Reviews by Maggie Boyd

B
The Time Weaver

Shana Abe is an author that I always look forward to reading. Her lyrical style blends perfectly with magical elements and always creates a fairy tale feel to her stories of the drakon, the disguised dragons of Georgian England. In this, the fifth installment in her series, we meet Honor Carlisl ...

C-
Star Raiders

In the dark days of science fiction television/movies before the 1977 release of Star Wars, there was camp. Shows like the old black and white Flash Gordons, Lost in Space, or the fodder that makes up the punch lines in Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yes , there was the brilliance of Star Trek but i ...

C-
Stay a Little Longer

In 2007 Nina Berman won the World Press Photo competition with the wedding portrait of Ty Ziegal and his bride Renee Kline. You can see the winning portrait here. There is another, more romantic portrait here. Be Warned, these pics have some aspects that make them a bit different from your average ...

A-
Silver Borne

Consider yourself duly warned: Patricia Briggs' books build on each other, so everything I say from here on out will contain spoilers from books one through four of the Mercy Thompson series. Because the books are very mildly linked, it might also contain information from the Alpha and Omega series. ...

D+
Lois Lane Tells All

The problem with aiming for cute and missing is that you land in annoying. That is exactly what happened with this book about octogenarian crime fighters, a Lois Lane wannabe, and the town that finds them amusing. Susan Collins had dreamed of being a Lois Lane style reporter sinc ...

B+
Haunting Warrior

Rory MacGrath hasn't been back to Ireland since he was sent to live with his aunt in California at the tender age of twelve. He couldn't blame his family for wanting to be rid of him; when his father inexplicably disappeared while trying to uncover the secrets to the ancient Book of Fennore, Rory re ...

C-
Here Comes Trouble

For champion poker player Brett Hennessey luck has always been a lady. Until he takes his fortune and turns his back on the card tables - that's when she turns into a witch, stalking him in every aspect of his life in Vegas. That's how others explain his recent string of problems anyway, but Brett i ...

B+
Dead in the Family

I have been reading the Southern Vampire series for many years now. These aren't books I rubber stamp; while the first few were solid As for me, as the books have gotten more complex my enjoyment has become less enthusiastic. The tangle of personal relationships Sookie is in often slows down the act ...

B-
Blood Born

A war is brewing between human and vampire. Problem is, neither side declared it. Luca Ambrose is one of the rarest of the rare: Born vampire rather than a turned one. His powers are stronger, his senses more acute. For the past several years he has worked as an enforcer for the Council, the gove ...

C
Songbird Under A German Moon

Betty Lake couldn't be more excited for her future - a girl with little money and no formal training, she never thought she'd travel much beyond her own front door. But the war gave women a chance to do things they had never done before, and she is getting to travel with the USO to Germany to entert ...