Posts Categorized: B+

Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

Review: Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson

May 9, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson Series: Boundary Magic #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by 47 North, May 2015 E-book, purchased 302 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: After her twin sister’s brutal murder, former US Army Sergeant Allison “Lex” Luther vowed to protect her niece, Charlie. So when two vampires try to kidnap the baby, it quickly turns into a fight to the death—Lex’s death, that is. She wakes up to two shocking discoveries: she has miraculously survived the fight, and baby Charlie is a “null,” gifted with the ability to weaken supernatural forces…and a target for creatures who want to control that power. Determined to guarantee her niece’s safety, Lex… Read more »

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TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

April 15, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 10

Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown Series: The Cycle Path Mysteries #1 Genre: Mystery (cozy) Published by Berkley, 2014 E-book, purchased 288 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again… Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn… Read more »

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Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Review: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

March 13, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear Series: Unknown Genre: Fantasy (steampunk) Published by Tor Books, 2015 Library book 352 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Set in the late 19th century—when the city we now call Seattle Underground was the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes, would-be gold miners were heading to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront, Karen is a young woman on her own, is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of… Read more »

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Review: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Review: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

February 28, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Narrated by Scott Brick Series: Robot #0.1 Genre: Science Fiction Published by Random House Audio, 2004 (originally published 1950) Audiobook, purchased 225 pages 8 hours, 20 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three simple… Read more »

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Review: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

Review: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

February 26, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd Narrated by Samuel Giles Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge #1 Genre: Historical Mystery (Great Britain, 1919) Published by Recorded Books, 2012 (originally published 1996) Audiobook, purchased 305 pages 10 hours, 28 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B Synopsis: Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult… Read more »

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TBR Review: Starpilot’s Grave by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

TBR Review: Starpilot’s Grave by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

February 18, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

Starpilot’s Grave by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald Series: Mageworlds #2 Genre: Science Fiction (space opera) Published by Tor, 1993 E-book, purchased 448 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: A broken and drifting ship, its long-dead captain still strapped in the command seal: that’s what free-spacers call a starpilot’s grave. When one of these derelict craft appears in the Net, the artificial barrier zone separating the Republic from the Mageworlds, the discovery is no accident. It’s a sign, a warning that the Mageworlds have not forgotten the Republic – and the Magelords make long plans. “Still no reply from the target,” she said. “Regular starpilot’s grave over there–no emanations of any kind.”… Read more »

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Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

Review: Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

February 16, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher Series: The Dresden Files #11 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2009 E-book, Library 540 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: When it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council, Harry keeps his nose clean and his head down. For years, the Council has held a death mark over Harry’s head. He’s still thought of as a black sheep by some and as a sacrificial lamb by others. But none regard him with more suspicion and disdain than Morgan, a veteran Warden with a grudge against anyone who bends the rules. Like Harry. So when Morgan turns up asking for help, Harry isn’t exactly… Read more »

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Review: The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

Review: The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff

February 13, 2015 2015, A-, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff Narrated by Marguerite Gavin Series: Confederation #2 Genre: Science Fiction (Military/space opera) Published by Tantor Audio, 2009 (originally published by DAW, 2002) Audiobook, purchased 416 pages 10 hours, 11 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator grade: A- Synopsis: Telling a two-star general what she really thought of him was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr made with General Morris. But as a battle-hardened professional, she took pride in doing her job and getting her troops back alive. So after she’d saved the mission to bring the Silsviss into the Confederation – instead of losing them and their world to the enemy known only as the… Read more »

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Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

Review: Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells

January 30, 2015 2015, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 5

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells Series: Prospero’s War #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Orbit, 2014 E-book, purchased 381 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn’t expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch. The more Prospero learns about the dangerous new potion the MEA is investigating, the more she’s convinced that earning a spot on their task force is the career break she’s been… Read more »

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Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

January 29, 2015 2014, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova Narrated by Therese Plummer Series: Linnet Ellery #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Tor Books, 2012 Audiobook, purchased 320 pages 9 hours, 22 minutes Grade: B Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and… Read more »

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