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Feb
24

Review: The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin

Review: The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin The Jade Temptress Author: Jeannie Lin  Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: After being enthralled by The Lotus Palace, I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Jade Temptress.  Suffice to say, I was mesmerized by the story of Mingyu and Kaifeng. The story picks up a year after the end of The Lotus Palace.  Mingyu continues to be the Lady of the Lotus Palace and a sought after courtesan.  However, Mingyu is no longer satisfied with her life not that much can change it.  But her life is unexpectedly and forever altered when her longtime patron, General Deng is murdered, and she is the one to...
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Feb
3

Review: Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden

Review: Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden Scarlet Devices Author: Delphine Dryden  Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: After reading Gossamer Wing, I was curious about who the next story would focus on.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that Scarlet Devices is the journey of Matthew and Eliza.  After the espionage and intrigue of Gossamer Wing, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Matthew and Eliza, but I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel in the Steam and Seduction series. Please note: this world is an alternate history; most notably this steam punk is based in a world where the revolutionary war never occurred.  If you are interested in reading this fascinating series, please...
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Jan
29

Review: Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden

Review: Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden Gossamer Wing Author: Delphine Dryden Reviewer: Una Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Gossamer Wing is the debut novel in a new steampunk series.  The Steam and Seduction series is science-light and romance driven, with some espionage on the side. I recommend visiting the author’s website to get an overview of this series before you start Gossamer Wing.  It is advantageous to learn some background that you cannot glean from reading.  This is an alternate universe – one in which the American Revolution did not occur.  Not that this is a key element to the plot line, but it clears up some minor confusion I had while reading regarding...
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Jan
16

Review: The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner

Review: The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner The Magic Between Us Author: Tammy Falkner  Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: The latest novel in the Faerie series, The Magic Between Us, was not exactly what I was expecting.  Although I liked Marcus and Cecelia’s story, reading it was a bit more tedious than the previous two novels.  As much as I found their story compelling – I was confused throughout the novel causing me to reread sections. First let me say, I liked Marcus and sympathized with his struggle.   I was also overcome with pathos over Cecelia’s plight and situation.  I loved how Marcus’s family stepped in to help him follow his heart. ...
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Dec
19

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep Author: Ilona Andrews  Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: The writing team know as Ilona Andrews decided to give their fans (and blog followers) a treat: they released a serial story on their website.  The story started with a girl and her broom and went from there.  Well, the genius that is Ilona Andrews took “a girl and her broom” and turned it into Clean Sweep, a delightful and fascinating tale of a girl, her broom, and a world we could only hope to dream of.  What took place over months, a chapter a week release, is now available as a full e-book.  I did...
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Oct
29

Review: Daylighters by Rachel Caine

Review: Daylighters by Rachel Caine Daylighters Author: Rachel Caine Reviewer: Una Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Wow…I am speechless over the final book in the Morganville Vampires series.  I started this series from reading a novella (how Eve came to be a member of the Glass House) and enjoyed the novella so much, I started the series with the first book.  Daylighters ties this series up with a big red bow it seems.  Although there is the option, if Ms. Caine decides, for us to be able to return to Morganville.  However, the story of Claire and her Glass House friends has come full circle, and I’m happy to say, the...
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Oct
1

Review: Long Shot by Hanna Martine

Review: Long Shot by Hanna Martine Long Shot Author: Hanna Martine  Reviewer: Una Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Long Shot is the premier novel in the new Highland Games series by Hanna Martine.  In short, for a non-contemporary lover like me – I loved it!  I mean, seriously, what’s not to love; men in kilts showing off skills and serious muscles = melt! As I have said before, I prefer my romance with some paranormal or fantasy element blended in, if not at least some murder or mystery.  I typically do not read strict contemporary romance.  However, when I saw that Ms. Martine was starting a new series with men in kilts, I...
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Sep
19

Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin The Lotus Palace Author: Jeannie Lin  Reviewer: Una Rating: A, 4.5 Stars What I’m Talking About: The Lotus Palace is the first novel in a new Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin.  Ms. Lin is a new-to-me author, and I am so excited to have volunteered for The Lotus Palace.  Suffice to say, I was enchanted, engaged and enthralled, the three E’s to which lead to me absolutely loving a new book.  This story reminds me in a way of Pretty Woman crossed with L.A. Confidential and yet is solely its own.  A hauntingly beautiful love story crossed with a fascinating detective drama, all of which seems impossible and...
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Sep
5

Review: Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt

Review: Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt Shivering Sands Author: Victoria Holt Reviewer: Una Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: I was surprised to find that this novel, Shivering Sands is not a new book but a republished one.  That being said, this is not the type of historical novel I read.  I enjoy historical mysteries and suspense along with historical romances.  My problem with Shivering Sands is the narration.  I find the main character too focused on the trivial while not conveying items or snippets of importance.  I feel as is Caro is giving us a stream of consciousness account of a past experience.  In many ways I feel this novel to attempt to be...
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Aug
21

Review: Breath of Iron by Kate Cross

Review: Breath of Iron by Kate Cross Breath of Iron Author: Kate Cross Reviewer: Una Rating: B+, 3.5 Stars What I’m Talking About: Breath of Iron is the third installment in the Novels of the Clockwork Agents series.  This steampunk series continues to fascinate me while still raising my blood pressure with sizzling romance.  Since meeting Evie in the first novel, Heart of Brass, I have been eager to see her find her happily ever after.  Especially after noting the tension between her and Mac in the previous novel, Touch of Steel, I couldn’t wait to read this one.  Although there are few things that detracted, I did enjoy reading Breath of Iron. Evie is a doctor...
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