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 102014
 
Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: June 10, 2008 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion     Synopsis from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it’s not his attitude that’s the problem: it’s the trail of magical accidents – lately, disasters – that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control. After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys’ school on the coast of Maine. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 10, 2014 at 8:33 am
Sep 092014
 
Release Day Review: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia Genres: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 9th 2014 ARC Provided by Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting. Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Sep 032014
 
New Release Group Review: The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey

The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey Book #6 in Sandman Slim Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Voyager Synopsis from Goodreads: Sandman Slim must save himself-and the entire world-from the wrath of some enraged and vengeful ancient gods in this sixth high-octane adventure in the New York Times bestselling series Being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude-not to mention temporarily playing Lucifer-James Stark aka Sandman Slim has made a few enemies. None, though, are as fearsome as the vindictive Angra Om Ya-the old gods. But their imminent invasion is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Aug 232014
 
New Release Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Razerbill (Hardcover Purchased through Amazon.com) Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.  In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 222014
 
Early Review: Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake

Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake Book #1 in Baba Yaga Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 2nd 2014 ARC Provided by Berkley and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them… Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 22, 2014 at 10:45 am
Aug 212014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Paranormal - The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Paranormal for August so we decided on the new series debut from fan-favorite Jeaniene Frost! This one worked a little better for AH than it did for me, but we both plan to continue on in the series. The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost Book #1 in Broken Destiny Genres: New Adult Paranormal Publication Date: August 26th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin HQN Synopsis from Goodreads: In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 21, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 192014
 
Release Day Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong Book #2 in Cainsville Genres: Paranormal Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: August 19th 2014 ARC Provided by Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown. Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 142014
 
New Release Group Review: Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells

Cursed Moon by Jaye Wells Book #2 in Prospero’s War Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 12th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone’s emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon’s impact is especially strong for Kate who’s wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon. After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 14, 2014 at 8:58 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 312014
 
New Release Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

New Release Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep Book 11 in The Elemental Assassins series Release date: July 22, 2014 Book provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 31, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 302014
 
Review: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire Book #1 in Ghost Stories Genres: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: May 6th 2014 Book Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running. They have names for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 30, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 292014
 
Release Day Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Book #7 in the Kate Daniels series Release date: July 29, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy ARC provided by Ace Hardcovers and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 7:11 am
Jul 142014
 
New Release Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica

New Release Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica Release date: June 24, 2014 Genre: Fantasy Book 1 of a 3 book trilogy Book provided by NetGalley and MacMillan-Tor/Forge Synopsis from Goodreads: One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 112014
 
New Release Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen Synopsis from Goodreads: Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell. The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Jul 112014
 
Early Review: Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry

Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry Book #2 in All Our Pretty Songs Genre: Young Adult Magical Realism Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by St. Martin’s Griffin and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia–the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs–and how their fates became intertwined. Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 10:38 am
Jul 102014
 
Early Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Black Rook by Kelly Meade Book #1 in Cornerstone Run Trilogy Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by InterMix and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: She never saw this coming… Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost. Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 10, 2014 at 10:45 am
Jul 092014
 
New Release Review: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #7 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: Jun 17, 2014 For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 7:01 am
Jul 042014
 
New Release Review: (Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: Welcome to Gardnerville. A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies. Except… There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them. Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 4, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 272014
 
New Release Review: Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy

Shaman Rises by C.E. Murphy Book #9 in The Walker Papers Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: June 24th 2014 ARC Provided by Harlequin Luna and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Joanne Walker has two choices: Defeat the enemy…or lose her soul trying. For over a year, Joanne has been fighting the Master—the world’s most abiding evil. She’s sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away…and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne’s beloved Seattle. Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne’s growth come to her doorstep. Before the end, she’ll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 27, 2014 at 10:12 am