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The Buried Life by Carrie Patel
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I thought my rating for this novel would be higher, because for most of this book, I thought it a very good debut -- not a perfect story, but it had good pacing and seemed to be building a tasty murder mystery with enjoyable characters. The imperfect ...more
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The Great Night by Chris Adrian
The Great Night
by Chris Adrian
read in June, 2016
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This was a bit of a strange book, in that it wandered all over and yet still held my interest. The writing is very nice; the plot is non-linear. The emotional life of the characters is what keeps you turning pages.

Oberon and Titania have split up yet
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Dark Jenny by Alex Bledsoe
Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse, #3)
by Alex Bledsoe (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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I'm torn about what to say about this novel. On one hand, it was an easy read and kept me turning pages. On the other, I spent the whole book thinking, "Well, this is dumb."

Imagine the story of King Arthur with all the names changed to boring modern
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Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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I read the Night Watch book(s?) and thought they were fun but nothing too special, as far as urban fantasy goes. I mainly enjoyed them for being so matter-of-factly Russian, which is not something I'm used to, given my tendency to read exclusively in ...more
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Last to Rise by Francis Knight
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Izanami's Choice by Adam Heine
"Full disclosure: I wrote this book. My rating might be biased.

I first pitched this book to Scott Gable in January 2015. I love mixing genres, and I wanted to create a world kind of like Penny Arcade's Automata series, which blends sentient android..." Read more of this review »
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Fade to Black by Francis Knight
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Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge
"Okay, I'm sorry, but Luna's constant tirades just crack me up. I'm not sure if they were meant to be funny at all but it's like this character is a parody of a hard-ass detective spiting out "tough-cop" lines for a SNL skit. The stuff that comes o..." Read more of this review »
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Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge
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Well, that was fast. Page 8 and it's already clear the protagonist is a ginormous rage-monkey asshole who is inexplicably working as a police officer despite the fact she's apparently willing to murder people for the crime of running away.

Won't be fi
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The Glasswrights' Apprentice by Mindy Klasky
The Glasswrights' Apprentice (Glasswright, #1)
by Mindy Klasky (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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This was, in the end, a pretty fun read, but it was also not a particularly well-written book.

What I liked about it was that the plot bounced along at a nice pace--lively but without seeming breakneck. I also enjoyed the sense that the gods were lit
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