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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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Sep
11

Quickie Review: Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian

Quickie Review: Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian Our Broken Sky Author: Sarah Harian Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Our Broken Sky is a novella in the Chaos Theory series that retells the story of The Wicked We Have Done from Valerie’s point of view. Valerie is another contestant in the Compass Room. We recommend this to anyone that has read the first book. Considering the nature and span of Our Broken Sky, do not read this unless you have read the first book or it will spoil it for you. It was interesting to see another perspective of the events from The Wicked We Have Done. Valerie is a complex character...
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Sep
4

Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade Black Rook Author: Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding) Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una enjoyed the first book in the new Cornerstone Run trilogy.  Black Rook is a light read with a refreshing werewolf (they call themselves loup garou) mythology and a slowly burning romance. In this world there are several different types of paranormal creatures: loup garou, mages, and vampires.  Brynn is a mage.  Because she is the second child, her powers are less than those of her older twin sister.  Her gift is to have uncontrolled glimpses of the future. The glimpse she sees of Rook standing over the dead body...
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Aug
29

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost The Beautiful Ashes Author: Jeaniene Frost Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una have discovered a new and wonderful series called The Broken Destiny.  The Beautiful Ashes is a new series by Jeaniene Frost and it is fresh, fascinating and fun. First, we really like this mythology.  Angels and demons are the primary focus in this series.  As the series name denotes, it has a strong element of destiny woven into it.  Are you more than your ancestors?  Is destiny truly cast in stone or is it more fluid? In this book, we are given a look at the demon realm, and it...
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Aug
25

Review: Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne

Review: Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne Under the Final Moon Author: Hannah Jayne Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una are not sure, but we have heard that Under the Final Moon may be the last novel in the Underworld Detection Agency series.  Although it has the same humor and witty repartee we have come to enjoy, if this is the last book, we are a little disappointed.  Except for the ending, we did enjoy following Sophie through this most dramatic case of her life: confronting her father who is evil incarnate. This is the book where Sophie finally confronts her father, the devil.  The love triangle between her,...
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