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September 29, 2011

Review: The Grave Watchers by Missouri Dalton

Sebastien Crowle is one of the Grave Watchers, Death's own Men In Black spook squad. Selected by Death herself, the Grave Watchers protect the rest of the dead and punish transgressors with swift, sure justice. Sebastien, however, has a problem. He has become disconnected with life, rousing himself only to eat and do his nightly watch at the local cemetery. (He’s been depressed over the betrayal of a lover that he still finds himself pining for.) Pepper in some notable historical figures, cool weaponry, the cat you wish lived in your house, ancient Gods, hot men, and a nasty big bad. Mix a bit (this is more of a novella than a full blown novel) throw it in the oven, frost with a [...]
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September 22, 2011

Review: The Battle Sylph (Sylph series #1) by L. J. McDonald

The Battle Sylph is a story about bravery and courage from within, overcoming the bounds of slavery and the chains of hate. It is a tale of self sacrifice and community spirit, an ensemble piece rich in emotion,with more depth and creativity than I expected. This has the makings of a powerful, sweeping fantasy series. It is incredibly engaging; a creative new world where technology is stunted and oppression runs rampant and elementals are enslaved to privileged humans. There is more going on here than just a simple love story or a political conflict. The emotional ties between many of the characters, not necessarily the two central ones, are strong and vital. They make the story [...]
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September 21, 2011

ARC Review: Twilight Fulfilled (Children of Twilight #2), by Maggie Shayne

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Utana, father of the vampire race, and an immortal who has been trapped inside the ashes of his body for thousands of years, is on a crusade to purge his sin against the gods by obliterating the origination of that sin… his vampire children, all of them.  Brigit Poe, one of the prophecied Twins, the “evil” twin who has been trained to fight and kill with her laser-eyebeams-o-death, has been given a terrible task: kill Utana before he kills all of them.  This second offering in the Children of Twilight series by Maggie Shayne starts off slow, but really takes off about halfway through, before barrelling non-stop toward [...]

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September 19, 2011

ARC Review: Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows #2) by Jill Monroe

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Breena’s life is pretty normal for a princess: sewing, planning parties, spending her days waiting to be betrothed to a political ally and her nights dreamwalking with her perfect man… until the the royal house of Elden is attacked, her parents brutally murdered and her brothers gone missing.  Breena finds herself dependent on her mysterious dream man while she makes plans to retake her family’s kingdom, but Osborne is no longer a mercenary for hire, not even for the woman from his dreams.

The last of the legendary Ursan warriors, Osborne is filled with self-loathing and the need for revenge, and [...]

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