Just released on October 10, 2015, author Adam Dreece’s fourth novel-length ebook installment of The Yellow Hoods series adds another layer of intrigue and adventure to his YA fantasy series. Set in an alternate-earth world (Eorthe), The Yellow Hoods series combines nursery rhymes and nascent steampunk with exciting results. While this fourth novel in The Yellow Hoods series is not as polished as Breadcrumb Trail or All the King’s-Men, Beauties of the Beast delivers another thrilling emergent steampunk tale for Dreece’s smart teen audience.
Released right in time for Halloween (October 1, 2015), Lincoln Farish’s Soulless Monk offers up a continuation of the paranormal occult adventure begun in Junior Inquisitor.
Lincoln Farish abandons the intimate shadowy encounters of the first book in the Inquisitor Series for full-on immersion in the war between the darkest supernatural forces and humanity’s secret defenders. The Inquisitor Series expands almost explosively with Soulless Monk, and I think the direction works for the series and for the second Inquisitor Series novel, itself.
His series, published by ADZO Publishing, is an example of both independent authorship and publishing at its finest. I am so pleased that author Adam Dreece’s work was not lost in the mainstream publishing run-around, and I believe fans of this intelligent series which combines machine gears and Mother Goose would agree with me that Adam Dreece makes indie authors look good.
Ancestral Blood, Book Two of the Talia Series, plunges the reader into passion and conflict from page one. Author Christy King’s dark fantasy romance series addresses complex social issues and individual growth forcing its ardent heroine, Talia, to evolve yet again. As a continuation to the sinister dealings and doings of the characters and creatures in Christy King’s nightmarish world, Ancestral Blood raises the stakes and delivers a rich tale to follow up neatly behind its prequel, Talia.
I recommend both books as a Halloween treat for new-adult readers looking to explore mature themes in a shadowy, supernatural fantasy setting.
I thought that writing this book review would be easy when I purchased Talia by Christy King. While the book blurb does tease that Talia lives in a dark and dangerous world and that she is self-destructive, I had different expectations coming into this book.
See, I’ve been reading books from the YA science fiction and fantasy genres recently. I expected the heroine to be tough and scrappy; after she overcame a few false starts, she would jump into her high adventure. Good would vanquish evil. She would learn a lesson about herself, evolve from there, and take on stronger evils as the story progressed.
What I found was a dark and grim world–one where nightmare creatures fit in far better than the humans they predate on. And I think it works.
When I bought Lincoln S. Farish’s Junior Inquisitor (Book 1 in the Inquisitor Series), I had no idea what I had just gotten my hands on. I admit I expected very little from it. I even thought I would not finish it. I never expected to really want to write a book review for it.
How happy I am to be so very wrong.
A gritty urban fantasy thick with occult, suspense, horror themes, Junior Inquisitor is an edge-of-your-seat novel that keeps a person up at night reading. It was not only the suspense and terror which had me reading it overnight; I could not put this book down once I started reading it.
Novels like Junior Inquisitor make writing a book review a pleasure instead of a chore.