High Tide at Harvest Moon

Review of High Tide at Harvest Moon

Review of High Tide at Harvest Moon: Book 1 of the Fundy Bay Pack by Taryn Blackthorne

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of this book by the author for the possibility of a review. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

 

Taryn Blackthorne just procured a spot on my must-read authors list.

High Tide at Harvest Moon is a wonderfully complex novel. The book encapsulates several genres. It is an urban fantasy, a romance, and a suspense novel, with an underlying mystery of which we only see the beginning.

This book, these characters, the setting, the world, the writing, the story all combined for me into a perfect storm. I loved this book. When I got to the end I immediately went to buy book two. Sadly, it has not yet been published.

The main characters have depth, quirks, flaws, and complex histories. They endear themselves to you, some quickly and some more slowly. The antagonists give you multiple layered reasons to dislike them. The supporting characters are individuals with personalities and glimpses of their backstories which make you want to learn more about them in future books.

The fantasy world is well-thought out and cohesive. Fundy Bay is an excellent location which seems to lend itself to a myriad of future possibilities.

 

Fair warning: This is a novel with romance. If you insist on your urban fantasy without any romantic relationships, take a pass on this one. If you are open to a good urban fantasy which happens to center around a romantic relationship, keep reading.

One of the best definitions I’ve ever heard to determine what genre a book really is said if you can take the protagonist’s story and change locations or backgrounds with only minor adjustments, then the main story line shows the genre. If you cannot, then it is probably multiple genres.

So, you could accurately describe this book as a paranormal romance, but that would not do it full justice. You could describe it as an urban fantasy, and this would also be accurate, but not complete. I routinely read across many genres: science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, YA, romance, mystery, suspense, short stories, business books, cooking, even picture books. A good book is a good book. But my favorite books generally cross multiple genres.

So when I say Taryn Blackthorne just procured a spot on my must-read authors list, it is not a list from a specific genre. It is a list of authors I have been reading for years across multiple genres. And I am gleeful to be able to add a new name to the list.

I hope book two is available soon!

I give it 5 stars.

 

https://www.amazon.com/High-Tide-Harvest-Moon-Fundy-ebook/dp/B01BL617AI

High Tide at Harvest Moon
Taryn Blackthorne

Review of Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for review purposes. The only thing I promised was an honest review. All of my reviews, good or bad, are based on my personal opinion.

Buy this book!

Crossovers are the hardest type of story to do well. You have to please readers of both genres, so the story has to be exceptionally well done to be considered good. This series is good.

Justin Gustainis’ series has the feel of a noir detective story set in a gritty, realistic alternate universe where goblins, ghouls, witches, werewolves, and vampires are just one more thing you have to deal with to get through the day.

It is also imbued with a dry wit that continually makes me stop reading for a moment just to savor a particular comment.

Evil Dark has a darker, more occult story than the first book in the series, Hard Spell, did. While it still maintains the noir detective feel, it winds you deeper into the criminal and supernatural communities of Scranton and surrounding areas.

The story holds up well even if you have not read the first book in the series, but I recommend you do so anyway. Both because it is such a good book, and you will get more out of reading them in order, and because I am certain that once you read this book, you WILL go back and read the first one anyway.

Markowski and the Scranton Occult Crimes Unit are now on my “Read as soon as the next book comes out” list.

I think you will agree.

I give it 4 stars.

(See rating system at http://tmblr.co/Zb30ArqLsiRe )

http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Dark-Occult-Crime-Investigation/dp/0857661361