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review 2017-03-22 15:55
Book Review: Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Industrial Magic - Kelley Armstrong

While I am usually very strict about only reading series in order, for some reason, I’ve skipped around in this one a lot. Maybe because different books are from different perspectives? Anyway, I picked this up after being away from this series for a while, so it took me a bit to figure out exactly where I was in each character’s storylines. Having already read sequels, I must say it was way too much fun meeting Jaime the necromancer for the first time. Her first impression is as ridiculous and wonderful as I wanted it.

 

This book is a fun mystery/thriller with supernatural aspects involved, and of course, it includes all of our favorite characters from the Otherworld series; I love that the werewolves make an appearance in this novel. (Since the series started with Elena, I have a feeling that she and Clay will always be my ultimate favorites.) But I really would recommend this book for thriller lovers, I kept referring to it as the “supernatural serial killer” novel I was reading, and it fits so perfectly. Basically, Paige and Lucas agree to help the Cabals (supernatural mafia-like groups) to help find the person who’s been killing teenagers of Cabal employees. It follows the typical thriller-style of stories where they think they have the whole thing solved, but it turns out that they were missing a couple pieces of the puzzle, which makes for an interesting, surprising read.

 

The serial killer stuff was great, but my favorite development for the series as a whole was getting to see Paige and Lucas’s relationship develop. They’re finally talking about the important things and finally start admitting that things are serious with each other, which creates for some fun situations and some hilarious conversations/jokes about how they’d run their own Cabal if they were really able to be in charge.

 

Overall, it’s a solid addition to the series, which I really do believe is a must-read for supernatural fans (the genre, not necessarily the show). I love that while we were introduced to a new character or two, for the most part, this novel just worked on developing the relationships between characters we already know. Genuinely enjoyed every minute of reading this.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=3561
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text 2017-03-21 18:49
8 New Releases in Series - Wednesday through Friday (March 22-24)
An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series ... An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series Book 4) - K.C. Lynn
Eagles in the Storm - Ben Kane
Scorched by Magic (The Baine Chronicles ... Scorched by Magic (The Baine Chronicles Book 7) - Jasmine Walt,Judah Dobin,Mary Burnett
The Darkness Within (Inspector Faro and ... The Darkness Within (Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn) - Alanna Knight
The Never Paradox (Chronicles Of Jonatha... The Never Paradox (Chronicles Of Jonathan Tibbs Book 2) - T. Ellery Hodges
Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery - Christopher Fowler
Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter (Magi... Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter (Magic of Cornwall Book 2) - Emma Jameson
Trouble in a Tight Dress (Southern Alpha... Trouble in a Tight Dress (Southern Alphas Book 5) - Lori Sjoberg

Wednesday, March 22:

 

An Act of Courage - K.C. Lynn, #4 Acts of Honor

 

Thursday, March 23:

 

Eagles in the Storm - Ben Kane, 3 in Eagles of Rome

Scorched by Magic - Jasmine Walt,  #7 in Baine Chronicles

The Darkness Within - Alanna Knight , #1 in Inspector Faro and Rose Mcquinn

The Never Paradox - T. Ellery Hodges, #2 in Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs

Wild Chamber - Christopher Fowler, #14 in Bryant and May

 

Friday, March 24:

 

Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter - Emma Jameson, #2.6 in Dr. Benjamin Bones Mystery

Trouble in a Tight Dress - Lori Sjoberg, #5 in Southern Alphas

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-03-20 18:47
The Bone Witch
The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch is a beautiful book, telling the story of Tea as she discovers that she is an asha, one with very rare abilities.  The writing is lyrical and descriptive, allowing you to see the world through Tea's eyes.  It is written in two alternating points of view and the voices are very different.  The first voice is that of Tea, telling her own story in a voice that, while a bit haunting, feels somehow lighter and more hopeful.  The second voice is set at some point in the future, as Tea tells her story to a Bard who has sought her out.  The tone of that voice was much heavier, much more bitter.

 

The mythology of this story was so beautiful, a world where, instead of on their sleeves, people wear their hearts around their necks in heartsglass.  The color of your heart sometimes determines your entire future, as it did for the main character Tea.  After accidentally raising her brother from the dead, Tea's life changes dramatically.  She's an asha, a Dark asha.  The Dark asha are the strongest of their kind, but also the most feared and usually the most reviled.  It is not an easy road that Tea finds herself on.

 

The worldbuilding was the most stunning aspect to the book, in my opinion, along with the mythology that surrounded it.  The mythology is influenced by geisha culture, Zoroastrianism, and Persian culture, woven together a complex world.  Despite the fantasy elements, the world felt very authentic with its threads of social classism, politics, sexism, and racism.  Those elements exist in all societies and their inclusion, while not positive, helped to create a world that was believable for the reader.

 

This is a book that I truly loved.  A sequel is coming and I am waiting breathlessly for it!

Source: thecaffeinateddivareads.multifacetedmama.com/?p=12271
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review 2017-03-20 00:00
Magic Bleeds
Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews This is a pivotal book in that it is the book where Curran and Kate finally admit what they feel about each other. And thank goodness it works. In most media once two such volatile characters get together most of the personal tension is lost and the series goes downhill, but not this series.

Kate had to let Curran in on some personal secrets and Curran has to make some concessions himself. It is a perfect melding of two such uber Alpha characters. Although I'm sure that Kate would not think of herself as such!

This book is perfect from its opening prologue in which we find Kate having a very personal crisis (yes Currans people can be butt-heads) to the very emotional yet supremely satisfying ending that can also be thought of as a personal crisis for both Kate and Curran. It is sort of unusual for Ms Andrews to open AND close her book with personal scenes like this.

Throughout the book we see that no matter what happens to her, Kate has not lost her dry and fatalistic sense of humor and Ms Andrews doesn't fail at making me laugh during the horror that is Kate's life.

A totally satisfying and sexy read.
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review 2017-03-19 00:00
Magic Dreams
Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews OMG! Jim needs help! Say it isn't so!


And our absentminded, half-blind, speed addicted white were-tiger, Dali, is going to save him. Of course we all know that Dali is hopelessly in love with Jim. But how does Jim feel about her? Will Dali finally break through Jim's stoic, hard as rocks personality?

I really would have loved to have had this book written in Jim's POV.

This was one of the most interesting novella's to date, but Dali can be a little annoying with her "woe is me, I'm not beautiful or graceful just very, very smart" attitude. There is an interesting action sc ene,a mysterious aspect and a bit of romance all rolled into one short compact read.

The Asian aspect makes this very interesting - learning about the different cultures and the Gods and deities they worship really kept my interest.

Short and sweet, with a happily-ever-after.
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