Monthly Archives: May 2014

Review: Magic Study – Maria V Snyder

  • Title: Magic Study
  • Author: Maria V Snyder
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Why: I liked Poison Study enough to want to continue the series.
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster…

With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic – or face death – Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician’s Keep.

But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facets of her magic. Nor the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges – and Yelena catches his eye.

Suddenly she is embroiled in battle of good against evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her life…or be her downfall.

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Likes, Loves and Influences: Iain M Banks

This will probably be the last of my LL&I posts (unless I ever do one for Scott Lynch, but he’s a recent love and I think I’ve gushed enough about his books on my blog, so maybe not). This is also part 32 of my 26-Week Book Challenge. I should have posted this last week, but I was feeling a bit meh and took the week off instead.

Before I get going on the post proper, I’d like to take the time to point out a site that might be interesting/of use to other indie authors like myself: Indie Author Land. They dedicate themselves to promoting indie authors, and if you are such an author you can fill in their Author Interview questionnaire entirely for free to be featured on their site.

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Review: Loyalty in Death – J D Robb

  • Title: Loyalty in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic Murder Mystery Romance
  • Why: I intend to read the whole series
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: New York cop Eve Dallas returns to face her most ingenious foe–a “secret admirer” who taunts her with letters… and kills without mercy.

An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the “corrupt masses.” And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It’s her city … it’s her job… and it’s hitting too close to home.

Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit–before the city falls.

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Review: Crazy for you – Jennifer Crusie

  • Title: Crazy For You
  • Author: Jennifer Crusie
  • Genre: Romance/Chick Lit
  • Why: Found a pile of books at work.
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: On Wednesday, Quinn McKenzie changes her life. On Thursday, she tries to get somebody to notice. On Thursday night, somebody does.

Quinn McKenzie is dating the world’s nicest guy, she has a good job as a high school art teacher, she’s surrounded by family and friends who rely on her, and she’s bored to the point of insanity. But when Quinn decides to change her life by adopting a stray dog over everyone’s objections, everything begins to spiral out of control. Now she’s coping with dognapping, breaking and entering, seduction, sabotage, stalking, more secrets than she really wants to know, and two men who are suddenly crazy . . . for her.

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Review: Beyond Jealousy – Kit Rocha

  • Title: Beyond Jealousy
  • Author: Kit Rocha
  • Genre: Erotica
  • Why: Because I’ve been waiting months for this book to come out.
  • Rating: 5 Stars

Description: She’s been looking for the perfect man. She found two.

When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little sister . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.

A saint…

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.

…and a sinner.

Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.

Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

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Review: The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks

  • Title: The Hydrogen Sonata
  • Author: Iain M Banks
  • Genre: Science-Fiction
  • Why: I love the Culture novels.
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: They are, truly, provably, End Days for the Gzilt civilization.
An ancient people, they helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier & were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they’ve made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new & almost infinitely more rich & complex existence.

Amidst preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, & she is now wanted–dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android & a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command–find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over 9000 years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. Cossont must discover the truth before she’s exiled from her people & her civilization forever–or just plain killed.

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Sneak preview of book three

This kind of hasn’t quite worked out the way I wanted to, but I promised, so here goes. In case you missed it on Monday, I promised a preview of my third novel as a tie in with Fantasy Review Barn’s Tough Traveling entry on Fairgrounds. Why? Because the protagonist of my third novel is an acrobat and juggler, and they tend to be fairly omnipresent in fairgrounds (fantasy ones at least). I have a little section where he practices his arts, and I was going to post it as a sneak preview.

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