Posts Categorized: Review

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

February 17, 2011 Review 13

DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR is a fast paced, violent, smoking hot thrill-ride of a book, and I loved every minute of it. From the moment twelve-year-old Reginleit the Radiant walks into a mead hall filled with wenching berserkers (yeah, I did a double take at the number “twelve”, too), this story breaks the humdrum expectations of a “soul mate” driven paranormal romance.

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Review: Magic at the Gate by Devon Monk

Review: Magic at the Gate by Devon Monk

February 12, 2011 Review 2

When considering the Allie Beckstrom series as a whole, MAGIC AT THE GATE was my slow point, as so much of the book revolved around the relationship between Allie and her father. While, by design, we don’t get much Zayvion (and more Daniel Beckstrom than I’d like), Shaymus and Allie and Stone have more than enough gravitas to carry a story on their own, enough so that I eagerly await MAGIC ON THE HUNT in April.

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Early Review: Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman

Early Review: Pack of Lies by Laura Anne Gilman

January 29, 2011 Review 0

I have always been a sucker for magic mixed with realism, for me, mundane details about a fantastical premise make everything that much more enjoyable and plausible. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at this style of storytelling, and easily juggles realistic mystery, racial and political infighting, and a rich magical tradition. All of these elements were a slam dunk in her Retrievers series and continue to delight in the spin off Paranormal Scene Investigations books.

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Review: Immortalis: Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas

Review: Immortalis: Hunters & Prey by Katie Salidas

January 26, 2011 Review 4

Vampire stories have become so prevalent in today’s fiction that even readers outside the genre are aware of the trend. This preponderance of preternatural fantasy can make it more and more difficult to find a truly original spin on the vampire myth. Sparkles, soul mates, daywalkers, and boarding school… even though there are great examples of each of these tropes, sometimes it’s hard to find the good hidden amongst the derivative. HUNTER AND PREY stands out from the crowd by being retro, embracing parts of the old school vampire myth that are largely neglected in Urban Fantasy today.

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5bat! Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

5bat! Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

January 23, 2011 Review 10

*This title will be released on February 1st* Title: Delirium Author: Lauren Oliver Series: Delirium #1 Cover Art: N/A | Excerpt: Genre: Dystopian Source: NetGalley | Reviewer Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0061726826 ISBN-13: 978-0061726828 Sexual Content:  Kissing. References to sex. My Rating: 5/5 Near Perfect Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. Book Description Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love – the deliria – blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that… Read more »

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Review: Demon Underground by S. L. Wright

Review: Demon Underground by S. L. Wright

January 13, 2011 Review 2

DEMON UNDERGROUND was a solid second installment in the Allay series, deepening the development of Allay herself as well as bringing major changes to her world. Wright takes the entire series in a direction I hadn’t expected at all, making me very excited to follow up with the next book in the series (and very nervous that I couldn’t find hints of the next book on-line).

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Review: Haunted by Your Touch [anthology]

Review: Haunted by Your Touch [anthology]

January 6, 2011 Review 2

This anthology hinges around the forbidden and irresistible; the compelling touch of the person you know you shouldn’t be with but just can’t deny. Of the three stories presented, Jeaniene Frost did not disappoint, Shayla Black’s story didn’t work for me, and Sharie Kohler’s Darkest Temptation led me to add her other books to my TBR pile. All in all, a well balanced collection and an enjoyable read.

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Review: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

Review: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter

January 5, 2011 Review 8

MERCY BLADE swept me back into a familiar series, carried me along without breath, and then spit me back out at my desk to write a review. In hindsight, I do have a few minor criticisms for this book, but at no time while reading did any of these issues slow me down. I gulped down the story and loved every minute, putting it down at 3 a.m. with an audible “Oooooh.” Talk about your cliff hanger endings, I can’t wait to pick up RAVEN CURSED when it comes out.

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Entice Me at Twilight by Shayla Black

Entice Me at Twilight by Shayla Black

December 2, 2010 Review 1

While the quick snap of love at first sight is a common occurrence in paranormal romances, falling in “trust” usually takes the span of an entire book or series. I would have guessed that a heroine with the magical ability to sense lies would have a fast track through the trust building process, but ENTICE ME AT TWILIGHT proved me wrong.

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