#Review: Lady Blackwing by Devorah Fox ♥♥♥ #ShortStories

 

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I received a free copy of Lady Blackwing in exchange for an honest review

Lady Blackwing gets what it’s like to be a writer. Inspiration can be found anywhere, but it’s often like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. First we open with the author that just knows his writing is great, but gets no affirmation. Then we meet Mercedes who looks at the world with a writer’s eyes, who lets stories consume her to the point of near-dysfunction.

Yeah… it’s exactly like that, and it made me chuckle to read it played out by another.

So, let’s get to the book. Short stories are not my usual thing. Mostly because I find it difficult to immerse myself in a handful of pages and when I read I crave escape. That being said, it’s also so incredibly hard to stuff a full story arch into those limits.

I think Fox did well at giving us a short and sweet story. I found a few issues that could be worked on (head hopping, opening with a character whose personality I would normally avoid like the plague in real life, and issues with punctuation and flow) that did make it a little hard to push through to the end.

On an imaginative and story-crafting standpoint, I think Devorah Fox could really breathe life into this girl and her adventures. It’s a unique and fun power she discovers, and it’s that uniqueness and imagery that will make me pick up another one of Fox’s longer novels.

~Duckie

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#Review: Shades of Darkness by @JRLindermuth ♥♥♥♥

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I am not exactly a connoisseur of mystery novels, at least not mysteries that don’t have a bit of supernatural element to them. That being said, once I was able to get into this read I could not put it down.

When Jan Kepler is found dead in her beloved birding woods, Officer Flora Vestine and detective Sticks Hetrick have their work cut out for them. Solving any homicide can be tricky. That’s especially true when your victim is a law-abiding citizen, keeps completely to herself, and whose only hobby is birding. Even while they were in school together, Flora can’t recall Jan having a single friend. Even now, as a teacher in that same school, Jan’s peers and students liked her well-enough, but only had one friend—the formidable town spinster. Throw in a sudden–and seemingly random–string of car thefts and the unlawful timbering, and it’s a tangled web of bad leads and dead ends.

A great mystery is chock full of personality and intrigue, and Lindermuth does not fail to deliver. He manages to breathe life into the community of Swatara Creek, complete with eccentricities, heart-wrenching personal struggles, and flavors from every walk of life. His rich, authentic dialogue makes the characters pop out of the page and his descriptions of the township suck you right into their world with ease.

There are many theories to choose from as you journey to find Jan’s killer, and it keeps you guessing ’til the very end.

 

Now the cons:

There are couple moments of jarring tense shift, and sometimes it is difficult to remember what name belongs to what character as there are so many involved (not a bad thing, exactly. I like a variety of characters.) The surnames are somewhat unusual from your typical “Smith, Williams, etc.” which I think has a little to do with the getting mixed up easily. Or that might just be me, ha!

If you love a good little mystery to cozy up to, I would definitely put the works of J.R. Lindermuth on your reading list!

~Duckie

 

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I received a copy of Shades of Darkness in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Uriel’s Fall by Loralie Hall

 

Uriel’s Fall: Ubiquity, #1

I came across the audiobook for Uriel’s Fall while looking for a narrator for my own work, and I must say the short two-minute sample I heard was enough to drive me over to Audible, register for an account, and download it.

Uriel’s Fall doesn’t waste time with the old good vs. evil rhetoric when it comes to demons and angels, and I couldn’t be happier for that. Hall brings a fresh look into the day-to-day lives of the inhabitants of Heaven and Hell, and Ubiquity is very much a day-to-day job. I love how she manages to meld the supernatural with the mundane seamlessly. This could very well be happening in the real corporate world and we would never know.

Ronnie is a fun character. Her snark helps to save her sometimes whiny and naive disposition. I mean, when you are a demon who can’t remember anything past three months ago, and had to have Lucifer pull strings to get you a job that feels daunting, I guess you have some things to whine about. And things don’t seem to be getting any better when an aggressive, bully-centric, and blood-thirsty voice suddenly starts talking to you, mocking your private thoughts. Especially when the voice appears to want a bloody vengeance against the three most powerful angels of all time.

Hall manages to keep the story flowing, effortlessly dialoguing Ronnie and the voice as she sets out to juggle a confusing love triangle between her, Gabriel, and Michael, figure out why Lucifer has suddenly become distant and unhelpful with getting her memories back, fighting with a d*** boss, and discovering what, or who, killed Metatron centuries ago and why she is connected to her death.

This book has quickly become one of my favorites and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into more. DEFINITELY worth a read, or listen!

~Duck

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