A Case of Magic by Dominika Waclawiak Review

A Case of Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel (The Wildes Chronicles Book 1) by [Waclawiak, Dominika]

Title-  A Case of Magic

Author- Dominika Waclawiak

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Puchase Link- Amazon

Ex-Cop turned PI Mabry Wildes is no stranger to rough waters, but this time she might be in over her head.

A water Fae shunned by the witches and sneered at by the Fae; her professional reputation shredded by the head of the LAPD, Mabry uses her powers to champion for those hardest hit by the Unveiling: the humans.

The human ghettos are emptying and no one knows why. Worse, no one in power seems to care. On the run after accidentally killing two vampire cops who tried to bring her in on seriously murky ground, Mabry thinks things can’t get worse. Then her former LAPD colleague turns up dead and Mabry is plunged into the center of a case that threatens to kill everyone she holds dear.

Mabry Wildes is just trying to make enough money to survive and stay under the raider. Being an ex-cop whose partner died on their watch makes it hard enough add her very unique linage of half witch/half mystery fae and its a miracle she isn’t lock away somewhere.

When a case too big to ignore or run away from comes to her she has no choice but to dive head first in a brewing war. Since the existence of magical creatures the world has become a very dangerous place for humans and creatures alike and now Mabry needs to find out just exactly what has happened to everyone who has disappeared including an old associate from her old life,

The Sweet and Sour (Mixed Review)

This series has a lot of potential. The plot itself and characters are truly unique and well thought out. Once the story gets going its a page turner and leaves the reader wanting more.

However for the story to really hit its stride it takes over half of the book. The first half of the story is at time confusing and gets a bit convoluted in my opinion. As a reader I was waiting for the ball to drop and at times thought okay yes this is it only for the story to get more tangled and slowed down.

Again I really enjoyed the second half of the book as it drew me in and left me craving more. I think I will really enjoy the second book seeing that the first half of the book seems to be setting up the world.

I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a paranormal read with a good cliff hanger ending

Rating 3 out of 5 cupcakes

Dominika Waclawiak is the author of Grim Angel (formerly called The Elk), Missing Soul, Guilty Deeds and Silent Death, all in the Caine & Murphy thriller series.

Dominika lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and two huskies. When not chasing after her toddler or running the dogs, she’s busy writing her next novel, several film and TV projects, and plotting a visual effects laden science fiction feature film project to direct.

In her former life, Dominika created visual effects for blockbuster movies that netted three Oscars: LIFE OF PI, HAPPY FEET, and the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. She also created images for THE GOLDEN COMPASS and THE INCREDIBLE HULK to name just a few.

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Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk Review and Recipe

Death and Relaxation (Ordinary Magic Book 1) by [Monk, Devon]

Title- Death and Relaxation

Author- Devon Monk

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- BandN Amazon  

Exciting new urban fantasy series by national bestselling author, Devon Monk

Monsters, gods, and mayhem…

Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It’s the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she’s finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That’s gonna take some work.

Even Death needs a vacation… so does love and war and Ordinary, Oregon is the perfect spot for gods to get in some quality R and R. Ordinary is a small sleepy beach town located in Oregon, only don’t let the name fool you. Ordinary is anything but well, ordinary. When a good needs some time off from being a god and the stress it brings by relinquishing  their godly powers and living like a mortal.

Delaney Reed is the police chief of Ordinary and not only does she have the gods to deal with but also the many paranormal citizens who live among the normal and mortal of Ordinary. Along with her sisters Jean and Myra she somehow keeps the peace between the Wolves and the Vamps all while making sure the gods don’t start another war. The Reeds keep Ordinary as peaceful as a paranormal hot spot can get.

The last thing Delaney needs is a dead body and a murder investigation on her hands but that is exactly what she gets when a body washes up on shore. Not only does she have to find a murdered, she also has to find the a mortal to take on Heimdall’s powers and become a god before the power his body left behind eats her alive.

The Sweet-

I am a fan od Devon Monk- a BIG fan and love her writing. This particular book was (at least for me) almost like Devon Monk Ligh- same great taste but less calories- which I am not hating at all!

This story read more like a paranormal cozy for me than Monks typical Urban Fantasy and I got say I instantly fell in love. Monk manages to create the sleepy town feeling you get from a cozy but at the same time brings that certain touch of bad assery one would get from an urban fantasy,

Our main character Delaney reminds me of Allie from Monk’s Alec Beckstrom series. She is smart as a whip, but can at times be  stubborn and hard headed which makes her all the more realistic and interesting. Actually all the characters from this book are so well written that they are what keeps you turning the page eager to soak in more of Ordinary and its denizens. The author manages to create funny and witty characters with ease.

The story itself is good while not being as bloody and graphic as your typical Urban Fantasy can be. It has the perfect amount of action and mystery while bringing romance and snark into the mix making sure that the reader keeps coming back for more

The premise is so unique- I mean a vacation spot for gods where they can live a normal life? Genius!

Rating- 5 out of 5 Cupcakes- Great read for Devon Monk fans or anyone who loves a cozy with a bit of a bite!

I was inspired to create a spin on Ambrosia salad- Ambrosia is said to be the food of the gods so of course this cocktail would go perfectly with this book!

Ingredients Needed

  • Grenadine or maraschino cherry juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Blood Orange Vodka ( Your choice of brand I prefer Skyy)
  • Malibu
  • Marshmallow Vodka ( Your Choice brand I prefer pinnacle)
  • For Garnish- Cherries and Marshmallows

Directions

This drink is pretty simple and can be altered to make a big batch accordingly,

  1. In shaker you want to add plenty of ice to make sure this drink is nice and chilled as it is best served cold.
  2. Next you want to add a splash of cherry juice, 2 ounces of OJ, 2 ounces of pineapple juice.
  3. Next is the best part! The alcohol- 2 ounces Malibu Rum, 1 ounce of Blood Orange Vodka and 1 ounce of Marshmallow Vodka
  4. Next you mix it all up adding more juice if need be and pour into your serving glass garnishing with some cherries and marshmallows (the mini ones would work better but I only had big ones on hand)

Devon Monk is a national bestselling author of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, Shame and Terric, and the Age of Steam steampunk series. She also writes the occasional short story which can be found in various anthologies and in her collection: A Cup of Normal.

She lives happily beneath the rainy skies of Oregon. When not writing, she can be found drinking too much coffee and knitting silly things.

Sisterly Screams by Carolyn Q. Hunter Review

Sisterly Screams (The Dead-End Drive-In Series Book 1) by [Hunter, Carolyn Q.]

Title- Sisterly Screams

Author- Carolyn Q. Hunter

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Estranged sisters, Sarah-Belle and Anna-Lee, haven’t seen each other in nearly two years. Life takes an unexpected turn when Anna has to return to their hometown of Sunken Grove, Louisiana, and fate throws the contentious pair back together again.

Unfortunately, the already-tense situation goes from bad to worse for the sisters, when a ghost appears at Sarah-Belle’s drive-in theater and restaurant, pleading with them to help bring his murderer to justice. Will the sisters be able to settle their differences and work together again in order to solve this case, or are the strange sounds of jungle drums coming from the bayou signaling their doom?

Reviewed by Crystal H.

Anna-Lee is forced to return to her hometown Sunken Grove, Louisiana with her tail between her legs to ask her little sister Sarah-Belle for a place to stay till she gets back on her feet. You see Anna had big dreams and was going to make something of herself, she left town as soon as she could leaving her sister Belle behind. The two sisters haven’t spoken in years due to Anna’s judging Belle’s dreams.

Anna didn’t understand Belle and her dreams of opening a drive-in that showed spooky old movies and thought her dreams of a nursing career would get her farther in life. Now two years later Belle’s business is thriving and Anna has nothing but debt to show for her decisions. she has no choice but to return home to Sunken Cove and ask Belle for help and maybe even a job at the Voodoo Drive in.

When  a dead body turns up, the sisters are thrown into a spooky adventure that sounds like it came straight out of one of Belle’s movies!

The Sweet-

As with any first book in a series I started this book not knowing what to expect. I have grown very picky when it comes to my cozy mysteries. I am not a fan of predictability and let me tell you this book is anything but predictable! The author succeeds in building a plot full or surprises that leave the reader guessing at every turn!

The story itself was unique and nothing like I have read before when it comes to the cozy mystery category. The author is able to create the feeling of a small sleepy town ad add the excited of New Orleans as well when the sister’s visit an actual Voodoo shop in the french quarter in order to find out why a ghost is haunting the drive in. Turns out the ghost who actually looks like a missing character straight out of Belle’s favorite movie belongs to the body found in the swamps the morning of Anne’s arrival!

I loved the whodunit as it came out of no where and thoroughly surprised me! As well as the magical aspects the author is able to bring into the story to give you just enough of paranormal taste to keep you interested in the story.

Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes-  Overall I found its book to be interesting and quite enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery!

Carolyn Q. Hunter is a professional writer, publicist, and editor. She is the author of The Diner of the Dead Cozy Mystery Series, published under Summer Prescott Books, a small press publisher specializing in cozies and other mystery fiction. Carolyn has previously worked as a content creator and social media writer for online information websites, magazines, and publishing agencies. She received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and publishing from BYU-Idaho.

In her free time Carolyn enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, painting, and watching old black and white films on Turner Classic Movies. Her favorite movie genres include mystery, film noir, comedy, and classic horror movies. She also enjoys listening to old-time radio shows such as The Shadow, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and Suspense!

 

Magic Fire by Catherine Vale Review

Magic Fire: an Urban Fantasy Novel (Shifting Magic Book 1) by [Vale, Catherine]

Title- Magic Fire

Author- Catherine Vale

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

They aren’t going to run. They’re going to kick some serious Warlock ass. 

Vicious gargoyle attacks aren’t exactly something Kaye Allister deals with every day, but it’s nothing she can’t handle. So, why is this possessive dragon shifter insisting that she needs to go on the run with him if she wants to stay alive?

Kaye’s a skilled fae with an arsenal of magic at her disposal. She doesn’t need some arrogant shifter’s protection, especially one that refuses to take no for an answer.

But what if she’s wrong? 

A murderous Warlock is on the rampage, and he will not give up. Evil is about to invade Kaye’s ordinary life, determined to bind her within its torturous grasp with monsters and mayhem around every corner.

The road to survival is marked with betrayal and deceit, some by the people she loves the most.

If she wants to survive, she must put her life in the hands of a cursed shifter—that is, if either of them make it through the night.

Kaye Allister is  a psychologist who lives her life day-to-day like the New Yorker, Only she isn’t your average city dweller no she is one bad ass magical fae being. A fae who is in need of some quality time off from the blaring sounds and light of he city she has built a life for herself in. Not for forever but a weekend in the secluded surroundings of the Appalachians with her fellow fae sisters sounds like Heaven.

Little did she know she would meet a shifter who would change her life and everything she knows. She has no idea what she is in for when she spends the night with Darius. She is pretty sure she will never see Darius again until he shows up outside her door insisting she is in danger and he needs to protect her.

The Sweet-

I found this book to be a great and unique mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. We have all you typical magic contenders such as fairies, witches and warlocks but we also see gargoyles and your not so typical shifters. The author manages to create a world that is both new and interesting but tried and true all at the same time- giving the paranormal lover more than enough to keep them invested in the book and lives of the characters,

The plot itself does start off a bit slow but that can be expected sometimes with the first book in a series as the author is building the world and characters and wants the reader to be fully immersed, but once the story picks up it really goes! You get all the action and romance you little heart yearns for and more.

Kaye the Faye (as Darius refers to own heroine) is not your typically skinny blonde and glittery fairy which honestly makes for her stand out to me. Not only is she fierce and curvy but intelligent being a psychologist. She does npt need some man to be her hero because she can stand on her own two feet but at the same time she isn’t perfect  and has her own kinks and this is what makes her the perfect heroine for this story.

I really enjoyed this installment and have already purchased and added the next two books to my every growing TBR.

Rating-  4.5 out of 5 cupcakes – I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a good urban fantasy book filled with action and makes you think.

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Canadian author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem, and paranormal romance featuring girls with curves and guys with growl.

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Curse the Day by Annabel Chase Review

Curse the Day (Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Chase, Annabel]

Title- Curse the Day

Author- Annabel Chase

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon

Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.

The only magic Emma Hart believes in is caffeine and the power of the dryer to lose one sock per load. A public interest lawyer buried under a mound of student debt, Emma’s whole life has been one turn of bad luck after another.

Her streak seems to continue when she gets lost on the way to see a client in the remote Pocono Mountains. A chance encounter with a suicidal angel lands her in Spellbound, a town where supernaturals have been cursed to remain for centuries–probably not the best time for Emma to discover that she’s actually a witch.

Between the recent murder of the town’s public defender, a goblin accused of theft, remedial witch classes, and the attention of one smoking hot vampire, Emma struggles to navigate this unfamiliar terrain without losing her mind…or her life.

Curse the Day is the first book in the Spellbound paranormal cozy mystery series.

This is a full-length, humorous paranormal cozy mystery novel.

 

Emma Hart is running late for a meeting with a new client and seems to have lost her way. She may have taken a wrong turn some where and can’t seem to figure out where. She has some how found herself in the middle of no where, no sight of civilization to be seen. Well except for the hot man standing at a cliff preparing to end his life with one jump… or so Emma thinks.

As she desperately tries to get his attention and maybe save his life she is surprised to find that he isn’t falling to his death but flying. Yes, flying from the white wings that have suddenly appeared. In such shock from what she just witnessed Emma notices too late that he is now flying straight towards her!

Now she finds herself stuck in a town she has never heard of named Spellbond with no way out and the locals seem to have lost their minds. Either they have lost their minds for some reason that Emma can’t figure out she is being punked in some elaborate prank being played on her’.

The Sweet-

In my opinion I found this book to be the perfect start to this witchy cozy series. The start of this book lays a great foundation for the rest of the books ( that I have yet to read) in the series. The plot is quote entertaining and refreshing instantly hooking my attention – I mean who wouldn’t be hooked by a hot broody fallen angel and a magical town that is cursed?

Emma Hart is a snark filled, funny and quite clever main character/ narrator and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. She lands herself in a magical town that she can’t escape but instead of wallowing in öh woe is mes” she attacks life as the new Spellbond resident and public defender! Talk about bad ass!

The author weaves a magical story filled with Vampires Fairies and Witches oh my! Throw in some mystery and snark and you have the perfect paranormal cozy that is not just well written but filled with fun and snark.

Rating- 5 out 5 cupcakes- I would strongly recommend this to any one who loves a good paranormal read with snark and humor!

Annabel Chase is the author of paranormal cozy mysteries. She would love to live in a magical town like Spellbound where she can shop at Ready-to-Were for the perfect outfit, flirt with hot angels and vampires, and buy groceries without exerting any effort. Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Annabel-Chase-1759782881016544/

New Orleans Magic: Urban Fantasy Series (The Voodoo Dolls Book 1)

New Orleans Magic: Urban Fantasy Series (The Voodoo Dolls Book 1) by [Hendricks, J.L.]

Title- New Orleans Magic

Author- J.L. Hendricks

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

The Pussycat Dolls meet Urban Fantasy!

Jenna is the lead singer of the Voodoo Dolls, an indie-rock band that also runs a tourist shop in New Orlean’s French Quarter.

They always believed that magic wasn’t real, and their gimmicks were harmless. Until a vampire tried to use a death spell on Jenna and the whole world of magic and shifters opened up to her and her three adopted sisters.

Now two old friends from high school have appeared on their doorstep, desperate to find their lost sister. The Dolls aren’t private investigators, but with the questionable help of a shady vampire, and a wolf shifter that has more than just a little allure, the Dolls risk their lives, and necks, to save the missing triplet and prove to themselves that the world they now live in is a force for good.

If a bit of snark in your Urban Fantasy is what you love, then be prepared to fall in love with The Voodoo Dolls!

The Voo Doo Dolls is a rock group made up of 4 adopted siblings who happen to also own their own voodoo shop in New Orleans French Quarter. They once thought that the wares that they sold in their shop were just make believe, well because magic and things that go bump in the night don’t exist… Right?

Wrong! They find out just how wrong they are when a Vampire tries to kill one of the sisters, Jenna with a death curse, who is then saved by a werewolf named Rico. That’s when the sisters are thrown into the chaos that is the paranormal world of New Orleans.

The Sweet-

I loved that this story revolves around a group of gorgeous bad ass rocking woman! The Voo Doo Dolls are sort of what you would get if you Josie and the pussy cats and Buffy the Vampire Slayer had babies and I LOVED THAT! I also really enjoyed how the author is able to create each individual sister as their own being with unique characteristics. Making each Voo Doo Doll that much more realistic.

The author has also succeeded in making my crush on New Orleans that much stronger! I hope to someday visit the French Quarter and love reading about it in books and the author is able to make my yearning to visit the magical place that is New Orleans multiple! It is clear that the author has either walked the streets of New Orleans or has done some serious research!

The plot of the story itself is quite good- Not too over dramatic yet has enough spunk and action that keeps the reader very engaged and invested. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed delving deeper in the magical world the author creates.

When I first purchased this book I thought it would be a witchy read as I do enjoy my witchy reads but was not disappointed when it came to the paranormal and magical aspects of the story!

The Sour-

At times the amount of POV’s and the speed or intervals of the change of POV’s was a bit confusing. I would sometimes has to re-read a paragraph or sometimes even a whole page, not knowing whose POV I was currently reading in. That can be very disheartening when reading a new book by a new to you author, however i like the story so much I just dealt with it but I do wish that the POV’s had been kept to either 3rd person of to many 2-3 characters.

Rating – 4 out of 5 cupcakes- This is a great read for fans of Urban Fantasy that feature strong women and magic!

J.L. Hendricks is a USA Today Bestselling Author who enjoys many genres, as evidenced by her catalog of available books. She is currently focused on Scifi and Urban Fantasy, but has also written Paranormal and Christmas books.

Her latest series is an Urban Fantasy with her Voodoo Dolls Series, and then back to her Worlds Away series!

She is very proud to have served in the US Army before she went to college. Early 2016 she decided to finally write, and finish a book, because of a few friends who encouraged her to do so. She hopes her stories entertain you and can bring a laugh on occasion.

Actually, it was her roommate’s cat who talked her into staying at home to be her minion all day long! Pyper truly believes that J.L. is here to serve her alone.

Come and chat with J.L. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JLHendricksAuthor/

 

Conjuring Quantico by T.S. Paul Review

Conjuring Quantico (The Federal Witch Book 1) by [Paul, T S]

Title- Conjuring Quantico

Author- T.S. Paul

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Purchase Link- Amazon

How do you cope with magic that goes its own way?

As a second year FBI academy witch, Agatha Blackmore has a certain reputation. After nearly blowing up the school, an untended mid-air incident involving the FBI Director, and declaring war with the US Marines, she has to wonder if she will even see graduation.

But when a rash of mysterious disappearances catches the attention of local authorities Agatha finds herself asked to lend a hand to the investigation. Determined to offer protection where it is needed the most, Agatha and her quirky roommate Cat along with her mini- unicorn familiar Fergus, attempt to unravel the mysteries of the four distinctly magical disappearances before time runs out.

Does Agatha have what it takes to be an agent? Or will everyone that crosses her end up eating chicken feed for the rest of their lives?

Conjuring Quantico is the first book in a brand new Urban Fantasy by T. S. Paul.
As a direct sequel to Born a Witch… Drafted by the FBI, T. S. Paul returns with the first book of the Federal Witch Series!

Agatha Blackmore s a young witch whose magic has its hiccups. Her magical hiccups can be very dangerous to anything living within 500 feet of her when she is casting. Unfortunately due to rumors started by her family Agatha has been unable to receive training in order to learn how to fix her magical issues.So when the FBI came knocking on her door the council and her grandmother agreed to let Agatha train to work for the FBI only if they also providing magical training as well and that is how Agatha finds herself in her second year of FBI training at Quantico.

The Sweet-

Okay if you know me at all you know I am OBSESSED with unicorns and the fact that Agatha’s familiar is a fowl mouthed tiny unicorn named Fergus literally made my heart so happy while reading this book. On another note the writer manages to make the story both funny and bad ass at the same time. To me this is pretty hard to achieve especially when writing urban fantasy and being a male author writing in a young NA aged female character. Mr Paul succeeds in getting in touch with his inner bad ass woman.  Add the fact that he must have had to do some serious research when writing  about FBI tactics and protocols.

I found the story itself to be quite engaging, more so then I thought it would be when starting this book. We as readers get to watch Agatha and her friends go from awkward probies to respectable agents in training in a world that still misunderstands the paranormal world that has existed for far longer than the humans chose to believe.

The plot is very original and unique as well I have never read anything like it before and I have read just about any witchy book I can get a hold of. All it all with out posting any spoilers I enjoyed the first book in a series that is sure to please my unicorn loving badass witch craving heart, The first book sets the series to be amazing.

The Sour-

While I really enjoyed reading this book in my opinion it needs to be combed over again by an editor and proof reader. There were more than one or two errors that normally i would over look. At times the errors made it confusing to read and know whose point of view we were reading from which would ruin the flow of the book for me. Not to take anything away from the authors writing but the book needs to be edited again.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves a good witchy read with a kick ass heroine! Also it doesn’t hurt if you love unicorns! 

I was born in 1968 in Mineral Wells, Tx. I have lived all across the country:Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Alaska, and finally Missouri. I have worked as a Disc Jockey, Bookstore manager, Cook, and bowling alley attendant. I have a Telecommunication degree and a Culinary degree. I was a history major before I discovered multimedia. Gardening and cooking is my passion. My wife and I live outside of St Louis, Missouri. I have always been a Huge fan of Science Fiction and fantasy I bring my love of the genre to my writing. I’m a first time writer.