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  • #11 Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

    This can count as either book 1 or book 4.  Since I haven't read the previous three books that feature Scarlett working for her vampire boss cleaning up any evidence of werewolves or vampires or anything Old World from mere mortals. Scarlett is a mortal but she is a null, someone who can cancel out magic within a small radius around herself.  She gets a message to see her old roommate Molly and when she arrives she finds Molly in the middle of a slaughter. Things don't add up and she quickly decides to help her old friend clear her name.  A fast-paced story but I didn't feel like I was missing anything by reading this book first.


    Digital review copy proved by the publisher through NetGalley

  • #10 Love is Love by Marc Andreyko

    Keep Kleenex nearby when you read this collecting of vignettes about writers feeling on the Pulse shootings.  Some used their personal feelings and dramatic retellings of the events, others used comic characters they are working on to show their reactions to the attack.  I had to take breaks reading this because of the emotions reading this brought about. This is a moving tribute to the people that suffered at the hands of the shooter and an emotional read.



  • #9 Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

    The first in a series of contemporary romances, I read book 2 first and the events in book 1 and 2 overlap but since I knew the couple in this book would be dating it really didn't ruin the story for me since this was more about how they got together and overcome having a relationship in the spotlight.  This was a fun light read and I picked it up because I read her other series I'll continue with this series for when I want some nice light reading.







  • #8 Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles by Various

    This collection of issues shows some of the best battles in the long run of Wonder Woman.  This isn't the best spot for someone who doesn't know her history or the supporting players to grab as a first read. It is a great sampling of various art and story styles by people who had had very good runs with the comic. This might have been a friendlier volume to the new fan if there was a page or two of a setup recap instead of showing comic after comic of her taking down some great villains and caring for people at the same time.


    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley




  • #7 Hellblazer, Volume 1: The Poison Truth by Simon Oliver, Moritat, Andre Szymanowicz, Sal Capriano

    If you are familiar with Hellblazer this is a reboot and doesn't slavishly follow the previous series but does remain faithful to the character.  This first volume has Constantine coming back to London and facing off with a demon for all the souls in London to lift a curse the demon placed on him. John wins but doesn't seem to get much of a reaction out of the London magic scene.  Turns out there is a new power in town and it has its sights on Constantine.  This is only part one of the story there is no real conclusion and is more Act one to the plot. Overall a good read and I'll be looking at getting the next one.


    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss


  • #6 Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

    I grabbed this one from the library as an easy comfort read without realizing I am skipping a few of the previous collections.  Each story does stand on its own but several of the stories do build on previous short stories in the last few books that I missed. This just means that I have more reason to get caught up.  There were more stories that dealt with life outside of Valdemar and several that you really didn't know when in the time line they happened and that was a nice change.   Good solid stories in a setting that is familiar to readers of the series.


  • #5 Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis

    This nonfiction book covers the life and death of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen who was never crowned and never wanted it in the first place.  Other people schemed to get her on the throne after the death of Edward VI and she was a pawned used by her father and the Duke of Northumberland to be the puppet for them to rule England. The book is copiously footnoted throughout to support facts given in the book but even with the notes the care of the subject comes through the author's writings.

    The book is an interesting read of the time frame and how some people make poor decision after poor decision to the ruin of their families. In the end the only person out of Jane's family that does well for themselves is her mother.

    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley


  • #4 Chocolate Cheesecake 2: A Second Serving of Modern Black Pin-Ups by Earnest L. Cox

    Each chapter in this book covers a different photographer but what they all have in common is a respect for the pinup style.  A few of the shots certainly reminded me of original 50's shots. Several had great props to enhance the setting.  If you like cheesecake and pinup style art this is a good book to add to your collection. It is certainly one I'll have to pick up to stock in the store.


    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss



  • #3 Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher (Editor), Kerrie L. Hughes (Editor),

    This anthology has a cool theme.  Not quite villains not quite heroes but certainly fitting the anti hero mode.  The nice thing about the collection you get a look at several side characters in well-established story universes that certainly deserve a turn in the spotlight.  Overall the collection was well worth the price of admission. I was originally excited about new Butcher and McGuire but I think the one story I read that made me miss reading more in the universe was the Tanya Huff Vicki Nelson story.  Overall the collection has given me some new series to track down and read and I think that is the best thing that can come out of these themed anthologies.

     

  • #2 Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

    Sometimes when you die you become a ghost and still live in our world and interact with everything for the most part.  You can take time from people and make them younger and it pushes the ghost closer to the time they can actually depart this world. Ghosts have been hunted for this gift by witches.  Jenna is trying to find out what happened to her sister Patty and why she didn't become a ghost like Jenna.  Jenna is working to support her apt and rescue elderly cats from the shelter. She also works as a suicide hotline operator and mostly keeps to herself as she is marking time in this world.
    Ghosts have gone missing in NYC and Jenna teams up with a witch to find out where they have gone. The story is good and the story ends on a sweet but sad note.  I really enjoyed it and it is nice to read a contained story that doesn't leave you hanging.
    Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley





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