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Preacher, Prophet, Beast

Preacher, Prophet, Beast is the seventh in Harper Fox’s wonderful Tyack and Frayne series of mysteries set in Cornwall, and it may be the best - or is it? Every time I finish a book in this series I say, ‘Oh, that was the best one’. I suspect every reader will have their favourite. We find ...

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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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A Promise of Fire

Raise your hand if you’ve been looking for a new fantasy series to start. Keep it raised if you’ve been waiting quite a while. I don’t know about you, but I feel like fantasy romance, with a few notable exceptions, has been a bit slow to develop, unlike some of the more recently popular contem ...

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Carry On

How dare this book make me love it so much? It had a slow start, and the premise seemed a bit like Harry Potter fan fiction, so I was all ready to toss it aside and give up. I am so glad I didn’t. Rowell’s first foray into fantasy has all of the heart and awkwardness that I love about her contem ...

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Lair of Dreams

I have a confession. A reading confession: I don’t like ensemble casts in books. Every so often it works because the story being told is just so darn epic it needs a whole host of heroes and heroines. Think Lord of the Rings. But for the most part I prefer that the story concentrate primarily on j ...

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Uprooted

When I saw Naomi Novik had a new fairytale style story out, I was intrigued. That’s not her usual milieu. Out of curiosity, I got Uprooted from the library. I am so glad I did! This is a terrific story, masterfully told. I’ll definitely be adding it to my collection of fairytale romances. In ...

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Ink

I chose to review the young adult paranormal Ink because of its unusual setting – Japan. Indeed, author Amanda Sun does a fabulous job evoking the feeling of being in an environment and culture wholly unlike my own. And while the paranormal aspect sometimes confused me, overall I really enjoyed th ...

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Crystal Cove

If you're reading a book in the presence of a family member and in the course of an hour they ask "what are you laughing at?" and then "why are you crying?" it's pretty evident that you're reading Lisa Kleypas. Not to mention the love scenes that have you secretly shifting in your chair. Her latest, ...

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Gunmetal Magic

Fans of the Kate Daniels series have long been familiar with her fellow knight and best friend Andrea Nash. This is the first novel, though, that is told wholly from Andrea's point of view. I hope it won't be the last. Andrea is in a time of transition. She has been kicked out of the O ...

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Better Off Undead

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In this latest entry in the Bloodhound Files series, Jace Valchek is back in Seattle after her battles in Las Vegas in Killing Rocks. In this book the focus is much more on character development than on threats to end the world. I didn’t like this one quite as much as the previous book, but remain ...