Happy Mean Girls Day!

And bonus: On Wednesdays we wear pink! 🙂

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New Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter!!!

Hey y’all!!! Zombies Need Brains, a small publisher, is currently in funding mode for this year’s crop of awesome anthologies.

Check it out!!! Spread the word!!!

All of their books are wonderful and there’s some great perks for book lovers.

Go NOW!!! 😀

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Kingdom of Needle and Bone – Mira Grant

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I absolutely adore everything Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire writes, but this…THIS, was amazing! I think it may be my favorite of her Mira Grant titles. In Kingdom of Needle and Bone, she takes on the anti-vax community and boy, how does she take them down!

This novella, much like Final Girls and Rolling in the Deep before it (go check those out!), packs a huge emotional punch in a small package. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say, Kingdom of Needle and Bone is definitely one to preorder – and fast, since according to SubPress, there are not many left.

Also: the cover!!! 😍

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All Systems Down – Sam Boush

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****/*****

Sam Boush’s debut novel about cyber warfare and the end of civilization is a truly engaging read and a horrifyingly realistic glimpse into what can happen if the electricity went down. We follow a group of people in Portland, OR as they witness satellites falling from the sky and new cars just stopping due to the actions of military hackers in North Korea and their allies.

It’s very well written and fast paced without seeming rushed. I’m eagerly anticipating the second book in this series as this is just book 1. This one was so good, I highly recommend it.

ARC provided by NetGalley

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Close – Fen Wilde

***/*****

Close was an interesting combination of a romance novel and a psychological character study. The two leads are both dealing with past pain and neither communicates well.

Clara is a therapist by day and an exotic dancer by night. There she meets Lucas who despite being at a strip club, intrigues her. He’s actually there to follow her. Oh my! What follows is good; a little slower and tamed than I expected but the psychological study is a welcome change to other romance novels.

I’d recommend giving this a chance-Ms. Wilde knows what she is writing about and does it well.

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Dragon’s Guard – Eva Chase

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****/*****

In this new series by Eva Chase, Serenity (preferring Ren) learns her destiny as a dragon shifter and the duties and perks (😉) that come with that.

This is a reverse harem paranormal romance.  Having never read that particular subgenre before, I did not know what to expect.  Ren’s four mates are well drawn characters and all have their own qualities that make a reader prefer them to the others.  There’s smart and sweet Aaron, the eagle shifter; Nate, the brawny overprotective bear; Marco, a sly jaguar; and West, a cynical and hesitant wolf.  (I like West! 😀)

The story itself is detailed and the world building is wonderful.  There is a mystery left by Ren’s mother to solve, evil fae, and vampires.  There’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

Enjoy!

ARC provided by the author for an honest review.

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Reviewlet: Lost Souls – Kelley Armstrong

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I love love! Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series. This novella, told from Gabriel and Patrick’s points of view is such a fun story to bridge the gap between books 3 and 4. If you’re new to the Cainsville series, the disappearing hitchhiker mystery in Lost Souls will keep you interested, however, you will lose some of the references to the relationships between the characters.

Also, this cover is so pretty, I preordered the limited edition from Subterranean Press before I’d ever read anything by Ms. Armstrong and now I can’t get enough!  😀  I cannot recommend this novella or this series or author enough. If you want, start with Omens, so good!

ARC provided by NetGalley and Subterranean Press.

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Reviewlet: Tapped – Cora Cade

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This is such a fun little story about the new girl in town and the hometown contractor. Ms. Cade introduces her characters quickly and although there isn’t in depth characterization, I felt for them and wanted everything to work out. Very quick and fun little novella. I liked that her heroine in this one was a bigger lady and not a svelte supermodel. And the guy liked her right away! 🙂

Warning: explicit sex scenes.

ARC provided by NetGalley.

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This Fallen Prey – Kelley Armstrong

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****/*****

I absolutely LOVE this series by Kelley Armstrong. The leads, Eric and Casey are such a good team, professionally as police officers and personally as a couple. All the fascinating inhabitants of Rockton round out the cast and provide a “realness” to a very unreal situation. That being that they are all living off the grid in an almost unfindable small town in the Canadian wilderness.

The first two books in the series, City of the Lost and A Darkness Absolute set the stage and continue the adventures respectively. In This Fallen Prey, Armstrong introduces a suspected murderer to the little hideaway town. His stepfather is trying to buy the criminal’s way in and the council allows this for their own greedy purposes. Of course, Eric and Casey must deal with the implication of all this.

I won’t give anything else away. This is more Kelley Armstrong goodness; if you liked the first two books, you’ll love this one too. If you haven’t tried this series yet, go start City of the Lost! Armstrong just gets better and better at each genre she writes in and this mystery/detective series is no different. Enjoy!

ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley.

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Into the Drowning Deep – Mira Grant

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*****/*****

I am so so excited that I was approved for an ARC of Into the Drowning Deep. As you all know, I am a huge fan of Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire and try to read everything she writes.  2017 was a big year for her with 7 published books. This, sadly, is the last this year.

Into the Drowning Deep is a sequel or follow up to the super scary and amazing novella, Rolling in the Deep. Drowning, however will stand on its own; you do not need to read the first book to understand. (Seriously though, Rolling in the Deep is fabulous and you should check it out at http://www.subterraneanpress.com).

This novel follows Victoria, whose sister was one of those lost on the Atargaris in a previous mission to the Mariana Trench looking for mermaids. There’s a new and larger team of scientists and television personalities going out there and this time they think they’re more prepared. They’re probably not. 🙂

This is straight up horror and it is fabulous in that way that only Mira Grant can do. It’s smart, hilarious, and ultimately horrifying which is what we’re all looking for with a book like this, right?  She also does a crap-ton of research in order to make all her terrifying things believable and oh my! are they believable. It makes everything that much more scary.

So definitely go check this out if you want something scary and well written and terrifyingly plausible.

ARC provided by Orbit and NetGalley

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