“Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance” edited by Mitzi Szereto

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance is a collection of fifteen erotic short stories featuring ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and things that go bump (see what I did there?) in the night.  The stories draw on the gothic literary tradition, which at its heart has always paired romanticism with apprehension of the unknown.  This is oneRead more

It’s that time again… Mini-Reviews!

Every now and then my backlog of read-but-not-reviewed starts getting ridiculous.  That’s currently the case, and I want to clean house before the weekend comes so I can cosplay as Hermione Granger while not feeling guilty over the shit I should have done on my blog (stressing over unfinished work would be totally in character forRead more

“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a young adult retelling of One Thousand and One Nights.  Each night, Khalid, the mad Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride, who he has killed the next morning.  Becoming Khalid’s bride is a death sentence, but a young woman named Shazi volunteers for the role.  Her best friend had beenRead more

“Masks and Shadows” by Stephanie Burgis

Masks and Shadows is a historical fantasy novel set in Hungary in the 1770s.  The Hapsburgs currently reign, but there is constant court intrigue as scheming courtiers try to shift the balance of power.  The novel opens as Charlotte von Steinbeck, the newly widowed sister of Prince Nikolaus’ mistress, arrives at Eszterhaza.  Charlotte is prim andRead more

“Tower of Thorns” by Juliette Marillier

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier is the second installment in Blackthorn & Grim, a fantasy series about a prickly young woman who is bent on vengeance against Malthuin, a powerful man who killed her family.  She can’t execute her revenge because her very freedom from prison was purchased by a bargain with a faeRead more

“My Sweet Vidalia” by Deborah Mantella

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella is the story of a young woman in the 1950s American South who overcomes considerable hardship and discovers her own inner strength.  Vidalia gets pregnant while in high school and has a shotgun wedding.  Unfortunately, her new husband is a terrible person and abuses her to the point thatRead more

“The Changeling Sea” by Patricia McKillip

I picked up a tattered paperback of The Changeling Sea at a used book sale in part because I love McKillip’s ethereal writing style, and in part because of the gorgeous Michael Whelan cover.  Like most of McKillip’s work, The Changeling Sea reads like a fairy tale or a bedtime story; it’s short, enchanting, and filled with wonder. PeriRead more

“Blood and Iron” by John Sprunk

Blood and Iron is an epic fantasy novel about three enslaved protagonists who overcome hardship only to be entangled in politics and war.  The main protagonist, Horace, is shipwrecked and forced into slavery.  A chaos storm strikes the caravan, and he discovers his own affinity for lightning.  Jirom is an ex-mercenary who was forced to becomeRead more