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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Black Magic FridayBlack Magic Friday by E. J. Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a completely delightful little snippet from the world of Neon Blue and Tsara Faa, and a perfect reminder to me of why I never shop on Black Friday.

Wonderful, wonderful read!

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Danse MacabreDanse Macabre by Christina Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not normally a fan of vampire fiction, but I love ballet, and I love the idea of vampires being dancers. I was not at all disappointed by this book, which has the best of both worlds.

The vampires in Ms Quinn's world are cold, often cruel, and they kill. They are not nice vampires. But they can, and do, love and frequently they find love with a mortal. In this case, a brilliant dancer, Aleksi, finds love with the mortal Autumn, but his position within vampire society makes their relationship fraught with misunderstandings, and even outright peril.

There will be inevitable comparisons drawn between this book and another trilogy that's attracted much attention. I would not, however, let that detract anyone from reading this book. Despite some small formatting issues, it's a marvelous read and the plot twists are well done.

I'll be looking for the sequel when it's released.

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The Emperor's New Clothes: An Interstellar Heist (Royce Ree 1-5)The Emperor's New Clothes: An Interstellar Heist by Aldous Mercer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book, and I have to second another reviewer's comment comparing it to Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. It's full of deft humor, completely ludicrous situations, and a really sweet love story between Royce Ree and his ex-husband, the very aristocratic Les'Anther Dai-Sarn.

The supporting cast of characters is as well done as the protagonists, and while the entire mission becomes a dark comedy of error after error, there is a perfect charm in the relationship between Royce and Les that makes it seem entirely reasonable.

I'll be looking for more of this series.

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Sit Pretty (Seat of Magic #2)Sit Pretty by R.J. Price
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aren's story continues as she takes the throne, or perhaps it's the throne that's taken her. The plots and subplots of this very complex society kept me on the edge of my seat, and I'll admit to growling along with Av more than once. Aren's parents cast their own unique pall over things, and Jer is a solid presence throughout. Honestly, I have trouble putting these books down, and I'm sure my husband will forgive me (some day!) for making him wait in the car while I finished the chapter before I drove him home...

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