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Priceless (Rylee Adamson, #1)
**spoiler alert** I debated giving this novel a single star - something I typically reserve for DNF books - because it was such a hot mess of inconsis...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
The Breach (Travis Chase, #1)
Be forewarned: This book is BRUTAL.

No, really. It's brutal. While the descriptions are never over the top - for the scenarios involved, the prose is r...more
Mar 2012
Feb 28, 2012
This is really more of a two-and-a-half, but I'm being generous on the grounds of "great idea, iffy execution."

This would've made a spectacular short...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure, #1)
3.78 having a hard time figuring out what to say about this novel. I believe the "ARGH" pencilled in near the end of the copy I read may say it all....more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Peter and the Vampires
I really have no idea what I was expecting when I went into this...but it's not the book I got.

And that's GOOD.

I mean, really really good. This is som...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars, #1)
**spoiler alert** A fast, fun, action-packed SF/F thriller with a solid basis in Greek mythology.

Some of the writing was a little hackneyed for my tas...more
Dec 27, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Whole Lotta Trouble
**spoiler alert** The copy I got was billed as a "humorous romantic mystery," which is a little deceptive - it's not a funny novel, despite some cleve...more
Oct 2012
Oct 08, 2012
Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Ignores Helpful Advice
I couldn't finish. I just couldn't.

It started out promisingly enough - the introduction began as a cheeky recalling of Adams's various attempts to do...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
Barking Dogs
While the sci-fi and police-procedural elements of this novel were intriguing - the tech was relatively believable and the integration of the Barking...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight (Light & Dark, #1)
Unfortunately, I couldn't read this book. Just couldn't do it. The descriptions were incredibly over-detailed and utterly unnecessary - do we need to...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Three Graves Full
An intensely character-driven suspense novel - it can't be a murder mystery when you know whodunnit, can it? - that far exceeded my expectations.

Feb 18, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Last Rituals
I think my background in magic anthropology kept me from liking this book as much as I'd wanted to; the magical aspects and magic history simply weren...more
Jan 2010
Sep 09, 2010
The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1)
**spoiler alert** I really, really wanted to love this book.

I really, really couldn't.

It's not just that it made me feel that I'd been dropped into a...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
**spoiler alert** Wow.

And not in a good way.

Robin Cook obviously knows his pathology and medicine, but he is an awful writer - at least in...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
An absolutely phenomenal book, and especially compelling for the first novel in a series. I desperately need to get my hands on the rest of this serie...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
On the Train
A bit of an uneven ride - Harry's writing is definitely more developed and skillful than his daughter's, a result of having spent much longer as a pro...more
not set
Dec 28, 2012
Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard, #1)
**spoiler alert** This is what more urban fantasy should be. Yes, there are vampires and werewolves and witches (oh my!) and yes, there is a hot, dama...more
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 01, 2013
Brooklyn Knight (Piers Knight, #1)
Another book that I really wanted to like, and wound up very disappointed in.

The concept is great - a director/curator/professor at the Brooklyn Museu...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Awake: A Fairytale
A very fine debut from a promising author. This novel details the story of a very self-conscious, unconfident high school girl as she spends her last...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
The Devil You Know (Nick Englebrecht, #1)
**spoiler alert** A fantastic amalgam of detective novel and contemporary fantasy, with a hefty dose of the supernatural and a side order of Christian...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 29, 2012
Goblin Quest (Jig the Goblin, #1)
An excellent romp for anyone who likes fantasy, and who's tired of the same old looting-questing-raiding tropes. If you've ever played D&D, in par...more
May 2011
May 02, 2011
Nightingale's Lament (Nightside, #3)
Another "meh" outing in the Nightside. This one was less overtly repetitive than Agents of Light and Darkness, and the "plot twists" were SLIGHTLY les...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
The Concrete Jungle (Laundry Files, #1.5)
THIS is what The Atrocity Archives wanted to be - or, perhaps, what I wanted The Atrocity Archives to be.

Quick-witted, clever Lovecraftian take on the...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
**spoiler alert** A breezy, fast read that gives an interestingly broad look at psychopathy/sociopathy, mental disorder, and the business of clinicali...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 12, 2012
Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery, #1)
A cute, completely workable "modern fantasy" - it doesn't have the urban environment to be an urban fantasy, nor the over-the-top sex needed to be a p...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
Based on the cover art and the description - Christopher Moore meets Neil Gaiman? Sign me up! - I thought I'd enjoy this novel.

I was wrong.

That's not...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Maggie for Hire (Maggie MacKay, Magical Tracker, #1)
Four stars for originality of premise, two and a half for execution, an average of three.

The premise of this book was sincerely promising - Maggie McK...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
The Legend of Eli Monpress (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1-3)
Originally read these as three separate editions, but looking forward to the omnibus with its much prettier cover!

An EXCELLENT fantasy de...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5)
Another great romp by Jim Butcher. No one else can weave multiple action-packed storylines into a cohesive, can't-put-it-down whole like Butcher can,...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Timepiece (Timepiece #1)
An extremely skillful novel debut by an author with a whole lot of promise.

While Albano writes for the Choice Of interactive stories series, this does...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
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