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Chain

I honestly feel a little bit frustrated by this book. The premise of Estelle's powers was very interesting and I felt that if it had only been explored in more detail and at a more realistic pace it would have been more believable. As...

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Imperial Guard - Sector Guard Book 6

I found this short story confusing, frustrating, and in dire need of backstory.  The thing is, although I've read a good portion of Viola Grace's work, I don't have encyclopedic knowledge of her stories and this is perhaps a good thing...

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Sacrifice to the Stars

Short, mostly uncomplicated read that brings up some interesting ideas. The story starts out well, with lots of suspense about whether Tia is going to be danger or is she going to be able to avoid being discovered. This part is handled well...

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Spellweaver - Nine Kingdoms 2

I read through this book in one sitting, then stayed up late to re-read the previous books in this world to catch all the hints and started cursing Lynn Kurland. In a good way of course. I'm just devastated that the next book won't be out f...

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Guarding Pax - Sector Guard Series, #15

This was a reasonably entertaining short, but it had the feel of having been popped out just a little bit too fast. As usual, Grace comes up with fascinating concepts for her Sector Guard series - it is always interesting to see what new id...

3 Stars

Songs of Love and Death - All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love

This was a good collection of shorts. Inevitably there were the ones that didn't quite make it, the ones that fell like a stone in water, and the ones that fulfilled and then some. There were some stories that worked well with the tragic en...

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  • Authors: George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Neil Gaiman, Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Marjorie M. Liu, Carrie Vaughn, Jacqueline Carey
  • Review by: Kyraninse
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Supernatural, * Rom: Speculative / PNR, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Gallery Books

Secrets Volume 29

 Usually, in an anthology, there's that one or two outliers that don't quite work. Those stories that you write off as being the price you pay for being able to get your beloved authors' work. Not so in this anthology.  Not only d...

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon

This book puts Sarah Addison Allen firmly on my list of must-buy, favorite authors. Allen is a master of magic realism, weaving all too believable human angst and drama into a setting where a man had a sweet sense, the wallpaper of a young...

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Enchanted

 As usual, Grace's story is a fun romp through an interesting world. Myka's story is told with just the right amount of humour and spice, with the details of the new world which she must adapt to cleverly woven in.  It seems like...

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The Bards of Bone Plain

 Richly poetic prose that is at once familiar and epic -- McKillip's latest offering is a study in ballad-drenched imagery. McKillip, as usual, has a fine hand with bringing a culture, an alien world to life whilst weaving in elements...

4 Stars

Chubby is the Night

A sassy, fun read, I breezed through this, incapable of putting it down. I did feel a bit misled by the title and the synopsis, however. Max may be plus-sized, but  in my opinion the story didn't exactly touch upon her problems suffici...

4 Stars

Changing Tides

Initially, I thought the concept of supernatural creatures who didn't fit in with their heritage would be an interesting idea, but I personally found this story hard to settle into. Neadra's fear of water was not truly believable in its ext...

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Aphrodite's Tattoo

The premise of this story was interesting, although the execution was somewhat spotty. For one thing, I found it hard to believe Aphrodite's interest in Edmund, although in retrospect that was the easiest to overlook. Aphrodite is known for...

3 Stars

666 Angel Lane

Intriguing, engaging, and often laugh-out-loud funny, I think that Green has a winner in this book. Kate is hell-on-wheels, pardon the expression, as a narrator. She's hysterically funny and bitchy in all the right ways. Green has her finge...

4 Stars

Angel At Dawn - Novel of the Upyr Series

I have to preface this by stating that Emma Holly is one of my favorite authors and usually I'm drawn right into her worlds and her characters. Oddly enough, this time it wasn't the case.  The characters were still magnetic, fully fles...

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Touch of the Goddess - Part 1 in the Goddess's saga.

Hammarblad has some interesting ideas in this offering and the dialogue is often entertaining and funny. I can see how it would be easy to get sucked into the world and characters she creates.  However, I had a lot of trouble really si...

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Martha Stewart's Menus for Entertaining

The entertaining season seems to be upon us. In fact, as Thanksgiving is over, one can say that at least one of the hurdles has been either bypassed or carried off successfully. Regardless, as occasions for good cheer and lots of people to...

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Seer of Sevenwaters - Sevenwaters #2

In this latest offering, Marillier  sweeps us back to the, at this point, rather epic narrative of the people of Inis Eala, their joys, their sorrows, and what they must face as the ages turn and change is near overwhelming.  As u...

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The Magickers Chronicles : Volume Two - The Dragon Guard / The Gate of Bones

Rife with potential, this story was in reality a bit of a slog to get through. I found the characters incapable of holding my attention and at turns baffled and bemused as to what exactly was going on.  Granted, I came to this book on...

3 Stars

The Heir of Night - The Wall of Night Book One

Interesting, if a bit much to wade through at times. Lowe has good ideas, interesting characters, and a penchant for poetic, intricate prose that can be as much its downfall as its selling point.  I found the writing a little high-flow...

3 Stars

Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter

Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter was funny, engaging, and an easy read. Leelee is an entertaining narrator, even if one does want to grab her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her naive, whining little head at times. The other suppo...

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Sovereign's Gladiator

 Steamy, mesmerizing, and addicitve -- Jez Morrow has opened my eyes to just how good it can be between men. I have to admit that I've never really gone for pure man on man romancing before this, but now I'll have to rethink my stance...

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The Silkie's Call - [Sea Lovers]

Interesting premise, with charismatic and engaging characters. Fascinating twist, that the paranormal element takes a second seat to the other elements. Poppy's disability is carefully and realistically portrayed, both her feelings and reac...

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A Tournament Knight

Jacqueline's twin brother William is inadvertently killed by their father in a tournament and after a childhood of neglect and a narrowly missed marriage to an old lecher – Jacqueline swears revenge upon her father. She takes up her b...

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Faetful

I picked this book up because I read the other book in the series and because I thought that the idea was interesting and could promise lots of fun if executed right. Unfortunately, it didn't quite deliver. For one thing, the weird instanta...

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I'll Be Your Superman

A hot story with an interesting premise, but somehow it just didn't do it for me.  I thought that the story could have benefited infinitely from having a little more backstory thrown in, maybe a little more prep work for the steamy bit...

3 Stars

Hunters

From the very first line, Hunters was a show-stopping page turner that I didn't want to put down . The main characters were vivid, vibrant people, and their interactions were snappy, funny, and steamy. The portrayals of them as bounty hunte...

4 Stars

Haunting Flame

Haunting Flame is a sweet, moving story with just the right amount of paranomal activity. Bennett has a fine hand with characterization and the plot flows smoothly, with no visible anachronisms to trip things up. Callie and Tony are, if not...

4 Stars

Chains of Fire - The Chosen Ones Series

This latest installment in The Chosen Ones was a fiery, enchanting page-turner from the very first page where Samuel and Isabella clash. It was interesting to see how they were so attuned to each other even as they tried to viciously shove...

4 Stars

Veil of Night

Another funny, suspenseful adventure from Linda Howard. As usual, the characters shine. Carrie Edwards all but begs you to off her yourself and the snappy dialogue between Jaclyn and Eric never failed to amuse. The supporting cast were memo...

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Selfish Is the Heart - Order of Solace Series, Book 3

I've been waiting for a full length novel story of the Order of Solace and this one definitely didn't disappoint. If anything, now I want more set in the same world. Annalise is a charismatic woman -- her intelligence, cynicism, and joy for...

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Engaging Gren - Book three in the Life in the Vrail Series

Marie Harte paints a vivid and exciting world in her Vrail series and this installation doesn't disappoint. Although Temis rubbed me the wrong way with her initial scene interacting with Gren, she quickly proves that she's not as impulsive...

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The Master's Lover

Lyons' approaches the question of homosexuality in a story that is both tender and hot, fusing the two elements into a seamless whole. Lyons, as usual, has a deft hand with weaving in details that bring a story, a culture, a world to life....

4 Stars

Divine Redemption

Divine Redemption was a short, hot read. If seen from a perspective of simple entertainment, it definitely hit the spot. The premise was interesting and the characters appealing. However, perhaps it was a short story, I found that Strong di...

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The Accidental Wedding - The fourth Devil Riders story

Anne Gracie does it again: The Accidental Wedding is funny, charming, and completely endearing. Althought some might think the premise a bit too old, it's a mark of Gracie's skill that she captured my interest from the very first page and k...

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Healer's Choice - Set in the world of Ghostland and Spider-Touched

This latest installment in the this series just keeps racheting the suspense and drama higher. Rebekka and Aryck's story is compelling, fascinating, and kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire book. Rebekka is compassionate and strong...

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Mad, Bad & Dangerous

Snarky, spicy, and laugh-out-loud entertaining -- novels are where Cat Marsters really shines. Kett is prickly, but lovable. I fell for her from the very first page with her caustic comments hiding that vulnerable marshmallow inside. Marste...

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Solstice Heat - The Magic Seasons series, #2

Solstice Heat was a easy, quick, and entertaining read. A note of warning, however: This is the second book in the series and it doesn't stand-alone well. There are eight characters that feature prominently in the story and at times their p...

3 Stars

Magmon's Hunger

This story was a fun read, with an interesting premise, charismatic characters, and steamy hot scenes. I enjoyed how the story followed Karliss' life from birth until he meets Diama, sucessfully painting him as a real man with his own vulne...

3 Stars

Hayashi's Hero - Dawn Endeavor 2

Morgan and Kisho's story is action-packed, dynamic story that somehow still manages to be both tender and romantic at the same time. Harte does an amazing job of weaving Kisho's insecurities about love, his homosexuality, and his feelings o...

4 Stars

Crush On You - Three Kisses Series, Book 1

Fun, moving, and filled with the good sort of nail-biting anxiety -- this new series by Christie Ridgway is something to look out for. From the first fiery meeting between Alessandra and Penn, I couldn't help but be drawn into the world of...

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Pathfinder - Ariane Kedros Series, Book 3

Reeve penned a striking story in Pathfinder. Although I found the story hard to follow at times because I somehow missed the memo that this was the third in a series -- Ariane was still an interesting, likable character and the story was de...

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Bonds of Justice - Psy/Changelings, #8

Bonds of Justice is a stunning new addition to the Psy-Changeling series. In fact, Singh takes the series in new directions that I had not foreseen, even after reading all of the previous books, and that gives me immeasurable joy. Sophia an...

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Silver Borne - Mercy Thompson Series #5

The Mercy Thompson series only seems to pick up the further we travel with Mercy -- no unreasonable hijinks or mysteriously appearing admirers to falsely boost the heat. One thing that I truly appreciate about Briggs is that so far, what's...

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Bearing Armen - Book Three

This is a collection of stories about the Night Warriors -- as such I'll be reviewing each short story. Overall, this book is a sweet and fast read. The short stories are just the right length to pick it up for a short time without feeling...

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Spinner

This was a fun and engaging story. Dehlia is interesting and I like how she's smart about using her powers in innovative ways. However, I would have liked a ton more back-story. The world isn't quite fleshed out: I perpetually felt like I w...

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Hael's Fury

I really enjoyed this story. It was a short, sweet read with just enough suspense and action to keep things hopping without detracting from the romance. I do think, however, that Viola Grace should perhaps considering branching out into lon...

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The Warder's Unicorn

This was another light-hearted, slightly naughty story by Viola Grace. I definitely enjoyed the interaction between Malksis and Seph -- too bad that it was cut short and another story was stuck into the middle of their romance. It almost fe...

3 Stars

The Druid's Captive

I found it hard to get through this story without wanting to flip ahead to see what would happen. Mostly because the story itself felt over-written, every point belabored, and way too much time spent on describing things that didn't seem to...

3 Stars

Healer

I really enjoyed this story. The first sentence drew me in and it just got better from there. I thought that Evah's ability was very interesting in that she not only absorbs the pain of her patient, but it also reflects on her body. I thoug...

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