Author Archives: Talvi

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

Kingdom of Exiles is a romantic fantasy, with a strong emphasis on the romance aspect. As such, much of the story fell into the usual romance cliches of alpha male, angsty longing, overidealized characterizations, and a LOT of tell with … Continue reading

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

The premise of this particular book sounded so intriguing and I remember being greatly disappointed when I was not able to get my hands on an ARC. Eventually, it came out in Audible format and I bought it and saved … Continue reading

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Black + Decker Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry

It’s hard to go wrong with this ‘inspiration’ book of backyard projects. Lavishly photographed, with easy step-by-step instructions, illustrations (exploded drawings), and charts (including materials and cutting list). I found a lot of these easier than putting together an IKEA … Continue reading

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Ash Kickers by Sean Grigsby

As good as the first novel and brimming with exuberance and chutzpah, Ash Kickers is a worthy sequel. The story, which began with Brannigan, now passes to Tamerica Williams, a brash young woman moving up through the Smoke Eaters ranks. … Continue reading

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Starship Repo by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Starship Repo is a book of very dry and often amusing humor, never taking itself too seriously and clearly written around creating funny lines rather than an engaging (or even remotely believable) plot. And as much as I enjoy fun/funny … Continue reading

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Wild Country by Anne Bishop

I enjoyed Wild Country – even more so than several of the previous books. It felt like Bishop was taking a bit of a stretch here by making sure that the ending wasn’t as pat as in previous books. Yes, … Continue reading

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Meta: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

There is a really sad and mistaken belief in women’s fiction (especially YA) that in order for a woman to be taken seriously, she has to go out and do stupid things, pointless things, and then be taught a lesson … Continue reading

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