Genre: Fantasy

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Early Review: The Sharpest Blade (McKenzie Lewis, #3) by Sandy Williams

Early Review: The Sharpest Blade (McKenzie Lewis, #3) by Sandy Williams

December 28, 2013 Review 0

Because I’m entirely too OCD to read the last book in a series without having read the ones before, I’ve spent the past two weeks catching up on the McKenzie Lewis series. And I’m very glad I did. Not that I don’t think there would have been enough backstory within THE SHARPEST BLADE to catch me up, but the emotional ride wouldn’t have meant as much.

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Release Day Review: Shadowdance (Darkest London #4) by Kristen Callihan

Release Day Review: Shadowdance (Darkest London #4) by Kristen Callihan

December 17, 2013 Review 0

The Darkest London series teases your expectations, pretends to follow the rules, and then goes all terrain through the underbrush of unexpected events. Despite containing elements of a great Paranormal Romance and an enthralling Historical Fantasy, Callihan’s stories manages to break all the rules and become something altogether different.

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Review: Trancehack (Magic Born #1) by Sonya Clark

Review: Trancehack (Magic Born #1) by Sonya Clark

November 2, 2013 Review 0

Intrigued but not entirely sure what to expect from TRANCEHACK, I found myself pleasantly surprised by the end of it. A mixture of genres- urban fantasy, crime drama, romance and with a bit of a dystopian government thrown in- TRANCEHACK is a bit hard to explain, but a very captivating read. While I had some minor issues with the book, it was easy to read, very original, and kept my attention the entire time I was reading it.

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Early Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

Early Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

October 22, 2013 Review 0

As charming and quirky as Gail Carriger’s Soulless series, CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES delves back into all the ways that society, science, and magic can collide. Sophronia’s perspective on manners and intelligence gathering is a fantastic window into this world, which is as interesting for the social dynamics as for the dirigibles and mechanimals.

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Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

October 21, 2013 Review 0

With Halloween coming I decided to read NIGHTLIFE since based on its description it seemed like just the right scary suspenseful story to read in October on a dark rainy night. I was not disappointing and was met with an incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel.

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Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

October 14, 2013 Review 0

RAGS & BONES is a gorgeously curated collection of short stories, as satisfying for the glimpses of each story’s origin story as the final product. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when your favorite author pitches an idea? See a little piece of art through their creative lens? As favorite authors distill classic tales to their essence, this anthology was immersive and thought provoking, a masters class in the creative process with an all star attendance list.

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Review: Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb

Review: Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb

October 10, 2013 Review 0

WITCHSTRUCK’s description references THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL as well as THE SECRET CIRCLE, and right there it is spot on. WITCHSTRUCK is a fun read, if you like the historical paranormal genre. It was very believable in terms of setting, and how the characters would have acted. Except for the magic of course!

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Early Review: The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach

Early Review: The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach

September 20, 2013 Review 0

THE DEAD RUN was an exhilarating thriller with a blend of horror and supernatural qualities, though I was left wondering whether I was reading a straight up horror novel as much of the super intricate and magical plot line doesn’t seem to start until a few chapters in. Aside from expecting more paranormal qualities earlier in the story THE DEAD RUN was a pretty enjoyable read and the plot was set to eleven in terms of speed which is how thrillers should be. I am typically not a fan of gore which tends to be synonymous with horror so I was pleased that while THE DEAD RUN does have a fair amount of gore it wasn’t excessive enough for me to stop reading it.

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