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Interrogate the Author starring Jaye Wells! And Dirty Magic!

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Vicki Pettersson described DIRTY MAGIC as having “a magical world so fully realized, and so gritty, it gets under your nails“, and I agree. You can see my full review here. When I was given the opportunity to interview interrogate Jaye, of course I had to say yes. After all, that’s part of what we do here. But beyond that, there’s ... Read More »

Children’s Authors Read Their Bad Reviews [Video]

I was once asked in a job interview “What’s the best thing about the Internet?” My reply: “That anyone can post anything.” I was then asked “What’s the worst thing about the Internet?” My reply was the same, “That anyone can post anything.” Book reviews are prime example of this. It’s great that people read books and have opinions, but ... Read More »

ARC [Review] DIRTY MAGIC by Jaye Wells

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DIRTY MAGIC Jaye Wells Series: Prospero’s War #1 audience: adult genre: urban fantasy Publisher: Orbit Date: January 21, 2014 Acquired: author Reviews of the books I love are the hardest to write of all. I have to keep a lid on the fan-girl long enough to write something coherent about the book, and yet I don’t want to keep the ... Read More »

Seeing Double: Two covers, same art. Doh!

So I was cruising through NetGalley this morning when I stumbled upon this face-palm:   Two different books, aimed at two different audiences– same photo used for both. How do you feel about this? Does it bother you to see the same photo used for multiple covers? Does it keep you from remembering if you’ve read the book or not? Read More »

Pre-Order DIRTY MAGIC by Jaye Wells and you could win a necklace!

Pre-order DIRTY MAGIC and enter for the chance to win this killer prize! The city of Babylon has a drug problem, and it’s up to the MEA to contain it. In this world, drugs are made more dangerous by their magical properties—and so are the drug-dealers. Pre-order DIRTY MAGIC by Jaye Wells and you could be eligible to receive a ... Read More »

[Review] WHITE CAT by Holly Black

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WHITE CAT Holly Black Series: The Curse Workers #1 audience: teen/adult genre: urban fantasy Publisher: Margaret K. McElderrly Books Date: 2010 Acquired: Library Years ago I read Holly Black’s Tithe, and although it was flawed in many of the ways every author’s first novel is flawed, I loved it. Holly Black writes with grit that gets under your skin and ... Read More »

[Indie Power] Immortal Revenge by Mary Abshire (with Giveaway!)


Immortal Revenge Mary Abshire Genre: Urban fantasy Pages: 288 Isbn: 9781616504939 About the Book: Grief stricken Katie Dillinger is on a mission to claim revenge for the death of her lover. In a race against time to find the murderer, Katie reaches out to Riker, a man listed as her boyfriend’s emergency contact. The cold-hearted man comes to Katie’s aid, but ... Read More »

[Review] Undertow by K.R. Conway (and Giveaway!)

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Review coming soon! Undertow (Undertow #1) by K.R. Conway Release Date: 10/18/13 Summary from Goodreads: High school senior Eila Walker knows that good luck skips over her like an Easter Bunny on Speed. So when she inherits her grandmother’s million-dollar Cape Cod home, she is downright shocked. And yeah, her new town isn’t perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow ... Read More »

[Cover Art] Seeing Double: Firelight and Heart of Iron

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There’s something kind of similiar about these two covers: FIRELIGHT Kristen Callihan Darkest London #1 see our review here Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced ... Read More »

Catching up with Sleepy Hollow: episode 109: Sanctuary

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SLEEPY HOLLOW 1.09 Sanctuary I’m loving Sleepy Hollow! The show is really hitting its stride. This week we saw a return to witchcraft (finally!) as Katrina’s storyline was continued and intertwined with the demon, Moloch, in this Thanksgiving episode. By the end of the show we got another intersection, further tightening of the ties between Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane. ... Read More »

ARC [Review] WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? by Ylvis

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WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? Ylvis audience: children (ages 4-8) genre: picture book Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, hardcover, 32 pages Date: December 10, 2013 Acquired: Edelweiss You’ve seen the viral video, now the hunt for that elusive fox can be read to your child over and over and over. Summary: Do you know what the fox says? Based on ... Read More »

Announcing Book Editing Services

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Ready to publish that novel? Want someone to take one more look at it? I’ve reviewed hundreds of novels, a good deal of them self-published, and nearly all of them could have used one more pair of eyes. Beta Reading Services – $10 Full read of up to 60,000 words with write-up provided to author indicating changes that will improve ... Read More »

[Hot Topic] Once Again No Sign of World Book Night in Canada


World Book Night is a celebration of the love of reading. It is an opportunity to gift the love of reading to reluctant readers by giving away free books. It’s celebrated annually in the UK and US on April 23. But not at all in Canada. Even Canada Book Day has fallen by the wayside. I’ve written about this topic ... Read More »

[Review] REAP by Christina Channelle

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Although only novella length fiction, REAP is told in three parts. In part one a girl wakes with no memory of who she is or where she came from. She also can’t speak. She is in a dystopian world where girls can’t go outside for if they do, they are kidnapped or killed. She finds she’s in an apartment with ... Read More »

New Releases: Mark Henry’s PARTS & WRECK and more from Entangled’s Covet!


Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out ... Read More »

[Title Match] SPELL BOUND – Kelley Armstrong vs Rachel Hawkins


Welcome to TITLE MATCH, a new feature at Urban Fantasy Land, where we toss two books of the same title into the ring and you vote for the story that best fits– or for your favourite. We’re not picky. It’s all in fun. (No authors are actually hurt in this game.) You might get to know a new book or two! ... Read More »

[Hot Topic] BITTEN Trailer: Who’s afraid of the new TV show?

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Have you seen the Bitten trailer? What do you think? Tell us in the comments. ‘Who’s afraid of the big blonde wolf?’ That’s the tagline being promoted with the new TV series based on Kelley Armstrong’s novel, BITTEN, and it couldn’t be more appropriate. After viewing the trailer, fans seem to be firmly divided: either they’re wildly looking forward to ... Read More »

BITTEN has an air date!


Official word from Bell Media is Bitten will air on Space TV on Saturday January 11 at 9pm EST (6PM PST). Link to Bell Media release. SyFy has also announced an air date: Monday January 13 at 9e/10c: @Syfy has announced its premiere date!! Make sure you don’t miss it! Monday, January 13th 9/10c #Bitten #GetBitten! — Laura Vandervoort (@Vandiekins22) ... Read More »

Spring Moon by by HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian (and Giveaway!)


I’m very pleased to share with you this title from Entangled Teen– written by a real live Princess! SPRING MOON HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian Publication: November 5th, 2013 by Entangled Teen  Audience: Teen Genre: urban fantasy About the Book: Amid the expansive plains of Montana, the Lykos Ranch stretches for miles. The inhabitants who live in near isolation from the ... Read More »

[Excerpt] REAP by Christina Channelle (and Giveaway!)

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REAP by Christina Channelle Release Date: 10/11/13 Review coming on Monday! About the Book: Foreign, or rather unfamiliar, would be the word I would use to describe how I felt. Faintly, I could hear the glimmer of voices surrounding me in this dark haze, caressing my ears like skin against silk. I felt like I was in a cocoon of sorts, protectively ... Read More »

[Excerpt] SIX by Rachel Robinson (and Giveaway!)


SIX Rachel Robinson Series: Sundancer #1 Genre: paranormal romance/dystopian Audience: Teen (older teen/crossover) About the Book: Emmalina is an immortal darkling. A half human, half dark witch. Though she was born with all six emotions, she has arrived at her eighteenth birthday and all but one miserable emotion has fled her body. The mission of the dark witches who control the ... Read More »

[Review] WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston

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WONDROUS STRANGE Lesley Livingston Series:  Wonderous Strange #1 audience: Teen genre: urban fantasy I wish I loved this book. There’s a lot about it I really enjoyed: Shakespeare, fairies in New York, Livingston’s down-to-earth and humorous style. But the story is slowed by backstory and explanation, which ultimately delayed me from liking the characters and getting into the story. Previously ... Read More »