Posts Categorized: reviews

Review: Sleight of Hand by Mark Henwick

Review: Sleight of Hand by Mark Henwick

May 10, 2013 2013, book rating, C, reviews 0

Another new author to me! I’m participating in the New Author Challenge 2013 hosted at the Literary Escapism blog. This blog has been hosting a New Author Challenge since 2009. Sleight of Hand by Mark Henwick Bite Back series, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by: Marque, 2012 E-book, Purchased 574 pages Grade: C Synopsis: “Vampires are the flickering illusions of Hollywood. They don’t exist. We do. We are the Athanate.” For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has it’s ups and downs: She’s been hit by a truck. She’s being sued by a client. Denver’s newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate… Read more »

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Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

May 8, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

Karen Marie Moning is another new author to me. So this book is listed at the Literary Escapism blog’s New Author Challenge 2013. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning Fever series, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by: Delacorte Press, 2006 E-book, purchased 382 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks… until something extraordinary happens. When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in… Read more »

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Review: Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Review: Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

May 6, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

I believe this is the author’s first book. So not only a new author to me, but to all his readers! Update (May 7): I forgot to add this to the Literary Escapism blog’s New Author Challenge 2013. I’ve done so now! Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos Series: I hope so Genre: Military Science Fiction Published by: Frostbite Publishing, 2013 E-book, Purchased 293 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored… Read more »

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Review: Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne

April 30, 2013 2013, book rating, C, reviews 0

Hannah Jayne is another new author for me! The New Authors Challenge 2013 is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne Underworld Detection Agency, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by:  Kensington, 2011 E-book, purchased 352 pages Grade: C Synopsis: As a human immune to magic, Sophie Lawson can help everyone from banshee to zombie transition into normal, everyday San Francisco life. With a handsome werewolf as her UDA boss and a fashionista vampire for a roommate, Sophie knows everything there is to know about the undead, the unseen, and the uncanny. Until a rash of gruesome murders has demons and mortals running for cover, and… Read more »

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Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

April 25, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

I’ve decided to add grades to my reviews as I do grade the books I read when I add them to my book list. I will add grades to my older reviews, too. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan The Brothers Sinister series, book 1 Genre: Historical Romance Publisher: Courtney Milan, 2012 E-book, purchased 270 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly—so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at… Read more »

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Review: The Scrapyard Incident by Phillip Nolte

April 23, 2013 2013, book rating, C+, reviews 0

Another new author! Another addition to the New Author Challenge 2013. This challenge is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. The Scrapyard Incident by Phillip Nolte Junkyard Dogs, book 1 Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera Published by: Amazon Digital, 2013 E-book, purchased 365 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: Ensign Tamara Carlisle, a brilliant, beautiful but decidedly quirky young officer on a remote assignment to obtain information needed to finish her advanced degree in Military History… Lieutenant Ryan Harris, a talented and experienced engineer who harbors doubts about his ability to command…Engineering Technician Angus Hawkins, a savvy veteran and former Chief Petty Officer busted down in rank for brawling… These three unsuspecting… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

Review: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

April 19, 2013 2013, book rating, C+, reviews 0

This is a buddy review I did with nath over at Breezing Through. I had a lot of fun talking with nath about this book, but it did make me realize I’m not a very critical reader. While we discussed the book I had to admit a number of things in the book were problems! This is also a new author I read so this is another of my New Author Challenge 2013 books. This is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby The Hearts and Thrones series, book 1 Genre: Fantasy Romance Published by: Signet, 2013 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis:Vitala Salonius, champion… Read more »

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Review: Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin

Review: Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin

April 11, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

R. L. Naquin is another new author I’ve read this year. Thus, this review is listed at the New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. I love the fact that I’m finding so many new authors I want to read. Usually I don’t read more than a half dozen new authors in a year. For whatever reason (even before I found this challenge) I read five new authors just in January! Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin A Monster Haven series, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by: Carina Press, 2012 E-book, purchased 209 pages Grade: B I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But… Read more »

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Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

April 9, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

Bec McMaster is another new author I’ve read this year. Thus, this review is listed at the New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Kiss of Steel  by Bec McMaster London Steampunk Series, Book One Genre: Steampunk Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 2012 E-book, purchased 448 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?… Read more »

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Review: Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen

Review: Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen

April 4, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, mini book review, reviews 0

I am challenging myself to read new authors this year. Luckily I found a blog which is hosting a new author challenge! This challenge–New Author Challenge 2013–is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen Forged Bloodlines series, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011 E-book, purchased 260 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Anja Evans wakes up in the morgue with a helluva hangover. She chalks it up to a strange brush with death and gets back to her life as a music student in San Francisco. It takes almost eating her best friend before she figures out…… Read more »

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