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3

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews One Fell Sweep Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewers: Jen & Una Rating: A- What We’re Talking About: Opening three days after the conclusion of the previous book and just days before Christmas, an unauthorized Ku alien makes a ruckus in Dina’s neighborhood, bringing word to Dina that her sister is in grave trouble and needs help. And that’s just the start of Dina’s troubles. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a holy war, with her guests the primary target. One Fell Sweep is another exciting tale set in the wholly original world of the Innkeepers. The unique mythology, complex plotlines, and captivating characters draw us further into this world...
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Dec
23

Review: A Season of Spells Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: A Season of Spells Sylvia Izzo Hunter A Season of Spells Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: It turns out that A Season of Spells is the final book in the Noctis Magicae series.  I was surprised to discover it was a trilogy at the end.  This final book is a perfect end to this enchanting series. Note: There are spoilers from the first two books in this review, but nothing more that what the book blurbs provide. I have thoroughly enjoyed the characters and this world that Ms. Hunter has created.  The mixture of a historical setting, magic, politics and light romance was enchanting.  Though the plight of our...
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Dec
14

Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward Blood Vow Author: J.R. Ward Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Warden has truly brought us back to essence of what made her Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series so addictive at its inception.  Blood Vow is an emotionally charged, grittily gripping, and darkly sensual read. ****Please note that this review may contain spoilers from the previous Black Dagger Legacy (BDL) book as well as from previous BDB novels.**** I fully admit that I am a BDB addict.  Though I was very disappointed in a previous BDB novel that I will not name, I decided to continue the series.  On a whim, I volunteered to read the...
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Dec
7

Review: The Memory Thief by Sarina Dorie

Review: The Memory Thief by Sarina Dorie The Memory Thief Author: Sarina Dorie Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Memory Thief is a different type of steampunk series.  This Victorian era science-fiction novel is an interesting world.  Suffice to say, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one. First, let me say that this was more mystery/adventure romance than science-fiction. Though it is science-fiction, the science and steampunk qualities are in the background. The plight of Felicity in recovering her memories is gripping. The planet and history of the Jomon people is rich and fascinating. I really loved the world I found myself in. The memory moss, the intriguing creatures, and...
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Nov
8

Review: When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

Review: When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall When a Laird Finds a Lass Author: Lecia Cornwall Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: As much as I enjoyed the previous novel, Beauty and the Highland Beast, I truly loved When a Laird Finds a Lass.  Sadly though, Vampbard isn’t able to review this book with me as she is nursing a minor injury so you are stuck with just my thoughts. Just as with the previous story, this novel is based on a fairy tale.  When a Laird Finds a Lass is inspired by The Little Mermaid with a little bit of West Side Story thrown in. I loved how the essence of the fairy...
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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
10

Review: It Must Be Christmas Anthology

Review: It Must Be Christmas Anthology It Must be Christmas Authors: Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward, and Mandy Baxter Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: It may seem a little early for Christmas.  I mean we haven’t even had Halloween.  But, it is certainly not too early for some fun, romantic tales set within the Christmas season.  I thoroughly enjoyed these three holiday novellas. Jennifer Crusie’s title, Hot Toy was my favorite.  I loved the humor and absurdity of it all.  The snarkiness and contrasting elements reminded me of one of my favorite Jennifer Crusie stories, Agnes and the Hitman.  Blend together hectic last minute holiday shopping with romantic pitfalls, and add a dash...
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Jun
22

Review: Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

Review: Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall Beauty and the Highland Beast Author: Lecia Cornwall Reviewer: Una & Vampbard Rating: A What We’re Talking About: A special treat for TWITA fans, a joint review from Una and Vampbard (VB)! Una picked up Beauty and the Highland Beast, simply because Beauty and the Beast is one of her favorite fairy tales.  That it is in a highland setting – win-win (one word: kilts)!  Though she didn’t know what to expect, she was pleasantly surprised by how gripping and compelling this novel was. She thoroughly enjoyed it.  The setting is fascinating; the fairy tale is woven within the story in such a way as to be a subtle...
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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
6

Review: Blazing Earth by Terri Brisbin

Review: Blazing Earth by Terri Brisbin Blazing Earth Author: Terri Brisbin Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: In this third installment of the Stone Circles, the tone of the novel changes. Though I liked the journey of Tolan and Thea, there was a more somber feeling and desperation to the world.  It seems the plight of our heroes has reached a pinnacle in Blazing Earth. ***Please note that this series builds upon the previous novel.  Therefore there may be inadvertent spoilers in this review.  You have been warned.*** This is a tough review to write because I do not want to spoil the novel, but I do feel as if the progression of...
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