Becca Andre lives in southern Ohio with her husband, two children, and an elderly Jack Russell Terrier. A love of science and math (yes, she’s weird like that), led to a career as a chemist where she blows things up far more infrequently than you’d expect. Other interests include: chocolate, hard rock, and slaying things on the Xbox. She also finds writing about herself in third person a bit strange.
on June 29, 2014 :
This is hands down one of the best books I have read in a while.
It has great characters, explosions (yay!) and alchemy. Yes, alchemy in spades and I simply love it! Most urban/contemporary fantasy books are pretty weak on the science/parascience aspect but not Becca Andre's work.
I'm very glad to have discovered this author and am looking forward to her future work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 29, 2013 :
I loved this book and am hoping it was the first in a series! Becca Andre has created a very interesting world where magic has returned and alchemy works. Addy (short for Addled Alchemist) has lost her memory and is desperately seeking to get it back. Her best friend, James, is a Hellhound as well as a budding alchemist. There are Elementals, necromancers, zombies and plenty of others to keep things lively. Fast pace keeps the reader from getting bored.
Main characters are well drawn and the writing is quite good. Did run into one formatting weirdness where one scene ran into another in a confusing manner. Otherwise very professional effort for a first book. :-)
(reviewed the day of purchase)