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  • #74 Pathways by Mercedes Lackey

    The latest collection of short fiction set in the Valdemar universe. There are several stories in here from returning contributors that continue the lives of characters they have written about in previous collections. The nice thing is that the reader still isn't lost if they haven't read the previous ones, but it is a nice little bit of extra for the dedicated fan. Overall this is a typical collection that covers both Heralds and non-Heralds and things that happen both within the kingdom and without.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #73 Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire

    Catching up on the InCryptid series, I fell behind and now I'm binging on the books to finally catch up. Book 4 has Alex going to Australia to help Shelby's family with a werewolf breakout. Of course no one is happy to see Alex since he is a descendant of a former Covenant member and Australia actually managed to kick them out. The Thirty Six is a group of people dedicated to protecting the native cryptid monsters but the group doesn't think to ever speak to the sentient ones. Most of this book deals with people butting heads on everything from does Alex have a cure for werewolf bites and why he shouldn't be dating Shelby. The Aeslin mice get a bigger role in this book and that is just joyous. Book 5 will swing back to Verity as the main POV.

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  • #72 Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

    With book three the focus switched to Alex, Verity's older brother. Alex is working at a zoo in Ohio while staying with his grandparents and cousin Sarah. He assistant at the zoo is a gorgon who is helping him with cataloguing the local fricken population. Turns out his girlfriend at the zoo, a visiting professional from Australia knows about the cyprid population. After a few crossed wired they are both working to find what is turning people to stone around the zoo and it isn't his assistant.

    Another fun entertaining read set in the InCryptid universe and I picked up book four right after this one to find out what happens next for Alex.

  • #71 The Hunt by Chloe Neill

    Liam hasn't been back to New Orleans since the battle but that hasn't stopped someone from framing him for murder. Claire and Gavin go out into the bayou to find him and warn him of the crime and bounty on his head. Liam and Claire solve the mystery by the end of the book and solve the mystery of some of Claire background as well. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so I'm sure there will be more to read in this magic charged version of a war torn New Orleans.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #70 A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford

    On her 13th wedding anniversary she drops the bombshell that she wants a divorce, thanks to her husband's infidelity and lies about his constant work travel. As she leaves the restaurant she then finds out that her husband is a wizard and the company is a front for a council he works for as a sheriff. As the story unfolds G, the cheating husband can't stand to part with information that might have helped his family come to understand that they have magic and might be in danger from something he is working on and his past. Daffy works hard at trying to keep a normal life for the kids even as she and them find out they have magic and their father can do the same. So much of the plot of the book would be brushed aside if the characters could bother to share info. G about his first wife not being dead and how and why she is on the rampage. The council for destroying the info of how his first wife escaped jail and hiding that fact from him until he realizes she is the killer he is tracking. The kids that even after being told they have magic and start exploring their powers they still don't tell the each other or their parents when something odd magical happens around them.
    The characters are flawed and there isn't a happily ever after at the end and there is room for more stories in the series. But I do want to see more in this setting to see how they are all going to grow up and that includes both parents in this story.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • #69 The Late Show by Michael Connelly

    This is a new series from Michael Connelly set in the LAPD. New characters but the same type of cop, one who cares about the victim and sometimes does things that bend the rules in order to work for justice. Renee keeps most people at an arms distance in her life after being burned by her previous partner and banished to the night shift. Two cases that couldn't be more different catch her in one night and by the end of the book both are solved. One is the savage beating of a prostitute and the other is a mass shooting in a club. With the shooting case she is just an extra set of hands for the evening while her old squad has the case. The other case she is allowed to work instead of handing it over to the day shift. The overall story is good and I want to see more with her. I just wonder if Harry and Renee will cross paths at some point down the line.

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  • #68 Moonshots: 50 Years of NASA Space Exploration Seen through Hasselblad Cameras by Piers Bizony

    If you are interested in space photography then this is the book for you. The pictures in here are rich and detailed. I had a digital review copy of it and was able to increase the size of the pictures with no real loss of the quality. The photos on the Moon were amazing. There is information to go along with the shots but no overload of text to get in the way of some breathtaking photos. This is the Christmas gift for anyone that loves photography or space exploration. I've already ordered a hard copy of the book for my household and I know I will be going back to look at the glossy pages when it arrives.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.

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