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Oct 18
Cipher (The Shadow Ravens #1) by Aileen Erin (review)

Cipher (The Shadow Ravens #1) by Aileen Erin (review)

The story is told in alternating chapters between Cipher and Knight’s point of views. I pretty much fell in love with the book from the first pages. Totally the kind of book where I started reading it, and didn’t put it down again until the book was over. I loved Cipher. Besides having power over electricity, she’s a total bad-ass hacker. A smart-mouth red-head (though her hair was blue for most of the book). She isn’t perfect, far from it. She can’t actually control her electricity power, and has moved near-constantly since she was 8-ish because of this. Her evil… Read more »

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Oct 08
The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1) by John Flanagan (review)

The Tournament at Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years #1) by John Flanagan (review)

I haven’t read any other books in this series. But after finishing this one, I now want to go out and buy them all! The characters and world-building was amazing. I loved everyone, even the bad guys. And the book was funny, I laughed out loud for most of the day. And it only took me a day to finish reading, because once I started I didn’t want to put the book down until it was finished. The descriptions of Rangers and the way the jousting tournament works was spot on. There was no over-sharing like in some books, and… Read more »

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Oct 04
Code Black (Paranormal Crimes Division Series #1) by Tina Moss (review)

Code Black (Paranormal Crimes Division Series #1) by Tina Moss (review)

Vampires, shapeshifters, psi,  zombie-like creatures and Gods made of light? Add in a little mystery and police crime scene stuff and it sounds like the perfect book. There were multiple point of views, which flowed nearly seamlessly. It was nice to see what other characters were thinking during some of the action. And I really liked Guy. He was funny and mysterious, and trying to figure out who he was (and never succeeding!) was fun. I liked Sera and Talon and their interactions together. There are a few explicit sex scenes in the book. But skipping them won’t make you… Read more »

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Jul 15
The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

I love how Simon realizes he was too used to using his abilities. And how he has to change his fighting style and thoughts now that he can’t lean on the Aether. He still has moments when he tries to use the power of his runes in the midst of battle, and then realizes that he is magicless. It makes him think on his actions a lot more, instead of just leaping into the fight and powerhousing his way through it. Penny is also a huge part of things again, and I loved the inventions she came up with as… Read more »

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Jun 28
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

I liked that even though she was an assassin, and apparently the best one ever, as well as much younger than anyone expected her to be… she had morals. Not to say that assassins are supposed to be evil creatures or anything, but she had specific things that she would never do. Like kill children. She likes pretty dresses, and playing the piano, and reading. And the fact that she likes these things, and takes the time to do them even though she needs to be training up for the competition, helps make her three-dimensional. She doesn’t skip practices, she… Read more »

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Jun 17
The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

The Undying Legion (Crown & Key #2) by Clay & Susan Griffith (review)

I was so glad to see Charlotte back in this book! Penny played a larger role than in the first book as well. Simon and Kate are starting to ease into an actual relationship, though that thread was super minor. There was lots of action and magic, as well as violence and gore, and things turned a bit darker in this story. We got to see lots more of Penny’s nifty mechanical gizmos, and Malcolm grew a lot as a character. I really liked Kate in this, and Simon is still just as funny and quick-witted. We finally get to… Read more »

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Jun 04
Paladin by Sally Slater (review)

Paladin by Sally Slater (review)

I was afraid I wouldn’t like this as much as I did, because the ‘girl pretending to be a boy and falling in love while proving she is as good as any boy’ seemed to be hugely popular a few years ago. And I read a lot of them. But this book sucked me in from the first pages. There is a lot of gore and some fairly icky descriptions of battle with monsters and descriptions of wounds gone bad. So I wouldn’t suggest this for younger readers or those who are bothered by such things. However that said… I… Read more »

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May 28
Stone Maiden (Maiden Series #1) by Tina Gerow (review)

Stone Maiden (Maiden Series #1) by Tina Gerow (review)

The beginning of the book didn’t catch me immediately. It would have, but the main character spent a lot of time thinking about how hot her soon-to-be client was, as well as how hot she herself was. I was worried it was going to turn into a smut-fest with very little plot. I was pleasantly surprised however. After the action started, the story sucked me in. A lot of the focus on the sexual tension dropped off. It wasn’t gone, and there are explicit sex scenes in this book. But it stopped sounding like porn-waiting-to-happen with a little plot here… Read more »

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May 24
Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

From the first few pages, my attention was grabbed. You think it’s going to possibly be something slow, or not super interesting at first. Lex is working in a retail store and hears a couple talking about what kind of diapers they need to get. But when she approaches them to help, she realizes they’re kidnappers. How does she know this? Her niece is in the babycarrier on the floor by the couple, and she does not know them. There’s magic, vampires, mentions of werewolves (though no actual werewolves in this book), suspense, action, and a touch of romance. I… Read more »

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May 21
Stella And The Timekeepers (The Laws of the Universe Series Book 1) by Mick Petersen (review)

Stella And The Timekeepers (The Laws of the Universe Series Book 1) by Mick Petersen (review)

I’ve seen this book hyped as the ‘new’ Harry Potter. Every review I saw before reading it was glowing, not a single down vote anywhere. And the synopsis sounded like it could be good. But from the beginning, there were things that irked me about the book. I may be being too critical, but in the first little bit, you meet Stella and her parents. They’re out in this tiny little boat in the middle of shark infested waters. They don’t know where they are. Stella’s mom ends up overboard, and her dad tells Stella he loves her and to… Read more »

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