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21

Review: His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta

Review: His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta His Clockwork Canary Author: Beth Ciotta  Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Signet The Glorious Victorious    Darcys #2 ISBN: #978-0451239990 Genre: Steampunk (Paranormal Romance) Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: History is repeating itself. For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from...
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Jun
14

Review: The Magic of "I Do" by Tammy Falkner

Review: The Magic of "I Do" by Tammy Falkner The Magic of I Do Author: Tammy Falkner  Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Faerie #2 ISBN: #978-1402268151 Genre: Historical/ Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      Claire Thorne is a faerie on a mission. When the governing body of her world puts a prohibition on magic, she escapes to the human world and straight into the arms of Lord Phineas Tremble. When he insists on being her crime-solving partner, she does everything she can to get rid of him—until she realizes his gift for smooth talking might come in handy when tracking down a killer. Before long, Finn has...
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May
28

Review: Fall of Night by Rachel Caine

Review: Fall of Night by Rachel Caine Fall of Night Author: Rachel Caine  Release Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: NAL The Morganville Vampires #14 ISBN: #978-0451414250 Genre: YA Paranormal Format(s): Hardcover (352 pgs) Book Source: Publisher About the book:       Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.        Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a...
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Apr
16

Review: A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes

Review: A Most Improper Rumor by Emma Wildes A Most Improper Rumor Author: Emma Wildes  Release Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Signet  Whispers of Scandal #2 ISBN: # 978-0451239587 Genre: Historical Romance Format(s): Paperback (314 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: What is society to do when the diamonds of the first water are caught in compromising situations, one after the other? Can the young ladies survive the season with their reputations intact…or will the scandalous whispers surrounding them bring about the ultimate ruination? Once the toast of the ton, Lady Angelina DeBrooke is no longer known just for her exquisite beauty, but more for her notorious marriages. Dubbed the Dark Angel, she has fallen...
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Apr
5

Review: Sweet Madness by Heather Snow

Review: Sweet Madness by Heather Snow Sweet Madness Author: Heather Snow  Release Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: Signet A Veiled Seduction #3 ISBN: #978-0451239679 Genre: Historical Romance Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: An Untamed Mind Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door. Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between...
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Mar
28

Review: Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent

Review: Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent Lady of Ashes Author: Christine Trent  Release Date: Feb. 26 2013 Publisher: Kensington Lady of Ashes #1 ISBN: #978-0758265913 Genre: Historical Mystery Format(s): Paperback (420 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals.      Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the...
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Jan
1

Before and After… A Year’s Journey by Una

Before and After… A Year’s Journey by Una Twimom has suggested that if I wanted, I could share my weight-loss story with you.  At first, I thought it would be great, that maybe I could help inspire or encourage someone.  Then, after I was looking at the pictures of me through this journey, I was embarrassed and became afraid.  As I would have to admit how I got to be so heavy.  But an end of the year post is an opportunity to look back – not to nitpick and agonize over past wrongs; so the usefulness in seeing where you have been, will guide one where to go in the next year.   Since I was...
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Dec
18

Review: Touch of Steel by Kate Cross

Review: Touch of Steel by Kate Cross Touch of Steel Author: Kate Cross  Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012 Publisher: Signet Clockwork Agents #2 ISBN: #978-0451238825 Genre: Steampunk Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: The Wardens of the Realm are a group with extraordinary abilities, dedicated to protecting England from any threat. But in this steam-powered world, there’s a fine line between enemy and ally… Reeling from her brother’s death, beautiful American spy Claire Brooks has vowed revenge on the member of The Company who she believes to be responsible: Stanton Howard. But when she chases the man to London, Claire is captured by the Wardens of the Realm and placed...
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Dec
11

Review: Magic for a Price by Devon Monk

Review: Magic for a Price by Devon Monk Magic for a Price Author: Devon Monk  Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012 Publisher: ROC Allie Beckstrom #9 ISBN: #978-0451464866 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       For most of her life, Allison Beckstrom has used magic and accepted the heavy price it exacts. But now that all magic is poisoned, it’s no longer just using people—it’s killing them.       With Portland about to descend into chaos, Allie needs to find a way to purify the wells of tainted magic beneath the city. But the only options left to her are grim: attempt to close down magic forever,...
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Nov
15

Review: Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta

Review: Her Sky Cowboy by Beth Ciotta Her Sky Cowboy Author: Beth Ciotta  Release Date: Nov. 6, 2012 Publisher: Signet The Glorious Victorious Darcys #1 ISBN: #978-0451238474 Genre: Steampunk Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family reputation and fortune is to embark on a quest to discover an invention of historical importance in honor of Queen Victoria’s Golden...
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