Review – Blood of the Revenant by N.R. Allen

August 5, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Blood of the Revenant by N.R. Allen

Blood of the Revenant is an interesting take on vampires. I wish that the idea would have made up for the various issues I found within it. For starters, I was confused more than not as to what everything was. The world Allen creates is captivating but the lack of explanation for the parts of the world made it hard to really get into the […]

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Review – The Unforgiven: The Crave by D.J. Kile

August 4, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The Unforgiven: The Crave by D.J. Kile

With the spike in vampire stories lately, I’ve become leery of what I read. When I started reading this book, it didn’t hook me. I just couldn’t get into the prologue. The changes between past and present tense, while not hard to follow, didn’t keep my attention. Present tense is hard to pull off and I’ve read a few good novels written in it. For […]

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Review – Don’t Ask by Natalie Bell

July 30, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Don’t Ask by Natalie Bell

This book doesn’t exactly fall in my usual genres. I took a chance on Don’t Ask, and after reading it my biggest question was “why did I read this?” If someone had told me exactly what the book was about, I probably wouldn’t have read it because it isn’t something that truly interests me. But I read it and despite the present tense and my […]

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Review – Enslaved in Shadows by Tigris Eden

July 29, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Enslaved in Shadows by Tigris Eden

I was lucky enough to win an eCopy of Enslaved in Shadows during a Twitter party to promote the book. I love a good paranormal romance and this was no exception. The characters were solid and made me laugh more times than not, and they interacted well with each other. I wasn’t a huge fan of Draven and Jes’s relationship arc. I felt like it […]

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Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

July 26, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

When Cinder came out, I couldn’t wait to read it. I finally managed to snag a copy from the library and couldn’t put it down. Cinder is a twist on the classic Cinderella tale and I have to say, I absolutely loved it–way more than the original story. This novel is unique in that it sets the story in New Beijing in a futuristic world. […]

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Review – Thorn by Intisar Khanani

July 24, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Thorn by Intisar Khanani

When I first accepted this book for review, I had never read the Grimm’s “Goose Girl” tale it was based off of. So I used this magical thing we call the internet and read it before reading Thorn. I have to say, while Thorn followed the tale very closely excluding names, I enjoyed it nonetheless–so much that I couldn’t put it down. This book isn’t […]

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Review – Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti

July 23, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti

Let me start by saying I am fairly picky about the science fiction novels I read, and I took a chance on Other Systems. It was worth it. This book is believable in a way that many sci-fi novels I’ve read aren’t. There are real problems, the story doesn’t revolve around some romance or another, and the characters don’t necessarily get their happily ever after. […]

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Review – The 5 Moons of Tiiana by Paul T. Harry

July 19, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – The 5 Moons of Tiiana by Paul T. Harry

The 5 Moons of Tiiana is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure perfect for lovers of sci-fi. First off, I really enjoyed the characters. Rez Cantor is my version of a sci-fi Bond–except more human. I felt I could connect with him because he wasn’t perfect (*gasp*) but the mistakes he made solidified his character. And despite the cliches many of the minor characters took on, I […]

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Review – Genesis by Aurelia Haslboeck

July 18, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Genesis by Aurelia Haslboeck

I struggled to read this book. First off, the constant POV changes without labels was very confusing. It pulled me away from the story and I kept putting the book down instead of pushing through each sitting. The confusion of the POV changes made it hard for me to really get into the book, and the beginning is very slow. The characters, in my opinion, […]

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Review – Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine

July 12, 2012 | Book Review by Austine
Review – Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine

Hunter and Fox had exactly what I’ve come to expect from Ballantine: a beautifully created world, diverse and unique characters, and a want for more. After reading two of the authors Books of the Order series last year (Geist and Spectyr) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another. For those who have read Philippa Ballantine’s previous work, Hunter and Fox is set in […]

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