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A Gift for Adam

A Gift for Adam was a very fast read and entertaining read. It’s a short at around 70 pages and just perfect for a short break.   Evie made a gag Christmas gift for Christie, her best friend, of seven embroidered thongs, but...

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Borrowed Stilettos - Red Stilettos, #1

Happily-ever-after, here we come, complete with rainbows, flowers, gurgling mountain streams, mistaken identities, and everything else!  I do wish Ava/Audrey and Zach had had more time to play with his family.  They were having su...

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Green Angel - Green Angel, #1

A very odd, very short little story, and aside from the obvious 'time heals most' message, it's kind of sweet.  It is nice metaphor for the message, and the imagery is good, but there's so little of it, I'm not sure what to say about i...

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  • Author: Alice Hoffman
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * Fantasy, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

Friendship Bread

Happy, sad, strange, angry, slightly contrived, and then happy again. Good book. It hurts some, and made me laugh, and made me wish I cooked more. Going out for ice cream is a wonderful first step. I want to set up a tea room and see what h...

4 Stars

Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark - Lady Anne, #1

Sadly, this book reminded me of another in which the main character spends the entire book being innocent but cast into scandalous situations, and throughout the entire thing, no one believes her. Here, Lady Anne spends most of the boo...

3 Stars

She Can Run - She Can, #1

This is a good all-around read, and perhaps not one to be started late at night and home alone. The characters are likable - or hate-able as the case may be, and the plot moves fast enough but doesn't feel rushed. I am a little tired of the...

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Everything We Ever Wanted - A Novel

He can call his girlfriend from across the country, but not his mother from across town? This story was intended to be disturbing, and it certainly succeeded in that, but there are so many parts that are just too weird for words, and the en...

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Jane Eyre (Harper Teen)

What can one say about a classic without saying what's already been said a hundred times? Not much. Jane Eyre is as lovely as always. It's one of those wonderful, interesting and quirky books that will live on. This time around Harper Teen...

5 Stars
  • Author: Charlotte Bronte
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Sense and Sensibility (Harper Teen)

What can one say about a classic without saying what's already been said a hundred times or a thousand? Not much. Sense and Sensibility is as lovely as always, just as interesting and wonderful and quirky and so. It's a good book. We got th...

5 Stars
  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

Semi-Sweet - A Novel of Love and Cupcakes

I liked Hannah and Adam a lot, but some of the secondary characters were a bit hard to believe. Alice is that obsessed? Vivianne is that shy? Patrick and Nora are that self-centered? Leah thought that trapping him with a pregnancy would wor...

4 Stars

It Gets Better - Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

Chicken Soup for the Queer Soul. I'm torn here between the fact that I do think this book needs to exist and I'm glad it does -- and the fact that I wasn't really all that interested in the stories. Maybe it's because I'm not 17 any more. B...

3 Stars

The Diver

I am not sure I liked this book. It's depressing as all get out, and slow paced, and told from several viewpoints simultaneously. Like it? I'm not sure you like a book like this. It's well told, weaving together many stories in interesting...

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Merchant Kings - When Companies Ruled the World, 1600--1900

You get an odd mix of a book. The historical details seem accurate and detailed, and learning some of the facts and stories are interesting. But other times, it’s like there’s this cranky old man peering through the pages at me,...

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Heat Wave

I didn't think it unreasonable to hold this book to high standards. I mean, after all, I like Castle, the TV show, and any book purported to be written by Rick Castle had better be pretty damn cool. Sadly, it wasn’t. Nikki Heat is too...

2 Stars

Boondocks Fantasy

Hot damn, that was fun! Creepy, sweet, happy, sad, weird, and all around entertaining. If you like urban fantasy, these stories are for you. You get aliens from outer space next to Lake Things and elves. This is one good book, and I’m...

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  • Authors: Jean Rabe, Martin H. Greenberg
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: DAW

Blood and Silk - The Hidden Love Story of Mary of Magdala and Jesus of Nazereth

Blood and Silk by Carol McKay is written with a really good idea -- and not so great execution. Given all the stories surrounding the Bible and Mary Magdalene’s possible role in Jesus’ life, it’s certainly an interesting i...

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The Clone Codes

Oh, look. Slavery is bad. Oh, look, we need to teach children this fact, in hopes of preventing any of them from becoming despots and tyrants when they grow up. But slavery in the USA was so long ago, and it’s all history, none of the...

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  • Authors: Patricia McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

The Clone Empire

This is not the first book in the series, which did bother me, but aside from that, and the love interest nonsense, it was a really good story.  Harris is smart, not too clever for his own good, and knowing that he's a clone in a world...

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Gentlemen

I’m sorry, but if I were a teenage boy, I would not appreciate being hit over the head by a cautionary tale about how I shouldn’t jump to conclusions and be careful about who I spend time with and always speak the truth. I came...

2 Stars
  • Author: Michael Northrop
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press

Blood Over Badge

Spoiler alert - Blood over Badge could have been a good story, but the telling of that story failed because of several reasons. There were a lot of little things that bugged me. The grammar was poor: missing commas and lost end quotes. The...

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The Summer Kitchen

Nora is an interesting woman. As with most personal growth stories, I didn't like her at the beginning. Self-centered, selfish, oblivious, dependent and proud of it, thoughtless, and conforming to a standard she does not want or like and wi...

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The Dervish House

The Dervish House is just weird.  Many stories, with some interconnections and some who just float around the edges and never seem to matter to anyone else.  Not my style of writing at all.  Given that, it’s still a goo...

4 Stars

Spellcrash

Ravirn saves the day, again! Except this time with an ending that even while I saw it coming, maybe, was still unexpected. The idea of Ravirn, or Raven, being recruited by Cirice was nice, given how they last parted, and the chance to stick...

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The Scarlet Contessa - A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

The Scarlet Contessa reminds me of The Queen's Bastard in the level of detail and development of characters, which is a favorable comparison, by the way. I liked TQ'sB . The main character, Dea, is a push-over, but this might be mostly in j...

4 Stars

The Drowning River - A Mystery in Florence

Watch out, Commissario Brunetti, you have some competition!  And also in Italy, too! Sandro and Luisa Cellini are just as dogged, careful, and successful as Guido and Paola, and much more interesting in some ways.  For i...

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Ares Express

Usually, when someone writes in a style far outside of what I am used to, and my tastes and vocabulary are wide and eclectic, I’m not terribly enamored of the book.  Of course, this is usually because this means it’s just p...

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The End Game

In the course of one day: a house burns down, two people die in the fire, two children are kidnapped, the burnt house is bombed, a car’s brake lines are cut, an old woman is smothered, a kid on his bike is run over, several people use...

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Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane was amazing.  Following Tully and Kate as they grow up and figure out this thing called adulthood was funny, scary, sometime contemptable, and often frustrating.  I can't count how many times I cried.  I'm not en...

4 Stars

Keeper of Light and Dust

What a strange love story/vampire story, where the lovers know they are lovers but don't do anything about it for thirty years, and the vampire not only is caught, he willingly participates in his own . . . death?  Not quite the normal...

4 Stars
  • Author: Natasha Mostert
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * Romantic Suspense
  • Publisher: Penguin Group

Bride Ball

Bride Ball is an interesting take on the old story.  Sadly, I admit to being a grammar-nazi, and I had a hard time reading some parts because I kept getting stuck on misplaced commas and odd phrasings.  It's a modern-day Cinderell...

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  • Author: Brenna Lyons
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * SPICY: HOT Romance, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Phaze Books

Bound To Be Mine

A Short BDSM Tale I was so afraid Ben was going to convince Lisa that they were wrong, or even just that he was going to continue telling himself that he was hurting her in ways she didn't want.  I was glad that she won him over, but I...

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The Summer We Fell Apart

I wasn't going to like this book. No, really, I wasn't going to like this book, because it was one of those 'things that went wrong with my childhood' books and 'how I have Redeemed my life' and I just wasn't going to like it.  But the...

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Pride/Prejudice : A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers

Talk about slash fiction.  This is probably one of the best fan fics I've read in a long time.  Everything that happened in the original but just happened off-screen (-page) happens here.  If it was hinted at by Austen and gl...

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Lockdown

Having never been in contact with the Department of Corrections any where except on the TV screen, I have no idea how accurate this is.  I'm sure Myers did all his research, and he apparently works with the DoC now and then.  It's...

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  • Author: Walter Dean Myers
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperTeen

The Enchantment Emporium

This was a very cool book all around.  I do wish the back-story of the Aunties had been explained better, and some of the other relationships between people, such as Choosing.  Some things were just not clear to me because the cha...

4 Stars

When Seducing a Duke

Seductive and clever, this story definitely yanked my attention straight into Rose and Grey's world and didn't let go until the very last page. Although I did have moments of where I wondered just how the most open-minded, reasonable, and g...

4 Stars

Seducing the Heiress - An Heiress in London Novel, Book 1

The spunky heiress freshly arrived back in England who somehow is incapable of behaving appropriately, the misunderstood rake with a hidden past in need of redemption of the monetary sort, terrible parents whose only function seems to be ge...

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Captured

Beverly Jenkins does a wonderful job of bringing Dominique and Clare to life and I really appreciate how she leaves out no detail to spare the reader's sensibilities regarding the plight of the slaves back in the day. There was little to no...

4 Stars
  • Author: Beverly Jenkins
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

Darkscape: Redemption - Darkscape Series, Book 2

R. Garland Gray strikes just the right note between romance and science fiction in Darkscape: Redemption. There's enough of the former that it keeps the story interesting and yet still keeping it well within the realm of romance and happily...

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Siren Song - First in the Royal Dynasty series.

This was a very sweet read. Even with all the intrigue going on, I thought that Raymond and Alys were a very cute couple and it was a pleasure to have a story where most of the drama came from outside of the relationship.   I thought t...

4 Stars

Beltane Magic - The Magic Seasons series, #1

Although I liked this story and thought it was pretty interesting, I was somewhat put off by two things: the story isn't really resolved even though the story is a fairly short one and that the author seems to be writing a textbook for Wicc...

3 Stars

A Mate's Risk

This was a pretty interesting read -- I liked the idea of the time spinner, the gods, and traveling between the worlds.  However, I felt that the story could have been fleshed out more: I wanted to know just why Earth was part of the f...

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The Virgin's Daughters - In the Court of Elizabeth I

The Virgin’s Daughters is sell written, believable, engaging, oh, yes, depressing.  Overall, well worth the read.  Also, this book matches very closely with the actually history of the time.  Of course, dialogue is made...

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The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners

The writing is a bit stiff at first.  The dialogue didn’t quite ring true to my ears, and I had a hard time believing some of the internal monologue.  Also, I never did figure out what was served by telling the story in thir...

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Dragons and Dwarves - Stories of the Cleveland Portal

Now this was a fun one. I've always enjoyed urban fantasy, and this is a very good one.  I like the mystery aspect of each of the two books in the omnibus, I liked following the logic and the main character puts together the back story...

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The Red Tree

The Red Tree is a damned creepy book all around, made worse by the fact that the location given in the "preface" can be traced on Google maps -- and it's not that far from where my grandparents used to live.  I mean, I can pu...

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Faery Moon

This books makes more sense if you have previously read Hounding the Moon and Moon in the Mirror. Finally!  A female first-person narrative in which the main character does not believe she can take on the world all on her own, and usin...

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The Pretender's Crown - Book Two of the Inheritors' Cycle

Read The Queen's Bastard first.  Everything makes more sense. What if Elizabeth I of England had keep her throne by the magic of aliens sent to corrupt our world to prepare us for the invasion?  What if fantasy and sci-fi blended...

3 Stars

The Endowed - The Endowed #1

Ok – The timeline on this story happened a bit too fast for me…but the premise was fascinating.   I'm sorry, half an hour after the heroine meets a guy, she should not calmly be discussing sleeping arrangements as if it is...

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  • Author: Tianna Xander
  • Review by: Roza
  • Genre: HOT Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, * SPICY: HOT Romance, * SPICY: Multiple Partners
  • Publisher: eXtasy Books Inc

Ice Song

GAH!  Good book, interesting ideas, cool execution, but GAH!  She should not still be lactating after all that she’s been through and with the length of time she’s been away from her babies!  I mean, the woman tur...

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