I’ve read a number of books over the last week or so. Instead of giving you full reviews, I’m going to put up a few mini-reviews. I’ll post the remaining couple later this week.
Blood Law (Blood Moon Rising, Book 1) by Karin Tabke
This book started off great. I love gritty urban fantasy and this book fit that description perfectly. Unfortunately, things went down hill after the first few chapters. I lost my connection to the main characters. I still enjoyed Rafael, but Falon just kind of fell to the wayside. What I mean is things just happened around her. I wanted her to react more to her surroundings and fight for her future. The battle scene at the end did perk things up for me a bit, but it was a little too late to draw me back into the story.
Overall: I liked the premise and the writing, but something just didn’t work. I needed more from the characters. I don’t think I’ll be picking up book two.
Soul Thief: A Demon Trappers Novel (Book 2) by Jana Oliver
I fell in love with Riley Blackthorne in this young adult, urban fantasy series. She struggles with everything in life, from going to school, to trying to earn enough money by trapping demons to pay the bills. The battle scenes are well thought out, the characters grew and suffered hard lessons. I liked how Riley had to make some tough choices, and how she was tormented by her mistakes. It reminded me that she was just a teenager, with all the heartache.
Overall: Unique storyline, great characters, awesome love interests. I’m curious to find out what this author has in store for us next.
Forgiven (Demon Trappers) (Book 3) by Jana Oliver
Book three picks up right where book two left off, and I dove right back into the story. This book is very action packed with witches, magic, demons, angels and an assortment of demon hunters. I liked how Riley had to face the fallout of her choices, how she struggled to make things right and save her friends. She’s growing up hard, becoming tougher, and I like her more for it. I enjoyed the writing and world-building for this series.
Overall: The fight scene at the end stretched my believability a bit, but I like the characters enough to continue reading this series. I want to know what happens next with her pseudo-boyfriend Beck.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
I enjoy reading post-apocalyptic stories. Ann Aguirre does a fabulous job of building a whole new world for us to sink into in this series. Deuce is a very unique character, struggling to survive living underground, and someone I immediately connected with in the story. I loved her determination, her tenacity and her willingness to fight for herself and her people. She is shown as human, with all the mistakes we make, but she also grows stronger with each hurtle she overcomes. The story is heartbreaking, the fight scenes fantastic, depicting the world as a brutal place to scrape out a living. I loved it.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the characters, and the love interests. I will be buying book two when it’s released.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
I’ll start off and preface that I enjoy bad sci-fi movies. You’ve been warned. lol
I enjoyed this show more than I thought I would. The action scenes were great, though the love interest felt a little heavy-handed. I would’ve liked the romance to feel more natural and deeper. If the story was a little bit richer, the acting done a little better, this could’ve been a hit. I think the actors did what they could with the script they were given. The show does have some good eye-candy to entice you to keep watching.
Overall: I enjoyed the simplicity of just watching an action movie. The special effect were well done (in most places). If you’re curious about the movie, I would suggest renting.