Tag: Paranormal

Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy Klasky

Posted 4th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Oh my gosh, after more than a month I am posting a review. Whaaaat?! I feel very rusty though, sorry if this seems stuttery (it sure felt that way writing it).

Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy KlaskyFright Court by Mindy Klasky
Series: Fright Court #1
Published by Res Ipsa Press on March 22nd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until she’s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until she’s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she can’t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward – even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.

Soon, Sarah is surrounded by vampires, griffins, and sprites – all members of a secret supernatural court. And when a deceptively easy-going reporter starts to ask questions, Sarah wonders just what answers she is supposed to give….

Fright Court is a reader-supported, serialized novel about lawyers, vampires, and cupcakes.

My new fave! Sign me up for this ride! I need to read more of the series ASAP – and then I discovered there’s only one more book, written 6 years after the first. Am I allowed to be worried?!

Fright Court is apparently set within another fictional world created by Klasky in the Jane Madison Series (which I’ve not read, but I’m going to!) You definitely don’t have to have read one to get the other.

In Fright Court, Sarah has landed a new job as a clerk for the night court. But what she doesn’t know is that as well as the regular court proceedings, there’s also supernatural trials. Vampires? Check. Fae? Definitely.

Sarah manages to get dragged into vampire politics (of course). There’s a reporter sniffing around who wants to do a story on the Night Court, which James agrees to, as it might give them leverage against those that think the court being open at night is a waste of time.

There is a twist (that I will not reveal, because spoilers) and I thought it added a great element to the story. I am so curious about where it goes next!

I really enjoyed Sarah, and her boss, James. What I assume are the beginnings of a love triangle develop – however, as much as a loathe those, I can work with this.

The writing and pacing were great. Sarah has human drama as much as supernatural, and I liked how her worlds clashed. As much as I enjoyed this, it did feel a little incomplete (or maybe I’m projecting, because I just wanted more!) It was a very amusing read – I caught myself laughing out loud more than once.

Definitely recommend if you’re a fan of light-hearted paranormal/fantasy reads.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: 4.4

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Book Review #9: Here Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez

Posted 11th October 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments

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

Book Review #9: Here Comes The Witch by Ani GonzalezHere Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez
Series: Main Street Witches #1
Published by FAC Publishing LLC on September 5th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 178
Format: E-Book
Source: Lola's Blog Tours
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars
Heat Level: 0.5 Flames

Jewelry designer Kat Ramos has come to Banshee Creek to break the famous Hagen House curse and, in order to do that, she must marry Liam Hagen. A vengeful ghost with a deadly history isn’t part of the deal, and neither is love. Will Kat be able to handle both? Or will the mystery of the cursed Hagen House remain unsolved?

 

This is apparently a cozy mystery (I think?) but it didn’t really read like one, it’s more a lighthearted paranormal. Cozy paranormal? That should be a thing!

It is a spinoff of another series, Banshee Creek, which I haven’t read. I don’t think I missed out on anything though – and indeed, it made me curious about that series itself, which I will have to check out at some point.

Our main character is Kat Ramos, she’s in town for an unusual business arrangement. To marry Liam Hagen, in the hopes of breaking a long held family curse on Hagen House. Then it can be sold and everyone can move on (one of Kat’s ancestors put a curse on the place). She’s doing this to make her dreams of owning a jewellery shop become a reality, as they will split the proceeds when the property sells.

There’s some quirky characters in this. The PRoVE team (Paranormal Research of Virginia Enterprises) were a delight, as was Amy from the Chinese restaurant (I hope there’s more about her in future instalments!) I liked Kat well enough, although her and Liam both made me roll my eyes. For a couple of people who had researched this place very well, they were both pretty dumb about it. Also, it was established that the house only had a grudge against Hagens, but then it seemed like it was against both families. Perhaps I interpreted it incorrectly to begin with?

Anyway. The writing was engaging, but the pacing was a bit slow at first, but then it ramped up and was a bit too fast. Things happened and suddenly it was over! I would have liked to seen the mystery of the house drawn out a bit more. We weren’t privy to Kat’s ‘solving’ of the ghostly mystery, which was disappointing. She was also one of those characters that just gets everything right first go, there wasn’t much tension at the climax. And the romance was…okay. It was just there, I didn’t feel strongly about it either way.

All in all it was a cute, fun read; if a bit short. I am curious enough to read more though!

I read this book thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours 🙂

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
two-half-stars
Overall: 3.1

About Ani Gonzalez

I write paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. My books feature feisty funny heroines dealing with a host of paranormal critters (ghosts, cryptids, pagan gods...the sky's the limit) and mysteries. They find magic, love and laughter and readers get to follow them every step of the way.

I love quirky towns with spooky stories, and, thanks to my books, I get to "live" in one year-around. In real life I live in a Minneapolis suburb (which is sadly lacking in ghosts) with my husband and three children and I'm still trying to adjust to the cold.

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