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Wednesday, 10 May 2023


Aggressive Behavior by Daniel Potter
Book 4 in the Freelance Familiars series
Narrated by Jonathan Waters
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & paperback

About Aggressive Behavior:
After a life and death struggle, Thomas company have landed solidly on all four feet on top of the magical world. They have money, power and the favor of the Archmagi. The magi tell him to settle and get comfortable, change is gradual.

Nuts to that!

In defiance of the Talking Animal Union Thomas opens the Freelance Familiars for business recruiting a new trio of disgruntled familiars, including The Black Shadow who Strikes at Midnight, an angry weasel and golden retriever who cannot help to ponder imponderables what does it really mean to be a Good Boy?

Oric strikes back and it’s an all-out war between the Freelance Familiars and the TAU. Can they uproot a centuries old institution or will Thomas’ rapid rise end with a fall directly into a grave? Find out in Aggressive Behavior.
Source: Info in the "About Aggressive Behavior" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53823583-aggressive-behavior on 29/06/2020.

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My Thoughts:
I went into this book with a bit of an apprehension because it started in a high note. I was sure that it would only go downhill from there! It is probably going downhill, but not with this book just yet. And it probably is going to end up with our group of heroes poor and destitute again because they are trying to dress that scenario up as a win. However it still remains to be seen in the future books.

I wondered what happened to Alice and Grace... I am so glad to see them prospering and Grace maturing! And, yeah, my heart goes out to Carey! Poor thing!!

Book 4 and I am fast becoming a die-hard fan of this series! Couldn't wait to read the next book in the series!!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = (10 hrs & 17 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Freelance Familiars Series:

Meet The Author

About Daniel Potter:
Daniel Potter has always been inspired by the mysteries of the world. His early interest lead him to become avid researcher as well as gamer and writer. After obtaining his PhD in vascular biology, he began exploring fictional magic and spiritualism using his own particular scientific lense. Daniel published the webcomic Walking the Lethe from 2010-2012 and is an active member of the East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meet-up group. His debut novel, Off Leash, is just the first in his Freelance Familiar series.

When he's not chasing his imagination, Daniel works as a vascular biologist in the Bay Area. He shares an apartment with his wife, two cats, and a large collection of video games.

The Narrator

About Jonathan Waters:
Voice Over Artist · Voice Actor · Voice Talent · Actor · Professional Actor.

A classically trained actor with a degree in Theatre Arts from Boise State University and at present nearly 80 titles on Audible.com.

Voice talent for audiobooks, commercials, characters, animations, video games and beyond. Check out the links for both the list of audiobooks and YouTube page for demos.

FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Friday, 5 May 2023


Magic Bite by Leia Stone and Lucía Ashta
Book 1 of the Supernatural Bounty Hunter series
Narrated by Kate Marcin
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Magic Bite:
Evie Black and her demon imp partner, Cass, are two of the most fearsome supernatural bounty hunters on the West Coast. But when Evie’s beloved grandmother dies, her world shatters. After finding the bottom of a bottle of tequila, Evie breaks the one rule she knows better than to ignore: Never hook up with a werewolf. Especially when he’s the local alpha who, oh by the way, happens to be her gran’s sworn enemy. Yeah, complicated doesn’t even begin to cover what happens next. On top of it all, she’ll have to navigate the consequences of her actions while hunting a dangerous siren who’s on the most wanted mark list, the one whose secrets are as dangerous as her own.
Source: Info in the About Magic Bite was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43130378-magic-bite on 19/06/2019.

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My Thoughts:
Promising start to a new-to-me series.

This book ended in a big whooping cliffhanger and that is one of the main resasons that this book is never going to be a 5 out of 5 when the story telling quality is good.

This is a coming of age book where the heroine embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Not much of a plot. But then again, this is an urban fantasy book and not a thriller nor crime fiction, so I wasn't really looking for one.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 1
World building = 4
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 3
Plot = 2
Narration = 4

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Supernatural Bounty Hunter Series:

Meet The Authors

About Leia Stone:
Leia Stone is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Matefinder series which is optioned for flim, and the Hive Trilogy. She lives in Arizona with her husband, two kids and her dog. When she is not chasing around her twin son and daughter, or writing, she has her nose shoved in a book. She wrote her first book when she was 23 years old. Keep reading and live with purpose.

About Lucía Ashta:
I'm Lucía Ashta, creator of alternate realities and the kind of stories I like to get lost in as a reader. I love magical adventures (the more magical, the better!) that fascinate me with their twists, turns, and wild characters, both human and otherwise, so that's what I write. Fresh stories that move beyond the ordinary to explore what's possible when we suspend disbelief.

A former architect and attorney, I now get to dedicate myself full-time to bringing life to worlds I wish existed. Since I get to live in these other worlds through my writing much of the time, i consider myself pretty lucky.

Sign up for my newsletter to find out about new releases, giveaways, and sales and to receive a free book at: http://luciaashta.com/newsletter.

The Narrator

About Kate Marcin:
I do voiceover so that I can help bring my client’s projects to life with a voice that sounds real and relatable. I absolutely love it. Since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with the performing arts. Now working for clients like Google, Dell and Skechers, I feel most comfortable embodying that relaxed, conversational, down-to-earth millennial spirit. Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to make your choice of who you hire as easy as possible so that your boss gives you the keys to her brand new Tesla and let’s you take over her corner office on the same day she’s come down with measles and has almost been pecked to death by a pigeon. Seriously, I’m here to help.

FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Wednesday, 5 April 2023


Silver Clouds Dirty Sky by Orlando A. Sanchez
Book 4 of the Montague & Strong Case Files series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

About Silver Clouds Dirty Sky:
London Bridge is falling...but it's not their fault...mostly.

Montague and Strong have left the building — in fact, they’ve left the continent.

When a teleportation circle sends them to London, The Penumbra Consortium — and older, darker version of the Dark Council requests Montague & Strong look into the murder of the leading demonologist, Mage Nigel Warrenton. There are a few complications — Tristan is being hunted by Golden Circle magistrates, Michiko must return to take her seat on the Council, before her brother is challenged, and demons are roaming the streets of London.

Now, with the help of Thomas Rafael — a mage who doesn’t believe in magic, they must avoid the magistrates, return Michiko to the Dark Council, and stop London from becoming a demon breeding ground.

What could possibly go wrong?

Montague & Strong dive into another thrilling adventure as they face off against demons, dark powers, and disasters as they try to save London from annihilation!
Source: Info in the About Silver Clouds Dirty Sky was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37905685-silver-clouds-dirty-sky on 02/07/2019.

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My Thoughts:
It is becoming a trademark of this series that every subsequent book starts right where the previous book left off. And that is kind of growing on me.

And then, we get to see a Peaches arguing philosophy with Simon! Woohh!! This is Simon we are talking about... Simon who gets a headache every time Tristan tries to explain anything to him that is more complicated than eating! Good thing that Peaches' "philosophic phase" didn't last very long...or our protagonist might just develop a permanent migraine! And that wouldn't do, now would it?! He gotta fight the baddies and get beat up... again... I think this is my favouritest book yet in the series.

This is the book that introduced me to the Ian Dex series. And the urban fantasy geek in me cheered to have stumbled into another promising series! We seem to be getting a lot of "Dexes" here. Uncle Dex. Ian Dex. Mmm...

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 3

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Books in the Montague & Strong Case Files series:
Book 0.1: THE WAR MAGE   Book 0.5: NO GOD IS SAFE   Book 1: TOMBYARDS & BUTTERFLIES   Book 2: FULL MOON HOWL   Book 2.5: THE DATE   Book 3: BLOOD IS THICKER   Book 4: SILVER CLOUDS DIRTY SKY   Book 5: HOMECOMING   Book 6: DRAGONS & DEMIGODS   Book 6.5: A PROPER HELLHOUND   Book 7: BULLETS & BLADES   Book 7.5: HELLHOUND BLUES: A BREW & CHEW ADVENTURE   Book 8: HELL HATH NO FURY   Book 9: REAPING WIND   Book 9.5: A PERFECT CUP   Book 10: THE GOLEM   Book 10.5: SAVING MR K   A Montague & Strong Short Story Collection   Book 11: DARK GLASS   Book 12: WALKING THE RAZOR   Book 13: REQUIEM     Book 15: STORM BLOOD   Book 16: REVENANT   Book 17: BLOOD LESSONS   Book 18: BROKEN MAGIC   Book 19: LOST RUNES

Meet The Author

About Orlando A. Sanchez:
Orlando Sanchez has been writing ever since his teens when he was immersed in creating scenarios for playing Dungeon and Dragons with his friends every weekend. An avid reader, his influences are too numerous to list here. Some of the most prominent are: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, Lee Child, George Lucas, Andrew Vachss, and Barry Eisler to name a few in no particular order. The worlds of his books are urban settings with a twist of the paranormal lurking just behind the scenes and generous doses of magic, martial arts, and mayhem. He currently resides in Queens, NY with his family and can often be found in the local coffee shop where most of his writing is done.

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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