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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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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan {4.5 Stars}

Here we go again …. Seems like Magnus Chase’s afterlife is going to be spent chasing (yes, I went there) down magical weapons that the Norse gods have somehow misplaced.  First, it was his father’s sword; now it is Thor’s great hammer, which, in this universe, can be picked up by the (very) unworthy.   Fortunately, Magnus has friends throughout the Nine Worlds who can help him on this quest, and we are treated yet again to Samira, Heath, Blitz, and new friends as the intrepid band of heroes do their best to twart Loki’s attempts to bring on Ragnarok.

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan  {4.5 Stars}

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 4, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 480 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.

4.5 Stars

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Obsidian Son: A Novel in The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series by Shayne Silvers {3 Stars}

This over-the-top urban fantasy packs enough action to keep pages turning as billionaire wizard Nate Temple hunts for his parents’ killer while trying to figure out what is so darn special about a rare book that someone is willing to kill innocent, mundane antiquarians in the attempt to find it.  Temple and his friends hardly get a chance to take a deep breath as they tangle with the Minotaur, numerous dragons (both friendly and decidedly not so), and the shadowy Grimm while tossing money, cars, magic, and double-entendres about with abandon.

Obsidian Son: A Novel in The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series by Shayne Silvers {3 Stars}

Obsidian Son: A Novel in The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series by Shayne Silvers (The Temple Chronicles #1)
Published by Argento Publishing on October 8, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 311 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…

It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…

Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…

Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.

3 Stars

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers {5 Stars}

Becky Chambers has done a superb job in writing this unique, engaging, and entertaining sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (spoilers for Angry Planet after this!).  Set in the same rich, multispecies universe, the action picks up just after the end of the previous book and follows the development of Lovelace, the rebooted AI of the Wayfarer, who decides to leave the ship in a highly-illegal simulated body.  Her journey of self-discovery and growth (while trying to avoid detection) is paralleled by that of a young escaped clone, Jane 23, who must rebuild a shuttle in order to flee the planet where she was kept as part of a slave work force.

The struggles of both sentients for self-determination and freedom kept me turning pages even as the philsophy student in me delighted to have found one of those special science fiction series that characterize the best of this genre – raising questions about ethics and the definition of personhood while spinning a good yarn in a detailed, vast, and complex universe.  Brava!!

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers {5 Stars}

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (Wayfarers #2)
Published by Harper Voyager on October 18, 2016
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 365 pages
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Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for - and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers' beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars.

5 Stars

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Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson Audiobook {3 Stars}

Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson is a novella I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I have great faith in Sanderson for always writing something interesting and inventive, so I had no idea what Perfect State was actually about before jumping in headfirst. I have to say that what I got was not at all what I was expecting and while it is definitely inventive, I feel like Perfect State tries to pack in a bit too much for a novella.

Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson Audiobook {3 Stars}

Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by Christian Rummel

Published by Dragonsteel Entertainment on March 31st, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Genre-bender, Sci-fi
Page Length: 87 pages
Audio Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai's world.

Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal—a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world?

3 Stars

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Revan by Drew Karpyshyn Audiobook {3 Stars}

To anyone who is a fan of the Old Republic in the Star Wars Universe, Revan is a larger than life character.   One of the few people who have been well versed in both the Light and Dark Sides of the Force, Revan has done both great and terrible things in the years (and games) that precede this book.  You’d think he’d have a chance to retire and relax, kick his feet up and train a few padawans … or at least enjoy life with his wife and child.  But that’s not the destiny of this greatest of heroes and worst of villains in this fast-paced adventure that connects the Knights of the Old Republic game with the online Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR).

Revan by Drew Karpyshyn Audiobook {3 Stars}

Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
Narrated by Marc Thompson
(Star Wars the Old Republic #1)
Published by Random House Audio on November 15th 2011
Genres: Sci-fi
Page Length: 289 pages
Audio Length: 10 hours and 55 minutes
How I got my copy: Purchased
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There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic—
unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians—and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear.

What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

3 Stars

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Daemons are Forever by Simon R. Green {4 Stars}

The larger-than-life Drood family protects the world from just about every possible threat, mundane and supernatural:  wars, demons, witches, mass murderers, alien invaders, you name it.  They’re a cross between MI6 and the Justice League except that the entire organization is one big dysfunctional in-fighting family.  They’ll protect you from all enemies only to stab you in the back themselves.  That kind of family. 

This latest installment of the series pits the Droods against beings that are literally from out of this world, and the action doesn’t let up until the very end.  Favorite characters are back to join in the mayhem, and Eddie Drood’s challenges with his family are about as complicated as you …. and he ….. would expect. Afterall, he does have a relative who is half-demon and is dating a witch from the wild woods.  

Daemons are Forever by Simon R. Green {4 Stars}

Daemons Are Forever by Simon R. Green (Secret Histories #2)
Published by Roc on June 3rd 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 406 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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The name's Drood. Eddie Drood. Of the great and powerful Droods - the clan that's been watching mankind's back since we all first dropped out of trees - the group of hard-fighting, devilishly handsome arse kickers who take on the monsters of the world so you lot can go about your happy lives.

During World War II, the Droods made a pact with some nasty buggers from another dimension. We needed the Loathly Ones to fight some other nasty buggers the Nazis were using. But once the war was over, they decided that they liked this world to much to leave. We Droods are the only thing standing between them and you. Unfortunately, I'm not keen on trusting some of my own kin - and if I choose the wrong horse to back, everything we know is going bye-bye.

4 Stars

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A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn {4 Stars}

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn is a book that has been on my shelf for a looooooong time. I was so excited when Christina @ Christina Read YA wanted to buddy read it, since it made me finally get off my butt and grab this gorgeous book off the shelf! I knew that there was a high chance I’d love it given opinions I’d heard and the dragon on the cover, and it ended up being just the right book for my mood, full of atmospheric and creepy forests, strange but brave young girls, and dragons!

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn {4 Stars}

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 6th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 313 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss, Purchased
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A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

4 Stars

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Blood Song by Anthony Ryan (Audiobook) {4.5 Stars}

Fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson should take a look at this series, especially if you are eagerly awaiting …. as are we all …. the publication of Doors of Stone.  Blood Song by Anthony Ryan introduces us to the life of Vaelin al Sorna, given as a young man to the Sixth Order, a group of warriors sworn to protect the Faith of their kingdom against neighbors and heretics alike.  As the tale progresses, we follow young Vaelin from training and testing through his early battles and travels through a world rich with interesting characters and a subtle but unique magical system.  Action and intrigue abound in this first book, leaving the reader wanting to know so much more of both the man and the world in which he lives.

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan (Audiobook) {4.5 Stars}

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
Narrated by Steven Brand
(Raven's Shadow #1)
Published by Ace on July 2, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Page Length: 591 pages
Audio Length: 23 hours and 8 minutes
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Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

4.5 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
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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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