Kay Bratt’s Red Skies is a difficult book to review; while I enjoyed the story, I felt that was constantly running up against Bratt’s writing style. My first thought was that Bratt had forgone a necessary step in the editing process, but this novel does have a copy editor credited. Maybe I harbour some hidden resentment towards Bratt for misidentifying Anne of Green Gables American? In any case, this is a literary fiction piece that comes close, but doesn’t quite hit its mark.
This week I decided to go with something more akin to my usual reading preferences and picked up C. Gockel’s Wolves, the first novel in a series entitled I Bring the Fire. The novel follows the Norse God of Mischief as he attempts to be reunited with his sons, Valli and Nari. As the first book in a five part series, Wolves does an excellent job of setting up both the characters’ back story (which unsurprisingly draws on a series of different myths) and the general feel of the different realms.
It was my intention to start things off with a nice, light hearted self-pub book with a nice, light hearted review. To this end, I selected something that was highly rated on Amazon and Goodreads: Fashionably Dead, a supernatural romance with several sequels, all of which were supposedly original and witty. Now, perhaps my mistake was choosing a book outside of my go-to genres. I’ve read supernatural romance in the past, but it’s hardly my genre of choice. Regardless, I’d been reading a lot of fantasy, sci-fi, and classics lately and thought a little romance might be an amusing segue.