Engaging, fast paced and geeky – these are the words I’d use to describe these books. Skye makes an interesting heroine, not quite what you’d expect, especially since her special powers wake up only when she’s tipsy. It’s not easy to fight evil when you’re drunk :P.
I received both books from the publisher in exchange for honest reviews.
Skye is a LARP gamer and she’s pretty good at imagining things, the problem is the fairy world she sees isn’t only in her head. And if you look into the fairy world the fairy world will see you too [oh yes, I couldn’t resist :P]. The new gamer in Skye’s group isn’t completely human and apparently she wants to destroy our heroine’s life. It’s going to be quite a challenge to keep everyone alive, get rid of the evil fairy queen and stay sane with all the booze flowing ;).
It’s humorous, entertaining and refreshing. I admit I needed few chapters to really get into the story, but the words kept flowing, the events unfold, the world became richer with every page and when the big Vampire event happened I was already so much into the story that I couldn’t put the book down.
And the next one is even better.
If you thought the fairy Queen was evil and dangerous, think again. This time, Skye’s opponent is… her Vampire husband. But he’s not the only one she’ll have to deal with. There’s something much older and much more evil under the streets of her city. Add to that some personal problems with Skye’s new girlfriend and you won’t even have time to think about boredom.
Oh gosh, so many things happened in this story! I loved it even more than the first one. First of all – we’ve got some new characters from Skye’s past. Obviously, important ones that will help her with the new problems.
This time, you’ll get right in the middle of a convention, meet trolls disguised as football players, run from mind-controlled zombies and wander through the underground that wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place. Doesn’t that doesn’t sound exciting?
There are so many things I liked about these books:
- the perfectly kept fast pace of the stories, action of both books takes place within few days and the speed of events makes putting the book down really hard
- the characters – all of them mattered, there were no one-page stand buyers that simply vanished after saying/doing something. They all mattered and if the first book hasn’t “used” them completely the second one had a story for them
- Skye’s relationship with Anabelle, yes it might be love at first sight, but it’s adorable and I liked it!
- LARP – because I wish I could do that too, but I have too few people and too little time
- the originality of the drunkness 😉 because I bet many people saw strange things after getting drunk, but to actually make it a part of a character’s special power was a great idea!
- elements of fairy and shadow worlds and the fact that it’s all together and yet apart and not everyone can see it
And plenty more that makes me want to read another part :). Entertaining and fun, I definitely had a good time reading these stories. I kind of wish I could read a prequel about this demon possession that awakened Skye’s powers.
Chris Garrison writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories. She used to publish as Eric Garrison, but has since upgraded.
Her latest series is Trans-Continental, a steampunk adventure with a transgender woman as its protagonist. Chris’s supernatural fantasy stories include the Road Ghosts trilogy and the Tipsy Fairy Tales published by Seventh Star Press. These novels are humorous supernatural fantasies, dealing with ghosts, demonic possession, and sinister fairy folk.
Her novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. Reality Check reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon.com during a promotion in July 2013.
Chris lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her wife, step-daughter and cats. She also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.