Dec 042014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction - Evernight by Kristen Callihan

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Historical Fiction for November and we decided to use this month to catch up on one of our favorite series, Darkest London, with Evernight by Kristen Callihan. Evernight by Kristen Callihan Book #5 in Darkest London Genres: Historical Paranormal Steam Punk Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Forever Synopsis from Goodreads: Once the night comes . . . Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 4, 2014 at 7:33 am
Oct 162014
 
World of Weir Blog Tour, by Cinda Williams Chima + Giveaway

THE SORCERER HEIR: The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series. The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series. The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 am
Oct 152014
 
Review: Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price

Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price Genre: M/M Science Fiction Publication Date: July 3rd, 2014 Publisher: JCP Books, LLC   Synopsis from Goodreads: Desmond Poole is damaged in more ways than one. If he was an underachiever before, he’s entirely useless now that he’s lost his right hand. He spends his time drowning his sorrows in vodka while he deliberately blows off the training that would help him master his new prosthetic. Social Services seems determined to try and stop him from wallowing in his own filth, so he’s forced to attend an amputee support group. He expects nothing more than stale cookies, tepid decaf [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
Aug 272014
 
New Release Review: Engraved by Karina Cooper

Engraved by Karina Cooper Book #5 in The St. Croix Chronicles Genres: Steampunk Publication Date: August 11th 2014 ARC Provided by Carina Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Cherry St. Croix returns to the fog-ridden streets of Victorian London, where the balance of power threatens all that she loves. I will not wither without laudanum. Sober and determined, I have chosen another way—alchemy, and the pursuit of wellness it embodies. My name is Cherry St. Croix, and though freedom is finally at my fingertips, I return to the blackened streets intent on righting the wrongs I’d left behind. All is not well in London low. Caught [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 27, 2014 at 10:55 am
Aug 072014
 
Genre Book Showdown: The Girl From the Well vs Servants of the Storm

I’ve been looking for a spooky read lately and my perusal of Netgalley and Edelweiss turned up The Girl From the Well and Servants of the Storm.  While neither turned out to be the creeptastic read I was hoping for, I definitely preferred one book over the other.  Read on to see who won this installment of the Genre Book Showdown!   The Contenders: The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco Genre: Young Adult Horror Publication Date: August 5th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire Synopsis from Goodreads: You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am
Jul 252014
 
Should You Read This Series? Carsington Brothers by Loretta Chase

There are so many published series out there and I know you wonder…which ones are worth the read? In this feature, we tell you which series you should start and which ones you shouldn’t. As a ground rule, series in this feature must have at least 3 books published and the reviewer must have read more than half the series. If you want us to feature a series in the future, please ask in the comments. SERIES: Carsington Brothers by Loretta Chase GENRE: Historical Romance BOOKS PUBLISHED: 5 SERIES STATUS: Finished (supposedly) D.G. HAS READ: 5/5 SHOULD YOU READ THIS [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 25, 2014 at 9:44 am
Jul 162014
 
Release Day Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

Release Day Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane Release date: July 16, 2014 Book 3 in The Associates series Genre: Romantic Suspense Book provided by the author Synopsis from Goodreads: He’s working undercover for the good guys. That doesn’t mean he’s one of them. HE’S A KILLER. Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 16, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 102014
 
Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”  Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
May 242014
 
Reread Review! The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima Series: The Seven Realms #4 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: October 23rd 2012 Synopsis from Goodreads: A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 9:46 am
Mar 042014
 
New Release Review: Tempered by Karina Cooper

Tempered by Karina Cooper Book #4 in The St. Croix Chronicles Genre: Steam Punk/Historical Fantasy Publication Date: February 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Forced out of London’s coal-blackened streets, Cherry St. Croix is faced with her most difficult undertaking yet: sobriety. At long last, my guardian, the enigmatic Mr. Oliver Ashmore, has revealed himself—and his order is clear: I am to be dried out at once, regardless of my wishes. I loathe the country estate I am imprisoned within. Footsteps follow me, voices call for me, and my sanity wavers. In my fevered dreams, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 4, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 142014
 
New Release Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

New Release Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau Book 2 in The Testing series Release date: January 7, 2014 Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Book provided by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley NAL Synopsis from Goodreads: In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jan 062014
 
Early Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Early Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter Release Date: January 7, 2014 Book provided by Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Genre: Young Adult and older, Horror Synopsis from Goodreads: Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins in this frightening novel written in the bestselling traditions of Stephen King and Scott Smith. Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons. Everything changes when a haggard stranger [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Jan 042014
 
Early Review: Off the Edge (Associates #2) by Carolyn Crane

  Review: Off the Edge (Associates #2) by Carolyn Crane *early review copy received from author — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A- Christal and AH’s Rating: 3.5 Stars/Grade B Book Summary: SHE MAY BE HIS WORST ENEMY… For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past. HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE… He tricked [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 4, 2014 at 10:48 am
Dec 162013
 
New Release Reviews: First Strike & Striking Distance by Pamela Clare

First Strike & Striking Distance by Pamela Clare Series: I-Team #5.9 & 6 Genre: Romantic Suspense Release Dates: Oct 22 & Nov 5, 2013 FIRST STRIKE: Javier “Cobra” Corbray is on his way home from a rough deployment in Afghanistan when he finds himself having dinner with “the Baghdad Babe.” What she wants from him—sex with no strings—could land them both in prison. Still, he’s more than happy to oblige her. She’s confident and sexually assertive, and he’s secure enough to lie back and let her make the first strike. But, as she’s about to find out, he’s more than [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 16, 2013 at 6:52 am
Dec 032013
 
New Release Review: Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins

Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins Book #1 in the Realm Walker series Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Publication Date: October 28th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: An estranged mate, a mangled body and a powerful demon who calls her by name… As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets. Most people don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 3, 2013 at 8:32 am
Dec 022013
 
Early Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Early Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan Book 4 in the Darkest London series Release date: December 17, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Historical, Steampunk Book provided by NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Once a heart is lost in shadow… Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she’s been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case—and the last thing he relishes is a partner. Only someone who lives in darkness can find [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 2, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 202013
 
New Release Review: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: October 1st 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harry N. Abrams Synopsis from Goodreads: Rebecca Blue is a rebel with an attitude whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a soon-to-be dead girl. Rebel (as she’s known) decides to complete the dead girl’s bucket list to prove that choice, not chance, controls her fate. In doing so, she unexpectedly opens her mind and heart to a world she once dismissed—a world of friendships, family, and faith. With a shaken sense of self, she must reevaluate her loner philosophy—particularly when she [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 182013
 
Early Review and Giveaway: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn by Aimee Carter Book #1 in The Blackcoat Rebellion Genre: YA Science Fiction Publication Date: 26 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING. For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Nov 152013
 
Group Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

spacer spacer spacer Cracked by Eliza Crewe Book #1 in the Soul Eater series Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 5 November 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Strange Chemistry Synopsis from Goodreads: Meet Meda. She eats people. Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
Nov 042013
 
Novella Reviews: Close to You and Entwined

Today, AH and I are taking a break from the full-length novels and diving into two novellas from Stacia Kane and Kristen Callihan. Both of the novellas are from exisiting series and could be read as standalones, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The real purpose of these novellas is to give fans a little glimpse into a story they wouldn’t otherwise have seen. Read on to see if we think these novellas were worth the pit stop! Close to You by Stacia Kane Book #5.5 in the Downside Ghosts series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 8 October 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 4, 2013 at 7:10 am