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Jun
15

Review: Dr. DOA by Simon R. Green

Review: Dr. DOA by Simon R. Green Dr. DOA Author: Simon R. Green Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: A/A- What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una love the Secret Histories series.  It is a fun, tongue-in-cheek, urban fantasy take on James Bond.  We love that no matter how grueling or arduous a mission is, Eddie always finds a way to overcome and triumph. First, let us say we continue to love the characters, the fascinating world, and the witty banter that are key elements in this series.  Eddie and Molly’s verbal volleys (along with their adventures) are gripping, humorous, and all around great fun.  No matter what mystery or mission is thrown at them, by the...
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Apr
20

Review: The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Review: The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski The Demonists Author: Thomas E. Sniegoski Reviewer: Una Rating: A-/B+ What I’m Talking About: I was intrigued by the premise of The Demonists and picked up this new-to-me author.  The writing and crafting of the overall story and world was mesmerizing, I easily fell into this world of ghosts and demons.  However, there are a few elements that were a bit much for me in this very dark fantasy world. First, I really did like the world Mr. Sniegoski created: the paranormal experts going on a routine haunt call only to have it go horribly, horribly wrong.  I will warn you there is violence, but thankfully it is not gratuitous.  That being...
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Apr
4

Review + Short Story: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter

Review + Short Story: Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter Shadow Rites Author: Faith Hunter Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Picking up a few weeks after the end of the previous story, Shadow Rites finds Jane and Co. at the center of yet another potentially fatal dilemma. Beginning with a magical attack on her house in the middle of the night by unknown witches, it starts with an adrenaline rush and maintains that frenetic pace throughout. Jane has changed over the course of the series, however, and, unlike the impersonal nature she once wrapped herself in so determinedly, there’s an undercurrent of affection in her now that makes her even more compelling. Far from the impulsive...
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Feb
29

Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Author: Anne Bishop Reviewer: B. Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Ever since they encountered The Others, humans have seen them as the monsters who lurked in the dark, and some understood that cooperation—alongside a healthy distance—was beneficial to everyone. Different groups of people, however, became angry in response to that fear and resented not being able to take whatever they wanted. Now, the past is destined to repeat itself, and Meg, Simon, and the rest of the Lakeside Courtyard are the only ones who can keep the human race from being wiped from the world forever. Picking up right where Vision in...
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Feb
9

Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price Grave Visions Author: Kalayna Price Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: After waiting with baited breath for the fourth Alex Craft novel, it is finally here.  Grave Visions was well worth waiting for!  Gikany and Una, although we struggled at times to remember the events of the previous three novels, found ourselves happily immersed in this fascinating world. Although we wished at times that we had reread at least the previous novel, we were able to recall enough of the previous events so that we did not feel lost.  However, it might be useful for other fans to reread the previous books so you have...
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Jan
29

Review + Giveaway: Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter

Review + Giveaway: Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter Blood in Her Veins Author: Faith Hunter Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Although my initial experience with the Jane Yellowrock series was something of a challenge, it has since become one of my all-time favorites. As much as the series has grown, novel by novel, there has always been room for more: the personal history of the characters, the addition of a curtain call for some of the stories, contributions to other anthologies, and so on. With the publication of Blood in Her Veins, Ms. Hunter has been remarkably generous in her willingness to give her readers what they’ve asked for by gathering all of these...
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Oct
14

Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher The Aeronaut’s Windlass Author: Jim Butcher Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B What I’m Talking About: The Aeronaut’s Windlass follows a group of inexperienced, youthful soldiers who fate pairs with an honorable yet disgraced veteran, as they battle a powerful enemy on multiple fronts. Fighting along side this group is a pair of etherealists, individuals who are sensitive to the ether waves, giving each unique talents, but at the cost of eventual insanity. Additionally this world is home to clans of cats, who have the ability to communicate and are intelligent, yet mostly apathetic to the plight of humans. The protagonists live on Spire Albion, a closed off world that...
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Sep
16

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk Crucible Zero Author: Devon Monk  Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B+ What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una are a little sad that the House Immortal trilogy has come to an end.  We really loved the world and characters and although this novel wrapped up a little too quickly for our tastes, we still liked it. We have to say that Ms. Monk really took us for a ride in this world.  The story never went where we expected it to and we really liked how the story unfolded and the directions it went.  The characters were endearing and the world was fascinating.  We are sad that what we...
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Aug
12

Review: Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan

Review: Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan Dark Ascension Author: M.L. Brennan Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: A What We’re Talking About: Ms. Brennan has done it again!  Dark Ascension, the continuing saga of Fort, the reluctant vampire, remains exciting, riveting, and fascinating.  If you haven’t tried the Generation V series, you are seriously missing out. Although Dark Ascension is a transitional novel, Ms. Brennan sacrifices nothing despite all of the change that occurs in this rich and vibrant world.  Fort’s world goes through some dramatic changes, which we would love to share, but we don’t want to ruin the novel for you.  As the story progresses, we are exposed to different supernatural species and learn...
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Jun
15

Review: From a Drood to a Kill by Simon R. Green

Review: From a Drood to a Kill by Simon R. Green From a Drood to a Kill Author: Simon R. Green Reviewer: Gikany & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Mr. Green has done it again.  From a Drood to a Kill is another witty, exciting, and enjoyable Secret Histories adventure filled with quirky characters, humorous banter, and nail-biting adventure. Despite some tragedy in From a Drood to a Kill, the novel follows what we normally expect from Mr. Green.  He has the most amazing ability to tie his different worlds together.  It is so enjoyable to see the connections between the Secret Histories, Nightside and Ghost Finders series.  The humor and dry wit that are characteristic of the...
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