4 Stars for Spells of Blood and Kin

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey My rating: 4 of 5 stars The adaptation of Russian fairy tales to Urban Fantasy was unique. Definitely not the kinds of "vampires" and witches you read about in other books. While all the flashbacks added layers of history and authenticity, the plot was slow. The characters … Continue reading 4 Stars for Spells of Blood and Kin

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Trope Sighting! Vampires and Telepathy

When the hero and heroine DON'T have a telepathic relationship exactly... Reversing or confounding mental invasion in vampire romances indicates significant change to the archetype. In monster theory, one of the vampire's greatest weapons is the ability to penetrate personal sanctums/the mind. Also note that the telepathic abilities are a burden to the possessor, causing … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Vampires and Telepathy

Genre Police! Relying on Genre Terms in Werewolf Romance

Bless their hearts, whatever they were thinking, including all the guys with the next "Great American Novel," they didn't laugh. And damn it, the number of people who read the genre gives the concept validity. Explaining the concepts to those unfamiliar with the genre, standing up for them, has made me take a harder look at the common core of paranormal romance.

Trope Sighting! Widowed (but turns out not really)

When a hero/heroine's friend, who has been mourning their dead partner/mate/etc., discovers they've been alive all this time! *Cue the sequel* TYPICAL GENRE: I think I've seen this most in Vampire or other immortal creature paranormal romance series EXAMPLE: Hidden due to spoilers, Sequel Reasons for the Mysterious Disappearance has a greater purpose/destiny/responsibility they must … Continue reading Trope Sighting! Widowed (but turns out not really)