A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

30008834Rating: 2.5 stars

Series: Veronica Speedwell #2

A tedious undertaking would have been a more apt title. The pacing was so slow. Every 50 pages or so they’d get some minuscule clue. They had to do a lot of socializing to get these clues too. The worst part was that I didn’t care about any of the characters other than Victoria and Stoker. All of them were obnoxious and self absorbed. The mystery was too simple. The occam’s razor theory definitely applies here.

The main reason I read this was because I wanted to know more about Stoker’s past. Well none of that was revealed. Something about him was revealed but nothing that was alluded to in the first book. Stoker’s okay. I like the guy but I don’t love him. He’s too much of a pushover. He always gives into what Victoria wants.

Victoria is still just as cold as ever. It’s hard to feel a deep connection between her and Stoker because she’s emotionally detached. Every man she meets falls over themselves to get her attention. It irritates the hell out of me because she’s not that charming. It’s odd that Victoria thinks about sex often. I would think some as unfeeling and practical as her would find it to be a useless endeavor especially since she doesn’t want a committed relationship or children. For a book with sex alluded to often, there certainly wasn’t any of it to be had. All I know is this book needed something to spice it up, and sex would have been a great place to start.

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.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

51nzmckldsl-_sy346_Rating: 3 stars

Series: Veronica Speedwell #1

Veronica wasn’t believable as a character. This is a historical mystery. Women didn’t traipse all over the world by themselves in 1877 especially for the sake of science. She was forward thinking for modern times let alone the 1870’s. She would have been ostracized by almost everyone. At first I thought she was refreshing and different, but herself righteous attitude aggravated me as the book went on. She always had to have the last word. Her blunt nature often made it seem as if she was talking down to everyone. I didn’t like her much. She was so unfeeling and logical that she may be a sociopath.

Stoker was okay but a little rough around the edges. I am interested in his back story. It’s apparent a romance will blossom between him and Veronica, but I don’t really care for them as a couple. Sometimes opposites attract but that was not the case here. They are too different.

The mystery was okay. Nothing happened for most of the book. Once Veronica’s parentage was revealed it seemed too far-fetched. The resolution to her problems was far too simplistic. As intelligent as Veronica was, she was quite dumb when it came to figuring out why people were after her. Every instinct she had about what was going on was wrong. I’m not sure if I want to read the next book or not. I want to know more about Stoker, but I’m not in the mood for more of Veronica ATM.

The Guests on South Battery by Karen White

619bct1f69l-_sy344_bo1204203200_Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Tradd Street #5

I didn’t like this book nearly as much as the last two. Things are different now that Melanie and Jack are married with kids. Despite them finally being a couple, they still didn’t feel like a team. They didn’t work together as much as they did in the other books. Jack didn’t make as many witty comments that get Melanie all flustered. He is my favorite character in the series, and I wanted more of him. Melanie is anal retentive and obsessive compulsive about certain things, but it’s funny and endearing. It’s expected that there will be some drama since no one can live up to her lofty standards. But does there have to be a quasi love triangle in every book? The other man/woman never goes anywhere serious as a potential love interest, and it’s obvious it won’t. I’m okay with them having problems, but I want them to be sure that they are 100% committed to each other for a whole book.

Although I love the cast of characters which made the book worth reading, this wasn’t the best mystery ever. About half way through I figured out what really happened to Hasell and who Jayne really was. The clues about Jayne were numerous and obvious. There wasn’t anyone else whose child she could possibly be. I wasn’t thrilled with the plot probably because I’m not a fan of secret baby storylines. A few other minor things were easy to figure out. It got annoying after awhile that the characters weren’t figuring any of this stuff out. More things got on my nerves than normal, but I will gladly read the next book if there is one.

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

The Visitor by Amanda Stevens

17204332Rating: 5 stars

Series: Graveyard Queen #4

***There will be spoilers for the previous books***

I waited years for this book to finally be released. It was definitely a wise decision to reread the other books first since the overarching storylines were central to the plot in this. It took a while for the story to get going. The beginning explored Amelia and Devlin’s relationship since he was no longer haunted. While Devlin was off dealing with some personal issues, Amelia found an old stereoscope in her house, which eventually led to a creepy, demented mystery involving a bizarre family. That family had an old, unique cemetery on their property, and they wanted Amelia to restore it. The history surrounding the cemetery was very dark, which resulted in some evil entities. The mystery wound up being very personal to Amelia, but I won’t reveal how.

After Amelia and Devlin survived the grey at the end of the last book, things were definitely changing. Devlin was finally free from his ghosts, but was he really the same as he had been before? He was more secretive than ever. Amelia’s abilities were changing and drawing more attention from the supernatural world.

The tone was different than in the other books, and it was hard to get into at first. Amelia and Devlin were finally free to be together, but things were not as simple as they seemed. In some ways they were closer than ever, but in others they were more distant than ever before. Devlin’s ties to the Coffin and the Claw along with his denial of all things supernatural were slowly driving them apart. I still like them together, but they didn’t seem as connected as before.

The supernatural aspects were much creepier, and those were my favorite parts of the book. There was such an eerie vibe associated with everything and everyone involved in the mystery. By the end I was completely sucked in. I think this is the best book in the series so far. More was revealed about the characters, but there is a lot more to learn. I can’t wait to get the next book, and the wait won’t be long since it comes out in the fall.

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

The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

13024331Rating: 5 stars

Series: Graveyard Queen #3

Amelia was back in Charleston, and I was very happy about it. Although this is the third book in the series, it’s a continuation of the first book, which really makes the second book feel out of place. The ghosts in Charleston would not leave Amelia alone, and they were becoming more dangerous. Amelia was trying to avoid Devlin but the ghosts were drawing them together.

Up to this point, this is the best book in the series. With each book the stories get progressively creepier. The mystery was really good. I’m more curious than ever about the Coffin and Claw and what they do. I’m very interested in learning more about Darius Goodwine. Amelia and Devlin were getting closer, but his ghosts were keeping them apart. Mariama is fascinating and loathsome all at the same time. That was one hell of an ending! What will the consequences of it be?