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Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

March 24, 2017 2017, A, book rating, reviews 2

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop The Others, #5 Publication date: March 7, 2017 e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher) –All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Urban Fantasy After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness… As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all… Read more »

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No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

August 4, 2016 2016, A, book rating, Goodreads, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron Series: Heartstrikers #3 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: Heartstriker Mountain, Desert Southwest, Detroit DFZ Published by Aaron/Bach, LLC Format: e-Arc (Release Date: August 5, 2016) –I received a review copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own. 478 pages Grade: A Synopsis: When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn’t part of any proper dragon’s vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling Council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it… Read more »

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The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

December 4, 2015 2015, A, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 0

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley Narrated by Katherine Kellgren Series: Slains #2 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Scotland, Belgium, Russia Published by Sourcebooks Landmark , 2013 Audiobook, purchased 539 pages 14 hours, 37 minutes Grade: A- Narrator grade: A Synopsis: Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird—the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past… Read more »

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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

November 9, 2015 2015, A, Audiobook Challenge, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, Sci-Fi Month 11

The Martian by Andy Weir Narrated by R.C. Bray Series: None Genre: Science Fiction Setting: Mars, Space between Earth and Mars & Earth Published by Crown, 2014 Audible book, purchased 314 pages 10 hours, 53 minutes Grade: A Narrator grade: A Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his… 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, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 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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Review: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

Review: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

July 10, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series #14 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by Macmillan, 2011 E-book, purchased 480 pages Grade: A Synopsis: Olympic rowing hopeful and senior Metropolitan Police officer DCI Rebecca Meredith goes out alone to train on the river in Henley on a dark afternoon in late October – and doesn’t return. When a desperate search by the police and a K9 team reveals the possibility of foul play, Scotland Yard wants one of their own on the case. Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, returning from celebrating his marriage to long-time partner Detective Inspector Gemma James, is called to Henley to investigate…. Read more »

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Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

July 9, 2015 2015, A, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 1

Lock In by John Scalzi Narrated by Wil Wheaton Series: Lock In #1 Genre: Science Fiction/Mystery Setting: Washington, DC, 15 years in the future Published by Tor Books, 2014 (Audible Studios, 2014) Audiobook, purchased 337 pages 7 hours, 40 minutes Grade: A Narrator grade: A Synopsis: Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s… Read more »

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Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

June 27, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 1

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Series: None Genre: Science Fiction (Dystopia) Setting: Oklahoma City, OK and Columbus, OH, 2045 Published by Crown, 2011 E-book, purchased 375 pages Grade: A Synopsis: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds… Read more »

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Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

June 26, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 1

Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James series #13 Genre: Contemporary Mystery (police procedural) Setting: East End, London, England Published by Harper Collins e-books, 2009 E-book, purchased 388 pages Grade: A Synopsis: Once the haunt of Jack the Ripper, London’s East End is a vibrant mix of history and new ideas, but the trendy galleries of Brick Lane disguise a seedy underside where unthinkable crimes bring terror to the innocent. Artist and young mother Sandra Gilles disappears without trace after leaving her three-year-old daughter, Charlotte, with a friend at the Columbia Road Flower Market. Her lawyer husband, Naz Malik, is devastated – but he’s also the prime… Read more »

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Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

June 19, 2015 2015, A, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Uprooted by Naomi Novik Series: Unknown Genre: Fantasy Published by Del Rey, 2015 Library book 438 pages Grade: A Synopsis: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.” Agnieszka… Read more »

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