‘Unraveling’ Review: A Brilliant Journey Into the Unknown

The beauty of Karen Lord’s Unraveling lies in her mastery of storytelling and the art of larger-than-life protagonists. The book starts pretty typically, showing a woman as she walks down the street. We get a bit of the scenery, we get some basic background on her story and the recent goings-on that have haunted her…

‘The October Man’ Review: Urban Fantasy Meets Mystery

The October Man is an entertaining detective story with a side of urban fantasy, following a German cop with magic abilities as he attempts to solve a murder case in rural Germany. It’s a quick read that follows a well-drawn trail, evenly pacing discoveries amidst some surprising fantasy elements. I’m newer to urban fantasy so…

‘Westside’ Review: The Best Kind of Fantasy Novel

Westside matches mystery with fantasy, coalescing to form a brilliant setting that showcases the author’s strong imagination. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the witty exchanges between random characters to the many nooks and crannies of this fascinating place. It’s a true joy to imagine our protagonist’s surroundings, reminiscent of a…

‘Bone Parish’ Review: When Crime & Horror Meet

Bone Parish is equally fascinating and horrifying. The premise is about as morbid as it gets, with horrifying scenes of drugs gone wrong. The volume is fueled by the drama between drug families and the product in contention continues to be morphed to give the originators the upper hand. Bone Parish Volume 1 Written by Cullen…

‘Ragged Alice’ Review: Ghosts, Mysteries & Small Town Life

Ragged Alice is a murder mystery with a supernatural twist, following a detective as she tries to solve a number of gruesome murders in her sleepy hometown. The book follows a whodunnit approach, revealing past ties from our protagonist and the shady dealings of the town’s past military base. It’s entertaining from start to finish,…

‘Ghosts of Gotham’ Review: Fantasy-Mystery At Its Finest

Ghosts of Gotham is a mystery that’s impossible to put down from the first sentence. I was immediately entranced by this book, from the characters with extremely dark backgrounds to the story that is so multilayered you’ll never see the next big reveal coming. It’s a cross-genre gem, to be sure, living up to the…

‘A Memory Called Empire’ Review: The Brilliance of a Master Worldbuilder

A Memory Called Empire is a tour-de-force, sweeping you into a complex story and brilliantly rendered culture. From the start, a new ambassador must tread carefully through the treachery of a predecessor suddenly deceased. Answers are hard to find, allies are difficult to determine, and dangers are lurking where least expected. It’s part murder mystery,…

‘Aristophania Volume 1’ Review: Hidden Magic in a Struggling World

Aristophania details the struggles of three children as they try to overcome a family tragedy and the struggles of poverty. A world of magic hides on the edges of their reality and one of its most impressive users is Aristophania. This is a character both surprising and incredibly badass. She appears to be in her…

‘Titanshade’ Review: Fantasy Meets Mystery Meets Science Fiction

Titanshade is a brilliantly wound novel that pairs a hard-hitting detective with a slew of murders amidst a shady city. There’s danger and intrigue aplenty, mixed with the intensity of a high caliber police drama. Nobody is who they seem to be and as the murders continue to pile up, the stakes become that much…