A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

September 4, 2015 2015, A Murder of Mages, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca Series: The Maradaine Constabulary #1 Genre: Fantasy Mystery Setting: Maradaine Published by DAW, 2015 E-book, purchased 352 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A Murder of Mages marks the debut of Marshall Ryan Maresca’s novels of The Maradaine Constabulary, his second series set amid the bustling streets and crime-ridden districts of the exotic city called Maradaine. A Murder of Mages introduces us to this spellbinding port city as seen through the eyes of the people who strive to maintain law and order, the hardworking men and women of the Maradaine Constabulary. Satrine Rainey—former street rat, ex-spy, mother of two, and wife to a Constabulary Inspector… Read more »

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September books on my radar . . .

September books on my radar . . .

September 3, 2015 2015, Books on my radar, September 4

Each month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and sometimes new author strikes my fancy. I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read. I’m trying to limit the new books I buy each month to the ones I’m going to read soon. But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books. And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too! I also hope they will point me… Read more »

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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

September 1, 2015 2015, B, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, NetGalley, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho 8

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho Series: Sorcerer Royal #1 Genre: Historical Fantasy Setting: An alternate Regency England Published by Ace, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: September 1, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 384 pages Grade: B Synopsis: In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite… The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an… Read more »

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

August 31, 2015 2015, A Curious Beginning, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Deanna Raybourn, Goodreads, NetGalley, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1 Genre: Historical Mystery Setting: England, 1887 Published by NAL/Penguin, 2015 e-ARC (Release Date: Sep 1, 2015) –I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 352 pages Grade: B Synopsis: London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending… Read more »

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Sunday Post: Aug 30

Sunday Post: Aug 30

August 30, 2015 2015, Sunday Post 12

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it! Last Week Home & blog September begins! This is one of my favorite times of the year. Even though my children are grown and aren’t in school anymore I… Read more »

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Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1 by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1 by Martha Wells

August 29, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Martha Wells, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile, The Stories of the Raksura: Vol 1 0

Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1 by Martha Wells Series: The Books of the Raksura #1 Genre: Fantasy Setting: The Three Worlds Published by Night Shade Books, 2014 E-book, purchased 206 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult. The Tale of Indigo and Cloud explores… Read more »

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Dark Ascension by M. L. Brennan

Dark Ascension by M. L. Brennan

August 28, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Dark Ascension, Goodreads, M. L. Brennan, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan Series: Generation V #4 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: New England–mainly Rhode Island Published by Roc, 2015 E-book, purchased 308 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: After a lifetime of avoiding his family, Fort has discovered that working for them isn’t half bad—even if his mother, Madeline, is a terrifying, murderous vampire. His new found career has given him a purpose and a paycheck and has even helped him get his partner, foxy kitsune Suzume, to agree to be his girlfriend. All in all, things are looking up. Only, just as Fort is getting comfortable managing a supernatural empire that stretches from New Jersey to Ontario, Madeline’s health starts… Read more »

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Review: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

Review: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

August 27, 2015 2015, A, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, John Scalzi, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile, The Ghost Brigade 2

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi Series: Old Man’s War #2 Genre: Military Science Fiction Published by Tor Books, 2007 E-book, purchased 356 pages Grade: A Synopsis: The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF’s toughest operations. They’re young, they’re fast and strong, and they’re totally without normal human qualms. For the universe is a dangerous place for humanity – and it’s about to become far more dangerous. Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space. Their linchpin: the turncoat military… Read more »

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WoW: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

WoW: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

August 26, 2015 2015, Sherry Thomas, The Immortal Heights, Waiting on Wednesday 6

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to coming out in the next few months. Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.       The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas Series: The Elemental Trilogy #3 Publication Date: October 13, 2015 Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis (from Goodreads): In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe,… Read more »

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Syllabus: Sci-fi & Fantasy 101

Syllabus: Sci-fi & Fantasy 101

August 25, 2015 2015, Syllabus: Sci-fi & fantasy 101, Top Ten Tuesday 8

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with! This week we talk what class we would teach if we could and what our syllabus would be along with the books the class would read. I chose Sci-Fi & Fantasy 101 for an intro class into the genres. Sci-Fi & Fantasy 101 Science fiction and fantasy are two related genres with a number of… Read more »

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