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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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Mar
10

Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs Night Broken Author: Patricia Briggs  Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una are huge Patricia Briggs fans and we absolutely adore the Mercy Thompson series.  The latest release, Night Broken, was different from the previous offerings and yet just as wonderful! Although it is possible to read Night Broken as a stand-alone, we don’t recommend it. The series is so well written, we suggest picking up Moon Called, the first in the series, to introduce you to this world.  This is a very rich and well-woven series.  Night Broken is so wonderful because of the journeys that have brought us to this point....
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Feb
20

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Lauren M. Roy

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Lauren M. Roy Today’s post comes from Lauren M. Roy, author of Night Owls. I discovered roleplaying games in college. My boyfriend’s group welcomed me in, let me borrow a pile of sourcebooks,  and invited me to roll up a character. I fell immediately in love with it – you got to play in in fantasy worlds, exploring your choices and their consequences, sometimes changing the world as you know it. It wasn’t long before the GM itch struck, making me want to run a game of my own. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was learning a lot about writing and story structure while putting my friends’ characters through...
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Feb
20

Review: Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy

Review: Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy Night Owls Author: Lauren M. Roy  Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Night Owls is the debut novel of Ms. Lauren M. Roy.  Gikany and Una never know what to expect when we pick up a debut author.  We were sublimely surprised by this first novel in the Night Owls series and look forward to more. The first element we must comment on is the mythology and world-building – an integral aspect in a first in a series novel.  It is the varied and fresh mythology of Night Owls that hooked us.  We are pleasantly surprised that the “creeps” described in the book blurb are...
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Nov
5

Review: Hellhound by Nancy Holzner

Review: Hellhound by Nancy Holzner Hellhound Author: Nancy Holzner Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Ah… the long awaited follow up to Darklands has finally arrived. Hellhound opens a couple of weeks after the dramatic conclusion of Darklands, which brought us two major events. First – Vicky’s deceased father has returned from the dead, inhabiting the body of the white falcon of Hellsmoor, a magical bird that Mallt-y-Nos, aka the Night Hag or Mistress of the Hounds, wants badly. And second – Vicky’s love, werewolf Kane, is bound to the Night Hag and will become one of her hellhounds at the next full moon (and every full moon for...
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Oct
28

Review: Black Heart by Christina Henry

Review: Black Heart by Christina Henry Black Heart Author: Christina Henry Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Note: due to the nature of this series where the storyline continues from book to book, there are spoilers from the previous books in this review. When we last saw our heroine Madeline (Maddy) Black, her life was in imminent peril, with the infamous Agency Retrievers coming to destroy her soul. Not only had Maddy left the Agency (something unheard of) where she was an Agent of Death, but she had broken the rules by crossing over into the land of the dead. Black Heart begins at full throttle, and it takes a...
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