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Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

January 6, 2015
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente Tor Books Read/Finished: 12/31/2014—1/1/2015 Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is a sprawling and visceral tale that expertly weaves Russian mythology and history together in a seamless manner. Valente’s writing is, quite simply, captivating and lush, and she evokes a perfectly grim and almost suffocating atmosphere. Marya Morevna’s transformation from a wild-eyed girl to the bride of Koschei the Deathless is fascinating to watch, if…

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Review: Some Unquiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

July 18, 2014
Some Quiet Place

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton Publisher: Flux Release Date: 7/8/2013 Read/Finished: 7/12/2014 I first heard of Kelsey Sutton’s Some Quiet Place last year in the months leading up to BEA. I was fortunate enough to meet Kelsey and have her sign a copy of the book at the convention, but it was only recently that I finally read it. I had picked it up last summer, but…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side Blog Tour: Review/Giveaway — The Night Is Found by Kat Kruger

July 14, 2014
The Night Is Found

Kat Kruger’s The Night Is Found is a triumphant finale to her Magdeburg Trilogy. Kruger has reinvented the werewolf genre with her dark and beautiful take, and while she was already a force to be reckoned with, she has shown incredible growth as a writer over the course of the series. Connor, Madison, Amara, and Arden return in full force to bring the packs together and their struggles are both…

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Review: THE NIGHT HAS CLAWS by Kat Kruger

April 21, 2014

***   The Night Has Claws is a bold and sleek sequel that packs a powerful punch. Kat Kruger’s writing has grown even stronger since the first book and she demonstrates impressive skill through lively settings, intense action, and intricate plot points. The werewolf politics further showcase Kruger’s thoughtful and complex world, which she successfully expands in this installment. This time around, both Connor and Madison narrate the…

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Review: DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

April 3, 2014

Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die is a deliciously grim and exciting story that breathes new life into the Wizard of Oz. The fact that it’s a Full Fathom Five property is unsettling and may deter some from reading it, but Paige demonstrates skill as a storyteller, one who can – and will – undoubtedly succeed on her own. Drawing on both the iconic Judy Garland film and L.…

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Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

February 25, 2014

  White Hot Kiss is a sleek and deliciously sexy read that offers a refreshing mythology and plenty of non-stop action. With her signature style, Jennifer L. Armentrout continues to display her incredible talent for creating memorable characters, building extravagant worlds, and getting readers addicted by the end of page one. The book’s protagonist, Layla, is a witty, conflicted, and down to earth kind of girl who readers…

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Review: RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie

February 3, 2014

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off…

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Review: THE QUEEN’S CHOICE by Cayla Kluver

January 30, 2014

  The Queen’s Choiceis a rich and imaginative first entry in Cayla Kluver’s new Heirs of Chrior trilogy. Kluver writes with such detail and precision, and successfully manages to bring her world of faeries and humans to life. The political elements of the story are interesting and poignant, and they never feel too heavy or distracting. While the plot meanders and unfolds at a slow pace, the story…

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Review: INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows

January 2, 2014

I’ve heard many, many wonderful things about Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate and I finally sat down to read it during my holiday break. Meadows has written a mesmerizing and magical story about reincarnation, curiosity, and longing. I can’t wait to break into the sequel! Meadows’s writing is fantastic and although the style feels uneven at times, her writing is clean, descriptive, and full of emotion and wonder. She has…

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My Non-Spoiler Thoughts on ALLEGIANT

December 23, 2013

*While I do not mention any specific plot points, there is a small chance those who haven’t read the book yet may be able to guess what happens. I was able to figure out the ending from very vague tweets, and I’m sure others can pick up on hints, too. So, proceed with caution!* I meant to post this back in October when the book released, but it…

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Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

December 20, 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has been on my radar ever since it was announced, but like most books, it got lost in the shuffle. Luckily, I had some down time and finally picked it up – and I loved every word of it. Rainbow Rowell is a master storyteller and an expert at creating characters that resonate long after readers have finished the book. Everything about her writing…