Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer

51fmlttbdcl-_sy346_Rating: 3 stars

Series: Harmony Black #1

I never thought I’d say this about a Craig Schaefer book, but it was so boring. The Daniel Faust books are dark, humorous, and entertaining. Although Harmony Black is a spin off of that series, they are not alike at all. Harmony is an FBI agent, so this felt more like a police procedural than UF. The mystery part of the story was okay but lacked suspense.

My problem with this book is that I don’t like Harmony. In the Daniel Faust series, she was portrayed as uptight and compassionless. Being privy to her thoughts didn’t change that. She’s repressed to the point of being almost completely devoid of emotion. I understand why she is the way she is but it doesn’t increase her appeal. Just about the only thing to get her riled up is not following procedure. I hate how she applies human laws and logical to supernatural creatures. She’s a witch FFS! You’d think she’d be more open and understanding of the world around her but obviously not. She does care about people as in she doesn’t want innocents to be hurt, but it doesn’t seem like she really empathizes with other people.

The other characters weren’t impressive either. Jessie was weird and dull. I didn’t care about whatever was going on with her. Honestly I kept forgetting she was a woman since absolutely nothing about her was feminine. Not as much was known about the other various side characters but they were all boring police types. Unless this series ties back in with Daniel Faust, I probably won’t continue with it.

Souljacker by Yasmine Galenorn

51icwzrlk7l-_sx322_bo1204203200_Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Lily Bound #1

Not bad but completely unmemorable. Lily was a succubus who entertained men for a living. A vicious vampire called the souljacker killed one of her clients at her house. This set off a chain of events. Lily’s rep was ruined and her business failed. The weres were after her because of the guy that died. The souljacker was after her and her friends, so she worked with a demon Archer to get some info.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I didn’t care about any of them. Their lives were in danger at times, but it didn’t really matter if they lived or died because it wouldn’t have been any great loss. All of them except for Nate were supernatural, but they all seemed so damn normal. Lily was supposed to be over 600 years old but seemed like she should have been in her 20’s. For someone who had lived so long she lacked the skills to read people and to defend herself. Archer the love interest and chaos demon was boring. Nate served no real purpose except to give Lily another friend. Dani was her other friend. Nothing stood out about her. The introduction of Lily’s ex was lame. It didn’t create a love triangle, but he was boring. He served a purpose, but I still wish he hadn’t been in the story at all.

The souljacker was crazy. All of the vampires were described as heartless killers, so the souljacker wasn’t as extreme as he was made out to be. The weres created drama. Since they were unreasonable assholes, I couldn’t get behind their cause, and therefore they were uninteresting. There wasn’t any build up with the romance. It was instalove. I wasn’t feeling it between them. I liked this well enough that I read it quickly, but it’s not likely I’ll read the next one.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Turn by Kim Harrison

29277157Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: The Hollows #0.1

Finally an explanation for how tomatoes almost wiped out the human population! It makes more sense getting the whole story rather than getting bits and pieces in the Hollows. I still question why tomatoes, but then again it’s not like any other food would have been less ridiculous.

Trisk was an elf in the sixties. She had two strikes against her: being a dark elf and being a woman. At that point in time all supernatural creatures were still in hiding. Trisk, despite being the smartest in her class, was sent to work in a human lab. She managed to do two amazing things while there. She made the T4 Angel tomato which was helping to feed the hungry around the world and perfected Daniel Plank’s virus so the biological weapon could not harm the inderlanders.

Kal had picked on Trisk for her whole life. An argument between them caused Kal to lose his shot at getting a prestigious job. After a while he was tasked with the job of verifying Trisk’s work would work as she claimed. If there were fault with her work, Kal would be able to take it over and make a name for himself when he perfected it. He was determined to find fault with it whether it was there or not.

I liked Trisk. She made the best out of what she was given. Sometimes she made some stupid decisions but it made her seem normal. They weren’t of the TSTL variety. She was strong, caring, and determined to do what was right regardless of the odds being against her. Kal OTOH was a self serving bastard. It’s easy to see where Trent got his ruthlessness and superiority complex from. Kal would have done anything, manipulated anyone to get what he wanted. Despite being privy to his thoughts, I didn’t like him. Regret and self doubt weren’t there, so it was hard to see him as redeemable. I didn’t hate him, but there sure as hell wasn’t much to like either.

I enjoyed the book, but it took me a while to get into it. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few characters from the Hollows series like Al. I’m not sure if this is a prequel series or simply a novel. The storyline about killer tomatoes was wrapped up, but I want to know more about Kal, Trisk, and Quen. Things weren’t settled between them, and I’m hoping they end up better for them at some point.

Thanks so much to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!!!

Burn by Suzanne Wright

25828477Rating: 3 stars

Series: Dark in You #1

I had high expectations for this based on all of the amazing reviews and was left feeling disappointed. It wasn’t bad, but it was just another PNR novel. In this world, each demon has one demon who is their anchor. It’s not a sexual thing but is a close bond between them. They don’t chose their anchors; when they find them, they instinctively know. Anchors make it easier for the demons to control their demons once they bond.

Since the characters were demons, they exuded sexuality, but the intense insta lust was irritating. Knowing Knox and Harper were anchors only increased the desire or so it seemed. It didn’t take long before Knox started throwing around the phrase she’s mine often although he was one of those men who didn’t do serious relationships. Neither Knox nor Harper seemed like the types to instantly be drawn to someone else.

Knox Thorn was was too alpha male for me. He wasn’t a jerk or anything but was selfish and demanding. I didn’t think he respected Harper’s wishes since he was always trying to force her to do what he wanted to do. He really pissed me off when they had sex since he only allowed her to come on demand. I wanted to smack him every time he called her a good girl. He did everything possible to pry information from Harper about her life, but refused to reciprocate when she wanted to know something about him.

I had an issue with Harper. Considering she was supposedly strong willed and independent, she easily gave into Knox’s demands. Because of her past Harper had trust issues, but she seemed to trust Knox easily enough. Knox was drawn to her because she was brave and didn’t back down. A lot of her actions in regards to how she treated Knox contradicted the descriptions of her. She didn’t want to bond with him or even get to know him, but whenever he’d show up, she’d go where ever he dragged her without much complaint. Knox didn’t have to try hard to convince her to do anything. In many ways she was submissive to him, and someone as prickly as her should have been more combative.

Made for Sin by Stacia Kane

9781515953708Rating: 3 stars

When I saw that Stacia Kane had a new urban fantasy book with a bit of a mafia twist I was sold. I think my expectations for this were too high since I loved her Downside Ghosts series. It was okay but not a page turner. Downside Ghosts had such rich world building, and this didn’t have much world building at all. Magical workers and objects were mentioned without any rules or explanation given.

Speare was a PI who worked for criminal organizations. Some important men were being killed and he was tasked with finding the killer. I wasn’t too invested in the case. None of the people who died had any page time while alive. I didn’t care about them. It was too easy to figure out who the final target was. I had that and an important piece of Speare’s history figured out long before he did, so the shock value wasn’t there when things were revealed.

Most of the book focused on his need to sin to keep the demon in his head at bay and on his obsession with Ardeth. Speare was the kind of guy who kept his secrets well guarded, but within days of meeting Ardeth he poured his heart out to her. Sure he liked her, but did he have to turn into an idiot because he wanted to get laid? He laid some heavy shit on her. There wasn’t any shock or fear. Her reaction was suspiciously calm. She was too perfect for Speare. I liked him, but as the book went on he made dumber and dumber decisions. The intensity of his feelings for Ardeth didn’t make sense. He didn’t really know her. Yet there was something I liked about them together.

I’m not sure if another book is planned or if this was a standalone. It could go either way, but I would read the next one if it is turned into a series. It has the potential to be really good.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

6591459Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Deadtown #1

Deadtown is an area of Boston where paranormals live. That includes zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, and Victory Vaughn, the lone shapeshifter. Politically there is a lot of strife regarding paranormals. Depending on the state, they have little to no rights, but they are fighting for them. Victory wasn’t involved in the political aspect of things; she was just a demon hunter/killer.

What I liked:
-Victory didn’t need anyone else to save her. She was completely capable of doing it on her own.
-Using zombies was different. They’re not common in UF.
-The hellion demon a.k.a. The Destroyer and it’s connection to Victory’s family.
-The demons invaded dreams. It was kind of weird but unique.

Unfortunately there was a lot I didn’t like. Some things were really predictable. I figured out instantly who it was that tried to kidnap Victory. Only one person was a viable suspect for being the one who brought the Destroyer to Boston. I was hoping I’d be surprised at the end, that there would be some kind of a twist, but it didn’t happen.

The worst thing about this book was the characters. It’s not a good sign when the characters I liked (and I use the word liked loosely here) the most were the Destroyer and Victory’s niece. Victory was a kick ass woman, but that was the only thing appealing about her. She didn’t have close ties to anybody. None of the people in her life treated her with any kind of respect, but she kept them around anyway, which didn’t make much sense. Being a shifter definitely had some benefits, but when she turned into an animal or whatever she lost her human ability of higher thought. The whole shifting thing didn’t seem like the coolest ability to have. Victory wasn’t smart. When some creeps tried to kidnap her and throw her in a van, the person she suspected was her kind of sort of boyfriend Kane. WTH was up with that? The dude was a jerk, but he wasn’t evil. And if something like that happens and the person you suspect is the guy you’re screwing, it’s time to end it because there are some serious trust issues. She was self absorbed. Granted she had a lot going on but several times she forgot or ignored her friends. In the end it made sense that these people treated her the way they did because she didn’t treat them any better.

Kane wasn’t really a boyfriend. It was more of a friends with benefits type of situation. They were both self absorbed and workaholics, so it worked for them. It was obvious deep down they didn’t get each other. At least neither of them had illusions that their relationship was more than it was, and it was refreshing. Shit like that happens IRL, but those type of relationships are rarely depicted in UF. The romance was a minor subplot, but it was a love triangle. Victory was seeing Kane but was interested in another guy. The guy Daniel was more appealing than Kane, but Victory didn’t have chemistry with either of them.

Tina the teenage twit was a zombie. Why even introduce zombies into a story when the only one with significant page time was obnoxious, annoying, and dumb as hell? Several things she did put Victory’s life and potentially other people’s in danger, and Tina didn’t give a shit. Nothing would give me more pleasure than her death, but I have the feeling she’ll be around for the long run. There were some other characters I didn’t like, but they’re not even worth mentioning. I wanted to like this book, but it was damn hard to when none of these characters were appealing. I haven’t entirely ruled out reading the next book, but I won’t be rushing out to do it anytime soon.