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Feb
27

Review: Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin

Review: Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin Rising Fire Author: Terri Brisbin Reviewer: Una Rating: B What I’m Talking About: Rising Fire is the debut novel in a new fantasy romance series, Stone Circles.  Although it was slow to start, it blossomed into a promising first installment, and I look forward to the next one. The beginning of this novel was like the start of a good chess match: slow to start as the players move their pieces into their battle positions, then once all the pieces are on the board, the excitement begins.  This is how Rising Fire started to me.  It needed some world-building, and pieces needed to evolve and be maneuvered into place. ...
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Feb
19

Listen Up! Audiobook Review: The Will by Kristen Ashley

Listen Up! Audiobook Review: The Will by Kristen Ashley Welcome to my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: The Will by Kristen Ashley Today Una shares with us her audiobook review of The Will by Kristen Ashley. This is Una’s first audiobook review for the blog. Please leave her a comment and let her know what you think! Author: Kristen Ashley Narrator: Hollis McCarthy Audio Speed: Series: Magdalene #1 Source: Audible Studios I admit it. I’m not a big contemporary romance fan. I have read a few in the past that I didn’t like and decided the whole genre wasn’t my thing. After listening to The Will, I have decided that I do like contemporary romances; I’m just...
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Feb
13

Review: Deadeye by William C. Dietz

Review: Deadeye by William C. Dietz Deadeye Author: William C. Dietz Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: I love finding new and interesting mythologies.  Deadeye is the start of what could be a really awesome series.  This futuristic post-apocalyptic detective drama was gripping and intriguing. First off, the world is really interesting.  It’s our world after a terrorist has unleashed a deadly bioweapon.  This infectious bacterium has decimated populations.  There are three groups of survivors: carriers, mutants, and “norms”.  There is some overlap between the first two groups as some of the mutants are also carriers.  In order to protect the norms, the infected were placed into camps.  There are now “norm-run” states...
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Jan
23

Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish Owl and the Japanese Circus Author: Kristi Charish Reviewer: Una Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: It is always exciting to start a new series and especially one by a new author.  I never know what to expect and that is part of the thrill and adventure of volunteering to read an ARC.  I had no idea what to expect, but what I found was a gripping and nail-biting adventure in Owl and the Japanese Circus. The story begins with Alix, though for most of the novel you know her as Owl.  She is on the run from vampires but won’t let it stop her from finding a spot...
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Jan
9

Review: Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski

Review: Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski Billy and the Cloneasaurus Author: Stephen Kozeniewski Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Billy and the Cloneasaurus is a fascinating satire set within a science fiction story.  The story is gripping, darkly humorous, and interesting, though there are parts that did not sit well with me. I enjoyed how the novel made me think and the journey of self-discovery that our hero embarked on.  I also enjoyed how the author balanced the rather gruesome details with humor. The story is set in a futuristic world.  I’m not sure if it is post-apocalyptic, but it is certainly dystopian.  It reminds me of 1984 or Fahrenheit 451, but it...
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Dec
30

Review: Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan

Review: Catching a Man by Elizabeth Corrigan Catching A Man Author: Elizabeth Corrigan Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Catching A Man is the new alternate world detective drama by Elizabeth Corrigan.  After reading two of her previous works, I was intrigued by the premise of this one.  Ms. Corrigan did not disappoint in her new Valeriel Investigations series. This world is familiar, yet different.  It feels like the roaring 20’s mixed with the 50’s in an alternate British empire like setting.  I really enjoyed the politics that play along with the societal norms in this different world.  What makes it more poignant is the juxtaposition of our heroine, Kadin.  She is a more...
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Dec
23

Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Review: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin Gunpowder Alchemy Author: Jeannie Lin Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: This is a new series by Jeannie Lin. I’ve read her Pingkang Li mysteries and enjoyed it. I like steampunk and the thought of it being centered in China piqued my interest. Gunpowder Alchemy is a riveting and beautifully written steampunk novel. In this steampunk world the balance between the technology and the historical is well done. The technology is not overwhelming, but there is enough to substantiate the tech and give foundation to the mythology. I enjoyed the logic and the creations that are present. The contrast between the grime of the technology and the...
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Dec
10

Review: The Good Chase by Hanna Martine

Review: The Good Chase by Hanna Martine The Good Chase Author: Hanna Martine Reviewer: Una Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Ms. Martine has done it again with her wonderfully passionate and slowly burning contemporary romance, The Good Chase. The book was a fun and enjoyable read. I have loved Shea since reading Longshot.  Shea is a no nonsense whisky expert who loves and cherishes her Scottish blood.  She is a woman who has learned from the mistakes of her past and is working hard to be the strong independent woman she knows she can be.  Shea is smart and talented, and I found myself connected to her in many ways.  She had been hurt and...
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Oct
31

Review: A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent

Review: A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent A Virtuous Death Author: Christine Trent Reviewer: Una Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: A Virtuous Death is the third novel in the enchanting Lady of Ashes Mysteries.  Although this novel had a slightly different feel from the previous ones, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and the continuing insights into Violet. The novel unwinds slowly.  Violet is still stuck in England and is anxious to return to America to see her daughter, Susanna, get married.  Her husband, Sam, is researching the possibility of starting a dynamite plant in Wales.  As he enters the train station to return to Violet, a massive uprising occurs between the coal miners and the...
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Oct
13

DNF Review: Broken by Traci L. Slatton

DNF Review: Broken by Traci L. Slatton Broken Author: Traci Slatton Reviewer: Una Rating: DNF What I’m Talking About: Broken is the latest release by Traci Slatton. I was intrigued by the premise, but unfortunately I did not care for the book.  Between the contrast of flowery, romantic language and the atrocities of this time period, along with the overt sexual scenes and innuendoes side-by-side with political/historical discussions, I was never able to get into the story and ended up not finishing it. The novel is told from the point of view of the fallen angel Aria.  Since it is told in first person present, I felt as if I was being told what was going...
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