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Carousel Tides (Archers Beach, #1)
I found this slightly reminiscent of Tanya Huff’s equally-enjoyable “The Enchantment Emporium” because of the way the fantastic is seamlessly blended ...more
Nov 2010
Dec 29, 2010
Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1)
I’d read one of Rachel Bach/Aaron’s fantasy novels a while back - let’s just say I wasn’t tempted to try her books again, but was persuaded to read th ...more
May 2014
Jan 17, 2015
This was one of those books I gulped down, staying up very late to finish “just one more chapter…”. Naomi Novik’s UPROOTED is that rare thing in today ...more
May 2015
May 07, 2015
I probably do sound like a bit of a broken record when it comes to Andrea K Höst, but I have fallen in love with pretty much all of her books.

Mar 2012
Mar 04, 2012
The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
I may have read this series out of (chronological) order, but I kind of think that I saved the best for last.

Both past and present storylines were ble
Apr 2014
Dec 13, 2014
The Shadowy Horses
My first Susanna Kearsley, and definitely not my last - I was left wondering why I waited so long to read her. This was one of those quiet romances th ...more
Mar 2014
Oct 13, 2014
The Silvered
I loved this book so much - it's the kind of tale that leaves you wanting more, not because it feels incomplete or unfinished*, but because there's po ...more
Nov 2012
May 17, 2012
Alien in the Family (Katherine "Kitty" Katt, #3)
And this book, unfortunately, is where I draw a line under this series.

Don't get me wrong - it's still fun, but in the end, there were too many things
Apr 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Seven Realms Box Set
I’ll be honest – The Demon King didn’t grab me from the start. I thought the first chapters were inclined towards over-exposition and was concerned th ...more
Jul 2014
May 03, 2015
The Goblin Emperor
I’m not quite sure what I expected from a Sarah Monette (a.k.a. Katherine Addison) high fantasy, but this was very satisfying. Refreshingly different ...more
Apr 2014
Jul 21, 2013
Wife for a Week (Bennett #1)
This book appealed to my sense of the ridiculous. When passages make you laugh or reread, you know you're on to a keeper. Hallie and Nick kept me up l ...more
Oct 2011
Feb 05, 2012
The Pyramids of London (The Trifold Age, #1)
I’m a diehard AKH fan, but I admit to feeling a bit nervous about this book when I first read the blurb – talk about everything and the kitchen sink…

Apr 2015
Mar 04, 2012
The Shape of Desire (Shifting Circle, #1)
I have such conflicted feelings about this story.

Firstly, I had no idea how Sharon Shinn would write an urban fantasy - I've loved pretty much all her
Apr 2012
Aug 27, 2011
The Price of the Stars (Mageworlds, #1)
A version originally posted at my blog:


Firstly, it’s space opera. It’s a sub-genre I
Jul 2013
Dec 29, 2013
The Prince Commands
For whatever reason, I went in thinking this was SF... well, it isn't. In fact, it barely qualifies as a fantasy – the only fantastical element being ...more
Jan 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)
I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting with Rachel Aaron‘s UF debut NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST – I knew she could give good story after her SF Parad ...more
Jul 2014
Jun 21, 2014
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
So much hype around this book... and yeah, totally well-deserved.

It's a feel-good book that avoids being too fairytale-like, because the characters ar
Mar 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Danse de la Folie
I was initially thrown off a bit by the Heyer-like (or Austen-like?) language and the occasional usage of the author's omnipresent voice, but I actual ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Born to Darkness (Fighting Destiny, #1)
I'm a long-time Suzanne Brockmann fan, so I hate the fact I almost DNF'd this.

Neither of the main romances worked for me - one pairing was too sacchar
Apr 2012
Aug 27, 2011
Gale Force (Weather Warden, #7)
I really liked the Weather Wardens series way back when, but stopped reading because of the [insert adjective of choice here] cliffhanger endings, whi ...more
Mar 2011
Apr 30, 2011
Glitterland (Glitterland #1)
This was satisfyingly different to other m/m romances out there in terms of characters and setting. Plot-wise, the Big Conflict + Grovelling Make-up w ...more
Aug 2013
Dec 30, 2013
The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1)
A very slow start for me - it felt more-tell-than-show at times, and I found it hard to get into the flow of the story. But I persevered and was rewar ...more
Aug 2014
Jun 21, 2015
The Marchington Inheritance: A Novel of Suspense
I feel faintly guilty liking this book so much because it’s out-of-print - thank goodness for the library is all I can say. So, this book had the best ...more
Sep 2012
Feb 13, 2013
Lady John
This was written back in 1982 and it shows in the sense it avoids the modern romance conventions - for instance, the hero doesn’t appear on the page u ...more
Dec 2013
Aug 23, 2014
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
I enjoyed how fantasy elements were incorporated into this Austen-esque Regency world, but thought the romance was on the unsatisfying side and the co ...more
Sep 2012
Apr 07, 2013
The Wild Ways (Gale Women, #2)
I liked this book, but didn't connect as much with Charlie and her story as I did with Allie in the previous book, The Enchantment Emporium. The event ...more
Nov 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero
It took me a while to get into superheroes.

I remember reading Vicki Petterson’s The Scent of Shadows way back when it first came out (just checked and
Mar 2015
Mar 31, 2015
Diamond Star (Saga of the Skolian Empire, #13)
I started reading this way back when it was first released (yes, we're talking 2009 here) and then stopped halfway - not entirely sure why now, but I ...more
Feb 2012
May 26, 2012
Captive Prince: Volume One (Captive Prince, #1)
If I listed trigger warnings, I dread to think what the list would be like for the first half of this book... so take that as fair warning.

However, I
May 2013
Mar 10, 2013
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
I am very late to the party on this one judging from the number of GR reviews. I'm not quite sure what took me so long to pick this up, but winning th ...more
Jan 2012
May 26, 2012
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