Review: Riveted by Meljean Brook

Reviewed by Jen

Another winner from Meljean Brook. If you haven’t read any of her Iron Seas books, this is a great place to jump in, since it works as a complete standalone. Of course, it shares the world of the books before it, but Brook lays it out simply and effectively enough that you won’t feel lost at all.

Our heroine, Annika, grew up in a secret Iceland village that consisted entirely of women. She never would have left if her sister Kalla had not taken an exile meant for her. She’s been searching for Kalla for the past five years, working aboard an airship to gain access to foreign shores. The plan is to find her sister, then head straight back home. She never dreams she will come across anyone or anything that could make her want anything else. Then she meets David. [Read more…]

Review: Wrecked by Meljean Brook

wreckedReviewed by Jen

If you want to dip your toes into the world of the Iron Seas, but you’re not ready to commit to a full length novel, this might be a good chance to get your feet wet.  You won’t get the depth and full experience of the novels, but it is enough to give you a feel for the setting and tone. This story is a complete standalone and can be read at any point in the series. [Read more…]

Jen’s Favorite Books of 2014

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: Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin & Milla Vane

night shiftReviewed by Jen

Usually, any given anthology I come across will have just one or two stories I am interested in. But with this one, I hit the motherload, with stories from three of my very favorite authors: Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brook (writing as Milla Vane).  I didn’t love every story equally, but overall, I think UF/ PNR readers will get enough bang for their buck.

Secrets at Midnight: I am such a fan of Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling world, but this novella was not a hit for me. It had some good things going on, but there were some parts that really fell flat. [Read more…]

Review: Tethered by Meljean Brook

tetheredReviewed by Jen

I have to admit, I always pause before spending three bucks on a novella. Will it be worth it?  Is the publisher just trying to milk my love for an established series with a little puff of nothing set in a world I’m committed to?  And despite my love for Meljean Brook, I wondered the same thing here. Thankfully, I can assure you that “Tethered” was worth every penny and then some. [Read more…]

Review: Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

heart of steelReviewed by Jen

Book after book, Meljean Brook constantly impresses me.  She is so insanely creative and talented. Her world-building is complex and fascinating.  But even better, she creates characters that are so well drawn, I feel like I know them. I care about them.  And one of the things I love most is that they are all so different from one another. She never takes the easy way out or uses an archetype to scrimp on character development; each character is unique with individual strengths, foils and idiosyncrasies, allowing me to see them as real people with emotions that matter –and make sense. [Read more…]

Review: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

kraken kingReviewed by Jen

Maybe you aren’t familiar with steampunk. Maybe you don’t love it. Maybe you haven’t read the earlier installments in the Iron Seas series.  Maybe you’ve never even heard of Meljean Brook.  It. Does. Not. Matter.  You need to buy this book now and read it.  You need to get swept up in the adventure. You need to swoon over the romance.  And then you can join the rest of us who can do nothing but gush over just how wonderful this story is. [Read more…]

Review: Guardian Demon

guardian demonReviewed by Jen

I have so many feelings after reading this book. So many.  The basic takeaway, though, is that I loved it.  It was everything you could hope for the ending of an epic, awesome series, but so rarely get.  The romance is exceptional.  But beyond that, Meljean Brook does a masterful job of weaving together elements and characters from previous books to build a breathtaking climax and utterly satisfying conclusion. [Read more…]

Series Reading Order: The Guardians

This is the reading order for The Guardian series by Meljean Brook:meljean

 

*Denotes short story/ novella

Review: The Guardians Short Stories & Novellas

hot spell“Reviewed by Jen

Falling for Anthony” (Guardians 0.5) – This story may fall chronologically before the events of Demon Angel, but I am so glad that I read it after I was a couple of books into the series. I really don’t think I would have appreciated Anthony and Emily’s story without the perspective that the first two full length books gave me.  We’ve heard Colin mention his sister Emily many times –as well as his own turning into a vampire. This is the story of that time in their lives and how Colin’s best friend Anthony fits into the picture. [Read more…]