The Broken Kingdoms Readalong, Week 2

The Broken Kingdoms

Hi everyone, and welcome to week two of The Broken Kingdoms readalong!  This week’s questions were written by Susan at Dab of Darkness and cover chapters 5-10. The following questions and discussion will contain spoilers and speculation.  If you haven’t read up to chapter 10, you may want to come back once you have. 1)Read more

“The Demon Abraxas” by Rachel Calish

Generally I steer clear of paranormal romance, but I was intrigued by The Demon Abraxas because it featured a lesbian couple.  Speculative fiction is greatly enriched by diversity, and a love story between two women who get mixed up with the supernatural seemed right up my alley. When a San Francisco businesswoman named Ana KhouryRead more

“Days of Blood & Starlight” by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight is the sequel to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone, a YA fantasy novel of angels and demons that is both chilling and unputdownable.  This post will contain spoilers from the first book, so if you haven’t read it, stop reading now. In a parallel world to our own,Read more

How to Train Your Demon: Guest Post by Jane Kindred

Today I am delighted to host author Jane Kindred as a part of her blog tour for “The Armies of Heaven,” the third book in the House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy.  My review of the book will be posted later this week. How to Train Your Demon While Anazakia, the heroine of The House of Arkhangel’skRead more

“The Dirty Streets of Heaven” by Tad Williams

I received a review copy of Tad Williams’ “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” while I was at Book Expo America.  I’m reading it as part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII event. “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” is the first book  in a new urban fantasy series that combines elements of gritty noir with theRead more

“The Fallen Queen” by Jane Kindred

The Fallen Queen by Jane Kindred tells the story of Grand Duchess Anazakia Helisovna, an angel whose life story parallels that of Anastasia Romanov.  Anazakia never really understood the politics of Heaven until her entire family was murdered and overthrown at the hands of Aeval, a really bitchy queen.  Anazakia alone escaped with the aidRead more

“Demons” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  This book was singlehandedly responsible for getting me into Russian literature.  I came across a battered paperback copy in my high school library (a terrible translation, mind you, with the title still as “The Possessed” instead of “Demons”) and was immediately sucked in.  Now I’m a huge Russian lit nerd.  Dostoevsky, I blame you!Read more