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Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth’s father has gone missing. At least she thinks he has. He won’t return her calls and her mom dodges her questions about his whereabouts. When his notebook is found in New York, Laureth decides to take her little brother to New York to find him. I didn’t really know what to expect with this book, but the premise intrigued me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from the point of view of a blind protagonist before. While I thought Laureth was a well written character with a really unique point of view, I found other aspects of her personality to be very frustrating.

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, at the core of it, I think that there are some interesting ideas and the seeds of what could be a really fun world. On the other hand, the execution of this novel left a lot to be desired. There is little world building despite the fact that the book is set in a very different world than ours. Instead of slowly introducing the reader to the history and nuances of this new world in engaging and subtle way, the author crams hundreds of years of history into large sections of info dumping. We barely begin to get to know one world when Paige is suddenly taken away to a completely new world. The excessive use of nicknames and slang was also confusing. There is an extensive glossary at the back of the book to help with this but it makes it hard to read a book when you have to look up a word every few sentences.

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Audiobook Review: Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

Audiobook Review: Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

Hailey Genest isn’t sure that Mr. Right exists and she isn’t waiting around for him anymore. Instead, she and a friend decide to embrace their singleness by trying new, adventurous things, which include a singles friendly camping trip. Unfortunately Hailey’s idea of the outdoors usually involves sitting on the porch with a good book and it looks like the adventure may end when she and her friend get separated from their group and get lost in the woods. Luckily game warden Matt Barnett finds them and leads them to safety. The two get off on the wrong foot with Matt thinking of Hailey as a superficial city girl while Hailey thinks Matt could use some civilizing. When Matt ends up moving in next door, he and Hailey butt heads while fighting their physical attraction to one another.

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Review: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Review: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Sooooo good! Sarah MacLean never disappoints and the final book in The Rule of Scoundrels series is the perfect ending to the series. We finally get to meet the mysterious Chase, the owner of The Fallen Angel and a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps the most feared person in London, Chase has the knowledge and means to ruin every powerful member of the exclusive club. But Chase has secrets as well and when those secrets are threatened, will Chase fall as well?

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Review: If Only by Cherise Sinclair

Review: If Only by Cherise Sinclair

I am a big fan of Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands BDSM romance series. I have slowly been working my way through the series and let myself read one between other books as a treat to myself.

I was really excited to finally read Sally’s story. She’s always been a fun character and I liked the idea of her with the two serious Feds.

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Review: Night Shift Anthology

Review: Night Shift Anthology

I am not usually a big fan of novellas and short stories unless I know the author well and know that they can write a good novella. This collection includes stories by Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews, two of my favorite urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors. Having already read some novellas by both of them before, I knew that they could deliver the goods in a shorter format. I did not know much about the remaining two authors before this but, after reading their stories, consider myself fans of both.

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Review: Blood Kin by M.J. Scott

Review: Blood Kin by M.J. Scott

Blood Kin is the second book in The Half-Light City series, a fun urban fantasy/paranormal romance series I picked up on a whim earlier this year. Book two focuses on Guy DuCaine, brother of the sunmage Simon from book 1 and legendary Templar. I really enjoyed this one and found myself finishing it in only a couple of days. Holly and Guy are like oil and vinegar but they work so well together. I love adversarial relationships and sparks fly when Guy and Holly are together.

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Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Audiobook Review: As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Unlike a lot of my friends, I did not watch The Princess Bride growing up and only saw it for the first time when I was in college. Of course, I had heard of the film but for whatever reason, had never managed to see it until then. I knew that it was a much beloved classic. My friends were quite appalled that I had never seen it and so I made a vow to finally watch it and see what all the fuss was about. Now, watching something as loved as The Princess Bride can be a little intimidating for the first time viewer. I was worried that the film would seem dated or that maybe I just wouldn’t “get” the humor. There was the chance that my expectations were totally skewed and that, as a result, the film would fail to live up to the hype.

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Review: The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan

Review: The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food by Charles Phan

While I have not yet been to The Slanted Door restaurant, I have heard many sing its praises. Having grown up eating traditional Vietnamese food made by my mother, I am always a little wary of Vietnamese restaurants that claim to be “modern.” I think it’s just my inner prejudice that always wants to eat food that tastes like mom’s home cooking. However, I knew that this book as going to be different and I went into it with an open mind.

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Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Yes! New Ilona Andrews book! Burn For Me very similar to the Kate Daniels series with the magical and mundane worlds mixing, a reluctant working class heroine with hidden powers, and an extremely powerful alpha male. The characters and settings are different but the patented Ilona Andrews style is definitely there. While this is classified as paranormal romance, don’t let that scare you away if you’re typically not a fan of romance. While it has more of a romance element to it than the Kate Daniels series, I would still categorize it as closer to urban fantasy with a healthy dose of romance vs the other way around. Andrews is a master of the slow burn so expect a lot of foreplay, both verbal and physical. It reminds me a bit of The Edge series in tone so if you like that series, I think you’ll like this one.

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