Book Review: Deadline

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Disgraced witch Harrietta Lee has made a lot of mistakes in her life; there’s a reason she’s got a sizable burn scar slapped across the side of her neck and a formal letter of excommunication from the international underground magical community. But who has time to dwell on the past when you’re trying to make rent in New York? Things are mostly clean and simple, until her next odd job is brought to her by a representative of a powerful corporate family—a family she once had close personal ties to. As she unwillingly digs through six years’ worth of personal baggage, she’s also got to contend with an inhuman admirer shadowing her in the street.

But hey, maybe it’ll be worth it for the beautiful women she gets to kiss…

Note: Contains elements of BDSM, this isn’t a YA novel.

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Book Review: Marked by Stars

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A wolf without a pack and a boy in need of roots become founders. 
After a heavenly visitation, one young wolf turns his back on his pack and on the moon in order to tread a lonesome path. A blaze of stars. A brand of copper. A burden of trust. First of Dogs, he takes a new name, makes peace with group of weary humans, and helps to found the In-between. This is a tale of the Kindred. This is the lore of the Starmark clan.

Note: (from the author) Songs of the Amaranthine is a collection of short stories set in Forthright’s Amaranthine universe. Before the Emergence, the clans were nothing more than whispers and mysteries and legends and lore. But every so often—in out-of-the-way places or shockingly close to home—an unsuspecting person stumbled into a fateful encounter with someone who was decidedly other. An eclectic collection, spanning continents and centuries. Tales of adventure, discovery, friendship, rescue, belonging, and love. Each short story stands alone and can be read in any order.

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Book Review: Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox

 

38346972Tsumiko inherits an ancestral home, a vast fortune, and a butler who isn’t exactly human. 

Humanity is rocked by the Emergence of a people who call themselves the Amaranthine. They are our myths and legends come to life. Neither human nor animal, yet embracing qualities of both, the inhuman races inspire both awe and fear. Every newsfeed is clogged with updates about the peace process, but some places don’t concern themselves with worldly affairs. Like the girls’ school run by Saint Midori’s of the Heavenly Lights, where Tsumiko Hajime grew up.

A letter from a long-lost aunt names Tsumiko heiress to an ancestral estate and its accompanying fortune. Only the legacy comes with an aloof heirloom: an inhuman butler. Argent has served the Hajime family for centuries, and Tsumiko must renew the generational bond or he’ll die. Argent hates her for the hold she has over him, but he craves her soul almost as much as he craves his freedom.

Note: I have nothing but love for this book, series and author So. Yeah my bias is apparent.

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My Life as Books: 2018 Edition

I did these on Poisoned Rationality since 2009, and continued the tradition here in 2015, 2016 & 2017…so what’s new?

Using only books you have read this year (2018), cleverly answer these questions.   Try not to repeat a book title. (links lead to GoodReads)

Describe Yourself: The Wrong Girl by RL Stine

How do you feel: Mortality Bites by Ramy Vance

Describe where you currently live:  In Arcadia by Andrea K. Host

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger

Your favorite form of transport: Planet Ladder by Yuri Narushima

Your best friend is: Marked by Stars by forthright.

What’s the weather like: Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

Favourite time of day: NightS by Kou Yoneda

What is life to you: How to Life An Undead Life by Hailey Edwards

Your fear: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

What is the best advice you have to give: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Thought for the Day: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

How I would like to die: A Choice of Secrets by Barb Hendee

My soul’s present condition: In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

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Book Title: In an Absent Dream

38244358This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

For anyone . . .

Note: This is a prequel to the series, but fourth in publication. Because time means nothing.

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Book Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky

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Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

Note: This is a direct sequel to EVERY HEART A DOORWAY.

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Holiday Cheer 2018: Weeks 5&6

Holiday Reads 2018 (1)Its that time of year folks when I watch all the sappy Holiday romances I can find, read all the sappy Holiday romances I can find and in general just drown myself in Christmas cheer because everyone knows that’s better then dealing with reality.

Instead of individual reviews for every single book or movie I watch I’m going to do a weekly wrap up. Some will have links to the longer reviews on Twitter or Goodreads, so won’t, but let’s keep this fun without too many rules huh?

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Holiday Cheer 2018: Weeks 3 & 4

Holiday Reads 2018 (1)Its that time of year folks when I watch all the sappy Holiday romances I can find, read all the sappy Holiday romances I can find and in general just drown myself in Christmas cheer because everyone knows that’s better then dealing with reality.

Instead of individual reviews for every single book or movie I watch I’m going to do a weekly wrap up. Some will have links to the longer reviews on Twitter or Goodreads, so won’t, but let’s keep this fun without too many rules huh?

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Holiday Cheer 2018: Week 2

Holiday Reads 2018 (1)Its that time of year folks when I watch all the sappy Holiday romances I can find, read all the sappy Holiday romances I can find and in general just drown myself in Christmas cheer because everyone knows that’s better then dealing with reality.

Instead of individual reviews for every single book or movie I watch I’m going to do a weekly wrap up. Some will have links to the longer reviews on Twitter or Goodreads, some won’t, but let’s keep this fun without too many rules huh?

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