the shadows…

Review:

Lightning Blade is made up of things I love, time loops, futuristic settings, and a kick ass female heroine. Time loops are so rarely done, at least I seem to rarely read about them, that when I saw that was what this book was I couldn’t not buy it.

I’m still not exactly sure what Ruby Callaway is, she’s a realms something or other, but she seems to be unique but not over powered. She ages very slowly so she’s had some time to train, which explains the abilities we were shown. I’m curious to learn more, though.

The real winner, though, was the world created. A futuristic world with paranormal creatures is just so cool to me. Things, of course, aren’t peachy in the future, and our heroes must find a way to survive and break the time loop, but things are never what they seem.

I wish the villain had been better developed. The pieces were all there, but the only time I felt anything for him was when he was first introduced, after that it was just sort of, “oh yeah there he is again.” He wasn’t over the top and he had awesome motivation but I feel like he could have easily been expounded on.

Really enjoyed the book over all, though, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

4/5