Posts Tagged: magic

Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

July 31, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, COYER Scavenger Hunt, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 10

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron Series: Heartstrikers #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Setting: Detroit DFZ, New Mexico and a few other places Published by Aaron/Bach LLC, 2015 Format: e-Arc (Release Date: August 1, 2015) –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. 404 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one,… 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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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: Stained Glass Monsters by Andrea K. Höst

Review: Stained Glass Monsters by Andrea K. Höst

February 12, 2015 2015, B, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 6

Stained Glass Monsters by Andrea K. Höst Series: Eferum #1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Andrea K. Höst, 2011 E-book, purchased 245 pages Grade: B Synopsis: When a motionless woman dressed in white appears in the village of Falk, Kendall Stockton has no inkling that the strange apparition will soon leave her homeless, and tangled in the affairs of mages and monsters. For the white figure is the first sign of a spell which will shatter cities, and make the caster as powerful as the gods. Saved by a stranger who claims her goal is to stop the woman, Kendall is torn between admiring the mage Rennyn Claire’s strength, and doubting her… Read more »

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Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Review: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

February 5, 2015 2015, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch Series: Peter Grant #5 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by DAW, 2015 E-book, purchased 377 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook Peter soon finds himself caught up in… 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: Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Review: Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

December 20, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier Series: Blackthorn & Grim #1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Roc Hardcover Library book 434 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she’ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of… Read more »

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Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

December 18, 2014 2014, A, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews Series: Hidden Legacy #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Avon, 2014 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: A Synopsis: Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive. Rogan’s after the… Read more »

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Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

October 18, 2014 2014, B, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 5

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima Series: Seven Realms, Book 1 Genre: Fantasy Published by Hyperion Books, 2009 E-book from Library 506 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off. One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an… Read more »

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My fall reading list . . .

My fall reading list . . .

September 23, 2014 2014, Top Ten Tuesday 18

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. This week I get to talk about the books I’m most excited about for fall 2014. For me I focus on the new books coming out this fall and books from my TBR pile. New fall books: 1.The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas–I read the first book in this young adult fantasy series and liked it a lot. 2. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh–Mary Balogh is one of my favorite historical romance authors. She had a new book… Read more »

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