I had a very good reading week - I found a couple of new to me authors and I am looking forward to more from each.
Here's what I want to share with you today:
Gathering Storm by Victoria Danann - 5 Stars *****
When elite Black Swan Knight, Sir Engel Storm, is lost in another dimension, he learns firsthand that there's really no place like home.
When Storm begins acting like somebody else, his friends, the famous vampire hunters,reunite to try to salvage his reputation before it's shredded beyond repair.Everyone who can help is called in as a high stakes search is mounted. The demon Deliverance thought he'd found his son-in-law, but instead brings home a doppelganger who causes havoc because the only thing he shares in common with Storm is looks.
Meanwhile, the real Storm has been mistaken for a gambling addict heavily indebted to a loan monster. He'll need his quick wit, his training as a Black Swan knight,and a lot of luck to survive until he can be returned to the world where he belongs.
Side Effects: First Days by Dusti Dawn Rose - 5 Stars *****
Eighteen year old college freshman, Emily Adler, has found herself in the middle of a waking nightmare. People are randomly going crazy and feasting on the flesh of those around them. Worse than that, once dead, the others return to join in.
Her only hope of survival is to rely on the training that her father has given her and pray that she can reach her family’s cabin nestled in the safety of the Cascade Mountains. Her father has supplied it with everything they could need to survive, if only she can reach it unscathed.
Armed with a bugout bag and a fierce determination, she sets out on a harrowing journey with her best friend Drew and her roommate Anna. The question of what they will find when they reach the cabin becomes more pressing as they get closer to their destination and further from what’s left of the civilization they once knew.
Five Roads to Texas A Collaboration - 4 Stars ****
It spread fast- no time to understand it- let alone learn how to fight it.
Once it reached you, it was too late. All you could do is run.
Rumored safe zones and potential for a cure drifted across the populace, forcing tough decisions to be made.
They say only the strong survive. Well they forgot about the smart, the inventive and the lucky.
Follow five different groups from across the U.S.A. as they make their way to what could be America’s last stand in the Lone Star State.
Graveyard Druid by M D Massey - 3 Stars ***
When the local vampire coven hires him to stop an undead outbreak at the city graveyard, it sounds like money in the bank to everyone’s favorite down on his luck druid, Colin McCool. But when you’re cursed by an ancient fae sorceress with a score to settle, nothing is ever as it seems…
Colin McCool here, otherwise known as the Junkyard Druid. Not my favorite title, but since it’s my only title I guess I’m stuck with it.
But hey, things are looking up. Sure, a powerful and sentient magical artifact may have taken up residence inside my skull, and I’m still burdened with a nasty curse cast by an ancient sorceress of the Tuatha Dé Danann…
...but I’m trying really hard to look on the bright side of things.
Seeing as how I’ve been dragged back into the world of the fae, I figure I may as well be of use. And if I can make a little scratch while using my druidic talents for good and not evil, so much the better.
Which is why I took this job working for Austin’s vampire coven, cleaning up a ghoul infestation at the city cemetery. It’s not their work and they don’t want the heat, so they hired me to take care of it before it gets out of hand.
Easiest. Job. Ever. I’ll just whack a few ghouls, hide the bodies, and collect my fee.
I mean, seriously—what could possibly go wrong?
The Book of Flora by Meg Elison - 3 Stars ***
In the wake of the apocalypse, Flora has come of age in a highly gendered post-plague society where females have become a precious, coveted, hunted, and endangered commodity. But Flora does not participate in the economy that trades in bodies. An anathema in a world that prizes procreation above all else, she is an outsider everywhere she goes, including the thriving all-female city of Shy.
Now navigating a blighted landscape, Flora, her friends, and a sullen young slave she adopts as her own child leave their oppressive pasts behind to find their place in the world. They seek refuge aboard a ship where gender is fluid, where the dynamic is uneasy, and where rumors flow of a bold new reproductive strategy.
When the promise of a miraculous hope for humanity’s future tears Flora’s makeshift family asunder, she must choose: protect the safe haven she’s built or risk everything to defy oppression, whatever its provenance.
That's a wrap. I hope you see something you'd like to read.
As always, thanks for stopping by.