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Mar 08
Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop (review)

Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop (review)

This series just keeps getting better with every book. It also gets a little darker as well. I love the Elementals. Winter has been my favorite since book 1, but in this book we also get to meet more powerful Elementals like Ocean. We learn that there are in fact, other Elementals with the same name in different parts of the world. We get to meet Air and Fire, who are not the same Air and Fire from the Lakeside Courtyard. The ponies also make reappearances and get to come out to play. Meg is getting steadier in some ways…. Read more »

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Nov 08
Masques (Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Masques (Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

This was the first book Patricia Briggs ever wrote apparently. It is not as good as her Mercy Thompson or Alpha & Omega series’. So if you haven’t read anything by her before, don’t start with this book. That said. I did enjoy it a lot! I loved Wolf and Aralorn. Their interactions made me laugh more than once. The supporting characters were decent, but with the exceptions of Myr and the ae’magi, weren’t anything memorable. They were not puppets, they were developed. Just not as well as they could have been. I liked the magic we were introduced to…. Read more »

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Sep 23
Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Yay more Quinn! We get to know more about Quinn’s life and family in this book. Some of his personality quirks are explained, and he and Clare get closer. There are a lot of twists, and red herrings. Like the last book, I had no idea who the killer was. I had two suspects, and neither one of them turned out to be correct. I do love mysteries that keep you guessing, and that aren’t super-obvious. Looking back, I can see the clues we were given that point to the true killer, but while reading not so much. I did… Read more »

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Aug 16
On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle (review)

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle (review)

I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. And so I know little to nothing about coffee drinks. That totally didn’t matter. If a coffee drink was mentioned, there was also a quick description. There was a lot of information about various brewing methods, types of beans, how to make the perfect cup of coffee, etc. And not being a coffee drinker, I expected that to bother me. It didn’t at all, it just made Clare’s character seem more real. She was totally into the coffee business, and her enthusiasm was just part of her character. I didn’t… Read more »

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Aug 12
Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2) by J.C. Nelson (review)

This book takes place a few years after the first book ended. I liked this one a lot more, which is rare for me. It had a lot more funny moments, and less of the things that irked me about the first book. Marissa was less shallow in this one, and while she still made fun of princesses, it was in a way you could tell was supposed to be funny and not mean. I also loved how she twisted the plagues! And it still amuses me that toy poodles are considered evil, people-eating creatures from hell. This was very… Read more »

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Jul 26
Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (review)

I liked this book. It may push buttons for some, because Marissa comes off as a bit shallow and hooked on looks at first. Mostly her own and the princess’. She’s also mouthy, and does not take direction well. As the book goes on, we get to see more depth to her character. She’s loyal, and will do anything for those she cares for. I really loved Grimm! I wasn’t expecting him to come out as my favorite character, but there was just something about him. I also liked Ari, the princess. At least once we actually got to know… Read more »

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Jul 23
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs (review)

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs (review)

I absolutely adored Coyote! I want him to make lots of more appearances in the books, and it sounds like he just might. The way he was written was perfect. He was mysterious and tricksey, but he also obviously cared for Mercy as one of his walkers. I also liked what happened with the walking stick at the end. The River Devil was nightmarish and if you have a fear of the water already, this might make it just that bit worse. But it was described so well, and was a fitting monster for the book. I’m still amazed Mercy… Read more »

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Jul 22
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (review)

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (review)

This isn’t normally my genre, even though there is some mystery to it, and I do like mysteries. But the blurb sounded interesting. I liked it, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. What was I expecting? I’m not really sure! I didn’t like Digby right away. I didn’t dislike him, he just didn’t sound like someone I’d want to be friends with at first. But he does grow on you as the story goes along. I liked Zoe and Henry. The cliques in the school were believable. And some of Digby’s madcap schemes made me cringe as well as… Read more »

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Jun 14
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

First I must say, that if you haven’t read the short story collection On The Prowl, you will be seriously confused by the beginning of this book. I sure was! Apparently this book picks up shortly after the short story ‘ends’. And that short story has all the information about how Anna meets Charles and Bran, and what exactly happened with her pack. I had no idea there was a prequel of sorts to this series, or I would have waited to start it until I had that book in hand. As it was, I had to make do with… Read more »

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Jun 11
A Touch Of Crimson (Renegade Angels #1) by Sylvia Day (review)

A Touch Of Crimson (Renegade Angels #1) by Sylvia Day (review)

So Adrian and Lindsey are the main characters, but I think I actually ended up liking Elijah best. Elijah is a Lycan, one of a number of fallen angels who were infused with demon blood to make them mortal and able to breed. They are basically the slaves of the angels, and work with them as security, scouts, body guards, military, ect. in their job of hunting down the vampires (also fallen angels) who are not peacefully taking their punishments from God. We learned a lot about Angel and Lycan society in this book. There was also intrigue, and action…. Read more »

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