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review 2017-06-27 09:11
Final Girls by Mira Grant
Final Girls - Mira Grant

This is an enjoyable and somewhat creepy psychological novella with an interesting idea, and twisted ended.  I can't really say more than what the blurb provides without giving away the plot. 

 

From the blurb:  "Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?

Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival."

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review 2017-06-25 15:31
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
Rolling in the Deep - Mira Grant

This is a rather short, nicely written novel that explores the story of the ship Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  "Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets".  This is a mix between mythological/urban fantasy, horror and mystery.  I found the story to be an original take on an old myth.  There is apparently a sequel to this story out later this year.

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review 2017-06-22 06:45
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire

This is an enjoyable stand-alone prequel (of sorts) to Every Heart a Doorway.  In  this book we learn more about Jack and Jill and why they ended up at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. The writing is beautiful, the characters are fleshed out (even the Vampire has a personality) and the world-building original.

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review 2017-06-20 15:03
Uninspired Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse, #3) by R.L. Naquin
Uninspired Muse (Mt. Olympus Employment Agency) (Volume 3) - R.L. Naquin

This is a lovely, light-hearted, fun and enjoyable urban fantasy novel that closes out the story of the muse Wynter Greene.  The Mt. Olympus Employment Agency world building is original and adds a nice twist to the old Greek mythological figures.

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review 2017-06-20 07:06
Undercover Gorgon Episode 2: Lost & Found by R.L. Naquin
Undercover Gorgon: Episode #2 — Lost & Found (Undercover Gorgon: A Mt. Olympus Employment Agency Miniseries) - R.L. Naquin

A cute and entertaining episode that continues the tale of Patrice the "Undercover Gorgon". This episode deals with Circe's missing daughter.

 

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