Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend ~ Linda Wisdom

  • Title: Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend
  • Author: Linda Wisdom
  • Series: Demon’s #1
  • Genre: UF, PNR
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Feisty witch Maggie enjoys her work as a paranormal law enforcement officer—that is, until she’s assigned to protect a teenager with major attitude and a sleazy boyfriend. A group of satanic Mayans priests has decided Courtney has a drop of divine blood in her—making her just the virgin sacrifice they need to release their God and rule the world.

To prevent this catastrophe, Maggie must team up with half fire demon Declan, the proprietor of Damnation Alley, an underground club and busy demon portal. Declan will be damned if he’ll allow his demon race to be blamed for the malicious acts of some evil Mayans. So he decides to seduce the sexy witch in an effort to discover what the law enforcement agency knows about the Mayan’s plans, but then things get more than a little hot, and Declan finds himself seriously entangled with the sexiest woman he’s ever met…

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  Maggie O’Malley isn’t a typical petite blonde in skimpy club clothes. She’s a centuries old Witch and a part of the Hellion Guard. The Guard is a select police force for the supernatural community that lives amongst the uninformed average Dick & Jane. Maggie’s group followed a lead to capture a Bloater at Damnation Alley. Everything went as planned until the Bloater blew up and splattered icky goo all over Maggie and the club. First impressions matter! It’s a good thing Declan, the club owner, saw Maggie before the goo-tastic explosion because more than one kind of spark lite when Maggie and Declan meet for the first time. Add a mouthy, rebellious teenager, grumpy gnome boss, portents of world destruction and a mile high ice cream sundae to get a small but hilarious insight into Demons Are a Girl’s Best Friend.

The story caught my grin with the first page! I was chuckling and laughing a lot as I read the novel. The characters are engaging, the plot moved along at a decent clip, and it was easy for me to imagine the world that Linda Wisdom created for the book.

It’s very cute. I suppose I should think Maggie is badass and Declan is swoon worthy but I see them as a cute couple who kind of fell into another Armageddon plot and kind of saved the world in passing. The story isn’t about being a great warrior or witch. It’s about Maggie’s family of friends, falling in love, and figuring out how to make that all work despite ingrain prejudices.

I love a steamy love scene. However, I think this story would have been better if the love scenes were more vague and leave it up to the reader’s imagination. Most of the time, I thought the scenes were corny or very awkward. The dream sequences were great! I enjoyed the creative flair and depth of a different kind of romance.

Initially, I wanted to rate this story 4 stars because I enjoyed reading it a lot. However, a few consistent points keep me from rating it higher. I don’t get a sense of why certain things work the way they do in the story. Maggie’s magic is very powerful and seems to have no drawback. The deal with the Mayans and the climax feels like a passing byplay that I can’t make myself care about too much. I should have been really engaged by the climax and I found myself not caring by the scene. I grinned when the God of Destruction ends up being a Goddess. I rolled my eyes at the events following her appearance.

Yay for Maggie starting a family of her own and finding love! I look forward to seeing what happens to the gang in the next book. I hope the world becomes more fleshed out and that the action of the story is as important as the characters living in it.

The Spirit Thief ~ Rachel Aaron

  • Title: The Spirit Thief
  • Author: Rachel Aaron
  • Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress #1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Eli Monpress is talented. He’s charming. And he’s a thief.

But not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age – and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners – a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls – he’s going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start small for now. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while.

Like a king.

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  There is a spirit in everything in the world and only a handful of people have the ability to communicate with them. It’s the strength of the person’s spirit that defines the power they have and their control that maintains how much they can do with it. In this world, there is a man who desires to be the best thief of all time and he does most of his work with carefree chitchat with the spirits that live in everything. Eli Monpress won’t let a small thing like plans falling apart to keep him from his goal. In fact, he takes it all in stride with confidence and an impish grin. Throw in a swordsman with a magical sword and a young girl bearing a demonseed and you have the trio of ornery characters that keeps the world of spirits on their toes.

If you enjoy snarktastic characters who confidently walk into trouble and are ready to rumble with anything that stands in the path of their convictions, you’ve come to the right place! It all starts with a simple ransom of a king for a little bit of the kingdom’s gold and a promise to rank up the bounty on Eli. Everything spirals out of control when a contender for the throne comes to play. Enemy of my enemy is my friend is a great concept!

First, I would like to say that I read the prologue in book 5 by accident. I gained an interest in Eli and a good feel for some of the characters in the series. Without that encouragement, I definitely would not have made an effort to finish this book.

I love snark. I love cocky, intelligent characters. I love spunky gals who live with conviction. All of these things are good things to have in a story. However, it doesn’t flow every well when five different characters act like split personalities of one person. Split personalities that aren’t very different from one another.

World building is great but please don’t do it in a manner that feels like listening to a boring lecture. That happened a few times. I got a handle on the spirits and how it works the first time it was explained. All explanations after that were not necessary and the words could have been used to further character development rather than to enthuse on the world that the author loves. I like the fact that the author loves the world and characters but it would be nice if it flows better with the whole of the book.

Although a lot of stuff happens in this book, I only got a bare hint of the characters involved. That makes it hard to care when something good or bad happens to them. Without reading the prologue, I would have no idea about Benehime and the Lord of Storms. I wouldn’t understand the comment made by the Great Spirit when it said that Eli bears her mark.

If I go with just this book, I would have to say that I love Josef. I enjoyed the fights and I really like the way he takes care of Niko.

What about Renaud? All this crazy stuff happens and no mention of the pivotal bad guy. Eh.

I’ll read the rest of this series because I am curious to see what happened between book one and five. I just don’t feel a driving need to read it all right now.