Crucible Zero (House Immortal, #3) by Devon Monk
Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Brandi

Crucible Zero (House Immortal, #3) by Devon MonkCrucible Zero (House Immortal, #3) by Devon Monk
Series: House Immortal
Published by Roc on September 1st 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 356
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The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it...
Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.
But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.
Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves...
*A Book Obsession

Hm.

Well, hell.

As most of you know I’m a diehard Devon Monk fan, and though I liked these last two books the least of any of hers – with this one being the very least, I’m still flying my fan flag high. I just happened to not connect with this particular story that much.

For me this book was a little too boring, a little too neatly finished, not enough oomph with the characters, and a hefty dose of off-ness that I couldn’t shake. Read more… »

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Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane, #4) by Jaye Wells
Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Brandi

Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane, #4)  by Jaye WellsSilver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells
Series: Sabina Kane #4
on January 5th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 405
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Now that the threat of war has passed, Sabina Kane is ready to focus on the future. Her relationship with Adam Lazarus is getting stronger and she's helping her sister, Maisie, overcome the trauma of her captivity in New Orleans. Even Giguhl is managing to stay out of trouble thanks to the arrival of Pussy Willow and his new roller derby team. But as much as Sabina wants to feel hopeful about the future, part of her doesn't trust that peace is possible.

Her suspicions are confirmed when a string of sadistic murders threaten to stall treaty negotiations between the mages and the vampires. Sabina pitches in to find the killer, but her investigation soon leads her down dark paths that have her questioning everyone she thought she could trust. And the closer she gets to the killer, the more Sabina begins to suspect this is one foe she may not be able to kill.

I tend to write my reviews based on how I felt during a story versus adequately breaking down devises and such (not always, but often enough). When I rate books as five stars it is because I have been affected somehow by the book, or series, and know that I will read it again and again, or even have a hard time moving onto the next on my TBR list.

This is one of those series for me. I love it! Normally I do a re-read of a series if I hadn’t read it recently, but I didn’t want to wait before jumping into to this, and I’m happy to say that it isn’t really necessary because Wells does a great job of reminding you what had happened prior. The only thing I can’t quite remember is what happened to the female demon, and in fairness, I have a horrific memory. Legitimate memory issues, but other than that I loved every second of this book. Read more… »

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Posted on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 by Chantal

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah BiancottiZeroes Published by Simon Pulse on September 29th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Friendship
Pages: 560
Format: ARC, digital ARC
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Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.

It’s always a great experience when you go into a book with no expectations and it turns out you really enjoy it. That’s what happened to me with Zeroes . I hadn’t read a single review beforehand, hadn’t read anything by Scott Westerfeld (though I think I will remedy that now) and have never even heard of the other two authors.

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Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Emily May

Menagerie by Rachel VincentMenagerie by Rachel Vincent
Published by Harlequin on October 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
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From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie… 
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town. 
But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed. 
Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by JennyJen

Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews
Published by Ace on August 4th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
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After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate.

Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected. An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Jenny: Because the Book Geek has two Ilona Andrews fangirls, Brandi and I decided to review this one together. It was a lot easier to do that than to cat-fight over it.

Brandi: It’s interesting we ended up rating this the same. That’s unusual.

Jenny: Very unusual, on account of your bad taste. I’m pretty sure I influenced you, because you’re usually overly generous and then go back and change your rating.

Brandi: I go back and change it once reason sets in. I’m an emotional reviewer.

Jenny: And overly generous. I expect better from IA at this point, though. There were too many negatives to ignore. =/
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