LAST YEAR I WAS READING…(February 24, 2021)
This meme was created by Reading Marie. It’s a great meme because it’s nice and easy to do.
Here are the rules:
Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to
This Year I Am Reading…
Three award-wining authors bring a magical city and its fantastic defenders to life!
Home to demons, enchanting creatures, sorcerers, and millions of ordinary people equipped with paranormal technology, Parmas City runs on magic. But not all sorcery is benign. Whether they’re murderous spells, supernatural assassinations, demon-fighting rings or illegal incantations, paranormal crimes abounds. Sworn to take on those threats are the tough, tireless, and often troubled members of the Metropolitan Demonic Unit–the Hell Cops.
A collection of stories set in the fictionally city of Parmas, a world run entirely by demon flesh, blood and other body parts. Brought to us by the amazing authors who created the equally unique world of the Irregulars. I want a crossover!
Last Year I Was Reading…
Something old, something new, something borrowed…something blacker than the darkest night.
Cosmo Saville adores his new husband, but his little white lies—and some very black magic—are about to bring his fairytale romance to an end. Someone is killing San Francisco’s spellcasters—and the only person Cosmo can turn to—the man who so recently swore to love and cherish him—isn’t taking his phone calls.
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This is the second book to Josh Lanyon’s retro-inspired paranormal cozy, Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It’s a charming enough offering, a little less frustrating, a little more reward than the first book.
My 4-star review here.
Two paranormals duke it out.
Hell Cop is a police procedural-type paranormal mystery involving Hell Cops, the branch of Parmas City police that handles any demon-related crime. As such, the cops are typically mages. The collection has 3 novellas and 3 different cases, each featuring a Hell Cop that also appears on the other stories. Their city is ruled by Hot-Bloods, old rich families of mages who can summon demons. Demons are treated as commodities, tools, fuel and etc. I love the idea of their world, but I do feel sorry for the demons.
I Buried A Witch also involves law enforcement but seen through the eyes of amateur sleuth and witch, Cosmo Saville. He is married to John Joseph Galbraith, the police commissioner. The paranormal elements are mostly low-key, since Cosmo has somewhat renounced the use of magic. This has the typical Josh Lanyon template. The author is always true to her brand and she did pull off the whole thing without feeling too same-y. Overall, an engaging book with charming refences to a beloved TV show.
When it comes to magic, the more the better. So Cosmo’s subtle approach might be cute, I still prefer magic that go bang.
I’m ending the post with a book I’m looking forward to reading.
You want revenge? Dig two graves.
Ten years ago, a vicious gang called the Gotham Boys descended on a homestead in the mountains like a pack of wolves, leaving nothing behind but death and destruction.
Ned O’Leary was the only one to survive the ordeal.
I have trouble finding a K.A. Merikan that sticks but I do love a hate-you-with-the-fire-of-a-thousand-suns enemies to lovers romance so think this might do the trick. Super high expectations after the glowing GR reviews.
What were you reading this time last year?
(I hope it’s as riveting as Morticia’s book)