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text 2016-02-01 11:32
Another Great Kresley Cole Series
If You Dare - Kresley Cole

Wow! This woman, Ms. Kresley Cole, can write anything. I began reading her action packed-under and above the covers- Immortals After Dark series many years ago. I read quite a few, then put her books on hold for a while. I came back last year and have nearly completed IAD. As we Geminis love to do, we read at least five books at one time (depending upon our mood). In doing this, I thought I would try Ms. Cole's earlier works after having recently completed her new-amazing-contemporary erotica series, The Game Makers. Knowing how great she handled Contemporary in addition to Paranormal Romance, I had faith that her earlier works-The MacCarrik Brothers trilogy- would be fantastic. Well, I can honestly say that I placed my faith in good hands because this series, so far, is really wonderful. For those who like non-paranormal romance, don't mind period pieces with minimal historical details, and more detailed erotic scenes with brawny, sensual, loving, alpha-males who happen to be Kilt wearers, then this is your series. This book of three, is well written, has a good story line, is erotic but tasteful, and is an easy read! I highly recommend it. There is just a special way that Ms. Cole, and only Ms. Cole, writes sex scenes that are the most unique and erotic in general romance. I have never read anyone else that writes them like she does. It's strange because the scenes are so normal and vanilla, but they make you puddle on the floor every time. And oh yeah, did I mention there's an actual plot that takes up most of the book! I know, right?! Amazing how now we can get a two-for-one deal in today's literature. This book is indeed a "kilt lifter" not a " bodice ripper." Just to clarify ;) But not a cheesy Harlequin; one of few genres I detest vehemently. Yes, there is a clear distinction. So, check this first book out via Overdrive, it's free! You can't go wrong with that, especially if you are new to her works. Enjoy what's under the kilt, I mean cover ;)

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review 2014-09-25 05:25
Dangerous Creatures Book 1
Dangerous Creatures (Book 1) - Kami Garcia,Margaret Stohl

Author: Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl

Category: YA

Genre: UF, Witches

Pages: 368

Short Premise: Ridley and Link head to New York and wreak havoc. But they don't mean too...really.


Pros: I love this series, silly as it is.

Ridley and Link were actually my two favorites in the BC series. So much more interesting then Ethan/Lena (who are sweet...just...predictable)

So. Much. Sass. 

Look into the larger world of magic outside of Gaitlin. 

Also more peeks into how the darker side works.


Cons: Still not sure why this was needed, but I'm not complaining TOO loudly. Because my favs are getting their own series.


Verdict: Buy if you loved the Beautiful Creatures series. If you were so/so on it, then check it out of the library. 

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review 2014-09-20 02:16
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book 3: Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor

Author: Laini Taylor

Published: April 8th, 2014

Category: YA

Genre: Fantasy, Angels/Demons

Pages: 613


Pro: I love this series. So I am extremely biased.

Beautiful writing. Seriously, I love the way Taylor writes.

Great imaginative world. See above.

Complex characters/good amounts of action and romance and plot.


Con: I admit, it does stall at times. But the book is over 600 pages.


Verdict: Buy series. Especially if you love YA fantasy. 

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text 2014-09-01 15:33
Read Jeffrey Ford
The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories - Jeffrey Ford
The Physiognomy - Jeffrey Ford
Memoranda - Jeffrey Ford
The Beyond - Jeffrey Ford
The Drowned Life - Jeffrey Ford
The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque - Jeffrey Ford
The Girl in the Glass - Jeffrey Ford
The Empire of Ice Cream - Jeffrey Ford,Jonathan Carroll
The Shadow Year - Jeffrey Ford
Crackpot Palace: Stories - Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford's my favorite author. Sadly, he's not as widely read as he should be, despite the fact that just about everything he's ever written has won some award or another. He writes science fiction, fantasy, mystery and a little bit of horror. But nothing he's ever written falls neatly into any of those categories. Really, he just writes Jeffrey Ford stories, and that's what makes him great. 


Here's a list of his books. The nice thing about Ford is that he's equally adept with the short story as he is with the novel. So, if you like one form over the other, he's got you covered.


Well-Built City trilogy (Fantasy/SF)


The Physiognomy (World Fantasy Award)


The Beyond




Vanitas (Fantasy/SF)

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque (Mystery)

The Girl in the Glass (Mystery) (Edgar Allen Poe Award)

The Shadow Year (Literary/Mainstream/Fantasy) (World Fantasy Award)




The Fantasy Writer's Assistant (World Fantasy Award)

The Empire of Ice Cream 

The Drowned Life (World Fantasy Award)

Crackpot Palace: Stories


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