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Sorceress Super Hero
Sorceress Super Hero #1
Darius Brasher
fantasy, magic, urban fantasy, super hero
Daba Publishing
(16 July 2018)

The mess all started when I punched a 400-year-old fairy reality TV star in the throat.

Things got really weird from there.

Before I could blink, I was fighting wererats, getting kidnapped by superheroes, stealing a cape inhabited by the ghost of a magical genius, and trying to save the world alongside a 2,000-year-old immortal who wields a piece of Noah's Ark. All while struggling to not get evicted or fired from my job.

That was just Monday. Tuesday is shaping up to be busier.

My name is Sage Hawthorne: butt-kicking sorceress, professional bodyguard, amateur superhero, and occasional screwup.

For the world's sake, let's hope this isn't one of those times I screw up.

Monster Madness 2019 and previous

I rather enjoyed book 1 of this short new series. The snarly and snarky bad tempered sorceress with no impulse control I felt is a character that that has a lot of promise for future books. I also like Puck, her cloak, which is imbued with the mind of a very brilliant young sorcerer who manages to train and restrain her somewhat.

Looking forward to the next book.

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And the unicorn is on fire?

Burn Baby Burn Book Cover Burn Baby Burn
Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) #
RJ Blain
contemporary, fantasy, urban fantasy, humour
Pen & Page Publishing
(14 May 2019)

Bailey Ember Gardener Quinn should’ve read the manual on caring for an incubus before marrying hers. The marriage license hadn’t mentioned anything about their sexy, insatiable ways. If she doesn’t get a single night of undisturbed rest soon, she’ll snap—or go on a napalm bender.

Either would work.

Recruiting Tiffany “Perkette” Perkins to be her partner-in-crime isn’t the best idea, but nothing says fun quite like a road trip, and Perkette the Misdemeanor Collecting Queen could teach the devil a thing or two about having a good time.

Add in a string of rabies cases, more puppies than she can count (or readily adopt,) a job promotion, and her very own incubus in disguise on the hunt for her, and Bailey’s in for one hell of a ride.

Warning: this novel contains excessive humor, a unicorn on a napalm bender, Quinn on the hunt, and more shenanigans than you can shake a stick at. Proceed with caution.

I just love this series and fall about laughing – out loud!

You just never know who will turn up, what they will say or even do! What do you say to Anubis when he gives you a dog – or is it a dog? And then offers to babysit? And then there are the Gorgon grandparents, and yet more grandparents because there may be a succubus too or and angel – and remember these angels don’t have heads, but still talk and see things and babysit the kids..

So once upon a time there was a flood – and Noah built an arc and took animals into it, but he forgot some, such as cindercorns, and they managed to survive the flood and mated with ordinary unicorns, and at which time you have lost the story.

In case you haven’t come across this series, I’ll just explain the difference between a cindercorn and a unicorn. Basically cindercorns like fire. They like to eat napalm and use it as fuel. They can then run very fast indeed. And some can use sunlight to fly..

Got it?

If not, then read the book and have fun in this very fantastical world that RJ Blain has built.

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Ooh flames!

Playing with Fire
A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) #1
RJ Blaine
urban fantasy, comedy, romance,
Pen & Page Publishing
(30 Jan. 2017)

What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus, and the Calamity Queen? Trouble, and lots of it. 

For Bailey, catering to the magical is a tough gig on a good day, but she has few other options. She can either keep spiking drinks with pixie dust to keep the locals happy, or spend the rest of her life cleaning up some of the world’s nastiest magical substances. 

Years after helping Police Chief Samuel Quinn escape an unhappy marriage, Bailey is once again entangled in his personal affairs. To make matters worse, Quinn’s ex-wife is angling for revenge, tossing Bailey into the deep end along with her sexiest enemy.

Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.

A 5 star read.

There are just so many mythological creatures turning up in this novel – and each and every one of them has attitudes.

Especially when they encounter our heroine – a vanilla human – or is she? Who is a kick-ass snarky virgin. And it is this latter descriptor that brings her to the attention of the gorgon community.

We learn a great deal about the gorgon society in this novel and their mating habits, and also just who finds a use for succubus and incubus in their love life – and what happens when you get a incubus drunk in a bar.

And then there is also the Quinn family – I found the court room scene hilarious – don’t stop reading before you get there!

Lots of fun and hilarity in a nicely crafted mystery story, well written with an easy style – and no grammar or proofing mistakes obvious. Some Americanism in the verbs but I can accept that.

Enjoying this series very much.

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Serial killers kill killers…

Serial Killer Princess Book Cover Serial Killer Princess
A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)
RJ Blain
Pen & Page Publishing;
(6 Mar. 2018)
Kindle

Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution.

Why would anyone put a mermaid and a gorgon in the same room together? While Tulip enjoys being alive, her lineage brings her nothing but trouble.

Snakes eat fish, and the mer love tearing apart their serpentine nemeses with their hands and teeth. As for the gorgons… she’d rather not think about them at all.

The last thing Tulip wants is to rule the mer kingdom. First, she can barely swim. Second, she’s packing more than her fair share of her father’s genes. Third, what is a landlocked princess supposed to do with an aquatic kingdom?

If she gets her way, nothing. Add in her dirty little serial killing secret, and she’s an international disaster waiting to happen.

There’s just one small problem: her father’s bodyguard tempts her in ways no one should, and if she isn’t careful, he’ll uncover her secrets, domesticate her, and infect her with a severe case of normality.

Kill the serial killers? And become a serial killer of them? Twisted justice but basically she is still an FBI agent but with her own special additive – a desire for justice but murder as well.

Not quite as much fun as some of the novels in this series, perhaps because of the underlying serious concept.

But still a good read and personally, I’d love some pink pearls in a necklace – I’m fond of them too…

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Magic comes when it is night-time

Magic after Dark
multi
mythology, fantasy, folklore
Wetknee Books
(4 Mar. 2019)
kindle

Dive into the darker side of magic

Enter the underbelly of city life, where werewolves, demons, and vampires stalk the streets. These six bestselling urban fantasy novels plus bonus novella will submerge you in a page-turning world of modern magic.

Half Wolf by Aimee Easterling: When half-werewolf Fen is cast out of her home pack, she and an unlikely ally are forced to shore up her waning power in an effort to save half-shifters everywhere.

Unquiet Souls by Christine Pope: When the hosts of the new Project Demon Hunters show investigate a demon-infested mansion, evil follows Audrey Barrett home...and she learns why her co-host is the last man she can trust.

Dark Hunt by Kim Richardson: Tasked with tracking down a demon that's killing humans, hunter Rowyn is forced to partner with an angel-born warrior who has an ulterior motive. But Rowyn's own dark secret could upend everything...

A Fistful of Evil by Rebecca Chastain: Madison actively avoids her soul-sight—until she witnesses ethereal monsters feasting on a stranger's soul...and the monsters notice her. Thrust into a dangerous new world, Madison must master her atrophied abilities fast if she has any hope of survival.

The Wolf Within by M.J. Scott: Ashley Keenan just wants to be normal. But then her ex-lover, now werewolf, turns up with a lead on the vampire who murdered her family. To survive, she might just have to leave normal behind and embrace her inner monster.

Vampire Midnight by Gary Jonas: Kelly Chan agrees to kill a vampire, but finds herself under his spell. How do you kill something you've been commanded to protect?

Sylphide by K. Gorman: When a private investigator breaks into Allish Statia's apartment and threatens her with a gun, she is able to use her Wind Elemental powers to subdue the man—but he is only part of something much bigger. Something that wants the destruction of her, her husband, and every single Mage in the city.


A set of 7 stories – with 2 particular stories by authors that I followed up into their series.

The first stories were excellent – and really only 1 was not so good, Sylphide. I liked the Kelly Chan series, and Aimee Easterlings’ Half Wolf. She is an author that I like anyway.

  1. Magic after dark
  2. Half wolf – Aimee Easterling is one of my new favourite authors, and I am happy to read 99.9% of her books and series.
  3. Unquiet souls
  4. Dark hunt
  5. A fistful of evil – this became a very interesting series. Soul sight was more than that it seems, and acknowledging it means that Madison learns to use her lux luminis – which is what she called soul sight, in defence of her territory. This defence meant fighting creatures invisible to norms but ones which feed on their souls and drain their good, sometimes replacing it with evil. These creatures can kill Madison and she has to learn to defend herself in a number of unusual ways that seem puzzling to normals. And she has grate difficulty explaining her new job to her family as she can;’t tell them the truth. I enjoyed the books I have read in this series, but have come to the end of my enjoyment after A Fistful of Frost.
  6. The wolf within –
  7. Vampire midnight – This story I found unusual and followed it up with another in the series. The idea of a heroine who is magically enhanced so that she is the most kick-ass of all was interesting. What was disturbing was that she came by her magic because she has been sold by her parents to warlocks; who repeatedly killed her so she could be brought back to life, and who removed her ability to feel pain – thus beig able to fight on when seriously injured. However, she now teaches abused women how to fight and also rescues abused women from their dire situations. So a good heroine who learnt from her experience that abusing women was not on… It did get rather graphic in places and the detail of some of the fights and the numbers killed were rather too much at times.
  8. Sylphide – an extra story – 1 star, boring.

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