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[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 »

[Review] Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend by Angela Roquet

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Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend Angela Roquet Audience: young adult Genre: urban fantasy With a title like Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend, I expected the story to be told from the boyfriend’s perspective. And given the cover, I expected the storytelling style to be more flamboyant, the characters to be more caricatures. Not that there aren’t laughs– there were many giggle-worthy moments– but the writing is ... Read More »

[Review] MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent

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My Soul to Save Rachel Vincent Series: Soul Screamers, #2 (Other Reviews: My Soul to Take) In this second book in the series, the Bean Sidhe crew (Kaylee, Todd and Nash) discover a pop starlet has sold her soul to a devil to achieve her fame and fortune. Literally. The girl has no soul. So Kaylee tries to save her. ... Read More »

ARC [Review] Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

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Dead Set Richard Kadrey As a fan of the Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim novels, I jumped at the chance to pick up a copy of his newest novel, a YA horror/fantasy called Dead Set. If Neil Gaiman and Chuck Palahniuk had a love child, it would look something like Dead Set.  A young heroine has been dropped into a Gaiman ... Read More »

[Review] Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

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HEART OF VENOM Jennifer Estep Heart of Venom is the latest book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. Her main character is barbeque-cooking assassin Gin Blanco. By day Gin is the owner and proprietor of a barbeque joint, and by night she is one of the deadliest assassins in her hometown of Ashland. Dubbed the Spider for her patience, Gin ... Read More »

[Review] Chimes at Midnight – Seanan Mcguire

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CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT Seanan McGuire Chimes at Midnight author Seanan McGuire wrote that according to her, this book marks the start of the second stage in Toby’s journey. I find, after finishing the seventh book in the October Daye series, that I agree. The first few– if you think of six novels as a few– introduced the main hero Toby ... Read More »

[Review] DEATH’S DAUGHTER by Amber Benson

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DEATH’S DAUGHTER Amber Benson genre: urban fantasy Plot Summary: Calliope Reaper-Jones was working a steady job as an admin assistant and living a steady life in New York City, with aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder and buying designer shoes. A blind date goes horribly wrong, and suddenly Callie finds herself as the CEO of Death Inc. Her father– the ... Read More »

[Review] A SHADE OF VAMPIRE by Bella Forrest

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A SHADE OF VAMPIRE Bella Forrest genre: urban fantasy YA Plot Summary: On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to an island ... Read More »

[Review] BLACK MAGIC WOMAN by Justin Gustainis

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BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Justin Gustainis genre: urban fantasy I finally got this book into my reading pile, and I’m so glad I did. It had been too long since I’d read an urban fantasy detective novel. Occult investigator Quincy Morris hires white witch Libby Chastain as a consultant on a case where a family is plagued by a deadly curse– ... Read More »

[Review] OUT FOR BLOOD by Kristen Painter

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OUT FOR BLOOD Kristen Painter Cover Copy: After nearly dying at the hands of the Aurelian, Chrysabelle finds new determination to move beyond life as a comarré. That is until the Kubai Mata bring a new task to her doorstep: rescue the child Tatiana has kidnapped, or Mal becomes enemy number one. My Thoughts: Although this is the fourth book in ... Read More »

[Review] FULL BLOODED by Amanda Carlson

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FULL BLOODED Amanda Carlson Cover Copy: Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared. After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become ... Read More »

[Review] THE GATHERING by Kelley Armstrong

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THE GATHERING Kelley Armstrong YA Cover Copy: Maya lives in a small medical-research town on Vancouver Island. How small? You can’t find it on the map. It has less than two-hundred people, and her school has only sixty-eight students–for every grade from kindergarten to twelve. Now, strange things are happening in this claustrophobic town, and Maya’s determined to get to ... Read More »

[Review] KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Carrie Vaughn

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KITTY AND THE MIDNIGHT HOUR Carrie Vaughn Cover Copy: Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty ... Read More »

[Review] FIRELIGHT by Kristen Callihan

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FIRELIGHT Kristen Callihan Genre: historical paranormal romance Cover Copy: Once the flames are ignited . . . 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 her to ... Read More »

[Review] The Stubborn Dead by Natasha Hoar

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The Stubborn Dead Natasha Hoar Cover Copy: Rachel Miller thought her next job was a run-of-the-mill haunting. As a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums it’s her duty to release trapped spirits from the earthly realm. But when called to client Sylvia Elkeles’s house, she finds a wraith who doesn’t act like he should. The Order considers the wraith an ... Read More »

[Review] PERSONAL DEMON by Kelley Armstrong

[This is the eighth in a series of posts counting down to the last in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, THIRTEEN, set for release July 24, 2012. ~~ 1.BITTEN; 2. STOLEN; 3. DIME STORE MAGIC; 4. INDUSTRIAL MAGIC; 5. HAUNTED; 6. BROKEN; 7. NO HUMANS INVOLVED] PERSONAL DEMON was originally reviewed April 29, 2008: PERSONAL DEMON Kelley Armstrong Series: Women of the ... Read More »

[Review] THE MAGE IN BLACK by Jaye Wells

THE MAGE IN BLACK is book # 2 in the Sabina Kane series, in this week of celebrating Jaye Wells’s exciting debut series. Cover Copy: Sabina Kane doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet ... Read More »

[Review] BLOODED by Amanda Carlson

Cover Copy: Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is-she’s no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring. When she’s brutally attacked right after her fight, is ... Read More »

[Review] EVIL WAYS by Justin Gustainis

[Editor's note: Although Harry filed this review as a "D Review", after considering his review, and that he has many good things to say about the book, and that he recognizes his opinion may have been just a bad mood, I'm filing this review as a "B Review". That seems more fair.] Posted by Harry Markov Title: Evil Ways Author: Justin ... Read More »

[Review] DEADER STILL by Anton Strout

DEADER STILL Simon Canderous Series, Book 2 Anton Strout Penguin/Ace, 2009 Plot Summary: It’s been 737 days since the Department of Extraordinary Affairs’ last vampire incursion, but that streak appears to have ended when a boat full of dead lawyers is found in the Hudson River. Using the power of psychometry—the ability to divine the history of an object by ... Read More »

[Review] ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD by Mark Henry

ROAD TRIP OF THE LIVING DEAD Amanda Feral-Celebrity Ghoul, Book 2 Mark Henry 2009, Kensington Plot Summary: Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to ... Read More »

[Review] WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE by Kim Harrison

WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE The Rachel Morgan Series, Book 7 Kim Harrison Copyright 2009, Eos Publishing Plot Summary: Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade. Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover ... Read More »

[Review] TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

We’re trying something different with our reviews. We’ve broken it down into categories so you can quickly scan for the specific information you want to know. Tell us what you think of this new format in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of TWILIGHT (mass market paperback edition). If you don’t want to win but still ... Read More »

[Review] HARVEST OF CHANGELINGS by Warren Rochelle

Title: “Harvest of Changelings” Author: Warren Rochelle Pages: 320 Publisher: Golden Gryphon “Harvest of Changelings” by Warren Rochelle is an interesting and a very unconventional member of the urban fantasy tradition. His characters are children in the age between nine and thirteen, who are half fey and the story is largely coming of age, but the novel itself should not ... Read More »