Review: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

Reviewed by Elise

Full Moon Rising is the first in the Riley Jensen series by author Keri Arthur. Keri comes from my neck of the woods, good ol’ Down Under. She is Melbourne based and I’m a bit higher up the coast where the weather is a bit more stable. It’s nice to read a story from an Australian author, more about that later.

The book tells the story of Riley Jensen. Riley is a half werewolf, half vampire crossbreed working for the Guardians in a not too distant future Melbourne. She is a liaison and happy with her job.

The story starts simply. Riley’s guardian brother goes missing. Riley sets out to find him, only to uncover genetic experimentation, betrayal and, like every good urban fantasy novel, a little steamy action. [Read more…]

Joint Review: Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

winter-haloReviewed by Jen & Ronelle

Ronelle: After reading the first book in the Outcast series, I picked up the audiobook version of Winter Halo and loved it as much as I loved City of Light. Keri Arthur penned a fascinating continuation of Tiger’s story, and Mia Barron did an excellent job bringing it to life. Winter Halo is one of those books that reminded me why sci-fi and fantasy are so often grouped together and it’s the best of both worlds, with dystopian romance thrown in for good measure.

Jen: It took me a little while to get back in the groove with this series, though to be fair, I didn’t really feel all that connected to the characters in the first book either. I did get more interested as I kept reading and the story built, only for it come to an abrupt end. Basically, the rhythm of the story progression felt… off… and I’d imagine it would be a substantial challenge for a new reader to jump in to the series here. [Read more…]

Review: City of Light by Keri Arthur

city of lightReviewed by Jen

Keri Arthur knows how to create an interesting world. Every series I have read from her has had a unique feel and this first installment of her Outcast books does not disappoint. It’s a fascinating blend of vampires, shifters, ghosts and magic in a world ravaged by war and temporal rifts.  The elements may not sound all that unusual, but this isn’t so much Urban Fantasy as a paranormal/sci-fi/ futuristic journey, led by an unlikely heroine, starved for contact with the living. [Read more…]

Review: Penumbra by Keri Arthur

penumbraReviewed by Jen

Why in the name of all that is holy would a publisher re-release a book series that has no ending?  It wasn’t until after I read Memory Zero that I realized these books had been previously published. That wasn’t a problem for me, but when I started reading other reviews, I found out that Keri Arthur had abandoned the series after book 3.  Surely, it wouldn’t be left unresolved… would it?  Yes. It would.  I reached out to the author on Twitter and asked if what I heard was true. She told me she wrote a new Epilogue for the end of Penumbra to tie up loose ends. This was enough to give me some hope for a resolution.  It shouldn’t have. [Read more…]

Review: Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

generation 18Reviewed by Jen

Knowing that this series has a limited shelf life put me on the fence about whether I wanted to move forward reading it.  Now that I have read this second installment, I am glad I stuck with it.  I liked Memory Zero pretty well, but I liked this one better.  Maybe because I already understood the world, but also because Keri Arthur really advances the bigger picture and gives me more elements toward a romance. [Read more…]

Review: Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

memory zeroReviewed by Jen

The Riley Jensen series was a binge read of mine a few years back, so when I found out that Keri Arthur had a new Urban Fantasy series releasing, I was excited to give it a try.   What I discovered later was that it’s not really new. Memory Zero and the entire Spook Squad series was actually released for the first time a decade ago. This is a re-release with new edits and a new publisher. Hardcore Arthur fans undoubtedly knew this already. Another surprise: there is no romance. None. Urban fantasy purists may celebrate, but I was a bit disappointed. [Read more…]