Dare I say I enjoy Ms. Ford’s fantasy voice even more than her contemporary romance voice? Because I really do. Her descriptive style and mad skills at writing adrenalin fueled, tension-filled, crazy action scenes seem made for the urban fantasy genre. So to say I was excited that there would be a second Kai Gracen novel would be an understatement.
Despite there being quite some time between the release dates of the first and second book in this series, I found it easy to dive right back in. Maybe Black Dog Blues made an impression on me, maybe it was the memorable world-building and interesting characters, but I had no problem finding my footing almost immediately upon opening my Kindle.
Mad Lizard Mambo jumps right in with a high energy scene of Kai running for his life while clutching a prized dragon egg and being chased down by a pissed off mama. He survives, barely, but almost as soon as he’s safely home and recovering from his mad dash across the lava fields he’s thrown for a loop when he realizes the only father he’s ever really known is very sick and Ryder, the elfin Lord he wants nothing to do with, has a high-stakes, dangerous job for him. A job with a huge payday that will enable him to help with Dempsey’s medical bills.
I enjoyed Kai’s newest adventure immensely. especially because I sense a Kai/Ryder romantic relationship on the horizon. They seem to be coming to an understanding and I WANT MORE! Yes, I love this world. Yes, I enjoyed the non-stop action and adventure… But, my favorite thing about this series is the characters and their relationships. Which means I am very much looking forward to seeing Kai and Ryder finally give in and just have each other. Final Grade-B
To say this is a darker fantasy would be an understatement. Like a serious understatement.
If you’ve read the blurb, then you know Menagerie tells the story of Delilah Marlow and how her life is changed when she is discovered to be a cryptid. What’s a cryptid you ask? Cryptids are mermaids, werewolves, minotaurs, sirens and pretty much any other mythological creature you can imagine. After the reaping, when the world discovered that a whole generation of their children had been taken and replaced with these fantastical creatures, cryptids were either hunted down and killed, rounded up and forced into medical facilities running unregulated experiments or put on display in zoos and menageries. They have no rights and no freedoms. They live in cages and are treated brutally.
When Delilah’s cryptid traits come forward for the whole town to see, she is stripped of her entire life and sold into Metzger’s Menagerie. As you can imagine, she is not only scared out of her mind but also pissed beyond belief and determined not to give in to her new ‘handlers’. Life in the menagerie is heart-wrenching and vicious and terrible. What follows is Delilah finding out about her true self, forming alliances and rising up to find a way to free everyone kept enslaved in the menagerie.
While I think this book may not be for everyone, fans of a darker, grittier fantasy will definitely enjoy. I know I did, and am looking forward to the release of the next book in the series. Spectacle has a release date of May 30, 2017. Final Grade- B
Does anyone else see Jesus when they look at this cover? No? Carry on then.
Wyvern is re-release of an early book by the talented Ms. Draven. I believe it has been expanded, re-edited and has a new cover. I hadn’t read it previously, so of course, I jumped at the chance to get my Draven fix while I wait for the release of the next Wraith Kings book.
Elsbeth is a talented weaver and fiddle player and the only resident of a small village willing to face the wrath of a dragon. So she journeys toward danger, not realizing that the dragon she is hoping to negotiate with is also the man who left her behind years before.
This novella is just what I needed to refill my fantasy cup. Strong, likable heroine who has a palpable connection with her wyvern lover and a nicely done HEA. And really, what more can you ask for? Final Grade-B-