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Dec
23

Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin Gunpowder Alchemy Author: Jeannie Lin Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: This is a new series by Jeannie Lin. I’ve read her Pingkang Li mysteries and enjoyed it. I like steampunk and the thought of it being centered in China piqued my interest. Gunpowder Alchemy is a riveting and beautifully written steampunk novel. In this steampunk world the balance between the technology and the historical is well done. The technology is not overwhelming, but there is enough to substantiate the tech and give foundation to the mythology. I enjoyed the logic and the creations that are present. The contrast between the grime of the technology and the...
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Dec
22

Review: Schooled by Lorelei James

Review: Schooled by Lorelei James Schooled Author: Lorelei James Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Lorelei James is THAT author. She takes a married couple, puts them in a ‘real-world’ situation, and shows how said pair evolves as a couple. Schooled, a novella in the Mastered series, gives us one more glimpse at Amery and Ronin—one of my favorite couples of 2014. Amery and Ronin went through their issues in Bound and Unwound. They got their happily ever after, and this novella is a glimpse into how a real couple deals with things that come up, things that challenge their relationship. They communicate. They try to figure things out. Most of all,...
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Nov
19

Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton

Review: Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton Holiday on Ice Author: Jaci Burton Reviewer: Nima Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Holiday on Ice is a little Christmas gift from Burton to her readers.  It’s the kind of little novella that you can pick up and finish during the holiday chaos when you just need a moment to yourself.  It’s a bit of Christmas spirit, a little winter fun, and a lot of steamy, um… recreation. Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer is on the New York Traveler’s professional hockey team with Drew Hogan of Burton’s earlier novel Melting the Ice. He has some recent history with Stella Slovinski who has just landed one of the dance leads in...
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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
9

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare Beauty and the Billionaire Author: Jessica Clare Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A What I’m Talking About: One. Sitting. I read Beauty and the Billionaire in one sitting. You know those memes all over Facebook – ‘I decided staying up all night to finish my book was more important than being mentally present today,’ MmHmm. That’s me. Because the book was THAT good. This is kind-of based on one of my Disney favorites, Beauty and the Beast. Um. WAY better adult version of the tale though. We all know the trope. Physically & emotionally damaged dude falls for the girl. Doesn’t think he worthy (may actually have people taunting that he’s...
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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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Sep
22

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter

Review: Black Water by Faith Hunter Black Water Author: Faith Hunter Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Jane Yellowrock is back in this trio of short stories that go a long way toward easing the wait between full-length novels. Told from Jane’s perspective, they provide a more thorough look at some previously seen minor characters, introduce a few brand new ones, give readers a glimpse of a younger Jane just starting out, and reaffirm that, no, she really doesn’t get any down time. Ever. They’re also a good reminder that Jane is adept when it comes to vengeance, and that, very often, retribution is extremely satisfying. “Black Water,” which takes place between Blood...
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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
15

Review: The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield

Review: The Inheritance by Olivia Mayfield The Inheritance Author: Olivia Mayfield Reviewer: Una Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Originally released as a series of six novellas, The Inheritance has now been released as a full novel.  I did not read the story in the novella format and this review is for the full novel only.  The premise piqued my interest, but the suspense/mystery was overwhelmed by the romance in some ways. I was intrigued by this detective suspense story to only find out that it is set within a romance.  The story of Andrew and Maggie is compelling.  Two long lost high school sweethearts who are reconnected by an odd will that pits them...
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