Of Faeries and Hellions

How’s that reading thing going for you?

I’m still cleaning out books I downloaded for free, or purchased for $0.99, or simply received as an advance reader copy, or ARC. One such book was Faerie Blood by Angela Korra’ti. (For Amazon link, click HERE.)

 

Faerie Blood

I was drawn to this book because of the cover image: a brown female with pointy ears, playing a violin. So I read it.

Kendis Thompson lives an unremarkable life. She’s 24 years old, a software tester in a computer company, and shares a duplex with a pair of adopted-in-spirit older brothers. While biking home one day, she is attacked by a troll, saved saved by a passerby with a staff and an accent from across the pond. She learns that she has fey blood running in her veins, and that the Sidhe will do anything to obtain that blood, with or without her veins attached to it. Her best friend, Jude, is dragged into the strange new world with her. Kendis hears the tragic story of her parents, and grapples with her attraction to her savior.

Faerie Blood was actually a pretty good book. The diversity of the cast of characters felt a little forced, and the coincidences was just a tad bit over the top. A few of the characters felt flat. More than 3 stars, but less than 4. There is a sequel, but I don’t feel hard-pressed to rush and get it. I’ll add it to my list, though.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Then I realized that the Preternatural Affairs series by S. M. Reine had a book #3 titled Hotter Than Helltown, and I couldn’t resist returning to that world.

Hotter Than Helltown (Preternatural Affairs, #3)

Agent César Hawke is back again. This time, he’s chasing down crank phone callers while studying to officially become an aspis to Director Fritz Friderling’s kopis. An investigation into a supposed crank call turns into a murder investigation, where the killer is something worse than a demon. Back into Helltown he goes, after tangling with soup kitchen volunteers and nuns that stone wall his work. Once again, the book is pretty quick and enjoyable. The story feels more fleshed out, but some of the characters still feel a bit flat, with chunks of missing backstory. In any case, the series is maturing, if becoming a bit formulaic. It’s intriguing enough to keep reading, however. I give it a solid 3.6 stars.
And then─THEN─an old favorite came to town. Sandman Slim had another adventure in The Getaway God, and I didn’t know about it.
The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6)
**Contains spoilers if you have not read the first 5 books of the series!**James “Sandman Slim” Stark has had a hard year. He crawled out of Hell, went back to Hell to rule, met God, killed lots of people, angels, demons, whatever got in his way, and finally got his angel half under control. But now, the world is ending, starting right in his hometown of LA. Nonstop rain pounds the streets as a serial killer slices up and reassembles bodies. The old gods, the Angra, are trying to break through the veil. And Stark has to decide if the world is worth saving or if he’d get a better shot at survival of he joins them.

I was a bit worried that this was the end of the series, but NOPE. The very last page perfectly sets up yet another book. Huzzah. I have no idea why I like Stark so much, but I find myself rooting for him every time. Curious.
Now go read something…because Sumayyah Said So!

 

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