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Early Review: The Descent (The Taker Trilogy #3) by Alma Katsu

Early Review: The Descent (The Taker Trilogy #3) by Alma Katsu

January 6, 2014 Review 0

THE DESCENT is the is the final capstone on a series that explores humanity, immortality, morality, and the nature of love. Not for readers in search of a happily-ever-after, the entire Taker Trilogy is wolf in urban fantasy clothing, teasing readers with an epic romance only to explore the depraved depths and banal heights which humanity achieves

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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: Hatshepsut’s Collar (Artifact Hunters #2) by A. W. Exley

Review: Hatshepsut’s Collar (Artifact Hunters #2) by A. W. Exley

December 13, 2013 Review 0

In HATSHEPSUT’S COLLAR by A.W. Exley, sequel to NEFERTITI’S HEART, a traitor to the crown forces Cara Devon and Nathaniel Lyons to St. Petersburg in order to clear the Lyons name, and along the way they encounter airships, pirates, Russian prostitutes, and even dragons. In addition to supernatural adventure, the book wants to be erotic romance, but in this case the two genres don’t blend together. The latter isn’t my scene, so I found the second half of the story, where the international espionage intrigue comes to the front, a lot more entertaining.

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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: His Lordship Possesed (Disenchanted & Co. part 2) by Lynn Viehl

Review: His Lordship Possesed (Disenchanted & Co. part 2) by Lynn Viehl

October 15, 2013 Review 0

HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED was quite the ride. Action packed and full of surprises to the reader, there was never a dull moment. However, it very much felt like coming in halfway through the story, which, in essence, the reader is. From what I understand, HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED and HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE will be printed together as one novel in the spring. This makes sense; HIS LORDSHIP POSSESSED starts off immediately where HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE ended, much to my relief. HER LADYSHIP’S CURSE wasn’t really a complete story, so I was curious to see where the second half would take us. Unfortunately, it almost immediately goes a little crazy.

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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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