S is for Summer
This year I’m taking a break from Faerie and doing an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list instead. Each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book. I’ve decided not to include words like “A”, “The” and “An” during this challenge.
About the Book I’ve Read
After I read Summer Solstice Seduction, I decided that I should read more of this group’s anthologies and was able to borrow this one from a friend.
On the shortest night of the year, fae come out to play, vampires don’t have much time, and werewolves howl at a full moon.
The summer solstice brings out all the witches, demons, vampires, shifters, and supernatural creatures in a night of magic and mayhem. Some spells can only be cast or curses broken on this enchanted night. If you dare, follow the fae down a magical path but beware getting forever lost. There’s trouble around every corner, and plenty of supernatural shenanigans.
This collection includes more than 20 urban fantasy stories of summer solstice shenanigans from new and international bestselling authors.
Check it out on Goodreads.
Some good stories, some meh stories, and stories in between.
Out of Luck
An interesting story, but all the head-hopping was confusing and exhausting. 2 stars
Hunting for Trouble
An enjoyable story. I wonder what Aisha’s powers are, though, and if the portal opening was really stopped. 3 stars
Solstice of Darkness
Read a bit like “Lethal Weapon” with fae and the ending felt contrived. 3 stars
Solstice on the Slab
Loads of exposition about what the character likes and dislikes. Ugh. DNF
The Origin Story of Monsters
I read part one, full of head-hopping and unrealistic moves, but didn’t feel like continuing the crazy. DNF
All fight, no story. 2 stars
Curse of the Veil
A good story, but too much head-hopping caused no emotional attachment to any character. 3 stars
Summer Solstice in Swindon
A good story with solid world-building and thrills. Too bad I had no idea what the main character’s name or gender was – difficult to focus on the story when you’re wondering if you’re dealing with a kick-ass female lynx or an alpha male and how the personal interactions with others should go (e.g. their superior being an arse cause it’s a woman or because it’s a lone-wolf type?). 3 stars
A good story. I do wonder how, exactly, she had cursed her brothers and why. 3 stars
Blood and Bone
A gritty vampire story where vampires act like the mob… and Fae blood is addictive. Good twists. 4 stars
Call forth the Wild Hunt
A good story. I enjoyed the portrayal of the Wild Hunt. And the main character had good growth. 5 stars
The Fire Crown
Interesting premise, but not gripping. DNF
An eight-year-old protagonist in an urban fantasy short story? Not working for me despite the dragons. DNF
Eating a still-beating heart? Ah, no. DNF
Best Friends Never
The blurb failed to interest me. DNF
The blurb left me cold. DNF
A fun, thrilling vampire story. 5 stars
River of Tears
The blurb doesn’t intrigue. DNF
Clearly part of a series. Not interested to jump in without knowing anything else about the characters of world. DNF
The Gilded Nest
So much fun to read. Dragons! 5 stars
DNF based on title.
Spiders for Solstice
DNF based on title – I don’t like spiders.
The Longest Day
Blurb and title are generic. No excitement. DNF
On a Hot Summer Night in Vegas
The blurb sounded like a rip-off of Ghost Busters. DNF
A fun and thrilling read. Loved the use of the elements and the dog. 5 stars
Symphony of Destruction
I hope you enjoyed this. For more books I’ve read and reviewed, check out either my Pinterest board about reviews or my Goodreads profile. Alternatively, you can check out my reviews on BookBub. Have you read any of the books? Loved or hated any of them?
*FYI, my reviews are my honest opinion and if something bothers me, I tell it straight. How else will anything change? My opinions are based on being a voracious reader and book buyer, not an attack on the author.*
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