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Nov
20

Review: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy The Tears of the Rose
 Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: The Tears of the Rose is the second novel in the Twelve Kingdoms trilogy and focuses on Amelia (Ami) the youngest sister. Though it had a slow start, Gikany and Una were captivated by Ami’s journey from petty princess to powerful queen. The previous novel, The Mark of the Tala focused on Andi, the middle child. Ami and Andi are opposites in many ways.  Andi felt invisible and to a great extent she was.  She was restless and felt like she didn’t belong, her heart yearned for something more.  Ami was...
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Nov
11

Review: Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler

Review: Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler Her Lone Wolf Author: Paige Tyler Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B- What We’re Talking About: Her Lone Wolf is the follow-up novel to Her Perfect Mate, focusing on Clayne, the quick tempered wolf shifter that seems to be a thorn in everyone’s side.  Though Gikany and Una were interested in his story – suspecting that the prickly exterior was due to the loss of his previous partner, the story was not what we were expecting. Firstly, we liked Danica and Clayne, they seem an excellent match for each other.  She is pretty tough and holds her own well without being intimidated by Clayne, whose gruffness and size overwhelms...
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Nov
6

Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan

Review: Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan Tainted Blood Author: M. L. Brennan Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: M.L. Brennan has done it again.  This is another well written, gripping, and emotionally charged novel.  Tainted Blood continues the story of Fort, the unlikely hero and reluctant vampire, as he strengthens his role in his family and the supernatural world. There is so much Gikany and Una want to share about Tainted Blood.  However, to do so would spoil it for readers.  It would also spoil it for those who haven’t read the previous two novels in the American Vampire series.  The novels build on each other as Fort slowly transitions into...
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Oct
28

Review: Eventide by Christine Allen-Riley

Review: Eventide by Christine Allen-Riley Eventide Author: Christine Allen-Riley Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Eventide is the first book in a new young adult series that is quite promising. Gikany and Una enjoyed this slowly building story, becoming completely lost in the heroine’s plight. The story starts very slowly. We are gently introduced to Devon, the pain and grief she is battling after the loss of her best friend, and her understanding that all is not as it seems in her hometown. As the story begins to unfold, we, along with Devon, learn about the Sidhe who live and hunt in the town of Iron Falls. The tragic accidents...
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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
16

Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade

Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade Gray Bishop Author: Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding) Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Gray Bishop is the second novel in the Cornerstone Run trilogy.  This trilogy has a nice balance of reality with aspects of fantasy.  The characters are three dimensional and fascinating, even though some fall to the ax of the author’s pen.  Gikany and Una are enjoying this urban fantasy trilogy. The story begins where the previous novel, Black Rook, left off.  Since this book is mainly from the point of view of Bishop and Jillian, we are able to see the strength of their connection.  They almost feel like Romeo and Juliet...
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Oct
7

Review: A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian

Review: A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian A Vault of Sins Author: Sarah Harian Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: A Vault of Sins is the sequel to The Wicked We Have Done.  This second book had Gikany and Una feeling a little lost, though it was gripping. We liked it but it was not anything that we were expecting. When we left off, Valerie, Evalyn, and Casey had escaped the Compass Room through great pain and sacrifice.  We thought that this second novel would be about the lawsuit the survivors of the Compass Room brought against its engineers, but surprisingly this is not a courtroom drama.  The trial is over in...
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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
23

Review: To Love a King by Shona Husk

Review: To Love a King by Shona Husk To Love a King Author: Shona Husk Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: To Love a King is the third novel in the interesting Court of Annwyn series.  Although this novel is the culmination of the previous books, and major story arc is resolved, the series is far from over.  We wonder what is in store for the future of Annwyn. NOTE: If you have not read the previous two books, there may be mild spoilers for you in this review.  The books in this series build upon each other, even though a different couple is the focal point of each novel.  Read this review...
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Sep
19

Review: House Immortal by Devon Monk

Review: House Immortal by Devon Monk House Immortal Author: Devon Monk Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: House Immortal is the first book in the new House Immortal series by Devon Monk.  As fans of her Allie Beckstrom and Broken Magic series, we eagerly awaited this new science fiction series.  Gikany and Una liked it and hope to see more in the next novel. First, we liked this new world.  It has an altered history from our own and takes place in the future.  The world is an interesting mixture of technology coupled with complications from a meteor strike, giving it some fascinating quirks.  The most noticeable are the Galvanized.  Twelve...
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