Friday Review: The Thief Trap (Cloak Games #1) by Jonathan Moeller

My rating: 4 of 5 starsNadia Moran is a thief, and a very good one, at that. Her employer, an elven lord, keeps her in his service because Nadia's younger brother is victim of a rare disease that only the elves can cure. And if Nadia doesn't do what Morvillind wants, he will not give … Continue reading Friday Review: The Thief Trap (Cloak Games #1) by Jonathan Moeller

Friday Review: The Sorcerer’s Daughter (Defender’s of Shannara #3) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 starsThis third entry in the Defender's of Shannara trilogy finds Paxon Leah and Leofur Rai together again after their separation in the first two books. They are living at Paranor which allows Paxon to continue to function as the High Druid's Blade, protector of the order. Leofur is, well, not … Continue reading Friday Review: The Sorcerer’s Daughter (Defender’s of Shannara #3) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 starsJohn Perry just turned 75, so he did what any self-respecting 75-year-old would: he visited his wife's grave, and joined the army. Technically, he joined the Colonial Defense Force (CDF). In this Earth future universe, the CDF doesn't want young, inexperienced recruits. They want those with the knowledge, experience, and … Continue reading Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

Friday Review: Duck Duck Gator by Ken Wheaton

My rating: 4 of 5 starsNew York city boy and recent heart transplant recipient Tony Battaglia is a reality-TV editor for one of the hottest reality TV shows around, the Cajun Louisiana based "Gator Guys". When it becomes known that Tony's new heart belonged to a recently deceased cast member of the show, he finds … Continue reading Friday Review: Duck Duck Gator by Ken Wheaton

Friday Review: The Darkling Child (Defenders of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 starsSet five years after the first book in the Defenders trilogy, we find Paxon Leah more comfortable in his role as paladin of the Druid order. He has settled in to his life at Paranor and his duties to protect and defend the Druids from any and all danger. But … Continue reading Friday Review: The Darkling Child (Defenders of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this twisty thriller, Lisa Jewell weaves the lives of three people together in a web of secrecy and misconceptions. Owen Pick is in his thirties, never married, living in his aunt's house. He is dismissed from his teaching job after several students allege sexual misconduct. Desperate and alone, he … Continue reading Friday Review: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Friday Review: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this historical fantasy, Kay once again takes us on a journey through time. Fifteen-year-old Ned Marriner is in Aix-au-Provence with his celebrated photographer father. Edward Marriner is photographing local places for an upcoming book. While his father and his assistant, Melanie, are working on shooting the exterior of a … Continue reading Friday Review: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay

Friday Review: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this third installment of Carriger's paranormal steampunk series, Alexia has been kicked out by her werewolf husband because she's pregnant and werewolves are known to be sterile. She has returned to her family, but things have never been overly familial there, and when the news of her "predicament" becomes … Continue reading Friday Review: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger

Friday Review: Standing O (Madison Cruz Mysteries #5) by Lucy Carol

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis is the fifth book in the Madison Cruz Mystery series and is just as fun to read as the others. In this one, Madison is doing her usual stint of side gigs between acting jobs, including dressing up as a slice of pizza. Then she runs into her high … Continue reading Friday Review: Standing O (Madison Cruz Mysteries #5) by Lucy Carol

Friday Review: Karen Memery by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn this entertaining steampunk story set in 1900s Seattle, Karen Memery is an orphaned young woman making her living working in a high-class bordello. The girls are a tight-knit group, always looking out for each other in what is not an easy lifestyle. When a badly injured girl appears on … Continue reading Friday Review: Karen Memery by Elizabeth Bear