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A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell eARC {5 Stars}

A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell eARC {5 Stars}

A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell (Of Magic & Machine #1)
Published by Author on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Historical Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk
Page Length: 403 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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She’s the daughter of an earl with a secret no one can know. He’s a mage who has sacrificed everything to save those he loves. They were born worlds apart, but inside a city drenched in magic, anything is possible.

Unmarried at the age of six-and-twenty, Lady Elizabeth “Bits” Warner has become a burden to her family. Therefore, she isn’t surprised when they pack her on a train bound for Scotland and a fiancé she has never met. She’s not surprised, but she is terrified.

In Corrigan, a walled-off city that serves as refuge to those capable of using the aether to cast spells and concoct potions, Ezra Nash is devoted to healing the sick and injured. Between his work as a surgeon and caring for his sisters, he doesn’t have time for distractions.

When the train Bits is traveling on explodes, she finds herself inside the gates of Corrigan and under Ezra’s care. The two are drawn to one another, but it will take more than attraction to overcome the difference in their stations and the secrets they hide from the world.

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of A Dance Like Flame from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews {4.5 Stars}

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews {4.5 Stars}

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)
Published by Author on December 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 259 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage. But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!

4.5 Stars

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Chasing Shadows by K.N. Salustro {3 Stars}

Chasing Shadows by K. N. Salustro is the first in a planet-hopping science fiction series with flying cats, genetically-modified super soldiers, and a whole lot of energy guns! If you are looking for a sci-fi that has some elements not often seen in the genre while staying true to what is so fun about science fiction, this is a book to check out. Also female bounty hunter ;-).

Note: This is an expedited review, meaning I was paid to read the book and the author chose for this review to be published. See my review policy for details.

Chasing Shadows by K.N. Salustro {3 Stars}

Chasing Shadows by K. N. Salustro (The Star Hunters #1)
Published by Author on Feb. 24th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi
Page Length: 244 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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"Stand and Protect."

These are the words Star Federation soldiers live by as they work to uphold peace across the galaxy. Founded at the start of the Andromedan War, the Star Federation obliterated its opponents and now stands as the guardian of the galaxy. Its power has gone largely unchallenged in the wake of the war, and its officers now busy themselves with minor troubles. Once in a while, however, a powerful force surfaces and demands more attention, be it a drug lord, pirate crew, or a bounty hunter worthy of the Alpha Classification.

Following the assassination of one of the Star Federation's officers, Fleet Commander Lance Ashburn goes on the hunt for the Alpha Class bounty hunter known as the Shadow. One of the best officers the Star Federation has ever seen, Commander Ashburn comes closer than anyone ever has to eliminating the Shadow, but upon meeting her, he discovers that much larger and more dangerous enemies roam the stars. Enemies that even hunters fear.

Determined to do his duty as a Star Federation officer, Commander Ashburn fights for the galaxy, but the price of enduring peace may be one that the Shadow is not willing to pay.

Tethered to her own demons, bounty hunter Lissa aka the Shadow has seen the harsher side of the Star Federation, and her priorities do not include carrying out the agenda of a fleet commander. When her past catches up with her, however, Lissa must either surrender herself, or make a stand. Working with and against Commander Ashburn, Lissa could push the galaxy into war... or save it.

3 Stars

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Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman {2.5 Stars}

Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman is a quick read filled with action and a spooky sci-fi future. While it is a third book, it doesn’t rely heavily on the previous two and so can be read on its own if you are interested in the time travel and boot camp story more than the previous events. While I had some reservations, I did find it a fun and easy read.

Note: This is an expedited review, meaning the author paid to have this review published. For more details, see my review policy.

Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman {2.5 Stars}

Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman (Boulton Quest #3)
Published by Author on June 14th, 2016
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 200 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Thomas is swept into Robert Cain’s web of terror
He's forced to fight in a child army
Against the most evil of people
And learns the first casualty of war is the truth

“If you can’t trust yourself, Thomas, who can you trust?”

2.5 Stars

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Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey {4.5 Stars}

Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey is a novella about what happens after the zombie plague has been controlled and life needs to start moving on. I love the unique premise and I also love a main character who is a middle-aged veteran of the zombie war, black, and bisexual. Corinne is brave and kind and really tired of dealing with zombies. I’m not normally a fan of zombie stories, so believe it when I say this is a novella not to miss if you are even slightly intrigued ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Moving Forward from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey {4.5 Stars}

Moving Forward by Jamie Lackey
Published by Author on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Novella, Post Apocalyptic
Page Length: 70 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Corinne survived the zombie apocalypse 30 years ago. After the dust settled, she got married, had kids, built a life. All of that is gone in an instant when a zombie attacks a city park. Corinne manages to protect her family, but the zombie bites her before it is taken down. She wakes up in one of the infected sanctuaries, where she'll have to build her life over again, knowing that at any moment she, or anyone around her, could become a monster.

4.5 Stars

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Adam by James Bushill {4 Stars}

Adam by James Bushill is a sci-fi thriller with a twist on the idea of artificial intelligence and a whole lot of action. I was excited by the prospect of a sci-fi inspired by Frankenstein and loved the futuristic world portrayed in this story right away. While I wished for a bit more discussion about why Adam chooses to do what he does, I heartily enjoyed reading this indie and definitely recommend it.

Note: This is an expedited review; I was paid to provide an unbiased review to the author and they chose for it to be published. For details, see my review policy.

Adam by James Bushill {4 Stars}

Adam by James Bushill
Published by Author on March 11th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 300 pages
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2101. The asteroid Metis. A runner jogs along a silent tunnel, tracked by a pool of light. Then there’s a noise, a low rumble, and in the distance, another light, which becomes two headlights moving fast, the lights of an enormous mining truck. Its cab is completely empty.

Ten years earlier, Victor and his wife created Adam, the world’s first biological supercomputer. They dreamed of changing the world.

Now, Victor sleeps alone in a hospital corridor in the pollution-shrouded city of Missoula, Montana, his dreams in tatters.

He doesn’t think his life could get any worse.

But then he’s forced to return to Metis.

And when that mission becomes a desperate fight for survival amid the dark tunnels of the abandoned mine, he must finally confront the terrifying consequences of his past actions.

4 Stars

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Mother of All by Heather Marie Adkins {3 Stars}

Mother of All by Heather Marie Adkins showed up as a recommended book was I was browsing through Amazon to find something similar to Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews; so I picked up a copy.  The description of the main character – a hedge-witch – seemed interesting, and I am always looking for something new in the urban/contemporary fantasy genre.

Mother of All by Heather Marie Adkins {3 Stars}

Mother of All by Heather Marie Adkins (Hedgewitch Mystery #1)
Published by Author on September 23, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Page Length: 262 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Life is good for modern-day witch, Mena McGinty. After an abusive past, she sought refuge in a small Maine town and established her dream life. Her small off-the-grid cottage is thriving under an herb and craft business, and she’s content with her happily-ever-after.

Idyllic Waterford is shattered by the first murder in years—a pregnant woman, whose battered body is sans her unborn child. This act of violence kicks off a string of similar murders, and all signs point to Mena’s best friend as the next victim.

Mena will do anything it takes to protect the woman who saved her from her awful past, even if it means butting heads with the sexy Chief of Police or putting herself in danger to search for the killer. The only problem is, she suspects it may be the mysterious Irish stranger sleeping on her couch.

A man who arrives in town only days before the first murder.

3 Stars

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Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis {4 Stars}

Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis is the first book in an epic fantasy series full of fascinating magic and a team of close friends getting in way over their heads. I’m always on the hunt for new magic systems to learn every piece of, so I was thrilled to discover magic controlled by drawing specific glyphs in the air, paid for in blood. What I wasn’t expecting was a story focused on close friendship and making alliances with previous enemies when something much worse shows up. This is a great book for epic fantasy fans that are looking for a new world and magic to get lost in.

Note: This is an expedited review; I was paid to provide an unbiased review to the author and they chose for it to be published. For details, see my review policy.

Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis {4 Stars}

Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis (Tales of the Five Provinces)
Published by Author on May 1st, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 317 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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Kara was thirteen when she learned her mother was dying. Five years later, the last component of her mother's cure waits in the city of Tarna, but that is one journey she may not survive.

Even as a Glyphbinder, a wielder of blood glyphs created by a people long dead, Kara is no match for the madman that hunts her or the dark forces at his beck and call. As those Kara loves fall one by one, her hunter's purpose is finally revealed.

Demons thought long defeated stir now in the shadows of her world, seeking a dark power hidden in Kara's blood. Tireless and without pity, these demons will not be satisfied until they claim Kara's world ... and her soul.

4 Stars

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Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews is a novella in the Kate Daniels world, but starring Julie and Derek. It is great getting stories from perspectives other than Kate’s since, much to her disappointment I’m sure, she doesn’t know everything ;-). Julie and Derek have a great dynamic and their adventure is both humorous and heart-stopping. More importantly though, there are some really big reveals that make this a necessary read for fans of the Kate Daniels series!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Magic Stars from the author. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews eARC {4 Stars}

Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (Grey Wolf, Kate Daniels)
Published by Author on Dec. 8th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 64 pages
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Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta.

Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

4 Stars

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The Raven by Aderyn Wood eARC {3 Stars}

The Raven by Aderyn Wood is the start of a unique fantasy series starring an outcast girl in a tribal culture that is on the brink of change. We get to see Iluna’s entire childhood from her bittersweet birth to coming into her own as a woman of the tribe. This meant that there were a lot of opportunities for strong character development of both Iluna and various secondary characters. The magic and world of The Raven are intriguing and while the writing stumbled a bit, I think many fantasy readers will enjoy this story.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Raven from the author. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Raven by Aderyn Wood eARC {3 Stars}

The Raven by Aderyn Wood (The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic #1)
Published by Author on Dec. 1st, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 233 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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When a foreign tribe attacks the peaceful Onan people, a lonely outcast is forced to reveal her secret Gift — but will such power bring acceptance?

It is the darkest time in winter, when suns, moons, and stars, all wane from the sky. In the Wolf clan, a baby is born with a powerful Gift, but dangerous omens brand her an Outcast, and the Elders name her Iluna.

Orphaned since birth, Iluna struggles to find her place in the proud and distrustful Wolf clan, but as her powers bloom, she discovers a mysterious friend.

Dark magic, war, and treachery soon jeopardize the life of every clan member; many suspect Iluna and her Gift.

Is this Outcast girl to blame, or is she salvation?

3 Stars

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