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5bat! Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spire #1) by Jim Butcher

5bat! Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spire #1) by Jim Butcher

September 29, 2015 Review 1 ★★★★★

If I could give this book a six bat rating I would. THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS more than deserves it. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files are what first got me interested in Urban Fantasy, but I haven’t yet tried Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, so THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS is the first book of Butcher’s besides the Dresden Files that I’ve read. And at every page I was reminded why Jim Butcher is a grand master in his field.

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Review: Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

Review: Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

September 25, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

If you are looking for the ultimate bad-boy wizard, Laytham Ballard, the “hero” of NIGHTWISE will be right up your alley. Unfortunately, you’ll have to swamp through the first third of the book to get to the really interesting stuff.

As a rock-star-famous wizard, Laytham waltzes in and out of the scene, spending money and getting laid wherever he goes. He’s done some dark things, and the first third of the book is devoted to proving that to the reader.

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Early Review: The Bloodforged (Bloodbound #2) by Erin Lindsey

Early Review: The Bloodforged (Bloodbound #2) by Erin Lindsey

September 25, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

Classic sword and sorcery, but by no means a simple story, BLOODFORGED explores the intricacies of politics, war, and marrying your ex-boyfriend’s brother. In this universe “victory” is more nuanced than defeating a single villain or weakness, forcing Alix and company to face heartbreakingly real obstacles as they fight for the alliances and resources that can turn the tide of a losing war. And upon this stage of high adventure and higher stakes, Lindsay’s characters sparkle with wit, emotion, and relationships that ring true.

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Review: Badge, Book and Candle (Bookburners Episode #1) by Max Gladstone

Review: Badge, Book and Candle (Bookburners Episode #1) by Max Gladstone

September 24, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

The first episode of Bookburners, BADGE, BOOK AND CANDLE, sure packs a punch for only forty one pages.

The introduction gets you into the brain of the main character quickly and effectively, and unlike many female police characters, I didn’t get the feeling she had a massive chip on her shoulders or something to prove that made her cold and distant.

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Cover Reveal: Dragon In the Blood by Juliette Cross

Cover Reveal: Dragon In the Blood by Juliette Cross

September 23, 2015 Cover Reveal 7

We’re thrilled to be revealing the cover for upcoming DRAGON IN THE BLOOD (Vale of Stars #2) by Juliette Cross, coming from Samhain Publishing in October 2016. I just love the way the flames look almost like wings! What do you think?    About the book:  While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground. Valla Moonring, an assassin for an order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered to lead an expedition through the Wastelands of Aria, a formidable, icy wilderness fraught… Read more »

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Guest Post: YA Dystopias and the Problems They Ignore

Guest Post: YA Dystopias and the Problems They Ignore

September 22, 2015 Guests 0

It began with George Orwell’s 1984. Years later, bestsellers such as The Maze Runner and Divergent made their debut, achieving enough popularity to evolve into films. Dystopian fiction is a genre swiftly gaining prominence through intriguing and thought-provoking plotlines reminiscent of our own societal downfalls. People strongly relate to the exaggerated issues featured in young adult dystopian novels. One component contributing to the success of recent works such as those aforementioned is that they are written from the point of view of a teenager. Because a vast portion of the fan base consists of teenagers and young adults, this writing style helps audiences draw connections from the entertainment outlets to their own lives.

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Review: Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

Review: Trailer Park Fae (Gallow and Ragged #1) by Lilith Saintcrow

September 22, 2015 Review 2 ★★

For all of its intriguing cover and title, TRAILER PARK FAE has a lot more fae and a lot less trailer park than one would expect. Frequently confusing, full of characters with multiples names, with a plot that didn’t make itself clear until way farther through the book than it should have, TRAILER PARK FAE is a different take on fae in urban fantasy, but a bit of a slow read.

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