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21 09, 2016

Review: The Regulars by Georgia Clark

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Magical Realism|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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the regulars book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

The Regulars by Georgia Clark is a hilarious and a witty novel. A light and entertaining read, the book explores the society’s obsession with beauty and its unrealistic standards for women.

Evie, Krista, and Willow are best friends in their mid-twenties living in New York. They’re normal, everyday people with average lives and average looks. As many normal people do, the women experience crises pertaining to their love and work lives. Unlike normal people, however, they come across a magic potion called Pretty that can make them “beautiful.” The potion makes the three best friends gorgeous, tall, and curvy with beautiful hair.

28 03, 2016

Review: The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag

By | March 28th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Saga, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Magical Realism, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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witches of cambridge book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Imagine if you had the ability to feel others’ emotions, know someone’s unspoken deepest secret, or weave spells into baked goods to achieve your heart’s desire. This is the norm for Amandine, Noa, Kat, Cosima, and Heloise, a group of women that can confide only in one another their magical abilities. Amandine is a professor at Cambridge, where they meet together as the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft.

Throughout The Witches of Cambridge, each woman is in the middle of a conflict, and they rely on each other—and sometimes a little bit of magic—to get through their trials. Amandine suspects her husband of cheating on her, and her student Noa possesses the ability to see others’ truths. Noa regards her gift as a curse, and will do just about anything

9 10, 2014

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

By | October 9th, 2014|Categories: Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, New Adult & College, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I often look at reading as a way to escape. I hunker down on the couch with a bowl of snacks, a glass of wine, and prepare to take a break from real life. The Beautiful Ashes, by Jeaniene Frost, fits this description for a perfect fall read. Full of romance, danger, and mystery, I was only disappointed that the novel had to end.

Ivy has been through some hard times. A week after her sister Jasmine was kidnapped, her adoptive parents died in a car accident. On top of all that, Ivy is seeing strange visions of a different, darker world placed exactly on top of her own. Enter Adrian, a tall, dark, and handsome bad boy with a past that he refuses to let go. Ivy and Adrian set out on a journey filled with twists and turns

2 12, 2013

Review: Birth Offering by Anthony Hains

By | December 2nd, 2013|Categories: Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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birthoffering_anthonyhains (1)Reviewed by Shannon Trenton

Ryan Perry expects big changes when he moves back to his mother’s childhood home in South Carolina. He is still mourning his father’s unexpected death, adjusting to a new town, and preparing to start high school. He hopes to get a girlfriend; what he gets is a fight for his life against evil itself.

Anthony Hains’ Birth Offering is a chilling tale of horror inspired by age-old folklore and Biblical prophecy. When Ryan is attacked by a mysterious, shadowy “twin” and his not-quite-human “brothers”, he must learn the secrets of his own mysterious past to defeat the specter before it devours him entirely. He finds support from FBI agent Jeremy Lund, whose own past ties him not only to the evil beings they face, but those who have fought “alongside the angels of Heaven” to defeat the evil.

Birth

15 10, 2011

Review: Overbite by Meg Cabot

By | October 15th, 2011|Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , |12 Comments

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Reviewed by Meghan Saldecki

Meena Harper has agreed to use her special gift for sensing when people are going to die to help the Palatine – an organization that seeks out and destroys demons. It also just so happens that their biggest enemy and target is the prince of darkness and Meena’s recently ex-boyfriend, Lucien Antonescu.

Meena told Lucien she couldn’t run away with him and be turned into a vampire, and he seemingly disappeared from her life forever. But when she is attacked by another ex-boyfriend, Lucien comes to her rescue and reveals that he’s been watching over her the whole time.

Things get complicated when Meena starts to fall in love with Lucien again and even more complicated when Meena realizes she might have feelings for her co-worker, Alaric.

Should Meena go with her gut that tells her that vampires really do

7 12, 2010

Review: Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy

By | December 7th, 2010|Categories: Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessa L.

Mahri Zin lives in the swamplands surrounded by wilderness and endless mazes of rivers. Her village has fallen ill from a deadly fever for the second time; the first fever took the lives of her lifemate and child.

Mahri will do anything in her power to save her home and if it is not within her power, she has no qualms about kidnapping someone that does have the power she needs. She embarks on a long trip to the city where the royals reside and kidnaps a healer. She soons realizes the man she has impulsively kidnapped is none other than the crown prince of the Sea Royals, but by then, she has reached the point of no return. Mahri must take the prince to her village and do whatever it takes to save her friends and loved

5 07, 2010

“The Fire Lord’s Lover” by Kathryne Kennedy

By | July 5th, 2010|Categories: Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin N.

During the reign of King George I, seven elves from the world of Elfhame captured and ruled England through the use of peculiar magic and sacred scepters. They carved up the island between them, each dominating a region to use as his or her own domain.

Years of dominance caused the country to be filled with half breed children of various magical abilities and a populous who feared and resented the Elven lords. Out of the ashes of the old regime, a secret rebellion formed; a rebellion that pinned their hope upon a young woman to be sold in marriage to the Elven Fire Lord’s bastard son, Dominic.

Lady Cassandra, of half Elven stock herself, attended the best private boarding schools the region had to offer and was taught the Elven art of death dancing for the

8 06, 2010

“The Passage” by Justin Cronin

By | June 8th, 2010|Categories: Fantasy, For Men, Ghosts, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |15 Comments

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Reviewed by Claudia R.

“I know that science is your god, Paul, but would it be too much to ask for you to pray for us? All of us.” Jonas Abbot Lear, PhD (USA Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases)

The Military needs a Super Soldier. A human that is not only invincible but immortal. Intelligent. Strong. Healthy. Capable of anything. Invincible.

The Military needs ‘volunteers’, people willing to be injected with this new, untested ‘super virus’.

One problem.

There are none. And previous ‘testing’ attempts have returned less than desirable results.

Enter the Twelve.

Convicts on death row, only too happy to sign over their death sentence for the promise of a eternal life. Even with limited information, each willingly offer themselves ‘for the greater good’.

Only something goes horribly and inexplicably wrong, and civilization, as we know it, as anyone has ever

31 05, 2010

“Strange Neighbors” by Ashlyn Chase

By | May 31st, 2010|Categories: Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessa L.

Merry MacKenzie is a 25-year-old nurse who has just moved out of her family home in Rhode Island to live the single life in the big city of Boston. She finds what seems to be the picture perfect apartment and things only appear sweeter when she meets the hunky landlord, Jason Falco. The scene immediately gets more complicated when she trades in her carefree single lifestyle to start dating said gorgeous landlord who also happens to be a star baseball player.

Merry’s new life gets even more interesting when she runs into the rest of the tenants. There’s Jason’s nosy aunt, his laidback uncle who does maintenance, the broody mortician, a mysterious Nordic looking man, two sexy ladies who seem to have a very enthusiastic relationship with each other, and the strange man who doesn’t seem to live