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Mar
4

Review + Giveaway: Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy

Review + Giveaway: Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy Grave Matters Author: Lauren M. Roy Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: As much as Gikany and Una enjoyed the debut novel, Night Owls, we weren’t sure what to expect in the next book in Night Owls series, Grave Matters.  We are happy to report that we loved it!  It was gripping and compelling and we couldn’t put it down.  We want more! The novel opens with Elly doing a little ghost busting.  When other odd things start happening, our heroes realize something big is going on and they may be the only ones who can stop it.  But the question is will our heroes...
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Feb
25

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Dead Heat Author: Patricia Briggs Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A+ What We’re Talking About: Dead Heat is the fourth book in the phenomenal Alpha and Omega series.  We were stunned by the tightness of this story and how seemly different elements were used to weave a gripping and pathos-rich story together. Three years have passed since Charles and Anna mated.  They have grown together as a couple and we have loved their journey, though it is far from over.  After the revelations made at the end of the last novel, Fair Game, we wondered what was next.  Ms. Briggs did not disappoint.  Charles and Anna are still growing...
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Feb
13

Review: Deadeye by William C. Dietz

Review: Deadeye by William C. Dietz Deadeye Author: William C. Dietz Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I love finding new and interesting mythologies.  Deadeye is the start of what could be a really awesome series.  This futuristic post-apocalyptic detective drama was gripping and intriguing. First off, the world is really interesting.  It’s our world after a terrorist has unleashed a deadly bioweapon.  This infectious bacterium has decimated populations.  There are three groups of survivors: carriers, mutants, and “norms”.  There is some overlap between the first two groups as some of the mutants are also carriers.  In order to protect the norms, the infected were placed into camps.  There are now “norm-run” states...
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Jan
21

Review: Tales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green

Review: Tales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green Tales from the Nightside Author: Simon R. Green Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: This was a real treat to read. Tales from the Nightside is a must read for any fans of the Nightside series. For those unfamiliar with the series, you may enjoy the book, but the stories within Tales from the Nightside contain spoilers for the series…you’ve been warned. Una and Gikany are fans of Simon Green’s work. We enjoy both the Secret History and Ghostfinders series.  We discovered him after his completion of the Nightside series.  Gikany picked up the series and read them all because she was intrigued by the...
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Jan
15

Listen Up! The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin

Listen Up! The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin Welcome to my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: The Grendel Affair Author: Lisa Shearin Narrator: Johanna Parker Audio Speed: 1x Series: SPI Files #1 Makenna Fraser is a newbie at SPI New York and the only seer in the U.S. Although she is human, she has the ability to see through all veils and illusions, allowing her to know a being’s true, hidden nature. With an unknown group of vicious monsters straight out of literature ready to slaughter the Time Square party-goers at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Mak and the entire SPI team are on a race against time to...
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Oct
22

Review: Incarnate by Anton Strout

Review: Incarnate by Anton Strout Incarnate Author: Anton Strout Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: C What We’re Talking About: Incarnate is the third and final book in the Spellmasons Chronicles. We enjoyed this book more than the previous one, however, we still had a couple issues with the novel. Although the world held much promise and the mythology of the stonemasons is fascinating, we felt some of the potential was lost.  Though there is more revealed about the other magical/paranormal factions in this novel, they were not deeply crafted.  The witches, wizards, and alchemists were only peripherally involved in the story.  We were unable to find out much about them and the politics that...
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Oct
20

Review: Black Spring by Christina Henry

Review: Black Spring by Christina Henry Black Spring Author: Christina Henry Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: C+ What I’m Talking About: Warning: Black Spring is the final (for now, according to the author) book in the Black Wings series. I do take this fact into account when assigning my rating of the book. In addition, this review does contain spoilers from the first six books of the series as well as potential spoilers from this book. Madeline “Maddy” Black: former Agent of Death and many-greats granddaughter of Lucifer, pregnant with her son from her recently murdered husband, knows that something dangerous is afoot in her hometown of Chicago. Now that all four of the powerful, god-like...
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Oct
1

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey The Bloodbound Author: Erin Lindsey Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: The Bloodbound is the first novel in the new Bloodbound series. Author Erin Lindsay, aka E.L. Tettensor the author of Darkwalker, is one we both enjoy, so when we saw that Tettensor was branching out into fantasy, we requested the opportunity to review this new series. We were not disappointed! The world of The Bloodbound is an interesting place. The world-building is done slowly and woven throughout the plot of the novel. Although we do not learn everything about the world by the end of the novel, we were able to glean enough to...
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Sep
17

Review: Havoc by Ann Aguirre

Review: Havoc by Ann Aguirre Havoc Author: Ann Aguirre Reviewer: Nima Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Havoc is the second installment of the Dred Chronicles.  It continues to follow main characters Dresdemona  “Dred” Devos a.k.a. Queen Dread and her bio-engineered champion Jael.  I liked these two together in the first book, Perdition, and I like them together even more in this one. The romantic elements were again present, but secondary. I really liked the way intimacy between Dred and Jael was allowed to grow in increments rather than being suddenly there and taken for granted as a typical romance might read. It felt more intimate because of it. They bring a softness and humanity...
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Sep
16

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter The Midnight Queen Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Midnight Queen is like a roller coaster ride, the first climb seems long, but then once the world is established and the characters are in place, the rest is gripping and wonderful.  I think anyone who enjoys fantasy blended with a slowly burning romance in a historical setting will enjoy this new series, Noctis Magicae. I think what gave this novel a slow start was my adjustment to the language.  The language fits the historical setting of the novel, and since I have been reading a more modern novel, I needed time to...
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