eBook Review: Witch Hunt

Occasionally I like to browse the Kindle store and download a free book to try out a new author or series. So far I have about a 50/50 success rate with these free books. One of my surprisingly good finds was Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine, the first book in her Preternatural Affairs series.

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Goodreads Summary:

A brutal murder.

There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun — he was too drunk to remember it — but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.

Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

One risky solution.

Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She’s just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?

I liked this book so much that when I was finished with it, I bought the second ebook in the series and started reading it immediately. The male protagonist is a witch and works for a secret government order that hunts down witches who misuse their powers. Basically he’s a witch cop hunting down white collar criminals when he is accused of a murder he doesn’t think he committed. With no one coming to rescue him, he must take his detective skills and solve his first murder in order to clear his name.

Witch Hunt reminded me of the Dresden series without being a copycat. Cèsar is a good male lead. Cèsar may be a little clueless as he discovers areas of his universe he never knew about before, but as he learns new information the reader experiences a fun peek into a well thought out universe. While a rather grisly tale of murder, demons, and bad witches, the story has more than a few bright spots of humor and tongue in cheek wit that keeps the tone light and urban fantasy rather than horror. Plus, Cèsar has an affection for the cancelled television show Firefly, how can you not love him?

The murder mystery solving is fast paced and adventure packed. I was never bored, in fact I finished the book in one day. Reine’s writing is good and she knows how to keep pace while giving enough exposition to engage the reader in the universe. If you like the Dresden Files series and urban fantasy in general check out this paranormal mystery series, a fun, engaging read.

Television Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (AoS) Season 1

I adore Coulson, he’s my favorite avenger/super hero. He has the best wit. Clark Gregg has an amazing face and I love love love him as Agent Coulson. I mean, how can you not love this face? Adorbs!

clark-gregg-marvels-agents-of-shield-newscom-325So, I haven’t not been keeping up on all my superhero movies. My husband is not a fan of them. I know, right? So I have yet to see quite a few of them. BUT, he cannot stop me from watching copious amounts of TV while he is at work. Working retail means working weekends and a lot of evenings. This means sometimes we are more like strangers passing in the night than a couple living together, but it does makes watching vastly different types of TV shows easier. I’m sure I’ll catch up on my movie watching soon, but for now here are some of the best things about AoS Season 1.

The Cast

I was absolutely sold on all of the characters right from the beginning, except for Skye. I grew to accept her and appreciate what she brought to the crew, but it wasn’t until the last two or so episodes that I really saw her as a great character and understood what Whedon saw in Bennet. I have a huge crush on Agent Coulson, so it was no surprised I loved Gregg reprising his role on the small screen. But I was also quite drawn to Ming-Na Wen as May. She is so tough and smart and bada$$ in such small and quiet ways, that she is all that much more powerful in her being. Baugh! I cannot get enough of her! I love how Ward starts off as a very static character that appears to have a particular story arc, but one that way outside the norm of such a character. It was kind of mind blowingly amazing how Brett Dalton took such a character and brought his story arc to life. Kuddos to you sir. Kuddos. 

But my absolute favorite characters where of course FitzSimmons, the nerds who were more than that. The nerds who were the heart of each and every episode. Of the entire season. The people who made me laugh and smile and cry. Their characters absolutely resonated inside of me. Just. ::Sigh:: Yes, wonderful beautiful thoughtful full bodied characters. My absolute favorite moment of the season was when Simmons was asked, “You wash up on a deserted island alone. Sitting on the sand is a box. What is in that box?” And she says, “That’s a hard one. Let me think. The TARDIS.”


The CG and Backdrop

The ship that the crew live on was such a big part of the show and made each episode feel bigger and grander than some dinky little TV show. Whedon is masterful at the use of his stage and backdrop and incorporating them as characters into his show. I loved it. I thought the CG was all done wonderfully and only once or twice was a bit hokey. I like that there were new places where the story was told, but that everything was brought back to a home base. It kind of reminded me of another story about an amazing crew on a flying ship… ::coughfireflycough::

The Storytelling

While not every episodic story was extremely strong, the overall story arcs for the characters in season one were excellent. I love the slow build to find out what happened to Agent Coulson and how he died and was brought back into the series. There was well drawn out suspense with a good payoff. Each of the characters grows wonderfully and I’m super excited to see what Season 2 brings and how the crew grows and changes over the season.


A book created by a collaboration of women who explore Whedon’s body of work. You can buy it in Amazon.


Pinterest Board: Serenity Now!

I’ve done some rejiggering of my Pinterest board as I realized my Nerd Love board was getting a bit cluttered with all my different fandoms. So I separated out a few of them, like my Firefly/Serenity board called Serenity Now! Check it out as I’ve found some cool fa art and the like. Or check out a few of the links below.

Jayne and Vera fan art on DeviantArt.

Firefly and X-Files mash-up poster. I may have posted this before. But it always makes me smile.

Firefly cookie cutters, which I want. Like yesterday.

Serenity friendship necklaces on Etsy. Ah Wash, I miss you.

And this cool set of dishes. Serenity and the bot from Farscape, if I’m not mistaken.

Nodds & Nends: Jayne Hats, Tiny House, and Dove’s Commercial

Firefly crack down by Fox  on selling Jayne Hat’s on Etsy. Big surprise. [Note the sarcasm.]

I found these tiny houses in trees. It’s totally photoshopped, but in my imaginary world it isn’t. And I live in one of them. With a blue door.

Check out this eyeful of art. Literally, Eye Art. I think it is gorgeous!

Probably most of you have seen Dove’s recent beauty sketches ad. Here is my two cents worth, It’s an ad. For a beauty product company. Of course it is going to be about beauty. It’s an ad, it is going to be dramatic, and seem unrealistic. It’s a story they are telling. It’s an ad. People are upset because of course we are still talking about women’s beauty as being what they are worth. But I don’t think that is the actual message, I think people like to be negative whenever possible. I think that Dove was trying to show that sometimes how we see ourselves isn’t always in the best light. Sometimes the way other people look at us can give us insight into our own lives and we take from that what we will. Personally, I like this ad.

Nodds & Nends: Middle Earth Map Dress, Monster Costume, and an Apple Parody

I love this dress made out of a map of Middle Earth. I really actually like the whole structure of the dress and not just that it is geeky. Nice job!

This Boo as a monster costume is almost too adorable for words. What a great idea and the tutorial doesn’t make it sound too hard to make.

Speaking of monsters check out this awesome squirming tentacle you can hook up to your computer via a USB port. The tentacle doesn’t do anything other than wiggle (it’s not a data storage device) it’s still majorly awesome. I would get one to freak people out at work, but I had yet another person look at my TARDIS cork board yesterday and sometimes a giant TARDIS is all you need to let your geek shine. :)

It may be past the Holidays, but gingerbread is always in style. Especially this awesome Serenity gingerbread model. I’m not a personal fan of the taste of gingerbread, but I do appreciate this nerdiness to the extreme. :)

But by far my favorite find this week is this awesome Dark Knight/Apple parody. I am not a fan of apple products and own an android instead of an iPhone so I just giggle every time someone makes fun of Apple and its products.

Mash-up, Interview, and The Story of Amy

Read the Mary Sue’s interview with Matt Smith here. I think it perfectly encapsulates why he is my favorite Doctor.

A Firefly mash-up, of The TARDIS Job (i.e. The Train Job episode), it’s amazing.  View the Art of Jon Sumrow here on his tumblr, he’s pretty nerdy. I think you may like it. [via]

A raptastic video of Doctor Who vs. Doc Brown. You heard me right. Thanks to  wrylab for the tip.

This heart breaking video is The Story of Amy in a few clips and some grand music. I miss Doctor Who. Le sigh.