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May
25

Sunday Snippet: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book The Mark of the Tala  Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Kensington Released:  May 27, 2014 Genre:   Fantasy Author contact links:   Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads Purchase links:  Amazon, Barnes ‘n Noble Snippet He stood by my bed. His black hair spilled loose over his shoulders, his midnight gaze on me, his face grave. “Beautiful Andromeda—don’t be afraid. I’m here.” He sat beside me and stroked a finger down my cheek. It felt real and warm and I wanted to lean my cheek into his palm, for comfort. “You’re not real,” I whispered, willing myself to wake up. “I am real. The other things are not. They’re just…fragments tossed up...
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Apr
29

Review: Stolen Remains by Christine Trent

Review: Stolen Remains by Christine Trent Stolen Remains Author: Christine Trent Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Stolen Remains is the second novel in the Lady of Ashes Mysteries.  I was wonderfully surprised to find this sequel is as engrossing and interesting as the first novel, Lady of Ashes.  Although I didn’t think I was in the mood for a historical mystery when I picked it up, I found myself completely engrossed and unable to put it down. Violet is a wonderfully characterized heroine.  Clearly a woman who loves what she does, Violet sticks out like sore thumb in Victorian society.  Through the interactions between her and various characters, we learn about the...
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Mar
6

Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep Killer Frost Author: Jennifer Estep Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una are bereft to inform you that we have indeed read the last of the Mythos Academy books.  Killer Frost is a bittersweet read only in that we say goodbye to Gwen and her friends and this rich and wondrous world.  However, Killer Frost is an exceedingly brilliant novel that ties up all the loose ends simply and poignantly. Throughout the Mythos Academy series, Gwen has been the underdog, the unlikely hero.  Surrounded at the Academy by Amazons, Valkyries, Spartans, Ninjas and other great warriors, Gwen is different.  Her magic lies in...
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Oct
13

Sunday Snippet – Under a Spell

Sunday Snippet – Under a Spell    About the Book Under a Spell Author:  Hannah Jayne  Publisher:   Kensington Released:  August 6, 2013  REVIEW HERE Snippet I groaned and grabbed my door, flinging it open.  “Nina, what the hell is go–” “Shhhh!”  I was met by a chorus of angry hisses and then the business end of a megaphone as Nina yelled, “Cut!” directly into my face.  She pinched her icy, bony fingers around my elbow and yanked me into the kitchen, which had miraculously gone from cozy mess to break room chic: our mismatched collection of hand-me-down mugs with unappetizing statements — Carrie for Prom Queen, The Problem is Gonorrhea— had been replaced by an orderly heap of...
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Aug
20

Review: Under a Spell by Hannah Jayne

Review: Under a Spell by Hannah Jayne Under a Spell Author: Hannah Jayne Reviewer: Gikany and Una Rating: B, 3 Stars What we’re Talking About: Under A Spell is the fifth book in the Underworld Detection Agency series.  Sophie is out to uncover a deadly coven and hopefully save a missing teen – by going back to her own personal hell, high school.  It is blatantly clear that the worse part of Sophie’s childhood was high school, and she has absolutely no desire to ever revisit that portion of her life again. First, we liked the last book, Under The Gun, even though we had jumped into the series with that novel.  We must stress again,...
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Aug
2

Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep

Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep Midnight Frost Author: Jennifer Estep  Reviewer: Gikany and Una  Rating: A, 4.5 Stars Here we go again … Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.  As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my...
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Jul
2

Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep

Review: Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep Spartan Frost Author: Jennifer Estep  Release Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Mythos Academy #4.5 ISBN: #978-0758294777 Genre: Young Adult (Urban Fantasy), novella Format(s): E-book Book Source: Purchased with own funds About the book:      I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was–until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.      Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.      I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to...
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Mar
28

Review: Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent

Review: Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent Lady of Ashes Author: Christine Trent  Release Date: Feb. 26 2013 Publisher: Kensington Lady of Ashes #1 ISBN: #978-0758265913 Genre: Historical Mystery Format(s): Paperback (420 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      In 1861 London, Violet Morgan is struggling to establish a good reputation for the undertaking business that her husband has largely abandoned. She provides comfort for the grieving, advises them on funeral fashion and etiquette, and arranges funerals.      Unbeknownst to his wife, Graham, who has nursed a hatred of America since his grandfather soldiered for Great Britain in the War of 1812, becomes involved in a scheme to sell arms to the...
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Mar
12

Review: Froggy Style by J.A. Kazimer

Review: Froggy Style by J.A. Kazimer Froggy Style Author: J.A. Kazimer  Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Books A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale #2 ISBN: #978-0758269133 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (288 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He’s a prince. Handsome. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. But he also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Okay, fine. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him, but whatever. The curse broke, and as long...
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Feb
14

Review: Under the Gun by Hannah Jayne

Review: Under the Gun by Hannah Jayne Under the Gun Author: Hannah Jayne  Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013 Publisher: Kensington The Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles #4 ISBN: #978-0758281104 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      When you’re near the top of the Underworld Detection Agency, the claws really come out…      Quick thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA—along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson asks for help after a mysterious two-year disappearance, she’s determined to find out what high-placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his tail. Of...
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