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Jim Butcher, James Marsters
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Review: Resistance by Jenna Black

Review: Resistance by Jenna Black
Resistance
Author: Jenna Black
Series: Replica Trilogy #2
Publisher: Tor Books
Published on: March 11, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: 368 pages, Paperback
Provided by: Library
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Resistance is the second installment in acclaimed author Jenna Black’s YA SF romance series.

Nate Hayes is a Replica.

The real Nate was viciously murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or...almost all. Nate’s backup didn't extend to the days preceding his murder, leaving him searching for answers about who would kill him, and why. Now, after weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking...and he doesn’t like what he’s discovered.

The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Thanks to Nadia’s quick thinking, the two of them hold the cards now—or think they do.

Unfortunately, neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs.
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You will have to excuse me for not explaining everything that I want to in this review. I don’t want to give any spoilers for this book or the previous book in the series. There is a lot that can’t be said about this book without spoiling some of book one.

 

After finishing book one of the Replica series, I was very excited to start Resistance. We start pretty much where we left off in Replica. Nate and Nadia learn who killed Nate (he was brought back as a Replica in book one). They’re in a very uncertain truce with the corrupted leaders in Paxco. The two kids don’t know how deep they dug themselves in. Nate and Nadia had thought they had worked everything out, but boy were they wrong.

 

Towards the end of Replica, Nadia was arrested and taken to Riker’s Island. It was her quick thinking that she was able to talk her way out and was completely exonerated, but as with anyone with a celebrity status that she has, the media wouldn’t let it go. Her mother decides that it would be best for Nadia to go to an “Executive retreat”. These are supposed to be for them to relax and unwind. In truth, it is a place to hide from the media. No access to the outside world, almost like a fancy prison.

 

There is a new character brought into the mix in Agnes. She is the daughter of a chairman of another state. Her family is invited to Paxco to work out an alliance between the two states. Agnes is not a pretty girl and has a very bland personality. Nate takes an instant dislike to her. He isn’t shy about showing it. Agnes is not new to being treated in this fashion and is willing to endure it, if it is best for her state. She is very loyal in that sense. Nadia, on the other hand, was very corgel with Agnes and didn’t fault Agnes for the position that Agnes is put into, no matter how much it makes things hard on Nadia.

 

I really enjoyed this story just as much as the first book. I love seeing how Nate and Nadia continue to stand together. They might not be romantically involved (though Nate does have some jealousy issues), they stand strong together. I think they would make a great ruling pair when they got older. I love how Nadia really stands up and approaches and befriends Agnes, even with Nadia in such a bad situation. Nadia does have a little more of a romantic role with Dante. I’m expecting to see it come to fruition in book three.

 

The series continues to be action packed with political twists and turns. All of the main characters in this one have a hard time in this story. The Resistances ends, not so much as a cliffhanger, but with all of these kids in a very tight spot. I’m very excited to get to the third and final book in this series. I want to see how these kids are able to pull this off and save the state of Paxco.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Immune - Shannon Mayer

The romance progressed entirely too quickly for an Urban Fantasy series that's up to nine installments. I expected to wait a good long while, and I was totally ok with that, and then *BOOM* L-word. I'm still enjoying the characters, and story arc, but Rylee/O'Shea's relationship might push me to quit. It all comes down to RAISING INNOCENCE. Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 80%.

Immune - Shannon Mayer

Review: Night Angel by Lisa Kessler

Review: Night Angel by Lisa Kessler
Night Angel
Author: Lisa Kessler
Series: Night Series #2.5
Publisher: Indie
Published on: March 16, 21014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 96 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Sometimes the only way to heal is to love...

When Colin Flynn returns home to Ireland, the immortal Night Walker is not the protector he had once been. Although his flesh has healed, the scars hide a broken spirit.

Juliana Duffy is a survivor. She owns a florist shop and continues to play piano in spite of her deafness. Her prophetic dreams warn her of coming death and show her the faces of two men: one a customer and one a handsome stranger.

After hearing her music, Colin finds himself drawn to this woman who refuses to be defined by her injury. As an ancient enemy emerges and threatens her safety, Colin will need to learn Juliana's secret to overcome his wounds, and regain his strength.

But falling for a mortal could be the greatest risk of all...

Paranormal Romance From the TBR

 

From what I can tell, this novella was written due to fans asking for a specific character’s story and HEA. I thought that was pretty great that the author gave her fans what they had been wanting. Unfortunately, I still haven’t read all of the books, but it didn’t hurt the read for me at all.

Set in Ireland, this novella tells the story of Juliana, a deaf florist, and Colin, a Night Walker that has just returned home to Ireland. Night Walkers are not vampires, although they are immortal. They must drink blood to live, and they have an animal or bird that they shift to at will. Colin shifts to an eagle, although he was recently injured and part of his wing(arm)muscle is gone. He can no longer fly, and he is very depressed. He is informed that Benedict is back. Benedict is also immortal, and shape shifts to a sea horse of sorts-one that survives by eating women. Really fun guy to be around. Colin has made it his mission to stop Benedict for good, as he considers himself a protector of his part of the world.

Colin meets Juliana in a pub, after he sees her play the piano. He can’t believe that she plays even though she is deaf. He decides he wants to learn her secret of not being depressed by her deafness, and how she was able to rise above it. What he doesn’t know is that Benedict is also an admirer of Juliana, and has plans for her as well.

This was a sweet romance, but it was also a bit of a thriller. Benedict was a well written villain, and he has as big a part to play as Colin does in this read. Or pretty close anyway. I enjoyed the characters of Juliana and Colin a lot. Since it is a short read, of course the romance happens really fast, and since I usually don’t necessarily enjoy insta-love, I had to go with it. And that was fine in this case.

Lisa Kessler always writes good books that are romantic and paranormal-two of my favorite things in a read. The Night Walker series fulfills my love of both shifters and vampires-although each Night Walker stresses that he is NOT a vampire. Drinks blood to live-yep that describes a vampire, but since he shifts to an animal, well that makes for a different sort of creature altogether. I have enjoyed all of the books that I have read up to this point and recommend them to adult paranormal romance fans.


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Reading progress update: I've listened 566 out of 791 minutes.

Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6 - Jim Butcher, James Marsters

Review: Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Review: Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley
Wildest Dreams
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: Fantasyland #1
Publisher: Indie
Published on: December 7 2013
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Format: 543 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime.

But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.

But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and… dragons.

fantasy nomnom magical ADDICTIVE BOOKLOVE

 

SO. If we’re Goodreads friends, you probably already know this (if we’re not, you soon will): I LOVE Kristen Ashley.

 

LOVE her.

 

About three years ago I stumbled across one of her books on Amazon, one-clicked it, read it, and then . . . read every, single one of her other 40(ish) books, back-to-back. It took about a month, but I did it.

 

Yes. I did. B/c MANIAC. #sorrynotsorry.

 

There are two reasons why this is the first KA review I’m posting:

 

1. I’m OCD, so even though I’ve read several of her paranormal books since joining Rabid Reads, I’ve read them out of order, and thus they must wait.
2. KA writes a lot of romantic suspense, and as awesome as it is, no paranormal elements, so no RR review. *shrugs*

 

But don’t be mislead by my previous lack of SQUEE on the KA front, b/c trust me, it’s there.

 

Finnie Wilde is an adrenaline junkie.

 

She comes by it honestly, being the daughter of two adrenaline junkies, but as fun as that sounds, it’s actually quite sad. Finnie is essentially an orphan, having lost both mother and father to said adrenaline junkie-ness when she was twelve, so she jumps out of airplanes, etc. in an attempt to feel closer to her long-departed parents.

 

When she learns about an parallel universe populated by alternate versions of ourselves, she enlists the help of a witch to contact Alternate Finnie, who is more than eager to arrange a temporary body swap.

 

Real World Finnie is ecstatic, b/c Alternate Finnie’s parents are very much ALIVE, so against the admonishments and skepticism of her friends, RW Finnie pays Witch an exorbitant fee to perform the swap of her and Alternate Finnie’s consciousnesses.

Meet Frey Drakker:

 

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*swoons*

 

One of the most powerful and feared men in the realm, he has agreed to marry to Alternate Finnie to secure an alliance with her father, a significantly less powerful (b/c Frey is just that badass and important), but still powerful king.

 

BUT.

 

He is not happy about it.

 

Alternate Finnie is as beautiful as her RW counterpart, but that is where the similarities end.

 

Alternate Finnie feels constrained by the limitations of her world. She is tomboyish in a reality where a good and proper princess does not favor hunting and archery over more “womanly” pursuits, or *gasp* prefer the company of women to men *waggles eyebrows* (something she admitted to Frey after imbibing too much wine during their betrothal negotiations).

 

But Alternate Finnie is as pragmatic a choice as any, and Frey has never considered marrying for any reason beyond necessity, so . . . the marriage is arranged.

 

Which brings us to the circumstances Finnie finds herself in–post swap–in a Fantasyland version of our reality filled with magic, and herself a princess about to be wed to a man she has never met.

 

Yes, REALLY.

 

Sound a little far-fetched to you? A little uh-huh, sure, whatever you say, boss?

 

I’m inclined to agree.

 

BUT.

 

If you’re unfamiliar with KA, you don’t know this yet, but KA can do things that others cannot do. To KA an outlandish/ridiculously far-fetched scenario is a playground. To KA women who make choices that would be questionable in any other context are quirky and fantastic. To KA brutish and extreme examples of Alpha male-ness are sex on a stick.

 

It’s baffling.

 

And WONDERFUL.

 

You should read it. *nods emphatically*

 

It is worth noting that the only reason this is a 4.5 and not 5.0 star read is an excessive use of the term “cool” in the beginning of the book. I am not grading it on a lesser scale b/c indie. It’s really that good. That being said, Kristen Ashley is not for everyone. If you do not enjoy supremely Alpha-type males (similar to those you find in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, then I’d skip these).

 

HOWEVER . . . if you do enjoy that kind of character, I encourage you to exercise your ability to one-click, b/c despite KA’s extreme popularity, her books are still downright cheap, so even if you don’t love it like I do, you won’t break the bank over that discovery. It’s a basic cost vs. (potential) benefit scenario, people! Check it out!

 

Fantasyland:

 


 


 
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Audiobook Review: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Dark Desires After Dusk - Kresley Cole

Dark Desires After Dusk
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #5
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published on: February 5, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 10 hrs & 54 mins, Audiobook
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A seductive beauty he can never have. Yet can't resist...
Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought we could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

A tormented warrior she should fear, but can't deny...
Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon's wicked touch.

Surrender to dark desires...
Yet just when he earns Holly's trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can state his wildest needs--and claim his heart?

Audiobook Adults Only Yummy Alpha

 

After three superb installments, this series hit a bit of a snag with book 4, but I wasn’t going to hold that against Kresley Cole or Robert Petkoff, and I’m glad I didn’t because DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK was glorious! One of the things that I love most about IMMORTALS AFTER DARK is that you meet some of the protagonists beforehand because on top of giving you something to look forward to, it also helps to get readers invested in each character&#821#8217;s eventual outcome.

Holly wasn’t the first heroine whom I’ve encountered that’s been afflicted with OCD, however she was by far the most likable. Ashwin has lead a very PG life as a result of her condition which in turn is the reason why her transformation to Valkyrie was unusually delayed. Intense emotions and warriors are practically synonymous, so when a group of immortals attempt to kidnap her, it frees her combatant side. I think Cade’s attitude in relation to Holly’s disorder went a long way towards endearing her to me because he not only understood her limitations, but respected them, and that sensitized me to her plight instead of making it into a baffling annoyance.

As fetching as some of the female leads have been, let’s face it, I listen to this series for the men (and Petkoff’s narration, but I’ll get to that), and Cadeon Woede was delectable. I liked that he wanted to do right by his brother, and to a lesser degree, his mate. His loyalties were first, and foremost to Rydstrom, although that didn’t stop him from teaching Holly how to fight. Nix’s behind the scenes meddling continues to amuse, and with all of this talk of vessels, the Ascension, and the demons going to war, it’s not unreasonable to assume that I’ll be in the loop on all things IAD when #14 comes out because this series just keeps getting better!

You can tell that Robert Petkoff recorded the first ten novels in close proximity to one another by his ever increasing proficiency with Cole’s characters and writing. He was fully immersed in this universe for quite some time while bringing the audiobook versions of this series up to speed, and that fact comes through in his delivery, accents, and fervor. I enjoyed his rendition of the rage demon aspects of Cade’s personality, and applaud his commitment to the steamier parts of these stories.

DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK put the MMMmmm in demons.


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Reading progress update: I've listened 287 out of 791 minutes.

Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6 - Jim Butcher, James Marsters

YES! I've been waiting for a Buffy plug.

Reading progress update: I've listened 183 out of 791 minutes.

Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6 - Jim Butcher, James Marsters

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Question: What eReader Features Do You Use The Most?

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I alternate between two eReaders: my Kobo Aura HD, and my Kindle Fire HD 8.9. The majority of my book consumption is done on the former because of its smaller size, extremely long battery life, and crisp E Ink screen. But, other than the cool stats that track how much of my virtual library I’ve completed, total eBooks finished, hours spent reading, average minutes per session & pages per minute, I don’t do much else with it except read. When I want doodads, I switch to my Fire.

My favourite feature would probably be the social sharing. As a blogger, one of the first things I want to do when I find a cool quote is highlight and tweet it, and the Kindle does this like a boss. It has Facebook compatibility too, but you can only post to your personal account, not your page which doesn’t work for me. I also really like the Text-to-Speech option because it’s well-known that I am an audiobook addict, so this component allows me to go hands-free when I’m mobile. The robotic voice won’t be replacing my top narrators any time soon, but it’s a good alternative for when A) there’s no audio version of a novel available, or B) there is, however it’s too pricey, and the eBook is on sale. You can usually upgrade to Whispersync at a later date for cheap as well. The only downside is that it doesn’t work on ARCs unless you pull out your trusty iPhone, activate the VoiceOver accessibility feature, and let Siri take the lead.

My #3 would be the apps. There are tons available should you need to open a different eBook format than MOBI or PRC, and you can easily borrow titles from your local library via OverDrive, so I make full use of the store. Apparently I can do this on my Kobo as well, but after a crash filled weekend, I gave up on it. Unfortunately, Canada is still lagging behind on the Amazon front; we just got unlimited this past February, therefore I’m sure that many of you are more well-versed on all things Kindle than I am, and can teach me a thing or two. Now’s your chance!


 

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Fiction Police: New Covers from Paula Brackston, Victoria Schwab, Catherynne M. Valente and more!

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YES. It has only been a few days since my last post, but I find the covers when I find the covers. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!

~The Good~
That which I found to be awesome:
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At a glance this might not be the prettiest cover. BUT. If you haven’t read A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, then I know something you don’t know: that coat . . . it’s a magic coat. It’s kind of like Hagrid’s, with limitless pockets for limitless things, but this one is even better, b/c you can turn it inside out 6 or 8 (or more) times, getting a physically different coat each time. ALSO, those lines on the (some of them creepily long) arms? Yeah, they’re a map of Red London. Probably. Could be Grey London, I suppose, or White London, but probably not Black London . . . Intrigued? Hmm??


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I love ships. AND there’s a skull in those clouds.


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Creepily fantastic. This girl doesn’t appear to be falling, but her dress is definitely billowing (which I love), and the whole is greater than its parts: the font, the black and white, the gothic and foreboding house . . . I would NEVER willingly walk into that place. *shakes head emphatically NO*


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It’s pretty; I like it.


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LOVE this one. I love that Chickypoo is evidently somewhere with a breathable atmosphere, I love that this place has giant crystal formations, and I love how if you look closely at the surface of whatever it is that’s directly behind Chickypoo, there are two shadowy man-shapes coming toward her. Friend or foe? Guess I’ll have to read it to find out. WELL DONE.


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~The Meh~
That which I found to be mediocre:
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Eh. A lance shattering on a shield b/c tournament. Whoopty-frickin’-doo.


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You know what this says to me? It says: I NEED you to shut up. That’s what it says. B/c mouths. Covered by NEED.


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Another creepy one, but not fantastic. Mostly b/c the topmost balls of orange are perfectly placed to be moons . . . but then there are the rest of them . . . I don’t get it.


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I didn’t put this one into the “MEH” section until I sat here staring at it with absolutely nothing to say beyond, “colors,” and “constellations.” ALSO, I happen to have been born under the alleged 13th sign, so I take umbrage to someone telling the general population to “beware.”


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Lighting a candle under water? OH. I see. PARADOX. Clever. *rolls eyes*


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~The Ugly~
That which I found to be hideous and/or silly:
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My grandfather took a shine to bolo ties after spending some time out West when my mom was a teenager . . . I’m pretty sure he had one that looked just like that minus the steampunk skull. I loved my grandfather. I did not love his ties.


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This cover is the reason why women everywhere rejoiced at the advent of e-readers. And is that a firework going off behind them, or is that supposed to be the sun? A sun softened by the glow of true love, maybe? STAHP.


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I get it. Prohibition. Art Deco. The idea is cool, but this . . . this is ugly . . . and suggestive (if you don’t see it, I’m not saying it out loud). Also, there is a GIANT bird behind Dollface’s head. WEIRD things are happening in that room.


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Not only is this one’s title baffling, but Y U POINT GUN AT KITTEH?! Also, I have no idea why, but it’s reminding me of Quentin Tarantino. Maybe b/c I hate Quentin Tarantino . . . hmm . . .


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I think he’s got on an awful lot of clothes for being underwater. And kissing. Kissing under water . . . while fully clothed . . . when the other person is clearly sans clothing . . . That. Is. SO. Sexy . . .

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Sometimes . . . when I have no idea what’s happening on a book cover, I use the blurb as a frame of reference. This time I discovered that a dysfunctional family gets snowed in in some nightmare town (b/c travelers stuck in sinister locales hasn’t gotten tired yet), where “the laws of the universe are bent.” Like snowing indoors? B/c I don’t know about you, but I don’t care what kind of weather was going on, if I walked into a creepy old hotel and it was snowing—inside—I’d turn right back around and walk out. OH. It’s supposed to be . . . metaphorical? B/c snowed in? And stuck at hotel? Ooohhh . . . I see what you did there . . . *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*


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And that is all. I hope you guys are having an awesome week!

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Reading progress update: I've listened 732 out of 732 minutes.

Pleasure of a Dark Prince  - Robert Petkoff, Kresley Cole

This installment was a welcomed step back to what first got me hooked on this series—Valkyrie & Lykae. Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Bruja - Aileen Erin

I had my doubts when Aileen Erin decided to take a break from Tessa & Dastien's story to give one of her secondary characters a HEA, but it worked, and there were werewolves. Full review to follow.

Review: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

Review: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Fool Moon
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #2
Publisher: Roc
Published on: January 1 2001
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 369 pages, eBook
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Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses and the first two don't count...

howlinggood urban magical CRIME refreshing

 

I don’t know if it was the lowered expectations from being told by every-friggin’-body that DRESDEN doesn’t start “getting good” until book 3 or 4, or if it was how much cooler the book was than the TV episode based on this same installment, or something else entirely . . .

 

The why doesn’t really matter, what matters is the outcome, and the outcome is that I thought this book was fan-friggin’-tastic.

 

FOOL MOON was a vast improvement from STORM FRONT. Harry was more winsomely Harry, and while still occasionally awkward, after the first 25% or so, it petered off considerably. In the end, I was completely won over by his adorkableness.

 

I was not won over by Murphy. I hesitate to comment on how hard I am not shipping her and Harry right now, b/c I already did that while I was actually reading it, and was inundated by assurances that she has good reasons for being the unreasonably mistrustful, impulsive, violent harpy that she currently is.

 

I BELIEVE you. When EVERYONE is of the same opinion, it’s silly to deny its likelihood.

BUT.

 

That doesn’t change the fact that right now she’s an unreasonably mistrustful, impulsive, violent harpy.

 

Beyond Harry himself improving, there was also a solid plot with solid good guys and bad guys (the lack of which being my biggest complaint about STORM FRONT).

 

Some kind of werewolf is killing people in Chicago. And by “killing,” I mean ripping, tearing, eviscerating, etc.

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: boys are gross. #sorrynotsorry

 

It’s up to Harry to find out who. And also what. I said “some kind” of werewolf b/c there are apparently a lot to choose from, each varying degrees of, “Oh, shit.”

 

The werewolf lore was very interesting, especially that twist at the very end. An insect-like demon giving teasers about Harry’s mother, and more escapades with Harry’s ability to “soulgaze” kept the pages turning, and I felt like Butcher really raised the bar.

 

However, it wasn’t perfect.

 

There were eye rolls when a nerd was characterized by looking like he should have a pocket protector, and when Harry told the Bad Guy that he’s “scum” . . . *rolls eyes*

 

BUT.

 

He also says things like this:

Christ. I wished the police were as savvy as these ne’er-do-wells.

And this:

That was black magic, and it was easy to use. Easy and fun. Like Legos.

And after he calls the Bad Guy “scum,” he rallies and gives an epic smack down, with this as the parting shot:

“If we were in public, Mr. Dresden, I’d have you killed for speaking that way to me.”
“If we were in public,” I told him, “you’d try.”

BOOM.

 

It’s an interesting juxtaposition of “ne’er-do-wells” and black magic : legos analogies and “should have had a pocket protector” nerds and “ka-blowie”s. BUT. I see very good things.

 

On a completely random note, are any of you familiar with Jimmy Fallon’s “Ew” sketch from SNL? B/c Jimmy’s character has a stepdad named Gary, and every time Harry does something adorkable or something stupidly dangerous, in my head I’m yelling “Harry!” in the same voice that Sara (no “h” b/c h’s are ew!) yells, “Gary! Ew, go away, Gary!” and it cracks me up. *shrugs awkwardly*

 

Anyway, suffice it to say that I am well and truly hooked by Dresden. Well done, Butcher. Well done. *tips hat*

 

The Dresden Files:

 



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Review: When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason

Review: When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason
When Twilight Burns
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: The Gardella Vampire Hunters #4
Publisher: Avid Press
Published on: September 15, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 354 pages, eBook
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After narrowly escaping from Rome, Lady Victoria Gardella returns to London, where not even sunrise can stop a vampire's carnage...

Ruining Victoria's homecoming, a vampire stalks the streets of London--during the daylight. Not only is Victoria unable to detect the vampire with her heightened senses, but she's being framed as the prime suspect behind the killings.

Meanwhile, her heart is still divided between the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget and her fellow slayer Max Pesaro. The battle is made even more difficult by the legacy of a vampire's touch--a vampire who left in Victoria's veins boiling blood that forces her fight evil on two fronts: against the new breed of undead threatening London...and against the darkness within herself.

Kickass Fantastic Well Written Historical

 

Burned out by all the vampire romances out there? I can pretty much guarantee that this series will draw you right back into the vampire world, and keep you reading until you finish them all. This is the fourth in the series, and this series hasn’t let me down yet!

Victoria is a member of the ton, otherwise known as the high society of 1822 England. She is also known in vampire circles as the ‘Summa Gardella’ due to being the last of the Gardella’s bloodline. It’s a bloodline that means it’s her duty to be the leader of the Venators, a group whose mission is to kill vampires. When this series started, she was a debutante, and just learning about her heritage. It’s all very hush, hush, and she can not even tell her mother. She wears a talisman that makes her stronger then most humans, but still has to train often.

So by day, she’s being called upon by members of the ton, evenings are mostly spent at balls, dinners, and other frivolities. But it’s night that finds Victoria roaming the streets of whatever city she happens to be in, sometimes by carriage, sometimes on foot, hunting evil vampires in their quest for blood. Don’t get me wrong, she also manages to kill more than her share of vampires at some of the events she attends, and it makes for quite the story and adventure.

There are two men in Victoria’s life. Max is a venator-one of the few not of the bloodline but one that won the title after many trials. He is enigmatic and fiercely loyal to the venators. Recently, he lost his venator powers and is not taking it well. Sebastian is the great (many greats)grandson of one of the strongest vampires, Beauregard. He is charming, good looking, and Victoria has spent a few pretty sensual moments with him in the past. Even so, Max has been my favorite throughout the series up to this point.

So much has happened to this trio thoughout all of these books. I really don’t want to tell specifics, but things are always changing in Victoria’s life. Her mother and her two friends are still trying to calm Victoria down so that she can find another husband from the members of the ton. She, of course, knows she can never again marry someone that doesn’t know her secrets, but she also is aware that she must have a child to carry on the bloodline. Her mother’s two friends are also the cause of much needed levity during parts of the story.

This installment fulfilled one of my wishes for Victoria, and that just added to my enjoyment of this read. Lilith the vampire queen is back, and causing all sorts of havoc in the characters life-as is her usual. This book is a bit darker then the others, although the last one had it’s fair share of darkness as well. There’s plenty of tromping around in the bowels of London, lots of staking of vampires, and of course it has it’s moments of gore to the extreme. This one features the coronation of King George IV, and the author had fun with involving Victoria, and her cohorts in that event.

I could ramble on and on, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, if you love vampire books, love a good urban fantasy, with a side of romance and don’t care what the time period is, I feel certain you will love this read, as I do.


The Gardella Vampire Chronicles

 




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Fresh Meat: April 19-25th Speculative Fiction Releases

Urban Fantasy:

Pirate's Alley
Pirate’s Alley
(Sentinels of New Orleans #4)
by Suzanne Johnson
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

After vanquishing undead serial killers and discovering the dark secrets of her family history, wizard sentinel DJ Jaco must now stop the coming preternatural war in Suzanne Johnson’s Pirate’s Alley.

Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear. Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world–the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae–DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal.

Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband Quince Randolph is growing more powerful, and her best friend Eugenie has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back. And that’s before the French pirate Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest “death,” returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ’s assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that.

Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature.

War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won’t be that easy.



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

The Machine Awakes (Spider Wars #2)
by Adam Christopher
Science Fiction
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Book Description

Adam Christopher’s The Machine Awakes is a far future space opera set in the universe of Burning Dark. In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders–a machine race capable of tearing planets apart–the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral’s secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track.

When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral’s replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet’s own, a psi-marine and decorated hero–a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front.

As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims searching for their lost god, is determined to uncover.

But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry.

The Spiders are near.

 

The Affinities
by Robert Charles Wilson
Science Fiction
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Book Description

In our rapidly-changing world of “social media”, everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into social groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson’s The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies–genetic, brain-mapping, behavioral. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one’s life. It’s like family, and more than family. Your fellow members aren’t just like you, and they aren’t just people who are likely to like you. They’re also the people with whom you can best cooperate in all areas of life–creative, interpersonal, even financial. At loose ends both professional and personal, young Adam Fisk takes the suite of tests to see if he qualifies for any of the Affinities, and finds that he’s a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It’s utopian–at first. Problems in all areas of his life begin to simply sort themselves out, as he becomes part of a global network of people dedicated to helping one another–to helping him. But as the differing Affinities put their new powers to the test, they begin to rapidly chip away at the power of governments, of global corporations, of all the institutions of the old world. Then, with dreadful inevitability, the different Affinities begin to go to war–with one another. What happens next will change Adam, and his world, forever.

 

Desert Rising
by Kelley Grant
Fantasy
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Book Description

“It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals. It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves.”

The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One’s four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective – one that just might be considered heresy…

Sulis’s twin Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he’s willing to risk anything to get her people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.

An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery.

 

The Silver Witch
by Paula Brackston
Fantasy
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Book Description

A year after her husband’s sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat’s death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her – a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she’s near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water.

On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew.

In her own time, Tilda’s grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake’s ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other’s, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren’s prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more.

 

War of Shadows (Ascendant Kingdoms #3)
by Gail Z. Martin
Fantasy
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Book Description

Amidst the shadows, chaos reigns.

Blaine “Mick” McFadden managed to partially restore Donderath’s magic, but not without a cost. He and the magic are now bound together, and the power remains dangerous and erratic — draining the life from him with every use.

New threats are rising from the wreckage of the battered kingdoms, and warlords both mortal and undead vie for control. Now, Blaine and his unlikely band of convict heroes must find allies amidst a seas of enemies, and discover a way to rebind magic to the will of mortals before it destroys him.

And time is running out…



Paranormal Romance:

Sealed in Sin (The Vessel Trilogy #2)
by Juliette Cross
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Sometimes sin looks an awful lot like heaven.

One demon prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her inherent power as a Vessel of Light.

With Jude Delacroix off searching for the prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.

Yet she hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen for his own.

While her Vessel power grows and more demon spawn creep from every dark corner of the world, one thing is certain—the Great War between the angels and demons is quickly approaching. And Gen is in a race against time to awaken her full power before the storm breaks.

Warning: Contains a demon hunter with dark secrets, a sexy angel with ulterior motives, and demonic creatures running amok.

 

Unforgiven (The Soulkeepers #3)
by Lori Adams
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka—along with her soul—have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever.

But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka’s experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can’t follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell.



Young Adult:

The Whitechapel Fiend
(Tales from Shadowhunter Academy #3)
by Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson
Young Adult
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Book Description

Jack the Ripper stalks through London, and only the Shadowhunters can stop him. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.

 

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1)
by Lori Goldstein
Young Adult / Fantasy
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Book Description

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.

To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters,”

Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all.

 

The Trials (Project Paper Doll #3)
by Stacey Kade
Young Adult / Dystopian
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Book Description

After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started—under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation. But Ariane is no one’s weapon. She is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most—the person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone. As her plan takes shape Ariane will need to depend on, now more than ever, the other side of her heritage—the cold, calculated instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone she has nothing left to lose. With heart-pounding action, and plenty of surprises, the gripping conclusion to Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Doll series delivers a powerful finish that will keep fans hooked to the very end.

 

The Remedy (The Program #0.5)
by Suzanne Young
Young Adult / Dystopian
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Book Description

Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

 

The Mad Apprentice
(The Forbidden Library #2)
by Django Wexler
Middle Grade / Fantasy
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Book Description

When Alice’s mysterious Uncle Geryon sends her to help capture a rogue apprentice–a boy who has the same ability Alice has to Read himself into stories–she knows to expect a wild and unpredictable trip. But even though Alice has visited the magical realms inside libraries before, this adventure is far more dangerous. Because Torment, the magic creature holding this library together, has gone mad.

But he might also have information about Alice’s missing father.

 

Stolen Magic (A Tale of Two Castles #2)
by Gail Carson Levine
Middle Grade / Fantasy
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Book Description

The Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine, weaves a thrilling tale of mystery in this companion to A Tale of Two Castles.

Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie’s home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island’s deadly volcano from erupting, has been stolen! If the Replica isn’t found in three days, a mountain will be destroyed. And when Elodie ends up alone with a cast of characters each of whom may be guilty, she has to use her wits to try to unravel a tangled web of lies.

 

Tangled Magick
by Jennifer Carson
Middle Grade / Fantasy
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Book Description

A hapenny should live a simple life, but two years ago Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved her village from a troll invasion. Now as an official Protector of the Wedge, Maewyn shares in the responsibility of keeping it’s residents safe.

When her mentor, the wizard Callum, leads a Great Expedition, Maewyn joins, knowing that to be the best protector she can be, she must be familiar with what the world holds beyond her tiny village.

When you are only 3 foot tall, the outside world can be a scary place, and the hapennies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble. Captured by a gang of trolls the group is taken to a broken-down castle to be servants to the troll queen, Huldfrejya. Unfortunately, Callum is cast into a deep slumber. It’s up to Maewyn to rescue herself and her friends before they are entangled by a powerful magickal enchantment that will turn them into slaves to the troll queen forever!




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