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May
31

Sunday Snippet: The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book The Talon of the Hawk   Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Kensington Released:  May 26, 2015 Series:   The Twelve Kingdoms #3 Genre:  Fantasy Romance Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Barnes ‘N Noble REVIEW HERE Snippet “You’re worried,” Harlan commented quietly to me after we’d ridden for a time, still unrested and fed only from our much-reduced provisions. I gave him a sidelong glance. “Being worried would imply that I lack confidence in our forces. I am…thinking.” He made a snorting sound. “Not much of a distinction. How’s the head?” “Fine.” “You’ve lost color. You need to rest.” “Thank you, Mother.” Harlan raised his...
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May
21

Review: The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy The Talon of the Hawk Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Since the first book, The Mark of the Tala, we have been eagerly awaiting Ursula’s book.  The Talon of the Hawk was originally to be the final book in this trilogy, but the good news is that this trilogy is now the Twelve Kingdoms series.  However, Ursula’s book wasn’t quite what we expected and both Gikany and Una were torn about it. Ms. Kennedy has an amazing ability to truly capturing a character.  The books in this series are told from the point of view of one of the three sisters. ...
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Apr
28

Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep Cold Burn of Magic Author: Jennifer Estep Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: Cold Burn of Magic is the debut novel in Ms. Estep’s new Black Blade young adult series.  Gikany and Una loved it!  This is a fabulous start to a great urban fantasy series. As some of you will know, we loved Ms. Estep’s previous young adult series, The Mythos Academy.  When we heard she was writing a new series, we knew we had to read it.  We enjoyed this fresh and interesting new world.  The mafia element mixed with monsters and magic was fascinating.  We enjoyed how magic worked in this world,...
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Apr
26

Sunday Snippet: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Sunday Snippet: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep  About the Book Cold Burn of Magic    Author:  Jennifer Estep Publisher:   Kensington (K-Teen) Released:  April 28, 2015 Series:   Black Blade #1 Genre:  Young Adult (Urban Fantasy) Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iBooks, Indiebound, Kobo Snippet I left the row houses behind and stepped onto a gray cobblestone bridge that arched over the Bloodiron River. Three Xs had been carved into a stone set into the short column that fronted the left side of the bridge. A clear warning. Another monster, this way comes. I paused in the middle of the bridge, just before I would cross over to the far...
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Mar
27

Review: The Mourning Bells by Christine Trent

Review: The Mourning Bells by Christine Trent The Mourning Bells Author: Christine Trent Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Mourning Bells, the fourth installment in the Lady of Ashes Mysteries, is haunting and gripping.  Though Violet seemed a bit slow on the uptake on some of the clues in this novel, she continues to be a gripping, unique, sensitive, and unconventional sleuth. First off, I continue to love Violet.  She is a fairly down-to-earth woman, for the Victorian era.  I love that she fusses over her appearance (and the extra pounds she seems to be fighting).  These qualities help to humanize her and allow me to truly connect to her.  Despite her insecurities,...
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Nov
23

Sunday Snippet: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book The Tears of the Rose   Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Kensington Released:  November 25, 2014 Series:   The Twelve Kingdoms #2 Genre:  Fantasy Romance Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, BAM, Barnes ‘N Noble, Indie Bound, Zola Snippet “At a loss, Princess?” An amused voice hissed the question in my ear. Startled, I turned. Then stepped back. The White Monk stood close enough that I saw his face clearly, despite the shadows of the cowl. His features were harsh but not misshapen. A strong nose with a high bridge dominated his face, sharp lined like his jaw. The spider legs of scars crawled over one...
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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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Oct
31

Review: A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent

Review: A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent A Virtuous Death Author: Christine Trent Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: A Virtuous Death is the third novel in the enchanting Lady of Ashes Mysteries.  Although this novel had a slightly different feel from the previous ones, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and the continuing insights into Violet. The novel unwinds slowly.  Violet is still stuck in England and is anxious to return to America to see her daughter, Susanna, get married.  Her husband, Sam, is researching the possibility of starting a dynamite plant in Wales.  As he enters the train station to return to Violet, a massive uprising occurs between the coal miners and the...
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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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May
27

Review: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy The Mark of the Tala Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: The Mark of the Tala is the premier novel in the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms.  Gikany and Una enjoy fantasy and this trilogy looked like it would be right up our alley.  We liked The Mark of the Tala and are intrigued by the world and the very diverse sisters.  Although it was a bit abrupt at the end, we eagerly look forward to the next novel. Our introduction to this world is through the middle of three sisters, Andromeda, nicknamed, Andi.  She is neither the most beautiful nor a...
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