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Nov
9

Review: Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion

Review: Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion Rule Breaker Author: Kat & Stone Bastion Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Touted as a modern day Romeo and Juliet story, I was intrigued. I’ve always been a huge sucker for Shakespearean redux. An earlier story, modeled on the Bard’s R&J was West Side Story.  Here endeth your literature lesson. I promise. I did see a few parallels to these other stories, but what I never expected was two stories of personal growth and personal acceptance. What a message to convey to readers. While Mase and Leilani both come from vastly different worlds, the racial bias, and familial expectations are something we all struggle to overcome....
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Nov
1

Review: The Tides of Bára by Jeffe Kennedy

Review: The Tides of Bára by Jeffe Kennedy The Tides of Bára Author: Jeffe Kennedy Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: This is going to be a pretty vague review as The Tides of Bara is in essence a transitional novel.  It follows Oria and Lonen as they flee Bara and attempt to reach the Destrye.  Although if felt like nothing really happened, Gikany and Una liked it. When we say that very little happened, we mean that none of the overarching plot lines are resolved.  There is a touch of action, quite of a bit travel, and a steamy interaction, but really, Oria and Lonen travel from Bara to Dru. What does...
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Oct
26

Review + Blog Tour: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson

Review + Blog Tour: Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson Of Flame and Light Author: Cecy Robson Reviewers: Gikany and Una Rating: B What We’re Talking About: Gikany and Una have been anticipating this novel since we met Taran in the first Weird Girls novel, A Curse Awakened. We loved this mouthy, confident woman. We found it fascinating to see the world of the Wird sisters through Taran’s eyes. Taran’s persona is just a façade. Taran’s history (which we hope to learn more about in future books) has taught her to show a tough-as-nails façade to hide her brittle self-esteem. She is terrified of being in love. This fact is illustrated through her frustrating relationship with Gem. One would...
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Oct
23

Sunday Snippet: The Tides of Bara by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: The Tides of Bara by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book The Tides of Bara    Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Self-published Released:  October 29, 2016 Series:   Sorcerous Moons #3 Genre:  Fantasy Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Smashwords REVIEW TO COME Snippet “We have to go back across the bay,” she said more loudly. “I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that,” he told her easily. “I can’t go to Dru.” “I think you’ll find that you can, because that’s where I’m taking you.” “You’re taking me to Lousá. Or one of the other sister-cities. I’m not sure which is closest.” “Uh huh.” Finished with the stallion’s grooming, Lonen checked his hooves for any...
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Oct
19

Review: Teeth Long and Sharp Anthology

Review: Teeth Long and Sharp Anthology Teeth Long and Sharp Authors: Grace Draven, Antioch Grey, Aria M. Jones, Jeffe Kennedy, Mel Sterling Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Teeth Long and Sharp is a chillingly lovely collection of short stories.  Each one stands alone and not everyone has a happy ending – well, depending on which character you align with.  Fascinating, suspenseful, ironically witty, this collection is perfectly timed for a Halloween reading. Ivories was a very short snippet of a contemporary story.  It reminded me of an impressionist painting, you are able to interrupt or derive what you will from it.  As I saw it, the girl and the piano had a...
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Oct
18

Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian

Review: Defy the Dawn by Lara Adrian Defy the Dawn Author: Lara Adrian Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B- What I’m Talking About: Picking up immediately after the conclusion of Bound to Darkness, Defy the Dawn shares the story of Brynne, a day-walking, Breed female who was created by a madman, and Zael, an Atlantean defector who has formed a loose alliance with the Order. After losing her job for secretly helping the Order (last book), Brynne agrees to work with the Order as they go after Opus Nostrum, the terrorist group out to cause mayhem and chaos all over the globe. Meanwhile, Zael can no longer contain his desire for and admiration of Brynne, but his...
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Oct
17

Review: Fish out of Water by Hailey Edwards

Review: Fish out of Water by Hailey Edwards Fish Out of Water Author: Hailey Edwards Reviewer: VampBard Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: If you haven’t been following my reviews of Hailey Edwards’ Black Dog books, GO! GET ON THAT! Fish Out of Water is a plot resolution from the spinoff Gemini series, featuring Cam. It DEFINITELY needs to be read after Hell or High Water—seriously, don’t mess with the series order, folks. I had a lot of questions about Harlow at the conclusion of the third title in the Gemini series, and Fish Out of Water clears them all up for me. It was super nice to see Harlow again. I must admit, I really adore...
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Oct
16

Sunday Snippet: Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Sunday Snippet: Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin  About the Book Savage Mafia Prince    Author:  Annika Martin Publisher:   Self-published Released:  October 11, 2016 Series:   A standalone Dangerous Royals romance Genre:  Contemporary/Dark Mafia Romance Author contact links:   Website Purchase links:  Amazon, ARE, GP, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Smash Snippet This is from Chapter 1: the heroine is a reporter who is an undercover reporter investigating a drug ring at an institute for the criminally insane. This is her first day on the “job”… “They’re ready for 34,” says Donny, creepy king of the orderlies. “Come on,” Nurse Zara says. “What’s 34?” “Patient 34,” Zara says. “Come on.” He doesn’t get a name? I grab the cart and push it down...
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Oct
10

Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster Mission: Improper Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: In the three years since the rebellion, the queen has instituted reforms that give more power to the humans, Mechs, and non-blue bloods, while diminishing the control of the Echelon. This isn’t sitting well with some, and there have been a series of unsolvable crimes aiming to lessen the queen’s effectiveness as ruler. The Duke of Malloryn has taken it upon himself to solve the mystery and put an end to the terror. He’s assembled a team of elite to find out what group has been causing riots and problems. Caleb Brynes, a highly respected...
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Oct
9

Sunday Snippet: Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life by Maha Erwin

Sunday Snippet: Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life by Maha Erwin  About the Book Intomesee: In Pursuit of a Passionate Life Author:  Maha Erwin Publisher:   self-published Released:  July 31, 2016 Series:   Standalone Genre:  Chick-lit Snippet Aimée flicked open her serviette and laid it on her lap. “Food, career, relationships, I just want to do the right thing.” “The right thing to do, lovey,” Kasey said, “is to stop worrying and take a sip of your wine.” “Drink your bottles until you drown in the red sea.” She snapped at him. He yanked the offending drink from her hand and dumped it into his own glass. “There’s something you’re not telling me,” he probed. “To be honest,” she hesitated, “I’m mad at myself. Matador, Taurus,...
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