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A Peace Divided - Peacekeeper, #2

“A Peace Divided” by Tanya Huff is another exciting story that features the inimitable Torin Kerr. I love the way I am instantly immersed in a world that is both familiar and disconcertingly alien when I open one of these books. It was like...

5 Stars

Alien Nation - Aliens / Katherine "Kitty" Katt, #14

“Alien Nation” by Gini Koch is another delightful and exciting adventure with First Lady Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the larger-than-life folks in her circle. The FLOTUS is learning the ‘power of the paw’ in addition to a few other p...

5 Stars

Enchanting Mandalas - Mini Pads of Color

“Enchanting Mandalas: Mini Pads of Color” from Barron’s is an amazing pad of forty designs on 6”x6” cardstock that will provide a wonderful template to stimulate one’s creativity. At first I was concerned that some of the designs were on bl...

5 Stars

Man Down - Wings of Gold Book 3

“Man Down” by Tracy Tappan is a thrill-filled, suspenseful tale that starts with a description of the intense challenges faced to become a SEAL and ratchets up higher and higher throughout the story. Told through three points of view, this...

5 Stars

Once Broken Faith - An October Daye Novel, #10

“Once Broken Faith” by Seanan McGuire is an exciting fantasy tale that keeps one on the edge of the seat while marveling at the complexities that seem perfectly logical within the framework of the book. I love the twist on certain staples,...

5 Stars
  • Author: Seanan McGuire
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: DAW

Mythic Creatures: And the Impossibly Real Animals Who Inspired Them - American Museum of Natural History

“Mythic Creatures: And the Impossibly Real Animals Who Inspired Them” is a book from the American Museum & Natural History that is adapted from a exhibition curated by Laurel Kendall & Mark A. Norell with Richard Ellis and the Exhibition De...

5 Stars
  • Authors: Dr. Mark A. Norell, Laurel Kendall, Richard Ellis
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy, Arts, Crafts & Supplies
  • Publisher: Sterling

Grave - Queen of the Dead, #3

“Grave” by Michelle Sagara finishes the trilogy in an enthralling and unsettling saga. The eerie concept of afterlife is creatively depicted even as the difficult topics of grief and mourning are explored through different characters. There...

5 Stars
  • Author: Michelle Sagara
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: DAW

Children of Earth and Sky

“Children of Earth and Sky” by Guy Gavriel Kay is one of those books I am really reluctant to pick up because I know it’s going to take some effort to work my way through it. The sheer cast of characters is always daunting to me, because I...

5 Stars

Raising Passionate Readers - 5 Easy Steps to Success in School and Life

“Raising Passionate Readers: 5 Easy Steps to Success in School and Life” by Nancy Newman is an excellent analysis of techniques that should be utilized to encourage children to read. I like that there is a combination of scientific analyses...

5 Stars

Moonshadow - Moonshadow Book 1

“Moonshadow” by Thea Harrison embodies the elements I find so fascinating about this genre, fantastical events with people who have extraordinary powers, engaged in a life that…almost…seems like it could be true, while finding that amazing...

5 Stars
  • Author: Thea Harrison
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: #FirstInaSeries, * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Thea Harrison

Sound Effects

“Sound Effects” by L.J. Greene is part of the ‘Ripple Effects’ series and is a semi-contemporary adult romance. This story is a mesmerizing look at a group of people on the cusp of changes. Mel (Melody) Grayson is about to become a full-fle...

5 Stars

Island of Glass - Guardians Trilogy, #3

“Island of Glass” by Nora Roberts is a lovely mystical and romantic tale that draws one into a world where a mermaid walks on the land and loves a traveler and a werewolf ensnares an immortal while a sorcerer combines love and power with a...

5 Stars
  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Berkley

The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook - 140 Great-Tasting, Good-for-You Recipes

“The Great American Eat-Right Cookbook: 140 Great-Tasting, Good-for-You Recipes” by Jeanne Besser and Colleen Doyle provides a wonderful array of simple recipes. There are divisions into the major categories of dishes (including the all-imp...

5 Stars

Eleven and Holding

“eleven and holding” by Mary Penney is a wonderfully deceptive story that starts with a simple premise and slowly becomes increasingly more poignant and emotional. I love the way the author invested me with Macy’s perspective and the reason...

5 Stars
  • Author: Mary Penney
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Kids: Children's, Kids: Middle Grade
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

Unsafe Exposure - Hidden Wolves Book 4

“Unsafe Exposure” by Kaje Harper is an excellent addition to a unique series peopled by memorable werewolves. It has been fascinating to watch the evolution of a pack that has multiple gay couples in a world of rampantly homophobic shapeshi...

5 Stars
  • Author: Kaje Harper
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ
  • Publisher: MLR Press,LLC

One with You - A Crossfire Novel - The Final Book

“One With You” by Sylvia Day is a fantastic end to the series, and has a wonderful combination of the carnal sensuality that is integral to these stories, emotion and angst, and unexpected revelations that shift one’s perceptions. I love th...

5 Stars

Mary Had a Little Glam

“Mary Had a Little Glam” is a children’s book written by Tammi Sauer and delightfully illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. This fun and stylish twist on several beloved nursery rhymes features budding diva Mary, who jazzes up not only he...

5 Stars

Princess Cupcake Jones and the Dance Recital

“Princess Cupcake Jones and the Dance Recital” by Ylleya Fields and illustrated by Michael LaDuca is a delightful children’s book celebrating love and dance. This book is part of the eponymous ‘Princess Cupcake Jones’ series that stars a ve...

5 Stars

Ah-Choo!

“Ah-Choo!” by Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams and illustrated by Ken Min is a children’s book chronicling a boy’s search through an alphabetical sequence of animals in order to find a pet that won’t make his sister sneeze. The deligh...

5 Stars

Midnight Bites - Stories of the Morganville Vampires

“Midnight Bites: Stories of the Morganville Vampires” by Rachel Caine is a wonderful collection of stories that remind one of all of the wonderfully quirky and dark elements of this series. The prologue to each indicates where in the series...

5 Stars
  • Author: Rachel Caine
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * Supernatural, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: NAL

Inseverable - A Carolina Beach Novel, #1

“Inseverable” by Cecy Robson evokes both the joy and sadness of a group of friends experiencing one last summer working together before they all go their separate ways. The author does such a great job of portraying that close-knit connecti...

5 Stars

Cryptogram Chaos - A Virtual Reality Adventure

"Cryptogram Chaos: A Virtual Reality Adventure" by Linda Covella is a middle grade contemporary adventure and fantasy story that features a trio of ninth graders who learn to see beyond the cliques that have formed and work together. Cody R...

5 Stars

Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy

I fell in love with this author’s Valdemar series several decades ago. This was fantasy that intrigued me, combining a well-built world with magic and the fascination of horse-type beings who were wise and able to communicate with their spe...

5 Stars
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: DAW

Ink and Bone - The Great Library, #1

The best kinds of fantasy stories are those that stretch the imagination while telling a compelling tale, and this one definitely entertained me with its ‘what if’s’. Having been conditioned to celebrating the Gutenberg press and its far-re...

5 Stars
  • Author: Rachel Caine
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Teen
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: NAL

Starfish Moon - The Brides Of Blueberry Cove, #3

Who can resist a feisty heroine who can hold her own in a pub or on a boat or working as a jillaroo? I was delighted to get to know the least settled member of the McCrae family and when her former boss shows up with his yummy Aussie accent...

5 Stars

Trailer Trash - 1980s Romance

“Trailer Trash” by Marie Sexton is a m/m coming of age romance that centers around Nate, who starts his senior year of high school in a town vastly different from the bustling urban city in Texas that he is used to. Set adrift by his parent...

5 Stars

The Asset - Wounded Warrior, #1

The unexpected twists to this exciting story kept me enthralled until the last fascinating word. One should be forewarned that this is a very gritty story with sometimes gut-wrenching scenes that evoke the price paid by those who go to war,...

5 Stars
  • Author: Anna del Mar
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Rom: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Carina Press

Off the Clock - A Pleasure Principle Novel, #1

Roni Loren never fails to enmesh me in her sensual and emotional tales that involve characters who creep into my heart and make me care about them. In Off the Clock, I love the way each action is perfectly logical as one is caught up in the...

5 Stars
  • Author: Roni Loren
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * SPICY: HOT Romance
  • Publisher: Berkley

Dreaming Death - A Palace of Dreams Novel, #1

Some stories grab you from the first page and never let you out from under the spell, starting with a single thread and adding others until there is a complex tapestry of characters and events. The deft unfolding of this story and the bread...

5 Stars

Shadow's End - A Novel of the Elder Races, #9

This compelling addition to a stellar paranormal series provides both a deeply romantic love story and a wonderful glimpse of the remarkable world that contains creatures of mythology such as dragons, gryphons, and harpies along with elves,...

5 Stars
  • Author: Thea Harrison
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Berkley

Frozen Wild - How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth

“Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth” by Jim Arnosky is an exquisitely detailed, slightly oversized children’s book that conveys the breadth of life that not only survives but thrives in what some would consider...

5 Stars

the Aeronaut's Windlass - The Cinder Spires, #1

This exciting and mesmerizing fantasy epic introduces a beautifully rendered world that combines steampunk, incredible battles, skin-crawling threats, and imagination-stretching scenarios in one delightful Saturday matinee adventure of a re...

5 Stars
  • Author: Jim Butcher
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * SF: Fantasy, * SF: Science Fiction
  • Publisher: ROC

Mind Magic - A Novel of the Lupi, #12

This is one of my very favorite paranormal romance series, both because of the characters and the remarkably creative events that are described in the stories. What amazes me is that there are so many unexpected twists that make one look at...

5 Stars
  • Author: Eileen Wilks
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Berkley

Tower of Thorns - A Blackthorn & Grim Novel, #2

This mesmerizing variation of a popular fairy tale provides an exquisite combination of fantasy and mystery, and continues to explore two deeply scarred individuals who epitomize a struggle between positive and negative motivations. The art...

5 Stars

Sea Glass Sunrise - The Brides Of Blueberry Cove, #1

This delightful contemporary romance is set in a small town in Maine and evokes the beauty and camaraderie that is so attractive about a community where generations of families have grown up together. This author has a wonderful talent for...

5 Stars

Shadow Fall - Tracers, #9

This exciting romantic suspense story is one of those that captures the attention immediately and ratchets up the tension to keep one enthralled throughout the entire journey. The characters are revealed with the author’s usual dexterity, w...

5 Stars

The Family We Make - Finding Family, #2

This compelling m/m romance provides a multi-layered story that explores the idea of acceptance, dealing with the repercussions of decisions, and the various faces of love. There are harsh lessons about the dangers of unprotected sex interm...

5 Stars
  • Author: Kaje Harper
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ
  • Publisher: Kaje Harper

Friend or Foe - The Gollywhopper Games

I think that a good children’s book is one that tells an engaging story while encouraging creativity and mental exercise and this book definitely does both. It was entertaining to solve puzzles right along with Zane, and a relief that one c...

5 Stars

Only a Kiss - A Survivors' Club Novel, #6

What a fantastic addition to a remarkable historical romance series! The emotional stories told about the other ‘members’ of the club thus far should have prepared me for the story I have been curious about for so long, despite being mesmer...

5 Stars
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical
  • Publisher: Signet

Cat's Lair - Leopard, #6

This impressive paranormal tale is a delicious combination of intense shapeshifter dynamics, action, and romance. Watching Cat’s journey to shed the persona imposed upon her by her horrific past, her ability to recover from betrayal after f...

5 Stars
  • Author: Christine Feehan
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Jove

Call on Me - A Loving on the Edge Novel, #8

This compelling series continues to enthrall, ensnare and entertain, while providing plenty of heat, emotion and new favorites to fall in love with. I love the contrast between outward images and inner personalities that is particularly hig...

5 Stars
  • Author: Roni Loren
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Berkley

Home Work - #3 in Life Lessons

This next installment in an enthralling contemporary m/m romantic suspense series has both a captivating mystery and an exquisite romance in a combination that is spellbinding. It would probably be possible to read this as a stand alone sto...

5 Stars
  • Author: Kaje Harper
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, Gay / Lesbian / GLBTQ, * Romantic Suspense, * Contemporary
  • Publisher: MLR Press,LLC

Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes - The Art of the Films

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films” by Sharon Gosling and Adam Newell is an oversized book that is a wondrous look at the incredible amount of work that went into making these two movies...

5 Stars

The Book of Life - All Souls Trilogy, #3

One is tempted to believe that the author must have witch blood in her due to her remarkable ability to gather disparate threads and keep them from tangling while weaving such an intricate tapestry that spans three volumes and still leaves...

5 Stars
  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Supernatural, * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Penguin Group

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015

“The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015” is a mind-bogging collection of details about a myriad of subjects. It is an interesting resource for a society that has become dependent on using the internet search engines because it also can pr...

5 Stars

A Play of Shadow - Night's Edge, #2

The fun thing about reading fantasy is having one's imagination stretched, as one amazing event forms the framework for another, but it is essential for a vivid universe to be established in order for everything else to make sense, especial...

5 Stars

Geared for the Grave - A Cycle Path Mystery, #1

One of the things that makes cozy mysteries so much fun is that the focus is not on the gory aspects of murder, but rather on the somewhat madcap adventures of the quirky folks trying to solve the crime. This story is a prime example of how...

5 Stars
  • Author: Duffy Brown
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Cozy Mystery, * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley

Species Imperative

These stories are an amazing melding of biology, science fiction, action, and romance. The gradual build-up from a sometimes hilarious view of the antics of grad students and obsessed researchers, to the connection between research techniqu...

5 Stars

The Turning Season - A Shifting Circle Novel, #3

The challenges of living as a shapeshifter are fascinatingly depicted in this compelling fantasy story. There are both pulse-pounding conflicts and emotionally wrenching situations that are vividly portrayed, and the moral dilemmas that are...

5 Stars
  • Author: Sharon Shinn
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: ACE

Beyond Limits - Tracers

There are some stories that grab you from the first page and don’t let go until the very last word...and then you’re sorry to see them end. Beyond Limits was one of those for me. The first thought I had, once I caught my breath, was that th...

5 Stars

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