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Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

February 20, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

This steampunk western adventure includes a bevy in a brothel, a lethal sewing machine, and love at first sight. Elizabeth Bear introduces her audience to KAREN MEMORY (actually spelled ‘Memery’), a working girl at the Hôtel Mon Cherie with a penchant for dime novels and a huge heart that gets her into trouble. The ladies of Madame Damnable’s are worth following all on their own, but Bear sweetens the pot with a series of mysterious murders in the vein of Jack the Ripper. The novel’s only misstep is in mild over-plotting, but there’s no denying it’s one hell of an adrenaline ride at the end.

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DNF 2015 (part 1): We Try to Read Them So You Don’t Have To

DNF 2015 (part 1): We Try to Read Them So You Don’t Have To

February 19, 2015 DNF 0

See all the DNF posts We do our best to only accept books for review that we think we will enjoy, but it is impossible to safeguard 100% against bad reads.  These are the books we Did Not Finish (DNF). We do not give up on books lightly.  In fact we hate not finishing a book, even a bad book, but there are times when for one reason or another, we just can’t bring ourselves to reach the end.  We’ll be posting them when we collect a few DNF reads once or twice a year depending. Predator by Janice Gable… Read more »

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5bat! Audiobook Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur (The Pillars of Reality #2) by Jack Campbell

5bat! Audiobook Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur (The Pillars of Reality #2) by Jack Campbell

February 19, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★★

I may be a little biased because Jack Campbell is my favorite living author, but I loved THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR. This book picks up about two weeks after THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE ended, and you’re thrown right into the action. The intense battle and action scenes are one of the places where Campbell’s writing really shines. There are a lot of urban and epic fantasy novels that make me cringe when I read their battles, but Campbell’s years of military experience help him write realistic battles.

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Guest Post: Upcoming YA Books to Get Excited About

Guest Post: Upcoming YA Books to Get Excited About

February 17, 2015 Guests 1

We have a special guest post for you today from a fellow blogger who wanted to share some upcoming books she’s looking forward to. So, welcome Emily from Plenty of Pages! If you, like me, live in the northeast US and are getting absolutely pummeled by snow this month, there are a lot of reasons to be dreaming about the future. Any future– I’m not picky– as long as it doesn’t resemble the Siberian tundra outside my window, I’ll be happy. But beyond the warm weather and excuse to drink frozen things with little umbrellas in them, there’s a lot… Read more »

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Audiobook Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

Audiobook Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

February 16, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

The Bloodlines series is one of my favorite young adults series right now. So I spent the past week relistening to the whole Bloodlines series, and I was surprised to see just how many loose ends and subplots Mead had left to tie up in the final and shortest book of the series. As a result, I started THE RUBY CIRCLE with high hopes, but ready to be disappointed.

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Review:  Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1) by Angie Fox

Review: Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1) by Angie Fox

February 12, 2015 Review 3 ★★★★

SOUTHERN SPIRITS is a fun and surprisingly fast read. I enjoy some quirk in these light paranormal stories and this book is full of quirks from Verity’s pet skunk to the many types of ghosts with their own odd issues and relationships. The story follows Verity on her attempt to solve a decades old murder mystery in order to get money to pay off her debt and keep her house.

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