Jul 032015
 
Review: The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Sci-Fi/Magical Realism Publication Date: March 24th, 2015 Publisher: Little Brown & Company Synopsis from Goodreads: After Henry’s girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he’s hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself. After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 052015
 
Review: Pirate's Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson Book #4 in Sentinels of New Orleans Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: April 21st 2015 ARC Provided by Tor Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear. Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal. Her relationship with enforcer [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 5, 2015 at 11:42 am
Jun 012015
 
Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh Book #1 in Psy-Changeling Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 5th, 2006 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart. In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was… Both human and animal, Lucas [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 1, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 202015
 
New Release Group Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

End of Days by Susan Ee Book #3 in Penryn & the End of Days Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy Publication Date: May 12th, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 20, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 132015
 
Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen Series: Waverly Family #2 Genre: Magical Realism Release Date: January 20, 2015 It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store. Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 13, 2015 at 6:57 am
May 112015
 
New Release Group Review: Sacrati by Kate Sherwood

Sacrati by Kate Sherwood Genre: M/M, Fantasy Publication Date: May 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: As an elite Sacrati fighter in the mighty Torian military, Theos is blessed with a city full of women who want to bear his children, and a barracks full of men proud to fight at his side and share his bed. He has everything he needs—until he captures Finnvid on a raid. Finnvid is on a secret mission to prevent the Torian invasion of his homeland Elkat. Being enslaved by Torian soldiers wasn’t in his plans. Neither is his [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 11, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 072015
 
New Release Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Magical Realism Publication Date: April 21st, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins   Synopsis from Goodreads: Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 7, 2015 at 8:00 am
May 052015
 
Early Review: Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Publication Date: May 5, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Ace      Synopsis from Goodreads: In Midnight Crossroad, Charlaine Harris “capture[d] the same magic as the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and [took] it to another level” (Houston Press). Now the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else… There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 5, 2015 at 7:00 am
Apr 202015
 
Early Review: Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson

Hexed: The Sisters of Witchdown by Michael Alan Nelson Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Publication Date: May 5th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Pyr Synopsis from Goodreads: Luci Jenifer Inacio das Neves, Lucifer for short, isn’t your typical teenaged girl.  She’s a thief who survives by stealing bad things from bad people in the magical and mystical underworld hidden beneath our own.  So when a policeman’s daughter, Gina, is kidnapped by a force he can’t explain, Lucifer is the only one who has a chance at getting his daughter back. With the unsolicited help of Gina’s friends, including Gina’s boyfriend David, Lucifer’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 20, 2015 at 7:15 am
Apr 132015
 
Group Review: Captive Prince: Volume Two by C.S. Pacat

    Captive Prince: Volume Two by C.S. Pacat Book #2 in Captive Prince Genre: M/M, Historical Fiction Publication Date: 2012 Synopsis from Goodreads: “This was Vere’s most powerful lords unfurling their banners for war.” With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot. Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgeling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 13, 2015 at 7:00 am
Apr 102015
 
March Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

Because of the amount of books I read most months, I don’t get to review everything for the blog. The Mini Review Catch Up is my place to give you a little information about some of my other reads and whether or not I would recommend them without going into tons of detail. These are a good sampling of the books I read in March and I’ll let you know whether they were good, (not so) bad, or just plain ugly!     Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with Fantasy elements Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by Balzer [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 10, 2015 at 12:15 pm
Mar 272015
 
Group Review: Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef

Wind Catcher by Jeff & Erynn Altabef Book #1 in The Chosen Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology Publication Date: March 2015 Publisher: Evolved Publishing, LLC Synopsis from Goodreads: Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense. When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 27, 2015 at 7:00 am
Mar 242015
 
Release Day Review: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle

Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 24th 2015 ARC Provided by Harper Voyager Impulse and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up – desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain – her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm
Mar 202015
 
Revew: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead Book #6 in Bloodlines series Genre: Urban Fantasy YA Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Razorbill Publishing   Synopsis from Goodreads: The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here… Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 20, 2015 at 8:19 am
Mar 182015
 
New Release Review: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire

Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire Book #4 in InCryptid Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by DAW Synopsis from Goodreads: Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm. Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered. Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 18, 2015 at 9:01 am
Mar 132015
 
Revew: There Will be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens   Synopsis from Goodreads: In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon. All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 13, 2015 at 8:37 am
Mar 122015
 
Giveaway: Midnight Crossroad  (Midnight, Texas, #1)  by Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris became a household name when her #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels became the inspiration for HBO’s hit drama “True Blood.” Last year, Harris delighted fans once again with MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first book in an all-new series that takes place in the same world as a Sookie Stackhouse—a place where the paranormal exists alongside the ordinary. It became an instant New York Times bestseller and left readers anxiously anticipating the release of the second installment, DAY SHIFT, on May 5, 2015.  MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD is perfect for readers of all genres and has all the elements [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 12, 2015 at 6:00 am
Mar 052015
 
Group Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

    Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs Genres: Urban Fantasy Anthology Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Ace Books and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger… A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends… Includes the new stories: Silver, Roses in Winter, Redemption, and Hollow.   Our Review – 4 Skulls – B+ The ladies of Badass gather to give [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 5, 2015 at 9:18 am
Mar 032015
 
Release Day Group Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

  Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Book #4 in Alpha & Omega Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: March 3rd 2015 ARC Provided by Ace Books Synopsis from Goodreads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way… Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 3, 2015 at 7:22 am
Mar 022015
 
Review: Briggs Does Fantasy - Masques and Wolfsbane

Review Masques (Aralorn #1, Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs Wolfsbane (Aralorn #2, Sianim #4) by Patricia Briggs                Genre: Fantasy Publication Dates: 1993 (Ace), 2010 (Ace), 2011 (Ace and Science Fiction Book Club), 2012 (Ace and Orbit) Goodreads blurb: Before Patricia Briggs penned her bestselling Mercy Thompson series, she cut her authorial teeth on a medieval fantasy called Masques. In it we meet Aralorn, a shapeshifter who fled her noble existence for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. A jewel in the rough, Masques promised a sequel that never saw the light of day…until now. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 2, 2015 at 7:00 am