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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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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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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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May 12
Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

I liked that the book started with Merit’s change from human to vampire. We got to learn about vampires in this world, right along with Merit. We also got some info on werewolves, magic-users, and nymphs. I like the idea of vampires living in Houses. Which are basically their family, they’re all sisters and brothers once they’ve been accepted into a House and turned into a vampire. And each House polices it’s own, but also works in concert with the other Houses to hunt down Rogues. There was also politics, both vampire and human. We learn why vampires and werewolves… Read more »

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Nov 03
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier (review)

I loved this one just as much as the first book. I also liked the fact we got to see the point of view of Lady GeilĂ©is as well as Blackthorn and Grim’s. The way the mystery unfolded, with the little folk and the fairytale feel of the story being told night after night was a really neat twist. You knew immediately that there was something not right, but I at least, had no idea what was going to happen with the curse until it actually happened. I also liked that we got to learn Grim’s tragedy in this book,… Read more »

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Jul 09
Twilight’s Dawn (The Black Jewels #9) by Anne Bishop (review)

Twilight’s Dawn (The Black Jewels #9) by Anne Bishop (review)

This is a collection of 4 novellas in the Black Jewels universe. It should not be read out of order, as some of the novellas refer to events that have happened in the later books as well as the earlier ones.   In Winsol Gifts (79 pages), we get to see Daemon learning where he fits into his family and the household at Winsol. Saetan teaches him a few things about how to distract Daemonar from destroying the presents. And they deal more with the after-effects of what happened in Tangled Webs. Shades of Honor is probably my favorite of… Read more »

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Mar 01
Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1) by Juliet Marillier (review)

You know how most times, you pick up a book and start reading, and then you need to do something else like sleep, and say “at the end of this page.” or “at the end of this chapter.” Yeah. I totally spent the entire day doing nothing but reading this book. I didn’t have lunch. The only reason I had dinner was because it was brought to me and the book taken away for the short time it took to eat the fast food burger. I loved Blackthorn and Grimm. They were believable characters, with quirks and faults and three-dimensional… Read more »

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