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29 08, 2016

Blog Tour: Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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aphrodite's choice book coverPlease join Christy English, author of Aphrodite’s Choice, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

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Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English re-imagines the tale of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, giving the reader a different take on the various gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.

Aphrodite has been living among mortals for over 9,000 years, offering the blessing of the Goddess one night, and to one man at a time. Each time she takes them to bed, she heals their wounds, both physical and mental, and then leaves before they awaken. These men, although healed, don’t remember anything about her or about the night they shared.

5 08, 2016

Review: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

By | August 5th, 2016|Categories: Dystopian, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

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city of mirrors book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

Justin Cronin’s The Passage Trilogy began in 2010 with a unique take on the ever-popular vampire genre. The first novel, The Passage, establishes a new world where blood thirsty, mindless creatures are created by the government. In The Twelve, Cronin brings civilization back from the brink of extinction. Now, in The City of Mirrors, order is restored, but a new threat unleashes havoc.

The City of Mirrors picks up several years after the events of The Twelve. Cronin delves back into the world building role he first embarked upon in The Passage to create an atmosphere of hope.

3 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

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neverwhere book coverPlease join Neil Gaiman, author of Neverwhere, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Imagine your life if you were to all of a sudden become invisible. Those you love don’t recognize you, you no longer have your job, your home, and your life seems like it is all but over. This is what happened to Richard Mayhew, a seemingly normal man from London.

Richard, a Scot, recently moved to London. He has a good job, a fiance he loves and a life he worked hard for. But that all changes one night when, walking with his fiance down the streets of London, he meets a young girl named Door, lying broken and bleeding on the sidewalk.

23 06, 2016

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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the fireman book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

It’s hard to be unique; to find a voice that stands out in an over-saturated market, especially when one writes in genres like horror and fantasy. Joe Hill, however, has established a narrative voice that is poignant and entertaining in his new novel, The Fireman. The novel is an epic conglomeration of genres—incorporating aspects of a medical thriller, sprinkled with fantasy, horror, and even a little romance. In creating this swirling mix of genres, Hill tells a tale of human experience. He shows through his depictions of human interaction in the face of catastrophe that the human experience is one of suffering, regret, learning, and triumph.

21 06, 2016

Review: The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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return of the witch book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

The Return of the Witch is a sequel to The Witch’s Daughter. In The Witch’s Daughter, we are introduced to Elizabeth “Bess” Hawksmith, a practicing witch who is, at the time the novel begins, three hundred and eighty-four years old. She befriends a young girl by the name of Tegan and sees a potential that causes her to tell her story to Tegan and ultimately bring her into the life of witchcraft.

Elizabeth tells the history of how she became a witch, as well as stories of her past life and how a man/warlock by the name of Gideon Masters entered her life, helped train her and for lack of a better term, “stalked” her throughout time. Gideon believes he is owed something by Elizabeth and is out to get what he wants at any cost.

15 06, 2016

Blog Tour: Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Satire, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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secondhand souls book coverPlease join Christopher Moore, author of Secondhand Souls, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Secondhand Souls is the second book in the Death Merchants series and if you haven’t read any Christopher Moore books, I would recommend starting with the first book. This is my first Christopher Moore read and although I did enjoy it quite a bit, I think I would have enjoyed it more had I started this story at the beginning.

We start with finding out that the main character from the last book, Charlie Asher, who supposedly died, has actually spent the last year living in a 14” tall meat puppet with a small crocodile skull and a 10” shlong he wears as a cummerbund. And when he gets aroused, he passes out. This should give you some idea of the type of book you are getting into. A bit crass, at times vulgar and entirely  funny.

18 05, 2016

Review: Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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dreams of distant shores book coverReviewed by Jamie Friddle

Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip is unique, captivating, and a work of art. The fantasy writer certainly paints intricate scenes that draw the reader in from the first sentence. McKillip transports us to different dimensions throughout the collection, from a young artist who is in love with his art and the model who posed for the art, to a witch that takes on the role of being a sea goddess’ host body for a hundred years, among many other short stories.

My favorite short story, though hard to choose, is “Weird”. “Weird” is about two adults who bar themselves in a bathroom full of gourmet food while an ancient being (or beings) torments them on the other sides of the walls. The being bangs and growls, makes the walls shake and

3 05, 2016

Review: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

By | May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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library at mount char book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Imagine a library that contains every aspect of earthly and possibly universal knowledge from the beginnings of time to the far-flung ends of existence. Now imagine a benevolent Father figure who takes in orphans like one might take in strays. Each orphan is assigned a section of the library. Each child is set to study and become master of his or her own sector. These children are known as librarians.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins begins with a homecoming (of sorts). Siblings, though not blood relations, return from their respective research trips to Garrison Oaks. David, the leader of the family after Father has gone missing, summons the librarians home. From the outset, the reader is introduced to a dark mysterious world as one is introduced to Carolyn walking a

4 04, 2016

Review: The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , |3 Comments

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the silver witch book coverReviewed by Cal Cleary

Tilda, an artist whose young husband recently died in a car accident, came to Wales to forget. The small cabin by the lake was supposed to be a chance for her and her husband to start building their lives, but it has instead become a retreat from her grief. But weird things keep happening – mysterious power surges that make electricity unreliable around her. Visions in the mist over the lake. And an increasing feeling that something is coming. And it is. Little does she know it, but Tilda is playing out the final act in a centuries-long struggle against an evil born on the lake a thousand years back. Then, Seren, seer and prophet, had to hold her people together against magic and treachery. Now, it is Tilda’s turn. Thankfully, she has

25 01, 2016

Review: The Jericho River by David Tollen

By | January 25th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , |2 Comments

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the jericho river book coverReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

What was your favorite subject in school? It surprises me that most people say that they hated, or still do, the subject of history. Perhaps that is due to the pop quizzes and tests that ask questions such as, “When did the war of 1812 take place?” along with other difficult to recall dates and names of people and places. I, on the other hand, love history. Not because of dates and names that I, too, have a hard time recalling specifically, but because there are so many great stories passed down through legends, myths, war heroes, adventures, and accomplishments. It seems that many students today groan over history even louder than their parents did, once upon a time, but I am fortunate to have a rare bunch of kiddos who cannot get