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Release Day Review: Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Release Day Review: Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

November 28, 2017 Review 0

The promise of time travel shenanigans drew me to WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND. When done right, time travel can be immensely fun and mind-bending. I was intrigued and excited to find out how Freddy had arrived thousands of years in the past and what the consequences would be.

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5bat! Release Day Review: Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

5bat! Release Day Review: Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

November 14, 2017 Review 0

I finished CREATURES OF WILL AND TEMPER in one day. I must confess I have a particular weakness for Victorian settings, courting, and excessive blushing. Combine that with fencing, demons, and queer characters and you have my very devoted attention. Finishing this novel had me desperately searching for more of Molly Tanzer’s work.

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Early Review: Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga

Early Review: Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga

November 3, 2017 Review 0

I’ve been interested in how this series ends since the first volume of DEMON, but the fourth and final volume didn’t really live up to the potential I felt it had. Gory and violent, the story seems to devolve into a question of what can kill the most people the fastest. 

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Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess

Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess

October 30, 2017 Review 0

The description for A POISON DARK AND DROWNING covers what happens in maybe the first quarter of the book – and it’s better that you don’t know what happens later. Like the first installment in the Kingdom on Fire series, this book is full of emotional ups and downs that left me reeling (in a good way) and desperate for more.  

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Release Day Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

Release Day Review: The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

October 10, 2017 Review 0

THE HOLLOW GIRL was written by a Romani to honor her grandmother and their shared Romani heritage. I was drawn in by that fact, excited to learn more about the Romani culture from the point-of-view of a young woman learning magic from her grandmother. However, I feel I must start this review by acknowledging that THE HOLLOW GIRL deals with a trigger warning for sexual harassment, abuse, and rape.

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Early Review: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King

Early Review: The Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen #2) by Emily R. King

September 22, 2017 Review 0

THE FIRE QUEEN takes the battle royal concept to a fictional and fantastical desert empire whose people worship gods based on Sumerian deities. This time, the teenagers involved are all women and capable of great feats of both magic and strength, which is what drew me to the book initially. The second in The Hundredth Queen series, it does not stray far from the original conceit, as Kalinda is again thrust into a tournament that puts her life and her people at risk. The stakes are raised with the introduction of a love triangle and with multiple people vying for control of the empire.

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