Jan 132014
 
Double Feature Review/Anthology Maddness!: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden and Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin

Anthologies can be hit or miss for me.  Often, they seem to be positioned as a way to introduce readers to series and authors.   Now this is just my opinion, but too many times short stories aren’t as engaging and just don’t pull me in like a novel.  The characters may not be as well introduced because they exist in a series or novel already.  There are exceptions of course.  For example, Alice Munro, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher write beautifully executed short stories.  But honestly, too often there are so many authors in an anthology that I don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am
Sep 112013
 
Early Review: Four Summoner's Tales by Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry

Early Review: Four Summoner’s Tales by Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry Release date: September 17, 2013 Genre: Anthology, Paranormal, Horror Book provided by Edelweiss and Gallery Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Four terror-inducing novellas from acclaimed bestselling authors Kelley Armstrong, David Liss, Christopher Golden, and Jonathan Maberry beginning with the premise: “A stranger comes to town, offering to raise the townsfolk’s dearly departed from the dead—for a price.” In Kelley Armstrong’s “Suffer the Children,” an acute diphtheria outbreak kills most of the children in an isolated village in nineteen-century Ontario. Then a stranger arrives and offers to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 7:00 am
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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Jun 292013
 
Review: Fire & Frost by Meljean Brook, Carolyn Crane, and Jessica Sims

Review: Fire & Frost by Jessica Sims, Carolyn Crane, and Meljean Brook Series: Iron Seas 3.4 (Meljean Brook), Code of Shadows 0.5(Carolyn Crane) Release date: May 25, 2013 Book provided by Carolyn Crane Synopsis from Goodreads: From the authors who brought you Wild & Steamy come three all-new tales of lovers who create their own heat, even when they’re surrounded by ice… Speed Mating by Jessica Sims – Estrella may be going into heat, but she’s determined to remain in control. Just because she’s ovulating doesn’t mean she has to settle for just any man (or his beast). Her sexy [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 29, 2013 at 7:00 am
Mar 272013
 
Review: Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh

Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh A Psy-Changeling Collection (#0.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5) Genre: Paranormal Romance In Beat of Temptation, innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? In Stroke of Enticement, a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true. Plus 2 NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED NOVELLAS In Declaration of Courtship, Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 27, 2013 at 7:26 am
Jan 072013
 
ARC Review: 'Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duval

ARC Review: ‘Til the World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, and Karen Duval Release Date: January 29, 2013 Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Synopsis from Goodreads: Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden—as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends [ Read More of this Review ]

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Oct 292012
 
Review: An Apple for the Creature Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner

An Apple for the Creature Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner Publication Date: 4 September 2012 Book Borrowed from Local Library [box]Synopsis from Goodreads: What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms. In #1 New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 29, 2012 at 7:00 am