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Review - Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 15, 2017

Dim Sum Asylum

In an alternate San Francisco, the human and magical worlds have collided in a big, messy way. Fairies, dragons and other magical creatures mix with humans, and it's the job of the San Francisco Police Department's Arcane Crimes unit to make sure nobody misuses magic for nefarious purposes. The Chinatown headquarters, known by its officers as the “Dim Sum Asylum”, is where most of the action is, and where Detective Roku calls home. More...

Review - Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 25, 2017

Feral Dust Bunnies

Volume 4 of Offbeat Crimes

This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct's not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf's current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town. Their only clue to the mystery is the lone survivor: a small kitten that seems to have imprinted on Wolf. More...

Review - Rising Beauty by Meraki P. Lyhne

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 20, 2017

Rising Beauty

Volume 3 of The Cubi

As this third installment of the Cubi series opens, Daniel is still trying to wrap his head around the latest revelation to turn his life upside down. Not only is he becoming an incubus, he is destined to become the king of the North American cubi. He takes the role seriously, and displays an aptitude that surprises the Grand Lords and Ladies that rule the houses. However, he is still a young man not yet 20 years old, raised in the human world, and his life experience hasn't prepared him for a loving relationship, particularly a cubi one. But it's the outside, human, world that gives Daniel and all the other cubi their biggest challenge, one that threatens to destroy their culture. More...

Review - Skim Blood & Savage Verse by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on May 23, 2017

Skim Blood & Savage Verse

Volume 3 of Offbeat Crimes

The latest installment of the Offbeat Crimes series switches the focus from Kyle and Kash to the squad's dysfunctional vampire Carrington. ‘Carr’ has a history of rather unfortunate choices in boyfriends, which in large part is how he got to be a vampire that can't stomach whole human blood. In his latest case, Carr learns that words can hurt you, at least when they take physical form and are hurled at you with great force by possessed books. More...

Review - Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 25, 2017

Skythane

Oberon is a strange half-world, a planet seemingly cut in two, with not sign of what happened to the missing half. The world is the only known source of pith, a drug with many legitimate as well as illicit uses. Only, the supply of pith seems to have dried up, so the Psych Corps sends Jameson to Oberon to investigate. His guide is Xander, a Skythane, the descendants of the original human settlers who we genetically modified to have wings. The two take an instant dislike of one another, but neither man is prepared for what they're about to find out about themselves, and the fate of two worlds hangs on their ability to embrace their destiny. More...

Review - Claimed Beauty by Meraki P. Lyhne

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 28, 2017

Claimed Beauty

Volume 2 of The Cubi

This sequel to “Untouchable Beauty” picks up just moments after the first book ends, with Daniel accidentally dosed by his master Seldon and discovered to be a changeling, a human that has the genetic make-up to be converted to a incubus. It's a huge change for the young man, who was just coming to terms with being a slave to the cubi, albeit a cherished one. He may no longer be a slave, but the immensity of the change, and the ramifications on Seldon due to the accidental dosing, prove quite daunting. More...

Review - The Love Song of Monkey by Michael S. A. Graziano

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 14, 2017

The Love Song of Monkey

Jonathan is dying of AIDS (as unusual as that would have been in 2008, when this book was published). In a last-ditch effort to save him, his wife takes him to undergo an unorthodox, and largely untested, procedure that might cure him, if he can stand the pain. The procedure sets the man on a journey of introspection that makes for quite and adventure. More...

Review - Untouchable Beauty by Meraki P. Lyhne

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 24, 2017

Untouchable Beauty

Volume 1 of The Cubi

Daniel is a beautiful high school senior. His parents expect him to go to college and study business, but Daniel thinks he can have a successful career as a model or actor. He's had some success as a model, but not much as an actor. With typical youthful enthusiasm, he doesn't take his setbacks as any sign of a lack of talent, and believes that he can get by on his looks. On seeing an ad for a photographer looking for new models, Daniel decides to skip school and chase his dream. But the photographer is just a ruse for “cubi” who kidnap humans to take back to their colony and serve them. More...

Review - Soulseeker by J.C. Owens

Posted in Book Reviews on Jan 17, 2017

Soulseeker

Rian's life is not exactly that of a story-book prince. He is abused sexually and physically by his brother the king, with almost no hope of escaping. The last person to try and help him was mercilessly slaughtered right in front of him. After his latest attempt to flee the country, the king hires foreign mercenaries to watch over him. The Hawks are known as fierce and ruthless warriors, but they are also a deeply spiritual people. They believe the souls of the dead sometimes need a guide from the land of the living, a “soulseeker”, to help them find their way to the afterlife, but their people have been without one for many years. More...

Review - The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 18, 2016

The Pill Bugs

Volume 2 of Offbeat Crimes

In this sequel to Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the budding relationship between paranormal police detective Kyle and his partner Vakesh is facing a few stumbling blocks, mainly in the form of Vakesh's inability to be open about it. More...

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