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Mar 07
Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (review)

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop (review)

I’m so sad this is the last book. I’ve heard there will be another book in the same world, but not centered around the Courtyard we’ve come to know and love. There is a lot of emotion in this book. Everything from funny moments (Meg treating an Elder as a naughty puppy), to emotional abuse. There is definitely a case of “some people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids” in the book. The police play a large role in this book, as do the Elders, and of course Meg and Simon. There is more relationship building on all sides, and… Read more »

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Feb 01
Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier (review)

The big twist I saw coming very early on. That didn’t detract at all from the story though. Especially as I wasn’t sure of the why or the how. We also finally get confirmation about why Conmael has been helping Blackthorn. I loved the song/rhyme that’s given in bits and pieces and then finally in full in the book. I usually skip over that sort of thing, but it really resonated and stuck in my head. I also liked the story of the Heartwood House, and how we got to see different versions of it, both good and bad. I… Read more »

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Nov 02
Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (review)

Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (review)

This series just keeps getting better and better. Nell is still finding clues and putting things together in ways her team hasn’t. But they found a lot of things on their own as well. And it fits better in this book, the way she puts things together. It didn’t feel nearly as Mary Sue-ish this time around. She’s now getting schooling to become a full member of the team, and her powers keep growing and changing in interesting ways. Tandy’s powers also got a temporary boost and twist during the book. And he is a lot more sure of himself,… Read more »

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Oct 12
Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Like the last book, Anita is finally getting back into police work and crime scene investigation more. There is still sex in the book, at least 3 different scenes (I didn’t count, but there were that many minimum.) Which when compared to the length of the book, and the amount of time spent on other things? Not really an issue for me. There are also a number of gory or gross things mentioned in the book. But if you’ve read the early books in the series, it won’t bother you much as the scenes are less bad than some of… Read more »

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Oct 04
Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book wasn’t as fast-paced as most Valdemar novels. It was still interesting and kept my attention, but if you love the ones full of action, this book is more in the line of intrigue. Mags, Amily and a number of their friends from the last book, spend most of this book hunting a bully. You know exactly who is responsible from the beginning, but finding enough evidence to prove it takes most of the book. I liked getting to see how Mags and Amily were settling into their roles. I also liked that we got to see more of… Read more »

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Sep 21
Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

So much of this book dragged. There were a lot of interesting bits that I breezed through quickly. But in between those bits, there were slow spots and things going on that I just didn’t care about. I wanted to like this book, it sounded really good, and I was super curious about why Tiana was locked away and mistreated. There is a brothel scene early on, and you find out that the poor people are cannibals because there isn’t enough other meat to go around. There are signs all through the book that something horrible happened in the past,… Read more »

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Sep 07
The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (review)

I really liked how the story started off in the modern world, but with Izzy’s fascination for faerie tales and folklore. Their next door neighbor is an old woman who is said to be a witch, and knows even more about the Fae than Izzy does. And then Hen is stolen away, and Izzy chases after her and falls down a rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland. Only she ends up in a faerie realm. You know immediately that the bottle she takes from Mariam is going to be important in the story. But the way it’s actually used was… Read more »

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Sep 01
The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve (review)

The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve (review)

I really wanted to like this book. And I did like some parts of it. But River felt a little too stalker-y, and she pretty much re-made herself in the image she thought was most likely to get her what she wanted. It was apparent early on that River is broken. And soon after she gets in with the Graces, you realize that all of the Graces are broken too. All of them are good at hiding it, and all are broken in different ways. I liked Summer the best of all the characters. She was the most human one… Read more »

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Aug 11
The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

Kai had a smaller part in this book due to his kidnapping. However once he appeared again, his use of draconic powers was pretty cool! We also get to meet a few more dragons, and lots more Fae. There is lots of cloak and dagger, Irene has to pretend to be a Fae for part of the book. She also has to outwit a great many people, and manages to make at least one new friend. I loved the Fae Train, and how Irene has to use the Language to tell a Story in order to make a few small… Read more »

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Aug 03
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Having not read any books by this author before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be confused reading a spin off series. But it wasn’t confusing at all. In fact, I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! The magic and creatures aren’t quite like I’ve met before. There are wereleopards and vampires, but they have their own unique spin. I really like how Tandy’s empathy was done. It was believable, and as much a weakness as it was a strength. I loved how Soulwood was almost sentient but not quite. The way it and Nell worked… Read more »

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