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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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Jul
28

Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Magic Breaks Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A What I’m Talking About: NOTE: After seriously struggling on how much to include in my review of this book, I have decided to include a separate section at the end of the review with anything that may be considered a spoiler. After recently completing my “re-read” of the entire Kate Daniels series via audiobooks (check out my post on listening to audiobooks), I was primed and anxious to start Magic Breaks. In fact, probably too anxious: I was downright apprehensive. And when the book opens with a note to readers from the authors stating “some really big things happen...
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Jun
24

Review: White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer

Review: White Heart of Justice by Jill Archer White Heart of Justice Author: Jill Archer Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: The Noon Onyx series just gets better and better.  The third book in the series, White Heart of Justice, takes Noon on a journey with a new set of trials as we learn more about this fascinating world and the people in it. Although we did receive this book for the purpose of an honest review as well as the first book in the series, Dark Light of Day, we purchased the second book, Fiery Edge of Steel to read.  This is a series in which each book builds upon the previous...
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May
29

Review: Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre

Review: Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre Silver Mirrors Author: A.A. Aguirre Reviewer: Nima Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Silver Mirrors is the second book in the Apparatus Infernum series by Ann Aquirre and her husband Andres, together known as A.A. Aquirre. It picks up where book one left off. I recommend reading this series in order. There is significant (steampunk) world building that is better understood by taking the books in sequence. The supernatural plays an even bigger roll in this book than the first, as we discover just what makes this world go, even more than steam engines and mechanicals. Most of the action in Silver Mirrors takes place outside of the city...
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Mar
21

Review: Shadowbound by Dianne Sylvan

Review: Shadowbound by Dianne Sylvan Shadowbound Author: Dianne Sylvan  Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Shadowbound is the fifth book in The Shadow World series.  We found this release to be primarily transitional with one heck of a shock near the end that still has us reeling.  Gikany and Una will attempt to give our review without spoiling this huge game changer. Please note that this review contains spoilers for those who have not been following the series.  The Shadow World series builds book by book and therefore, you really need to read this series from the beginning.  You have been warned. Gikany and Una really wished we had reread...
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Mar
20

Review: Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Review: Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris Dawn’s Early Light Author: Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: The third full-length tale from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences begins shortly after the conclusion of the second book, with Agents Wellington (Welly) Books and Eliza Braun en route to America. This is Books first official mission as a field agent, although he’s been through the routine a few times with Eliza. The pair are being sent to America to help with a case, but more importantly, to stay out of the limelight back home while there is some heat on the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences following their last case. While...
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