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Review: “Hunter,” Mercedes Lackey

Pros: Wish fulfillment fantasy Cons: Wish fulfillment fantasy Rating: 5 out of 5 Joyeaux Charmand is a Hunter. She can wield magic, and summon an extremely unusual pack of otherworldly hounds, in order to fight against creatures called “Othersiders”. Ever

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Review: “Transcendence,” Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Pros: Some fascinating stories Cons: A few that felt as though they ended early; some confusion Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/22/2015. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Transcendence is a collection

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Review: “Bridge of Dreams,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Great characterizations and an interesting plot; stunning short story at the end Cons: I’m still not all that fond of Lee Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Bridge of Dreams is book three in Anne Bishop’s Ephemera series, after Sebastian

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Review: “Belladonna,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world-building; great new character Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Belladonna (Ephemera, Book 2) comes after Sebastian, a book I certainly enjoyed. If anything I liked Belladonna even better. The lands of the world have been fragmented

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Review: “In the Forests of Serre,” Patricia McKillip

Pros: A fragrant stew of great magics, an old witch, and missing hearts Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre has a folk tale feel to it–magical, mysterious, with grave dangers to be

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Review: “That Risen Snow,” Rob E. Boley

Pros: Really drew me in! Cons: Mild confusions Rating: 4 out of 5   Rob Boley’s That Risen Snow: A Scary Tale of Snow White and Zombies (The Scary Tales Book 1) is a roller coaster ride of zombies, unrequited

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Review: “Larkspur,” V.M. Jaskiernia

Pros: Many characters feel flat Cons: The story has barely begun Rating: 3 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by author for this review. V.M. Jaskiernia’s Larkspur, or A Necromancer’s Romance (Larkspur Series vol. 1; Clandestina) is quite short.

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Review: “Witches with the Enemy,” Barb Hendee

Pros: Fantastic mystery, politics, murder, mayhem, crazy people, and red herrings Cons: Sometimes characters are a little slow on the uptake Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley. Expected publication date: May 5, 2015

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Review: “The Shattered Court,” M.J. Scott

Pros: Sexy, intriguing, and compelling Cons: A character or two lacking in depth Rating: 5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher via NetGalley. Expected publication date: April 28, 2015.   M.J. Scott’s The Shattered Court: A Novel

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Review: “Sebastian,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world(s), interesting concepts Cons: Frustrating relationship developments Rating: 4 out of 5 Sebastian (Ephemera, Book 1), by Anne Bishop, introduces us to Sebastian–a half-human, half-incubus. He lives in a world of eternal night. It suits him well, but

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