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Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Gray is a promising student at Merlin College, studying the ancient art of magick, when one night changes his fate. When a midnight errands ends up with one of his classmates dead and Gray shouldering the blame, Gray is sent to spend the Long Vacation at the home of Professor Callender. There is no love lost between the two but Callender’s home is the safest place for Gray while he tries to find out what really happened that night and clear his name. The upside to his mandatory stay is that the Professor has a smart, inquisitive daughter who is intrigued by Gray. Sophie Callender and Gray become fast friends, though they must hide it. Sophie’s father has some antiquated ideas about women studying magick, so she must hide her association with Gray. However, as the two become closer they discover a sinister plot that they must stop. Along the way they discover secrets about their own pasts that make their mission even more dangerous.

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Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Lizzie Borden and her sister are living as outcasts in Fall River, Massachusetts after the brutal murders of their father and step-mother. Though Lizzie is the main suspect, she goes free after a lengthy trial. Rumor and suspicion follow her but Lizzie has bigger things to worry about. Namely, a sinister illness that is slowly staking its claim on the inhabitants of Fall River, turning them into hideous creatures intent on spreading their infection and madness.

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is the story of a society divided by class and war. Reds are the commoners, the poor, working class who, because of their genetic makeup are forced to live under the rule of the genetically superior Silvers. Reds are forced into conscription when they turn 18 and must fight a war on behalf of the Silvers – a war that has been going on for a hundred years with no end in sight. Silvers are the elite of society. They are born with different powers to control the elements and the mind. Some are more powerful than others but they all rule over the Reds. Mare Borrow is a Red and is destined for war in a few months.

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Review: Velvet by Temple West

Review: Velvet by Temple West

Title: Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1) Author: Temple West Publication Date: May 12, 2015 Publisher:  Swoon Reads Genre: Young Adult, Romance Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book Depository Source: review copy from publisher Rating: 4 stars – stay up late First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love. After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire. Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard… Read more »

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Release Day Launch – HADES by Larissa Ione Review + Excerpt

Release Day Launch – HADES by Larissa Ione Review + Excerpt

  Hi, everyone! I am very excited to be a part of the release day tour for Larissa Ione’s newest novella in the Demonica world, HADES. The Demonica series was the first real paranormal romance series that I ever read and it started a path into the world of romance that I never anticipated. It’s still one of my favorite series and I always recommend it to people who are looking to try some good paranormal romance. As part of the tour today I have an excerpt and and review. I hope this entices you to give this novella a… Read more »

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Audiobook Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Audiobook Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I am always a little wary going into a popular series that people love. I think the expectation is just sometimes too high and I end up disappointed. It may have helped that I saw the movie first and liked it. The film also gave me a good primer on the world here and it was easy to jump in. There were definitely changes from book to film but the overall spirit and plot of the book remains intact and I didn’t find any huge differences.

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Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

It’s going to sound like I’m telling you spoilers, but almost everything I mention here is already on the jacket cover or takes place in the first few chapters of the book. Astronaut Mark Watney ends up stranded on Mars with just his wits and a limited supply of resources with which to survive. Not only must he figure out how to make do until someone comes to take him back to Earth (or he dies of misadventure), he’s got to figure out how not to go crazy. Luckily, he’s got a diverse set of technical skills, a sarcastic sense of humor, and a few decade’s (uh, the 70’s and 80’s) worth of classic TV and music to keep him company.

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Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Maddy and Ella are identical twins but they could not be more different. Maddy is popular and vivacious. People seem to gravitate towards her. Ella on the other hand, is quiet and is more interested in getting into art school than who’s going with whom to the Snow Ball. Maddy and Ella used to be best friends until high school, when Maddy got a whole new group of friends and there seemed to be no place for Ella in Maddy’s new life.

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Review: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Review: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Knockout Knits is a gorgeous collection of luxurious and eye-catching accessories that incorporate simple techniques and embellishments for knockout results. I’ve been following designer Laura Nelkin for a while now. She’s known for creating beautiful accessories that often incorporate beads. When I heard that she had a book coming out, I knew I wanted to get it just for the section on how to bead. While the beading section was what drew me to the book, the other techniques and patterns in the book are just as good.

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Review: Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

Review: Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

I always like seeing what happens after happily ever after and Beautiful Beloved is a fun addition to the Beautiful Bastard series. New parents Max and Sara are struggling to balance life with a newborn. Their attempts to bring some of the spark back into their sex life has comical results but, in the end, they figure out a way to make it work and their relationship is stronger than ever.

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