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Book Review: Blood Hound by James Osiris Baldwin

Alright, alright! I have so many reviews to get knocked out, and I’m hoping I can get quite a few done this weekend. I always feel bad when I don’t get them done in a timely manner 😦 With NaNoWriMo being over, I at least have some more time now to sit and get them written and done. I did go and mark stars on Goodreads at least for a few of them, so it is just a matter of going back and writing about them.

So, the first of many reviews goes to Blood Hound by the Dragon Awards-nominated James Osiris Baldwin.

James Baldwin is another fantastic author from the NaNo group whom I am going to smack a few times alongside Kelly Blanchard and Jeffrey Cook for severely messing with my feels.

“One of the first things every new mage learns about magic is that-despite your newly discovered powers over the universe-you are forever a struggling speck of krill in a very large, very cold, very dangerous ocean.”

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Book Review: Angel in Training by C.L Coffey

I made a hot chocolate microwave brownie. It. Was. So. Good.  I’m trying really hard to not go make another one….but then between that and my cookies from earlier I just might make myself sick over here. So to stave off my the nausea I have succumbed to season 2 of Shameless. I know, right? Point a gun to my head…

But now it is another review time!

I picked this book up a bit ago. I think there was something about one of the retailers getting all uppity about the cover being too violent or something? I can’t really remember now if that was this book or a different one. But I think it was this one and since whoever it was had a problem I was like “I shall buy it!” Plus, I liked the premise. I actually read all three books that are out within a week.

But seriously, this cover is so pretty.

 

“No drinking, no drugs, no sex-” He cut me off with another laugh. “That’s not an angel. That’s a nun.”

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Book Review:Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi

Earlier this week, the final nominations were released for the Dragon Con Awards. This is a big thing, as I am sure many of you know, and we have THREE Wrimo authors that made it into the finals: James Osiris Baldwin (Blood Hound), JF Dubeau’s The Life Engineered, and last but not least R.R. Virdi and his book Grave Measures.

*looks at title*
Oh hey!

But seriously though, if you haven’t yet, please register as a fan on their site, copy down your assigned number, and wait for your email. Then go and VOTE! Voting ends September 1 and  winners will be announced over Labor Day Weekend.

Just once, I wished someone would leave a note behind: “This is what killed me. You’re welcome.”

 

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Review: Blood Debt by E.A. Copen

I AM BACK!

If you have been following along on my spanking new Facebook page that I have FINALLY gotten around to creating, you may know that I have pseudo solved my Kindle problem. If not, basically my mom gave me her old phone, and although I haven’t been able to switch everything over, I can still use it at home since I have WiFi. So I have my Kindle back and can get back to my ebooks. My upcoming schedule for reviews after this one should look something like this:

Grave Measures by R.R. Virdi
Dawn of Steam: First Light by Jeffrey Cook
Fangs for the Memories by D.R. Perry
Mad Science Institute by Sechin Tower
Mina Cortez by Jeffrey Cook

Then I SHOULD be caught up with all my free books and able to move into the rest.

When I stood in its way after the third warning, that’s when he attacked. He was almost pleasant, except for the part where he tried to kill us.

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Book Review: There But For The Grace by AJ Downey and Jeffrey Cook

I am obligated to say I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Two reviews in one day!? The craziness! Ha! I had been hoping to get these done before today but well…. I didn’t. My bad. So I’m knocking out two in one day so at least there is that!

I love books, what can I say. :3

“So I walked with Death, hand in hand with War, and even though I should have been seriously weirded out by that, I wasn’t.”

 

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Book Review: Barrow Fiend by Amy Hopkins

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I finished this book a few days ago and should have had this review done ….but well….Pokemon Go. What can I say, my younger self was all sorts of on that. So I got a little distracted between that and work and forgot to write this review.

But here I am now!

“You’re serious. We just ran hell for leather away from a giant creature stalking us in the dark, and you want to go back for a look?”

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Book Review: All’s Fair by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

 

All good things must come to an end apparently. What a sad truth that is always made more stark when it’s a book and there are no more pages to turn, no more villains to battle. The strings are tied up, relationships set. The journey with Megan, Lani, Justin, and Cassia has definitely been a fun journey.

Jeffrey and Katherine do an amazing job with the series as a whole, when you step back and look at the characters back in Foul is Fair and the last book, you find the development spot on. The world starts off intricate and complex and the characters were never boring or two-dimensional, and never does it slip. It becomes more enhancing and oh man that character development.

I really hope they add in more short stories at a later time. Seriously. Maybe some pre-Megan stuff with the older characters (insert shameless begging here)

Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred

So now to the review…

“You’re born into family. You die into family.”

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Book Review: Dream Stalker by Amy Hopkins

I’m a little bit behind right now, and by a little bit I mean a lot of bit. I finished this book like a week ago but circumstances have kept me from getting a chance to write a review. But I at least get to tell you a sneak peak into what I will be reviewing next! Coming up hopefully by the end of the week will be a review for Kelly Blanchard’s Someday I Will Be Redeemed and then I will be finally cracking open Madeline Dyer’s Untamed. After that I should probably finish reading Cinder (laughs).  Except, now I have NT Tupper’s new book.  Oh dear…

So anyways this is Dream Stalker: Talented Book 1 by Amy Hopkins.  It follows a half-blood named Emma who runs a tea shop in London. Not just any teas though, she sells teas enchanted with her limited magical ability and has slowly eked out a small name for herself. All she wants for herself in a peaceful life.

Unfortunately, as a half-blood, that is a little more difficult to come by.

“I’m trying my absolute damnedest for people like you, and people like Martin. I don’t want to be the person I was before, but I’m still trying to figure out what to be instead.”

 

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Review: A Fair Fight by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins

I must start off by saying that I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I think I am starting to see a trend here…I feel like this blog is becoming a “Jeffrey Cook Review Blog” or fan blog. I didn’t mean for this to happen, but is it really my fault if he is writing some good books? (No, the answer is no.) That being said, I think that this will be my toughest review to write so far.

This book left me in a blubbering, unattractive mess by the end. It was beautiful.
The book that is, not my blotchy and snotty face.

 

“Let’s make sure we live forever in stories of the greatest sort in these worlds”

 

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Book Review: Puck’s Choice by Skye Hegyes

I am trying to remember the last shifter book I read. I guess I could classify The Wheel of Time series since Perrin can turn into a wolf. Other than that it would have to be Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals quartet. And before that was probably…Animorphs. Wait… No I lied. It would be the Kiesha’ra Series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (The first book is Hawksong…go buy it.) and then Animorphs. Or something.

Now I have a new shifter series to keep an eye out for.

“Life was simpler as a fox”

 

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