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BOOK REVIEW: Magic Breaks

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Ilona Andrews 7th novel in the Kate Daniel’s series, Magic Breaks, is fast paced, funny, action packed and heart wrenching. It’s basically book crack.

The trouble I have writing this review is that if you know about the series, you’ve probably read them all and don’t need to be persuaded to read the next installment. These characters are your friends and you can’t wait to visit them again. If you haven’t read the series, I can’t talk about ANYTHING that happens in this book because everything has been building to this moment.

If you haven’t started the series, I’m sad for you. I’m sad that you won’t giggle when I mention attack poodles, or want to smack something at the mention of Saiman. The long and the short of it is, if you like paranormal, shape shifters, vampires, fast paced action, mysteries, snarky humor, then go get started! Stop reading this, and go buy the first book. When you finish them all in the next four days, then we can talk.

If you are determined to be spoiled and miss out on all the fun of a series building up it’s characters and revealing mysteries as it goes, read on.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rise of O-Girl

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The Rise of O-Girl
Anita B. Rutten

Trigger warnings: This review contains explicit content (sex!) and discussion about rape. Continue at your own risk.

The Rise of O-Girl is a short story about a super heroine whose secret power is lightning orgasms that fry her partner to a crisp. She’s on a vendetta to find her sister’s murderer and will stop at nothing to get her revenge. Her origin story as a super hero is also covered.

At 22 pages, this is a pretty quick read for anyone, and if you’re just in it for titillation, you won’t have to wait long. There are lots of sex scenes starting from page 1. I’d say the price point of $2.99 is a bit high for 22 pages, but I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to buying books.

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Book Review: Clean Sweep

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I’m going to start off by saying I’m already a big fan of Ilona Andrews (pen name for husband and wife writing team). I’ve been following their Kate Daniels series for years and dip into their other writings from time to time.

What I love most about their writing, and the biggest strength of Clean Sweep, is their world building. They come up with really interesting ideas and build really strong, realistic worlds. As realistic as you can be with magic, werewolves, and vampires.

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Book Review: The Twenty-Year Death

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The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter is a one novel made of three novellas. Each novella is told from a different point of view but the stories all follow two central characters, Shem and Clotilde Rosenkrantz. The book begins in France at the turn of the century. A murder has been committed in a small French village, but there’s more to it than that. Shem and Clotilde are newly wed but there’s more to them, as well. Shem left his wife for Clotilde, a young and beautiful 19 year old. Scandal!
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Book Review: Supernatural Rights of Passage

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There is a grand irony in this world. The Space Pirate Queen and Gizzy B are the obsessed Supernatural fans. I am not. Now, don’t get me wrong! I thought it was ok, and yes, they are hot. But, I don’t know, I didn’t make it past season 2.

So when I, of all people, got offered a chance to review the book Rite of Passage, I had a good old giggle at SPQ.

It takes place during Season 7, so I’m a little bit out of step with what the heck is going on, therefore I’m putting in a SPOILERS warning here, because I have NO idea what is or isn’t common knowledge the fans. You have been warned.

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Book Review: Joss Whedon – The Complete Companion

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It’s probably fair to say if you’re reading this blog you know who Joss Whedon is. On the off chance you don’t know who he is, it’s nigh on impossible that you haven’t seen SOMETHING he’s produced. The man is crazy prolific: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse, The Avengers, Dr. Horrible, The Cabin in the Woods…and more beyond that.
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Book Review: Company of the Dead

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Seems appropriate to be reviewing a book about the sinking of the Titanic’s effect on history, so close to the 100 year anniversary.

The Company of the Dead, by David Kowalski, starts out promisingly: A mysterious man is aboard the Titanic, and he seems to know an awful lot about what is going to happen. He’s there to try and avert one of the most famous maritime disasters. He fails. The repercussions of his failure are of epic proportions. The small changes he makes to the crash result in a wholly different world to our own.

The first World War never saw America enter the fray. Germany and Japan expanded their empires to cover the globe. The Southern States seceded again and this time it stuck. No more “United” States.

An interesting theory that, unfortunately, gets muddled by all of the action and conspiracy sections of the book. Unless handled with real precision and skill, I don’t think conspiracy really works well in books. It feels like reading a murder mystery where you aren’t given all of the clues, but the detective makes this big reveal and the reader just feels annoyed they couldn’t have come to that conclusion because they didn’t have all the facts.

The other problem I had was how long the book was. Kowalski’s ideas about an alternate history are really interesting, but it’s a slog to sift them out. His chapter breaks are also very odd. I feel like he was going for Dan Brown cliff hangers, but just ended up cutting up the flow. A minor point, but when you’re faced with that many pages, it gets annoying.

In a shorter format with fewer conspiracies, I feel like this could have been a really interesting book.