Review: Carniepunk

Reviewed by Jen

I’m a little late getting around to reading this 2013 collection of carnival themed short stories, but I learned it included a prequel to a series I am reading now and I wanted to check it out. I found the stories to be very uneven, both in tone and in how much I enjoyed them. But there were enough engaging entries, I found it worth the read.

Painted Love – This is the first thing I have ever read by Rob Thurman and I have to say, it was a bit odd. It follows the observations of Doodle, an enigmatic traveler who attaches himself to a man named Bart, a sociopath working at a carnival. The story is told entirely through Doodle’s eyes, though he does not participate much in the action. To be honest, I thought he was a dog until his true form was revealed at the end. Didn’t get much out of this one.

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Review: Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells

deadly spellsReviewed by Jen

Another very good installment in the Propero’s War series.  Jaye Wells has crafted a heroine who is easy for me to understand and to root for. She’s had a tough life and made bad choices, but she works herself to the bone every day to be something better. Her past haunts her and sometimes it comes back to bite her, but she keeps fighting the good fight… for herself, for her little brother, and for a city that teeters on the brink of total corruption. Plus, there is just enough of a hint of romance to satisfy me. [Read more…]

Jen’s Most Anticipated Books of 2015


Can you believe it’s already time to look ahead to 2015? Here are some of the books on my radar for the coming year:

burned 1Burned by Karen Marie Moning – I went back and forth with myself about whether to include this one. The date has been pushed back so many times — and I know the focus has changed drastically over revisions. But the truth is, I’ve inhaled every single book in this series so far. And whether it’s about Dani or Mac or, frankly, whoever, I know I am going to buy it the day it comes out.

Release Date: January 20, 2015 (or so they say) [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2014


Another great year of reading is drawing to a close and looking back on some of the awesome titles, I am tempted to go back and read some of them again.  Now that I have put this list together, I realize that just about every one is part of a series. Some of them can stand alone. Others are better read after enjoying earlier installments.  But either way, for me, they are the cream of the crop from the year 2014. [Read more…]

Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

cursed moonReviewed by Jen

I have to say I am kind of bummed out in the wake of this book. Not because I didn’t like it.  But because I am sad to leave it behind. I want more!  More of the great world-building.  More Kate.  More Morales. More smart, entertaining, ass-kicking story.  Unfortunately, I must wait another nine months for all of these things. So like I said: bummed. [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

dirty magicReviewed by Jen

Ever since Jaye Wells wow’ed me on a string of book convention panels, I promised myself I would read one of her books. If nothing else, I had to see if her writing would be a fraction as entertaining as I found the author to be in person.  Honestly, this was nothing like I expected. I kept waiting for evidence of her humor and wit to surface, but this is not that kind of book.  It’s dark and gritty. It’s violent and complicated.  And I really enjoyed it. [Read more…]