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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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Early 5!bat Review: The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abe

Early 5!bat Review: The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by Shana Abe

August 9, 2013 Review 2

While THE SWEETEST DARK brought Abe’s Drakon into the twentieth century, marrying the poetry and mystery of their magic with bombings and black-outs and Europe at war, THE DEEPEST NIGHT took that springboard and lept to the next level. A strengthening heroine, a tender love story, and daring midnight flights over war-torn Europe, this book gave me all the tenderness and adventure and strength and magic I could have hoped for, all in a neatly paced story that leaves me anxious for more.

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5bat! Review: Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott

5bat! Review: Cold Steel (Spiritwalker #3) by Kate Elliott

June 27, 2013 Review 1

If prior books established this intricate, fascinating world, COLD STEEL is all about Cat and Vai living in it. Revolution convulses the land and the politics of their world is as much of a concern as the magic swirling around them. Cat continues to explore her heritage, Vai struggles to find a future, and together they work through obstacles and compromises that may offer hope of happiness.

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