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Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #10)
Published by Ace on March 7th, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

4.5 Stars

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

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman ARC {4 Stars}

Fans of Jasper Fforde’s Tuesday Next or Deborah Harkness’ Diana Bishop should make room in their summer (or winter, depending upon the hemisphere) reading list for the new edition of The Invisible Library and get ready to make the acquaintance of Irene and her student Kai as they hunt for a rare volume of Grimm’s fairy tales.  In this first adventure of the Invisible Library series, our two heroes leave the safety of the Library, a place that exists outside of time and space, to enter into a steampunk alternative universe where they match wits with an adversary just as determined as they are to collect the book in question …. but with far more sinister motives.  As they are joined in the hunt by a famous detective reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes, the reader can settle into a comfortable and easy tale in which there are a few twists (stemming mostly from the unique magic system) but many delightful characters.

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

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman ARC {4 Stars}

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #1)
Published by Roc on June 14, 2016 (paperback and Kindle)
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.

4 Stars

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The Geomancer by Clay and Susan Griffith {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

The Geomancer by Clay and Susan Griffith caught my eye immediately with its title and cover. Something about that wintery scene just calls to me (though I’m not looking forward to winter!). I also like this pair’s other series, Crown & Key. However, I’ve never been much of a fan of vampire stories, and after reading the first chapter, I’ve realized that this is still too much of a vampire story for me to enjoy it. I’m sure that fans of paranormal romance with vampires will enjoy it though!

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

The Geomancer by Clay and Susan Griffith {Just Hatched}

The Geomancer by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith (Vampire Empire #4)
Published by Pyr on Nov. 3rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy
Page Length: 321 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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The uneasy stalemate between vampires and humans is over. Adele and Gareth are bringing order to a free Britain, but bloody murders in London raise the specter that Adele's geomancy is failing and the vampires might return. A new power could tilt the balance back to the vampire clans. A deranged human called the Witchfinder has surfaced on the Continent, serving new vampire lords. This geomancer has found a way to make vampires immune to geomancy and intends to give his masters the ability to kill humans on a massive scale.

The apocalyptic event in Edinburgh weakened Adele's geomantic abilities. If the Witchfinder can use geomancy against humanity, she may not have the power to stop him. If she can't, there is nowhere beyond his reach and no one he cannot kill.

From a Britain struggling to rebuild to the vampire capital of Paris, from the heart of the Equatorian Empire to a vampire monastery in far-away Tibet, old friends and past enemies return. Unexpected allies and terrible new villains arise. Adele and Gareth fight side-by-side as always, but they can never be the same if they hope to survive.

2 Stars

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Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy is the second in an urban fantasy series that borrows a bit from the high fantasy template while keeping the parts that make urban fantasy so much fun. There will be some minor spoilers below for the previous book, so feel free to check out my review of Night Owls to be safe ;-). What do I mean though when I say high fantasy elements? Grave Matters has about six main characters that the PoV switches between and through their interweaving views, the full meaning of the plot comes to light. Plus very little romance ;-).

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

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Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy {3 Stars}

Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy (Night Owls #2)
Published by Ace on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she’s still getting used to working alongside them. While she’s learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston’s most powerful vampire has her on edge—especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual…

Cavale isn’t thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he’s determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices—until Elly’s job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer’s undead army…

3 Stars

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness ARC {5 Stars}

Today my awesome mom is stopping by to review The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness :D.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness was a very thoughtful gift from my book-blogging daughter who got the (signed!) advanced readers copy for me at BEA.  I set it aside to read when I “had time” in my busy schedule, but, after succumbing to curiosity, I literally did not put The Book of Life down but to sleep and go to work… and I was tempted to skip work.  Harkness has brought to life our star-crossed lovers of different magical species as they return to the 21st Century to face formidable foes with the support of their increasingly varied collection of family and friends.

The Book of Life is a heady blend of science and magic, of faith and love, of steel-willed resolve, and of historical and modern.  It moves along crisply, letting the Bishop-Clermont family and reader have a few moments to rest and recover, but those moments are all the more precious for their loving detail and sense of respite in the seas of vast and long-reaching changes.

This is a third book, so there are spoilers for the previous books below!

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

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness ARC {5 Stars}

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy #3)
Published by Viking Adult on July 15th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 576 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

5 Stars

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Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy is a new urban fantasy series starring a new take on werewolves (adding in some creepy zombie elements), a couple of awesome heroines, solid friendships and sibling bonds, and an all-around intriguing new world! Night Owls borrows from more traditional fantasy in that it has several characters who all tell the story through multiple points of view, making it a well-rounded book with primary and secondary characters with surprising depth. I’m generally a bit stingy when it comes to urban fantasy since I’m such a fan girl of my favorite series, but Night Owls has managed to convince me to add another UF series to my must-read list! So when is book two coming out???? >.> Make sure to enter the giveaway (US only, sorry!) at the bottom of the post so you can enjoy this new series too!

Note: I received Night Owls from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy (Night Owls #1)
Published by Ace on Feb. 25th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 304 pages
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Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk…

Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren as possible. She’s lived that life, and the price she paid was far too high to ever want to return.

Elly Garrett hasn’t known any life except that of fighting the supernatural werewolf-like beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side—until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on.

When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safe keeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors….

4 Stars

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Four Stars: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

Read and Review HopMagic allows certain people to pull objects out of books, shaped by the love of readers and the power of the Libriomancer. Isaac’s job though is not to go off fighting monsters anymore, because with magic such as this, there needs to be someone to catalogue books based on which items may be useful to field agents, and Isaac is just the man for the job. At least he was, until some vampires tried to kill him and burn down his library…. That’s just rude.

I make no secret of the fact that Jim C. Hines is one of my favorite authors, and obviously with a premise of magic based on books, Libriomancer was a must read! I mean, seriously, that is every fantasy reader’s dream right?? I was horrified, then, when the library didn’t have a copy and I couldn’t seem to get one through the inter-library loan system. However, the library was quite willing to rectify their error by purchasing a copy and giving me first dibs :D. It’s a win-win really, since now all the other library patrons will realize what they had been missing ;-). Also I have to point out that I was reading this one in a car with the radio blaring (yes honey, it was blaring, don’t deny it), so I might not have been able to pay as much attention as I would have liked. I might need to go reread Libriomancer in the future to make sure I gave it a fair shake.

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Title: 
Libriomancer
Author: Jim C. Hines
Pages: 305 (hardcover)
Genre-ish: Urban fantasy (with all the goodies!)
Rating★★★ – fun plot, more character please!

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg.  Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . . — Goodreads

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