Well hello, beautiful people! Today has been another busy day for me, what with the running of errands. The search for comfy shoes has been a long, hard, road. But isn’t it always?
Neon Gods by Katee Robert
Ah yes, the gods of neon. Those who shine brightly in their glittering city above all. This is a Hades and Persephone retelling of the spicy variety. I enjoyed this one enough to pick up the sequel. Which of course, I still haven’t read.
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Various
This short story collection all about vampires was a four-star read for me. It takes typical vampire lore and tropes and reimagines them with a modern twist. And there are some pretty good stories in here.
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Malloy
I had rated this book two stars. It left such an impression on me that I had to look up the description on Goodreads, as I had completely forgotten what it was about.
The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso
The second book in the Swords and Fire series. I gave this one four stars. I have really enjoyed this series, which totally explains why I haven’t finished it.
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, art by Frank Miller.
This King Arthur retelling focuses on Nimue, the lady of the lake. I really enjoyed this tale and gave it five stars. I haven’t finished the Netflix adaptation, and I probably won’t, if I’m honest.
The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemburg
This story features some interesting trans rep and has a very unique magic system. That being said, the writing style felt a little flat for me, and I ended up not finishing this novella. I gave it one star.
To be Taught, if Fortunate by Beck Chambers
This novella features a very interesting ending and I highly recommend you check it out. It’s a story about a mission to discover life on alien worlds, and asks the question, what kind of world will they find when they go home? I gave it four stars.
The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall
This story was written by the author of Boyfriend Material and I absolutely loved this book. Unfortunately, it’s a standalone, and there are currently no plans for a sequel. I would love to see more in this world. I did give it five stars. If you love fantastical retellings and enjoy Sherlock Holmes you may get a kick out of this.
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Okay, but how nice is this cover? That’s not why we are here of course, but it has to be said. This is the 5th book in the Alpha and Omega series which is a Mercy Thompson spin-off. I thought this book was just okay, if the three-star rating I gave it is anything to go by.
Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
The 46th entry into the In Death series finds Eve having to solve crime. Go figure. Like all the In Death books, I really had a good time reading this one, although the series is suffering a little from series fatigue. It’s a hazard when you write this many books. Four stars.
And there it is. My list of books with adjectives in the title. Have you read any of these?