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Release Day Review: A Murder of Mages (The Maradaine Constabulary #1) by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Release Day Review: A Murder of Mages (The Maradaine Constabulary #1) by Marshall Ryan Maresca

July 7, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

A MURDER OF MAGES is a book that should’ve been right up my alley. A murder mystery, taking place in a victorian era alternate world with magic. Though A MURDER OF MAGES starts really strong, introducing Satrine and her forged papers, and then throwing her and her new partner directly into a case. The story quickly stalled out until the action picked up again in the middle of the book.

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Review: Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous #2) by Lexie Dunne

Review: Supervillains Anonymous (Superheroes Anonymous #2) by Lexie Dunne

July 2, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

This book was entertaining, but it ran out of steam somewhere around the middle. The story picks up exactly where the first one left off, to the point where I feel that SUPERVILLAINS ANONYMOUS should have just been included in the first book, Superheroes Anonymous. I would have rather read the whole story in one go and saved myself some confusion.

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Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

June 8, 2015 Review 0 ★★★

When a plague deadly to women sweeps through the aerial empire of Arthurise, doctor’s assistant Jonathan Gouden discovers that with the aid of a strange chemical called fantillium, he can create powerful illusions, which is key to finding an antidote. Unfortunately for Jonathan, the woman with the solution won’t help unless he agrees to be her champion in a magical arena. Heather Dixon’s ILLUSIONARIUM has some charms, but it’s centered around a flawed premise, and rushes through young adult tropes as if moving quickly will keep anyone from noticing the predictability. The system of magic which holds the book together makes no sense, and I had a hard time getting past it.

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Review: The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod

Review: The Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service #1) by P.N. Elrod

May 25, 2015 Review 1 ★★★

I’m a little wary of a book that heads each chapter with the device, ‘In which …’ and, indeed, THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod is fairly typical of the genre that mixes steampunk with the Victorian lady detective. Alex Pendlebury, ‘blessed’ with a paranormal gift, is on her way to spinsterhood, being far too straight-forward and observational for her upper-class peers, though she lacks the wry sense of humor of many of her fellows in the genre. Pleasant, though routine, THE HANGED MAN reminded me of a number of other books, cobbled together.

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Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

May 18, 2015 Review 1 ★★★

CITY OF FAE is both a predictable and unpredictable new adult urban fantasy. Predictable, because it uses typical UF tropes-like the girl who is more than she knows and the mysterious, protective, hot love interest. But unpredictable because it takes those tropes and uses them in a completely unexpected way.

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