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Treasure Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

The first part of Treasure Darkly was an intriguing dark steampunk Western that had me riveted until the half way mark. Then, inexplicably, the story changed into a bodice ripper Western historical with fantastical elements. I think where the book … Continue reading

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The Autumnlands, Volume 1: Tooth and Claw by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey

My very first thought upon completing this graphic novel, collecting comics 1-6, was a simple exclamation: “wow!” It’s been awhile since a graphic novel’s art was so compelling and intricate that I was looking at the pictures before I went … Continue reading

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Bleach 64 by Tite Kubo

As Bleach continues its final arc, we’re given insight into many of the main characters. In this volume 64, it’s all about Kenpachi Zaraki (and by association, Yachiru) and the 11th squad. We get to see more about Zaraki’s sword … Continue reading

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The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell

I have to admit, something just isn’t working for me with this series. Everything feels manufactured – plotted to within an inch of its life and so lacking in realistic pathos as to be nearly inert. Instead of rooting for … Continue reading

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted is a straightforward fantasy featuring a YA-type of protagonist and a fairy-tale feel. The book is a very well written standalone that will appeal to many ages from teen on up. And while it does rack up cliches in … Continue reading

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The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court ended up being a difficult book for me.  What appeared to be a YA/NA type of fantasy romance (just look at that cover!) instead read much more like the graphic sex fantasy books of the late 1970s/early … Continue reading

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The Second Guard by J. D. Vaughn

The Second Guard is a solidly written late middle grade alternate universe fantasy drawing upon both Spanish and pre-columbian cultures. The mixture creates a very unique and striking world into which we have politics, betrayal, and the strength of friendships. … Continue reading

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