Paranormal Historical

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The Seduction of Phaeton Black

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Have you ever read a book that was so over the top crazy and convoluted that you were left wondering if it was supposed to be a joke and for some reason you just didn't get it? I read The Seduction of Phaeton Black days ago and I'm still undecided. Surely it's intended to be tongue-in-cheek, right? ...

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Dead Reckoning

Sometimes it seems like it's impossible to find a fresh idea in the stacks of YA novels out there. This latest book is a sort of redo of Cowboys vs. Aliens except with teen protagonists and zombies rather than aliens. The changes didn't improve the story any. Jett Gallatin has seen the worst life ...

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Firelight

Debut author Kristen Callihan creates a moody, gothic vision of Victorian England for her characters and there is a lot about this book that I liked. However, the curious lack of intensity to the romance for much of the book combined with some rather odd pacing also provided less likable moments. In ...

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Devil's Kiss

I divide C reads into Mehs and Buts; this is a But book. No, it’s not a 370-page snapshot of posterior extremities (sorry); instead, it’s a book that epitomizes contradictions. It’s a story filled with “Yeah, but…” statements. It’s a novel that hits good points, some bad points, and al ...

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The Hidden Goddess

I really enjoyed Ms. Hobson’s debut The Native Star. The series defies any kind of categorization. While it presents an alternate fantastical history of the world in the 1870s, focusing on America, there are also steampunk elements, as well as science fiction, magic, paranormal, horror, romance, a ...

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Haunting Embrace

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I love it when publishers get their timing right. There is nothing like a good paranormal and a hot cup of tea or cocoa to brighten the month of October and the beginning of the Halloween season. This one with its druids, seers, ghosts, and haunted castle ruins is a real treat for those of us who wa ...

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Mark of the Rose

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Frequently I am intrigued with a book’s concept only to be disappointed in its execution. With everybody and their sister writing vampire stories these days it’s difficult to find something that stands out without fizzling or going off the rails completely. I am pleased to say that for me the la ...

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The Lady of the Storm

When I read the absolutely delicious prologue to The Lady of the Storm I thought perhaps I'd found an adult replacement for my childhood favorite, Tolkien. In it, the reader learns that the England of William the Conqueror has been taken over by seven mad elves. William himself has become a prize of ...

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Heartless

Reviewing Paranormals, Fantasy, Steampunk, and, well, anything with a lot of world building is getting to be a somewhat dicey proposition. When I first started reviewing, there were a handful of authors that we insisted reviewers be completely up to date on before reviewing the latest. That number i ...

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The Bride Wore Scarlet

Halfway through Liz Carlyle’s latest historical romance, The Bride Wore Scarlet, I put it down and went to reread the first book in The Fraternitas Trilogy, Ms. Carlyle’s latest slightly paranormal series. I enjoyed that book, One Touch of Scandal, but had forgotten its premise. I was glad I did ...