Dec 162014
 
New Release Review: Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler

Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler Book #1 in The Jinni Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: November 25th 2014 ARC Provided by Orbit and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Cursed to be a jinni for a thousand years, Leila nears the end of her servitude—only to be bound once again against her will. Will she risk all to be human? Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry—by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself. If she can remain unBound, Leila’s curse will [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 16, 2014 at 10:15 am
Dec 052014
 
New Release Review: City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter

City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter Book #2 in Crescent City Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: December 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Orbit and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter. Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead. But when a young girl is stolen from [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 5, 2014 at 8:18 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
Oct 032014
 
Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio Genre: YA/Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Publisher: Knopf   Synopsis from Goodreads: I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 3, 2014 at 8:39 am
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