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A Shade of Vampire

Posted: January 3, 2014 by Vanessa in Books We Hate Tags: Bella Forrest, Urban Fantasy

I found A SHADE OF VAMPIRE thanks to Amazon recommendations, it had over 600 five-star ratings, and it was a mere $.99 for Kindle. I was kinda excited to find something new.

It was a trap.Read the rest of this review »


So pretty much everything I said about AN OFFICER’S DUTY (EBR review) I should just cut and paste into this review…because its sequel HELLFIRE is almost the exact same book. Save yourself some time, read that review, and come back and I’ll try to be succinct.Read the rest of this review »

The Best of 2013

Posted: January 10, 2014 in *Best of 2013 Tags: Editorials

Well then. 2013 is done. While I’m not a huge fan of the “Best Of” lists, I’ve been asked enough (by readers, authors, and even my own reviewers) that I figured I should give it a go. I’m not going to number them, as usual, and there will likely be more than 10. Why? Because I can do what I want! And stuff!Read the rest of this post »

The Mongoliad

Posted: January 14, 2014 by Writer Dan in Books that are Mediocre Tags: Alternate Historical Fantasy

Some reviews are difficult to write. Others fly off of my fingertips near light-speed. Some are simple. Others complex. But every once in a while, I come across one that seems to just be begging for discussion of a larger issue. This book sparked one of those latter types in me. The issue: writing character versus story.Read the rest of this review »


So two award-winning journalists decide to try their hand at the current craze of YA dystopian/post-apocalypse novels. But WASTELAND, by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, is what happens when non-fiction writers think that writing a coherent, engaging, and imaginative YA novel is not so hard. Throw in a controversial situation, maybe some race-themed antagonism, a couple of clever adjectives for spice, and voila. Easy peasy, right?Read the rest of this review »

Elitist Classics: The Crystal Cave

Posted: January 21, 2014 by Vanessa in Elitist Classics, Elitist University Tags: Fantasy, Mary Stewart

The first book of Mary Stewart’s Merlin trilogy, THE CRYSTAL CAVE, was written in 1970 and continues to be one of the most accessible novelizations of the mythos surrounding the Arthurian legends. Told in first-person PoV as though it were an autobiography, Stewart writes about Merlin’s childhood as he travels across Britain, the people he encounters, and the discovery of his magic–all in her lovely prose with detailed attention to the landscape and era.Read the rest of this review »

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Posted: January 24, 2014 by Shawn in Books We Love Tags: Catherynne M. Valente, Fantasy, Young Adult

Have you ever had a secret?  I mean a delicious, wonderful secret?  The kind you want to tell the whole world about and at the same time keep only for yourself?  Something sweet and wonderful, something that would change other people lives if they only knew, yet at the same time you wanted to keep it all to yourself?  Have you ever had one of those?Read the rest of this review »

Emperor of Thorns

Posted: January 27, 2014 by Steven in Books We Love Tags: Dark Fantasy, Mark Lawrence

I think it’s pretty rare for an author to end a series in a strong and convincing manner. Be it ten novels or two, it just seems like I’m nearly always let down once I get to the end. When I first read Mark Lawrence’s PRINCE OF THORNS, you’ll remember that I was completely blown away. In terms of dark and gritty fantasy, it was pretty close to the top of the list. I was worried when KING OF THORNS arrived in my mailbox. It couldn’t possibly live up to the first book. Except it did. Then I received the final book in the series, EMPEROR OF THORNS. I didn’t even start reading it right away (hence the delay in this review), because, stupidly, I didn’t want to be let down. Again, how often does an author blow it? Pretty frequently.Read the rest of this review »


Posted: January 29, 2014 by Steven in Books We Love Tags: Horror, Sarah Pinborough

I’ve loved Sarah Pinborough’s writing since I first opened the cover on A MATTER OF BLOOD. And since reading Robert McCammon and Jasper Kent, I’ve been rather obsessed with Historical Horror. So when I received a copy of Sarah’s newest Historical Horror novel…well, I’d died and gone to heaven.Read the rest of this review »

Turn Down the Lights

Posted: January 31, 2014 by Steven in Books We Like Tags: Cemetery Dance, Horror, Richard Chizmar, Short Fiction

Lately I’ve been trying to pay more attention to the specialty publishers out there. They put out such quality work, that I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to tell all you readers about them. This time around, let’s talk about Cemetery Dance, and one of their newest collections of short stories, TURN DOWN THE LIGHTS.

This collection, edited by Richard Chizmar, is a celebration of Cemetery Dance. It’s been 25 years since Cemetery Dance put out their first issue, and so this collections contains stories by just some of the people who have helped it become the amazing specialty publishing house that it is today. Here’s the Table of Contents:Read the rest of this review »