Gods and Goddesses

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The Goddess Gets Her Guy

The Goddess Gets Her Guy is a romance of supreme silliness and goofiness – an alright journey with a message that love isn’t bound by class or status.  But its extremely lightweight nature and total inability to stand on its own without having read…well, almost everything else the author’s ...

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The Rose

I'm a big fan of pretty much anything Tiffany Reisz writes, so I was ecstatic to receive a copy of The Rose, her latest novel, for review. It's a follow-up to 2017's The Red - which I loved - so I settled in fully expecting to be swept away by this one. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out to be quite ...

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Heart on Fire

Oh, what a letdown, when a series starts off so strongly (I nominated Bouchet for debut author of the year in 2016) but can’t stick the landing. Cat Fisa, married to the warlord Griffin, has made progress overthrowing the corrupt Alphas ruling her land, but the biggest challenge of all remains: Al ...

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The Song of Achilles

In her Orange Prize for Fiction (2012) winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller presents Homer’s Illiad from a slightly different perspective, that of Patroclus, whose name would be forgotten in history except for his connection with the great hero and demi-god Achilles, and the Trojan w ...

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A Promise of Fire

You know when you start a book, get about 25% into it and your spine starts to tingle and you KNOW it’s going to be big because it has already sucked you in to the point that you are oblivious to all of your surroundings?  Yeah…début author Amanda Bouchet did that to me with her first publishe ...

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Superman and Wonder Woman, Vol.1: Power Couple

I know what you’re thinking - Superman and Wonder Woman? Where’s Lois Lane? Well, this graphic novel is set in the new alternate DC Comics universe, and Lois doesn’t seem to be around. Instead, the Man of Steel is dating the Amazing Amazon, and in my opinion, it’s a great match. In this coll ...

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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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Atlantis Unmasked

Atlantis Unmasked is the sixth in Alyssa Day’s The Warriors of Poseidon series and, though there is some incredible world building and interesting characters, the momentum wasn’t consistent the entire book.  Grace Havilland is a descendent of the Goddess Diana, but it’s a fact she never wo ...

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Dogs and Goddesses

Considering the talent behind Dogs and Goddesses, I’ll confess that I expected more than an amusing and fun story. I didn’t get it, but I did enjoy the ride. To put my reaction to this one in perspective, I liked it better than The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, the first collaboration between Ms ...

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The Darkest Kiss

The heroine of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Kiss will probably win my nomination as the most annoying of the year. She’s not TSTL (actually she’s quite shrewd), but her actions and dialogue and the fact that I couldn’t identify with her at all made this otherwise good story and interesting h ...