Nathaniel Hood is a very busy man. He is the Watchmage—half policeman, half wet nurse—for the entire magical population of New York City. As the young city grows, hundreds of supernatural creatures immigate every year, making his life that much more annoying. In the first planned story arc, the baby of a wealthy human couple is kidnapped, Nathaniel suspects . . .
When Felicity ‘Flick’ Chambers boards the bus for the first day of her junior year in high school, the most important thing on her mind is how to make everyone else take the school newspaper as seriously as she does. As a self-styled investigative reporter, she’s spent years picking through the monotony of her small town to find those few . . .
City of Roses is about what happens when Jo Maguire, a highly strung underemployed telemarketer, meets Ysabel Perry, a princess of unspecifiable pedigree. It’s also about hearts broken cleanly and otherwise, the City of Portland, Spenser, those moments in pop songs when the bass and all of the drums except maybe a handclap suddenly drop out of the bridge leaving . . .
Abigail is not afraid of anything in particular. She’s just . . . afraid. All the time. Of everything and everyone. She weaves wild stories to explain her state of perpetual anxiety to the people around her, preferring they treat it as a joke than treat her as a neurotic freak. It’s a plan that works well enough: with a little help from her . . .
Tales of MU is an open-ended serial detailing the college life of one Mackenzie Blaise, a university student in a world where our fantasy is reality and our science is fantasy. Moving from her sheltered existence as an outcast and self-professed geek into the wild, wide world of Magisterius University, Mackenzie narrates her own story for us in a style . . .
When librarian Laura Poole sees something strange in the darkness through the window of a London Underground train, she never imagines that she’ll soon be stumbling across a hidden people living below the city in the network of tunnels known as the Riverways. Taken into their confidence she is drawn into their world and there she meets Joseph, the man . . .
A magical thing happened to Stef Mimosa when she was only two: she died and an angel confronted Death to bring her back–or at least that’s how she remembers it. Years later, Stef has traded magic for science, working as a freelance hacker. When a simple coding job turns out to be more than she expected, Stef gets in . . .
Imagine a world where the night outside is crawling with vampires but inside your home, life is completely normal. You cook, you wash dishes, you make love—and you ignore the white faces at the window and the teasing, wheedling voices. The story follows two women, Sally and Lavinia, as they try to make a home together in a . . .
From the author of the award winning novel “River” and internet cult hit “Catharsis” comes a serialized novel about the end of the world and the lives of those destined to stop it. Three girls are thrust together by their shared abilities and the roles they are to play in the nearing apocalypse. They are guided only by the mysterious . . .
Everything you know is wrong- there are plenty of gods but no afterlife, wizards plot rebellion against eldritch horrors with marketing departments, the Chinese Mafia runs the phone company, every tarot card is a prophesy waiting to happen and most vampires live in trailer parks. Read on to visit a world where every cliche is a parable, every fairy . . .
Brakket Magical Academy in Northwestern United States is on its last legs. Enrollment of new students is at an all time low. The academy instructors go out to recruit prospective children other magical academies have ignored. Eva is one such recruit. After witnessing her perform magic no teenage mage should have learned, an instructor of the academy offers her . . .
Price is a street level setting where supers are rarely any more destructive than a modern tank might be, focused upon character drama over the powers. Intended to be a series of short novels focusing on different characters and how they live their lives. Death of a Hero, the first story in this universe, follows Zach Parker. A . . .
Though pompous with its modern advancements, Sybar City has always fostered a seedy underbelly stretching back millennia. Glory, a humble scholar with a talent for occult research, is unwillingly thrust into this world of ancient malevolent races and scientific exploitation. A girl with issues, she would just as soon crawl into a bookshelf and never come back out, leaving a . . .
Sep 13, 2008: With all of Glory’s internal griping about how she’s the black sheep of the family and the outcast at school, I was half-expecting something Carrie-esque, especially with the whole date thing. At least I got the blood making an appearance right.
Horror is very hard to write. The foreshadowing has to be just enough that it’s only obvious after the fact. Subtlety is key but this story just doesn’t have it. It’s written like some cheesy horror movie would set up—way [more . . .]
Nov 4, 2016: Two notes up front, this review is part of a review swap, though I did have Price on my radar to read.
Secondly, this is a review for Blue Steel which is the first book of a series of the same title, set within the same universe as Price. There’s only one listing, for Price as a whole and all the authors works take place in the same setting, but share little else in common from what I’m told.