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One night changes everything...

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How many rules can they break before trouble catches up?

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Can a human make room in her heart for the wild?

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Seeking sanctuary among the peaceful Amish, she finds an unlikely hero.

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Fear becomes a woman’s greatest weapon in this heart-pounding suspense.

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A powerful novel of addiction, hope, and renewal from Sarah Price


by Benedict Jacka
"When the Future Doesn't Look so Bright"
Posted July 11, 2012

Alex Verus is no ordinary mage in this urban fantasy world created by Benedict Jacka. He doesn't sling fireballs or cast shields. He's just a shopowner, running a magic shop in the heart of London as his livelihood. However, with the ability to see into the future, anytime Read more...

The Duke is Mine
by Eloisa James
"A lesson in auditioning to join the aristocracy turns into a fairy tale"
Posted December 19, 2011

While THE DUKE IS MINE is undermined by its own heavy-handed metaphors, Eloisa James ultimately creates a pleasant, absorbing story. Loosely based on "The Princess and the Pea", the amount of fairytale similes bandied about is, at times, overwhelming and tiresome. Rather than the most overdone scenes involving long Read more...

by Karen Marie Moning
"Darkly written with a full orchestra of emotion"
Posted October 7, 2011

SHADOWFEVER is the rabidly-awaited conclusion to Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and packs as much of a punch as its prequels. Now a convert to Moning's writings, it was, however, with trepidation that I first picked up the inaugural book of the series, Dreamfever, almost Read more...

Working Stiff
by Rachel Caine
"Absorbing and Dark- A New Zombie Series by a Fantasy Pro"
Posted September 19, 2011

Rachel Caine, known formerly to me for her Weather Warden series, has dipped a toe into the admittedly-less glamorous zombie genre with WORKING STIFF. The novel, while admittedly emotionally rather gruesome, is a far cry from the shambling , moaning undead works of much of the genre, with very little Read more...

Ghost Story
by Jim Butcher
"For Harry Dresden, Death is Just an Encore"
Posted September 12, 2011

Someone once told me that in starting Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, one had to read the first three books simply as good solid stories. Just three good books that were enjoyable and nothing more. They said that one couldn't read the first books with the expectation that Read more...

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition
by Neil Gaiman
"American Gods, 10 Years Later- As Haunting and Influential as Ever"
Posted August 18, 2011

There is a question that Neil Gaiman himself asks in both the introduction and the afterward of the tenth-anniversary edition of AMERICAN GODS. To paraphrase, he ruminates on the inadvisability of an Englishman writing down a tribute to America (namely, "how dare you?") and, conversely, the amount of praise Read more...

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue
by Stephanie Laurens
"Perfect for rainy days or indulgent afternoons."
Posted August 17, 2011

It's not every day that you're whisked away from a (slightly illicit) gathering of the ton, kidnapped with the intent that no harm should come to your person, and yet bundled with all speed and haste to the Scottish border. On even fewer days does an infuriating (yet Read more...

Blood Bound
by Rachel Vincent
"Just When You Thought The Paranormal Genre Was Just Vampires And Werewolves..."
Posted August 11, 2011

I was admittedly skeptical when I picked up Rachel Vincent's latest offering, BLOOD BOUND. Not through any fault of Vincent's own (I greatly enjoyed her well-constructed "Shifters" series) but mostly because of my own wariness of a new series (and the entirely new world that it was Read more...

Magic Slays
by Ilona Andrews
"Once You Pop, You Just Can't Stop"
Posted June 24, 2011

Addicting as any potato product on the market, Ilona Andrews' intensely-enjoyable Kate Daniels series welcomes another success with MAGIC SLAYS. For a while now, I've enjoyed Andrews' stories of fiery ex-mercenary Kate Daniels, her paramour (the intimidatingly titled "Beast Lord") Curran, a host of evil-doers, lycanthropes Read more...

Phoenix Rising
by Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
"A Fantastic Read If You Enjoy Your English Tea Well-Laced With Whiskey and Dynamite"
Posted June 24, 2011

I am an admitted novice to the newly-risen steampunk genre. Long have I admired the charm and elegance of Victorian literature and even longer have I enjoyed any and all elements of the fantastical. Despite little enjoyment for many so-called "mash-ups" (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies never Read more...

Well Of Sorrows
by Benjamin Tate
"A Fantastical Origin Story Set in the New World"
Posted June 7, 2011

Benjamin Tate undertakes the difficult task of loosely setting high fantasy in a most familiar setting- the American colonies. His version of the New World pleasantly has only the barest associations to a world the reader might recognize. WELL OF SORROWS is actually incredibly unique, with scarcely more than a Read more...

by J.N. Duncan
"Realistically hasTequila as the Ultimate Vampire-Crime Palliative"
Posted April 25, 2011

DEADWORLD's Jackie Rutledge is a cantankerous, vulgar, ballsy bitch, well-prepared to out-drink you, out-screw you and then maybe punch you in the jaw if she doesn't like what you say to her afterward. Other than near-daily hangovers and violent desires for large amounts of Read more...

Waking Nightmares
by Christopher Golden
"Spooky and Action-Packed"
Posted April 23, 2011

In Christopher Golden's world of WAKING NIGHTMARES, the answer to "who ya gonna call" isn't Ghostbusters, but Peter Octavian, former vampire, current mage. Chaos is yawning a hungry mouth in New England and there's only one man (well, one man and a sexy earthwitch) who is going Read more...

Melanie Jacobs

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