Book Talk: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Book Talk: White Hot by Ilona AndrewsWhite Hot Series: Hidden Legacy #2
Published by Avon on May 30, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .

Totally forget to talk about one very glaring thing in my previous review. THESE COVERS. Burn for Me is pretty bad, but White Hot is quite literally one of the worst covers on a book I’ve actually read. That poor guy and his fake, fake abs. Though, I will say that I think the model on this book looks a bit more like Nevada probably does, since the girl on book one is white af and Nevada’s mixed race. So yay for that at least? But dear god this series needs a cover makeover something fierce. The good news is that the insides are excellent.


Book Talk: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Book Talk: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Last year, I devoured the Kate Daniels series by writing team Ilona Andrews. Like, I loved it. October Daye level loved it. That’s one of those series that takes some time to get going, slowly building this cast and making you fall in love with them and then doing terrible things to them constantly in really creative and fabulous ways. Speaking of, I need to finish that series because the last book just came out. Instead, though, I’m reading Hidden Legacy. Burn for Me is a bit slow to start, but I could tell I was going to end up invested in this world.


Book Talk: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Talk: Night and Silence by Seanan McGuireNight and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #12
Published by DAW on September 4, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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hings are not okay.

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. One question remains:

Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same.

For those who have missed the eighty billion memos I’ve sent out to the internet about how fucking fantastic the October Daye series is, HI IT IS FUCKING FANTASTIC AND YOU SHOULD READ IT ASAP. McGuire’s one of my favorite authors. I’ve hated some of her stuff and been bored by others, but when she writes books that are up my alley (character-driven and bantery), they are absolute gold. She’s just so incredibly, ludicrously talented at all parts of writing: plotting, prose, characterization, world building, twists, tension, and literally any other word you can put here.


Book Talk: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

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Book Talk: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna RaybournA Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #4
Published by Berkley on March 12, 2019
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell is whisked off to a remote island off the tip of Cornwall when her natural historian colleague Stoker's brother calls in a favor. On the pretext of wanting a companion to accompany him to Lord Malcolm Romilly's house party, Tiberius persuades Veronica to pose as his fiancée--much to Stoker's chagrin. But upon arriving, it becomes clear that the party is not as innocent as it had seemed. Every invited guest has a connection to Romilly's wife, Rosamund, who disappeared on her wedding day three years ago, and a dramatic dinner proves she is very much on her husband's mind.

As spectral figures, ghostly music, and mysterious threats begin to plague the partygoers, Veronica enlists Stoker's help to discover the host's true motivations. And as they investigate, it becomes clear that there are numerous mysteries surrounding the Romilly estate, and every person present has a motive to kill Rosamund...

Veronica Speedwell busted into my life a couple of weeks ago when I read and loved book one in the series. Then, I proceeded to devour the series whole. There are few things better in this world than reading an amazing series all in a row because the books are backlist.

Only Veronica Speedwell isn’t finished, so I finished A Treacherous Curse without having book four, and omg the ending of A Treacherous Curse indeed made that state a curse. Like, excuse me, Deanna Raybourn, you cannot make me love Veronica this much and then withhold her. But then the NetGalley gods smiled on me, and I requested and got approved for this the very morning after I finished book three and read this super early and I regret not a damn thing.


Book Talk: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

Book Talk: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna RaybournA Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell #3
Published by Berkley on January 16, 2018
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 308
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker.

His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past.

Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .

Book blogging this year has gotten so weird, you guys. Since I’m only reviewing the stuff that I really loved or thought was good and have serious things to say about, I’m mostly just reviewing backlist titles obsessively. See: the full backlist of Christina Lauren, Sarah Dessen, and the Westcott novels of Mary Balogh. Review books: what be those? My newest obsession, CLEARLY, is Veronica Speedwell, and, honey, she is fabulous (can you tell I’ve been watching too much ANTM?)! I instaloved on this series so hard, and I’m nowhere close to falling out of love. A Treacherous Curse has my ship of ships of course and a totally awesome whackadoodle mystery.