Review – The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1)

The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust #1)
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: July 12th, 2014
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series

I feel like I should open this review like what you see at an AA meeting. “Hi, my name is Brittney and I am addicted to Craig Schaefer novels.”

 So, now that I’ve got that out of the way and finished all the Harmony Black books that are currently available I decided to go back to where it all began, the Daniel Faust series. And boy oh boy was I in for a treat.

Review – Cold Spectrum (Harmony Black #4)

Cold Spectrum (Harmony Black #4)
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Publisher: 47 North
Series: Harmony Black Series

 If you’ve gone this far into the series you know the trouble this following statement means: Diehl and Nadine are teaming up to take out Vigilant Lock. To make matters worse? Panic Cell, another team of Vigilant Lock, is coming for Harmony and her team. as well.

 What does this mean? Pure, damn chaos.

Review – Glass Predator (Harmony Black #3)

Glass Predator (Harmony Black #3)
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Publisher: 47 North
Series: Harmony Black Series

 As with any series, the farther into it we go the harder it is to review without spoilers so read at your own risk.  I’m trying to avoid them I really am but it’s hard to do that when you want to talk about how great the book is. 

Review – Red Knight Falling (Harmony Black #2)

Red Knight Falling (Harmony Black #2)
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: 47 North
Series: Harmony Black Series

Back into the world of Harmony Black we go and I am so ready for it. Just like Harmony and her team are ready to take on the next threat to their world I am ready to read about it.

Review – Harmony Black (Harmony Black #1)

Harmony Black
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Series: Harmony Black Series

 Am I the only one who likes having books read to me? Am I the only one who misses story time on the carpet in school where all of us as kid would gather and sit, cross-legged to look at our teacher, holding a book and reading aloud to us for those precious thirty-minutes or so? 

Review – Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files Welcome to the Jungle

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files Welcome to the Jungle
By: Jim Butcher
Illustrator: Ardian Syaf
Release Date: October 21, 2008
Publisher: Del Rey/Dabel Brothers
Series: The Dresden Files Graphic Novels
Award: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Graphic Story (2009)

I’ve been a fan of the Dresden Files since the series early days. I have all the novels lovingly sitting right next to my Harry Potter collection. (Look, having all the fantasy books with protagonists named Harry together just makes sense to me). What I don’t have are any of the assorted graphic novels. Recently, I picked up a copy of The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher and Ardian Syaf.

Review – Glass Town by Steven Savile

Glass Town
By: Steven Savile
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

During my last trip to the library a recent release I’d not heard much about caught my eye. Glass Town by Steven Savile is a novel that combines traditional noir mystery, the glamour of 1920s filmmaking, and fantasy in wonderful harmony.

Review – Zodiac War by NisiOisin

Zodiac War
By: NisiOisin
Illustrator: Hikaru Nakamura
Translator: Nathan A. Collins
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: VIZ Media

I can’t believe I’ve never read a book by NisiOisin before. Not only that, I’ve only just started watching Bakemonogatari. Finally I can say that I’ve read something by this author! I happened to come across an absolutely beautiful copy of Zodiac War by NisiOisin in my local bookstore not too long ago and immediately picked up a copy.

This book is about the Zodiac War, a battle that occurs every twelve years between fighters which represent each of the twelve zodiacs. What you see is pretty much what you get here. The story opens with the introduction of this year’s Zodiac War by the overseer of the event before following each of the combatants as they utilize everything they possibly can in order to secure victory.

Review – Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol 1 by Magica Quartet

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volume 1
By: Magica Quartet
Illustrator: Hanokage
Translator: William Flannigan
Release Date: (Original Japanese) February 12, 2011; (English Translation) May 29, 2012
Publisher: Yen Press
Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

I think its safe to say that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an international phenomenon. The story is written by Magica Quartet with the art done by Hanokage, and I cannot recommend this series enough.

A new student transfers into first year high school student Madoka’s class. The girl is familiar, a person from something Madoka knows must have been a dream. It being anything else was impossible. Cats don’t offer magical powers in exchange for your deepest wish. Yet here this girl, Homura, is and she’s fighting a rather familiar looking cat. The offer is again given. If she speaks her deepest wish, she will be granted both magical powers and her wish. But it isn’t all fun and games. The world of magic is a world of high danger and seemingly little personal reward. The lost are not mourned here, and evil stalks the innocent.

Review – The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey

The Everything Box
By: Richard Kadrey
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Series: Another Coop Heist #1

Yet another title I have had my eye on since its release has finally been read. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey is a fun, fast paced book with a host of likable, quirky characters.

The book opens several thousand years ago with an angel atop a mountain who is ready to fulfill his duty and begin the apocalypse. The problem? His pockets are empty, and the doomsday device is inexplicably missing. In the modern era Coop, master thief of magical items, is hired to steal a small black box for a client. But Coop isn’t the only person after this box. He soon finds himself with the Department of Peculiar Science, a government organization dedicated to the supernatural and unexplained, who claims that this device isn’t only an old family heirloom. This device could set off the end of the world.