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25 02, 2017

Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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dirt on ninth grave book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the Charley Davidson series written by Darynda Jones. Although I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I was pleasantly surprised with Jones’s writing style.

Jane Doe has no idea who she is or where she came from–hence the reason for the name. All she knows is that she is in New York City working in a diner, trying to remember her past. Well, that is before she realizes that she can see dead people…and to say that it surprises her would be an understatement. Pair that with everyone around her seeming to know more about her than they’re willing to admit, and things begin to get interesting.

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.

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.

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.

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

22 01, 2016

Review: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

By | January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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the journeyman book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Journeyman is the first book in The Commons trilogy. I think it fits very well into urban fantasy, though some may argue.  I’ve read different books about a ‘shadow’ world in the after world of ghosts and this one was very well done with a few original twists of its own.

We meet the orphaned Paul Reid as he leaves the shelter he’s called home for the last several years. He’s 17 and planning on going out to California and never coming back. He uses most of his last few dollars to buy a bus ticket and meets Annie Brucker and her son Zach while waiting for the bus to arrive.

Boarding the bus, Paul chooses a seat near Annie and Zach and listens to Annie as she reads to her son. Periodically, they talk.

19 01, 2016

Review: Seasons of Pain by Imowen Lodestone

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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seasons of pain book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Seasons Of Pain is an action-packed tale filled with horror, lust, gore and even reflections of self-discovery. Author Imowen Lodestone creates and develops an excellent complex main character Jesse that the reader will have a hard time deciding if they want to stay away from or engage with. The book may be a lot to take for readers who are generally not fans of horror fiction due to the overly descriptive, vivid details of blood and gore, but the writing is clear and the story is enjoyable enough to not have those scenes be the main focus.

Jessica or Jesse, as she is affectionately called, is a college student and stripper with a drinking problem, a no care attitude and a dark past. Expelled from her family’s witches kuven (how Lodestone chooses to

3 12, 2015

Review: Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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stars of fortune book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Introverted artist Sasha cannot escape the dreams and nightmares that have been plaguing her, nor can she stop painting the faces of five strangers from those dreams. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where she encounters the first individual from those dreams, Riley, an archaeologist. This meeting begins a chain of events, where six individuals are drawn together in a quest to protect three powerful fallen stars from falling into hands of evil goddess Nerezza.

Stars of Fortune is the first of three novels in Nora Roberts’ new Guardians Trilogy. All six individuals in this story bring their own unique experiences and secrets to this quest. The first novel focuses on the story of Sasha and Bran, but also introduces readers to the other four individuals, Riley, Sawyer, Arrika, and Doyle.

19 10, 2015

Review: Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

By | October 19th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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menagerie book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

I was so excited to get to review Menagerie by Rachel Vincent that I read it in a matter of days. If you have not read any of Rachel Vincent’s books, you need too. You won’t be disappointed. I loved this book as much as I love her other series. Menagerie is about Delilah and how she is going to be celebrating her twenty-fifth birthday at a traveling menagerie owned by Rudolph Metzger, with her boyfriend and her friends in tow. The menagerie is an assortment of cryptids that now have no rights since the reaping that took place killing millions years ago. The cryptids include werewolves, sirens, oracles, minotaurs, berserkers, mermaids, ogres, trolls, fae, and so many more. Everyone wants to believe that the cryptids are monsters but as we find out, not all of them are. Cryptids

16 09, 2015

Review: Led Astray by Kelley Armstrong

By | September 16th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Short Stories|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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led astray book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Long before Goodreads or my Prime membership on Amazon.com, I selected which books to read the old-fashioned way: wandering up and down the sci-fi/fantasy aisle at Barnes & Noble, selecting a book that had an interesting cover, and giving it a shot if I liked the blurb I read on the back of the book. This is how I discovered the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong in 2007, and I’ve been a fairly faithful reader ever since.

But once Goodreads, used-book swapping services, book blogging, and Kindle were introduced into my life, so were new authors and titles, and it became difficult to keep up with my auto-buy authors at the time (Kelley Armstrong, Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Vincent, Vicki Pettersson, to name a few). I somehow managed to stay pretty on task