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Review: Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones

Review: Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8) by Darynda Jones

May 29, 2015 Review 1 ★★★★

The Charley Davidson series is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I love the humor, the complexities, and the mystery aspects. And EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK is a treat to long time readers of the series, offering answers to quite a few questions that have come up over the course of the story.

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Review: The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod

Review: The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod

May 25, 2015 Review 1 ★★★

I’m a little wary of a book that heads each chapter with the device, ‘In which …’ and, indeed, THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod is fairly typical of the genre that mixes steampunk with the Victorian lady detective. Alex Pendlebury, ‘blessed’ with a paranormal gift, is on her way to spinsterhood, being far too straight-forward and observational for her upper-class peers, though she lacks the wry sense of humor of many of her fellows in the genre. Pleasant, though routine, THE HANGED MAN reminded me of a number of other books, cobbled together.

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5bat! Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

5bat! Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

May 22, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★★

UPROOTED weaves a magical, haunting tale, one that will be on your mind long after you put it down. The Wood, the malevolent forest that attempts to destroy Agineszka’s valley and her entire world, growing dark, poisonous trees and sending terrifying “walkers”, giant wooden stick insect-like creatures, out to grab villagers. Told in Agnieszka’s perspective, the book does allow multiple looks at other characters’ feelings and motivations through a special trick that is too good to spoil. It helps round out the other characters, but also exposes some seriously scary stuff.

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Audiobook Review: Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) By Melissa F. Olson

Audiobook Review: Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) By Melissa F. Olson

May 19, 2015 Review 1 ★★★★

I am a fan of Melissa F. Olson’s Scarlett Bernard series, so when I saw she had a new series coming out I instantly preordered it. If I already know that I like the author and the book is in the same genre I generally don’t read the summary because they often have spoilers in them. So it was a very pleasant surprise when I started listening to Boundary Crossed and discovered it is set in the same world as the Scarlett Bernard series.

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Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

May 18, 2015 Review 1 ★★★

CITY OF FAE is both a predictable and unpredictable new adult urban fantasy. Predictable, because it uses typical UF tropes-like the girl who is more than she knows and the mysterious, protective, hot love interest. But unpredictable because it takes those tropes and uses them in a completely unexpected way.

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5Bat! Review: Positive by David Wellington

5Bat! Review: Positive by David Wellington

May 15, 2015 Review 2 ★★★★★

POSITIVE’s post apocalyptic America is a scary place: walled cities that are barely surviving, a terrifying death cult moving in from the west, and endless stretches of open road with zombies at every turn. It’s a wild, wild ride.
Finnegan is exiled from New York at 18, but he still feels very much like a child. He is a second-generation survivor, and he doesn’t understand why the first-generation are so quick to panic. When he is thrust from the relative safety of Manhattan island into the wilds, he has a steep learning curve to deal with. I loved how little things showed how sheltered he was: thinking Ohio is two hours away from Manhattan, not understanding family pictures, and more. As he meets people, more nasty than good, he quickly learns how difficult it is to survive after the world has ended.

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Review: The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

Review: The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

May 13, 2015 Review 1 ★★★★

Lost in a crowd? Need to find yourself? A place where you just belong? THE AFFINITIES introduces a wonderful/scary world where finding your place in the world is simply an inexpensive test away; and if you don’t fit into any of the 22 standard profiles, or affinities, you even get your money back!

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