Alternate Reality

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An Easy Death

A gun-slinging young woman battling magic-wielders and fellow gunman alike in a wild west setting on an altered historical timeline. Count us in, right? An Easy Death promises everything I could ever want in a book. It only kind of delivers, though. In this first entry of Charlaine Harris’ new ...

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Slave to Sensation (#58 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on September 30, 2006 This is the first book I've read by Nalini Singh, but it won’t be my last. I kept wishing that work would stop interrupting my reading time...isn’t a three hour lunch acceptable these days? The author created an all-around terri ...

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Triumph

“Ma’am.” I looked up through my tears to see the flight attendant holding a packet of tissues and looking concerned. “Yes?” I sniffed. “Are you okay? It’s just that you’re clearly crying very hard.” I tried to smile. “Oh, I’m fine. It’s just my book.” She smiled ...

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Rogue Magic

What a wonderful début from Kit Brisby Rogue Magic is. This is an exciting thought provoking novel and at 328 pages there is time to really get absorbed in the alternate universe and the story. This is an America that has outlawed magic and oppresses those born with magical powers. Such people a ...

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Rhapsody

Rhapsody is the fifth and penultimate instalment of Ms. London’s The Bellator Saga, which chronicles two powerful politicians, Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard, as they try to save America from a despot of a leader named Santos. Told in both present and flashbacks, the story is layered, mature, s ...

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Sumeria's Son

There are more things in the world than are dreamt of in your philosophy, dear reader. And I am going to say this, though - this series is not for everyone. But it’s not like anything I’ve read recently, and that was enough to keep me intrigued. Lycans are descendants of the Sumeri ...

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Lead Me Not

When readers think of male/male romance, they don't usually think of inspirational romance. However, issues of orientation and how those intersect with religious belief play an important role in the lives of many same-sex couples I have known. While not without its flaws, Lead Me Not shows issues o ...

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Madeleine's War

Madeleine’s War is a very misleading title. This novel by Peter Watson about WWII espionage by the clandestine spy group SC2 should actually be titled Matt Hammond’s War. Matt is one of the high up muckety-mucks of the organization. He was wounded while in the field in France and now has only on ...

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For Darkness Shows the Stars

Jane Austen’s books are so timeless and classic, it’s easy to forget that many of her characters’ problems and the stories’ plots are based on the social mores of a specific time and place in history. It’s only when reading Diana Peterfreund’s Persuasion-inspired For Darkness Shows the S ...

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The Boleyn Reckoning

As a long-time reader of historical fiction, I didn’t think a book which explored an “alternative” historical time-line would be my cup of tea. So I approached the first book in Laura Andersen’s Boleyn Trilogy a little apprehensively, but determined to keep an open mind. I was very quickly s ...