Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading urban fantasy novels, I’ve been really wanting to find more books in this genre. It’s so different from high fantasy and stories set in alternate worlds … and it’s really addictive once you get into it! I was super excited to receive this ARC so here is my review:

Greta Helsing is a doctor with a very unusual patient pool: she treats the undead. Whether it is a vocal strain a banshee or entropy in mummies, Greta is known for her skill. After all, this is what she has been groomed for since childhood. But when a sect of murderous monks emerge, Greta is overwhelmed by the deaths of the undead AND humans. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must put her unusual skills to work to stop this cult from ruining her life.

I so so so badly wanted to like this book, you really have no idea! It seemed like the perfect book for me, with its cool protagonist and story setting. However, I just couldn’t get into this story. No matter how hard I tried, it all was just too bizarre. The switching of voices between characters was very jarring and it was hard to keep it straight in my head. One minute, the story seemed like it was set in Victorian times and the next minute, it seemed way more modern. It all just threw me off and I couldn’t enjoy myself. There are a lot of positive reviews on GoodReads so maybe this is just one of those times where I am in the minority. If this book’s premise sounds like something you would like, give it a shot!

Happy reading ~

Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

This is another novel that I had the pleasure of reading before its release. Every time a publisher accepts my request and sends me a copy of their book, it makes me feel so happy inside and I literally cannot wait to finish the novel and gush about it to all of my lovely blog followers! This book should be available for the masses anytime now so hopefully my review will give you an idea about whether it is worth your while!

Being a female doctor post-Civil War in America is no easy mantle. However, Dr. Catherine Bennett has never envisioned anything different for her life, especially since her own father was a great doctor. However, when Catherine is wrongfully accused of murder, her career – and her life- become that much more of a problem. With a bounty over her head, Catherine flees with her maid to Colorado to build a new life for herself under a false name. But will her disguise keep her safe? Or will her secrets threaten to ruin all of her chances for happiness?

At first, I did not enjoy the way this novel was moving. I did not really like the character of Catherine; she was much too simple of a character and she just had this laissez-faire attitude that irritated me. I also found the beginning to be very repetitive with constant mentions of the past (this doesn’t change throughout the novel). However, my impression of this novel quickly improved as the story moved forward and dealt with violence and war and grief; these components made it all more 3-D and believable. By the end of the novel, I was wrapped up in the plot; it really pulled through for me and ended up being quite a good story. Those who compare this to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon would be right in doing so: Catherine truly resembles Claire Randall both in her mannerisms and in her attitude. If you liked Outlander, you will most definitely enjoy Sawbones!

Happy reading ~