Bookit Review: Stone Cold Fox

Title: Stone Cold Fox
Author: Hailey Edwards
Publication date:  2015

My Grade: B

My Review:

This short novel, or novella, is an adventure for Mai, Thierry’s best friend from The Black Dog series.  It starts off with Mai attending a fandom convention in Texas dressed up as Jareth from her favorite movie Labyrinth.   She is kidnapped by her childhood best friend and his brother, who want her to remember things that happened when she was younger, but she can’t.  She’s forced to re-evaluate her memories, and how much trust she puts in her friends, and her family.

Although it seemed almost too easy of a solution in the end, I did find this an enjoyable quick read.  I could definitely go for some more Kitsune books.

Hailey Edwards is going on my list for authors I am pre-disposed to read when new books come out.

Bookit Review: New Dog, Old Tricks

Title: New Dog, Old Tricks
Author: Hailey Edwards
Publication date:  2015

My Grade: B

My Review:

I enjoyed this book.  It finishes the over all arc, in interesting ways.  I still felt a little lost among the background information, but Its less noticable this way.  We finally meet the Morrigan in person, and I can’t help but imagine Katie McGrath as the actress for the role should they ever make this into movies.

We get a little more backstory on Mac, Theirry’s father, and have Theirry coming to terms with both her family and her love for Shaw.  Mai and Shaw take a backseat for awhile.  This book is primarily Theirry in Faerie, so most of her Earth friends are not in it much.

There are more spin off novellas & Novels. I’m not reading the new series staring Gemini, at least now now.  I did read Mai’s spin off novella Stone Cold Fox, which will be the next book.

What I do love about this book is how the end result comes to be.  I won’t spoil it, but it was an inventive way to end things.

Bookit Review: Lie Down With Dogs

Title: Lie Down With Dogs
Author: Hailey Edwards
Publication date:  2015

My Grade: B

My Review:

This book, the third in the Black Dog series by Hailey Edwards, is the best so far.  The story actually seems complete, the minor plot arcs are finished and not left to wonder.  Characters are actually developed, and information about Thierry’s past and her family is given.

There is actually a mystery for Thierry to solve in this one.  She’s kidnapped again, but not till towards the end, and it happens because she’s investigating something, not because some prince decides he wants an advantage in the royal competition.

The one thing I keep noticing is that she keeps saying that Thierry isn’t her name, but everyone including her parents calls her that.  I can only guess in the next book we will learn it or it was a one-time plot plan that never panned out yet never was completely irradiated.

This book sets up the final book (which I am currently reading) quite nicely as well.

Bookit Review: Dog with a Bone/Heir to the Dog

Title:  Dog with a Bone / Heir to the Dog
Author: Hailey Edwards
Publication date:  2014/2015

My Grade: C

My Review:

I read these two swiftly together so its hard to really seperate them into two reviews, thus, I am doing a single review for both books.

Dog with a Bone is the first book in a series of four, and is a novella.  I get the sense it was written last because the original intent was it to be a trilogy (the other 3 books) but she wanted to set things up and wrote this.

The action is good.  The characterization not so much.  I’m going to continue reading and hope that the main character Thierry  (And thank goodness in the second one they actually sound that out because I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce that) gets some depth.  The most developed character in the book series so far is Rook, and he’s not even the main character.

Basically its not a horrible book, I’ve read worse and I don’t have much to complain about except that there is too much of the action and not enough of the heart that makes us care about what is going on.  But this is a series, so I will continue on.

This story also contains a lot of mythological/fantasy characters that I’m unfamiliar with and wish I understood better.  Perhaps that hinders my enjoyment of the series.