Posts Categorized: COYER Scavenger Hunt

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

September 4, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, 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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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 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, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, 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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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, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 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, Goodreads, 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, 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: The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Review: The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

August 21, 2015 2015, B-, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca Series: Maradaine #1 Genre: Fantasy Setting: Archduchy of Maradaine Published by DAW, 2015 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: B- Synopsis: Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a struggling magic student at the University of Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut Fenmere down. With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two magical artifacts meant for Fenmere’s clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle.  Using these power-filled objects in his fight, he quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere’s side. So… Read more »

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TBR Review: Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy

TBR Review: Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy

August 19, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy Series: Black Dragon #1 Genre: Fantasy Mystery Setting: San Francisco Published by Open Road Media Sci-Fi and Fantasy, 2014 (originally published 1984) E-book, purchased 162 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Martha Macnamara knows that her daughter Elizabeth is in trouble, she just doesn’t know what kind. Mysterious phone calls from San Francisco at odd hours of the night are the only contact she has had with Elizabeth for years. Now, Elizabeth has sent her a plane ticket and reserved a room for her at San Francisco’s most luxurious hotel. Yet she has not tried to contact Martha since she arrived, leaving her lonely, confused… Read more »

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Review: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Review: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

August 13, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #3 Genre: Contemporary Mystery Setting: Quebec, Canada Published by Minotaur Books, 2008 E-book, purchased 311 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat. It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. . . When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a seance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil — until one of their party dies… Read more »

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Review: Disturbed Earth by E.E. Richardson

Review: Disturbed Earth by E.E. Richardson

August 8, 2015 2015, B, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Disturbed Earth by E.E. Richardson Series: Ritual Crimes Unit #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy (police procedural) Setting: An alternate North Yorkshire, England Published by Abbadon, 2015 E-book, purchased 256 pages Grade: B Synopsis: A hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Injured in the line of duty, Pierce returns to work to find her new Detective Inspector has brought in a self-proclaimed necromancer to question the victim of a murder, there’s a coven of druids outside protesting the sale of their sacred site, and an old iron lantern in the evidence room has… Read more »

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