Sep 122014
 
New Release Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest Book #1 in The Borden Dispatches Genres: Historical Horror Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Roc Trade and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one…. The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Sep 052014
 
New Release Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 14, 2014 Publisher: Dutton (Hardcover Purchased through Amazon.com)     Synopsis from Goodreads: Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Set against the stunning backdrops of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 5, 2014 at 8:00 am
May 122014
 
Early Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter Book #1 in Crescent City Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 13th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit   Synopsis from Goodreads: Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs. But when Augustine returns home to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm
May 062014
 
Mini Reviews: The "Did Not Finish" Edition

I have had a string of bad luck with the books I’ve picked up recently so I thought I would do a rundown of my most recent Did Not Finish (DNF) books.  Now just remember, most of these books have glowing reviews from other reviewers so just because they didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean they won’t work for you!  Have a suggestion to break my reading slump?  Hit me up in the comments.   RATING: DID NOT FINISH   Shadows by Robin McKinley Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 26th 2013 Book Borrowed from Local Library and Nancy Paulsen Books [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 8:58 am
Oct 302013
 
Wolfin' Out Mini Reviews: Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman

This past month I read three books that tackled the “were” issue. Charming, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, and Inhuman are all very different stories but they have one thing in common, the mixing of human and animal DNA. Charming has a more traditional take on the werewolf myth but blends it with fairytale stylings. Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl gives the first-person experience of a young woman who finds herself undergoing a change… And finally, Inhuman takes a look at the havoc that could be unleashed if humans started mixing our DNA with animals in order to create new [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 30, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 292013
 
New Release Review: Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper

Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper Series: Dragon Kings #1 Genre: Paranormal Romance Released Jun 25, 2012 ARC provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Books Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation—which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 29, 2013 at 6:39 am
Jul 172013
 
Early Review: The Monsters in Your Neighborhood by Jesse Petersen

Early Review: The Monsters in Your Neighborhood by Jesse Petersen Book 2 in Monstrosity series Release date: July 29, 2013 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Humor Book provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Synopsis from Goodreads: As one of Frankenstein’s Creatures, Natalie Gray knows that unique parts sometimes make up a great whole. Still, leading a diverse support group for monsters—now including Cthulhu!—isn’t an easy task. Especially not since the internet arrived. New York City embraces the different and the bizarre. Still, even for such a fun-loving city, the supernatural and monstrous might be a bit too much. It’s been six months since [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jul 092013
 
Early Review: Last Blood by Kristen Painter

Last Blood by Kristen Painter Book #5 in the House of Comarré series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 30th 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they’ve ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Jul 052013
 
Early Review: Carniepunk by Rachel Caine and multiple authors

Carniepunk by Rachel Caine and multiple authors* *see full list at the end of this post* Book provided by Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster Gallery Books Release date: July 23, 2013 Genre: Anthology of short stories about carnivals Synopsis from Goodreads: A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals. The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jun 122013
 
Early Review: A Kiss of Blood by Pamela Palmer

Early Review: A Kiss of Blood by Pamela Palmer Book 2 in Vamp City series Book provided by Edelweiss and Avon Release Date: June 25, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: ONLY ONE WOMAN CAN SAVE VAMP CITY One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows to never return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world–and free the vampires trapped within. When the handsome, dangerous, and all too seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm
May 132013
 
Early Review: Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler

Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler Book #6 in the Jane True series Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: 28 May 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Anyan may be trapped in an evil dragon and Blondie may be gone, but Jane knows one thing: she’s not about to give up. She’s ready to tear down heaven and earth to save her lover, despite those who believe he’s lost. Luckily for Jane, those who’ve given up on Anyan do not include those closest to her. Defying The Powers That Be, Jane and Company form their own crack squad [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 13, 2013 at 10:07 am
Apr 062013
 
Early Review: Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen

Early Review: Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen Book 1 in Monstrosity series Book provided by Edelweiss and Pocket Star Books Release date: April 29, 2013 Synopsis from Goodreads: Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong? Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 6, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 202013
 
Review: Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard

Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard Genre: Contemporary Romance Free Audiobook provided by Audible Narrated by Gia St. Claire Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm
Mar 202013
 
Cover Reveal!! Duality (Cordelia Kelly, #1) by E.R. Pierce

Duality (Cordelia Kelly #1) by E.R. Pierce This is the first in the Cordelia Kelly world, a new urban fantasy series by author E.R. Pierce. Release date is scheduled for April 16, 2013 on Amazon. Okay, I am loving that cover, the author designed it herself! I really enjoyed Ms. Pierce’s Fractured Moon and check out our interview with author E.R. Pierce here.  Here is her official book blurb: Cordelia Kelly is running from her tortured past. She’s run from her destiny all her life, and now she’s forced to stop running by events beyond her control. Cordelia is a dual-natured [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
Feb 242013
 
Genre Book Showdown: The Boyfriend vs The Gray Ghost Murders

I recently read two ARCs (advance reader copies) from the crime/mystery genre.  The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry followed the investigation of a serial killer targeting female escorts that all happened to fit the same physical profile.  The Gray Ghost Murders by Keith McCafferty featured the discovery of human remains in a remote Montana location and the resulting investigation.  Both of these books were good reads, but read on to see which novel wins this crime-filled showdown!   The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry Publication Date: 5 March 2013 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Mysterious Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Jack Till, who has retired from [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Feb 172013
 
Early Review: Strange Fates by Marlene Perez

Early Review: Strange Fates by Marlene Perez Book 1 in Nyx Fortuna series Release date: March 5, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and Orbit Books Synopsis from Goodreads: The first in a line of three exciting new urban fantasy novels blending elements of Greek myth and forbidden romance against the backdrop of Minnesota’s magical underworld. Brooding, leather jacket-wearing Nyx Fortuna looks like a 20-something, and has for centuries now. As the son of the forgotten fourth Fate, Lady Fortuna, he has been hunted his entire life by the three Sisters of Fate that murdered his mother. Fed up and out [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 17, 2013 at 7:00 am
Feb 152013
 
Early Review: The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

The Lost by Vicki Pettersson Book #2 in the Celestial Blues series Publication Date: 19 March 2013 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Voyager Synopsis from Goodreads: Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost. Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
Jan 102013
 
Review: Zero Hour by Jordan Castillo Price

Zero Hour by Jordan Castillo Price *ebook purchased from JCP Books* Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A- Blurb: Ernest just turned thirty. It’s time for retirement, freedom from the tedious drudgery of his job as a data clerk. Time to explore parts of the city he’s never seen before, and hopefully meet some actual people. And at the end of the month? Time to die. Will runs the counter at the historic coffee shop, and when he talks, he sounds just like an old-time data feed. Tongues are for talking, and Will’s got plenty to say. He’s nothing like anyone Ernest [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 10, 2013 at 6:00 am
Oct 262012
 
ARC Review: Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

Out for Blood by Kristen Painter Book #4 in the House of the Comarré series Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit [box color=#FFFF99]After nearly dying at the hands of the Aurelian, Chrysabelle finds new determination to move beyond life as a comarré. That is until the Kubai Mata bring a new task to her doorstep: rescue the child Tatiana has kidnapped, or Mal becomes enemy number one.[/box] Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – B+ OUT FOR BLOOD is the fourth book in the House of Comarré series and I really enjoyed it.  The pace was quicker, the POV [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 26, 2012 at 7:00 am
Sep 282012
 
ARC Review: The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma

ARC Review: The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma Book 2 in Triologia Victoriana Book provided by Edelweiss and Atria Books Release date: September 4, 2012   [box color=grey]Synopsis from Goodreads: The New York Times bestselling author of returns with a mesmerizing novel casting H.G. Wells in a leading role, as the extraterrestrial invasion featured in The War of the Worlds is turned into a bizarre reality.A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 28, 2012 at 7:00 am