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Paranormal Fantasy Review: Omens & Artifacts by Elizabeth Hunter

Omens & Artifacts by Elizabeth Hunter (An Elemental Legacy Novella #3)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
In the elemental world, reputation is everything, but gaining it can get you killed.

Setting up shop as an antiquities hunter means nothing if you don’t have clients. Benjamin Vecchio, nephew of a famed vampire assassin, is the subject of widespread speculation, but so far that speculation hasn’t translated into work.
What Ben needs is a job. A big job. A profitable job.

A legendary job.

Finding the lost sword of Brennus the Celt, the mythical Raven King of the British Isles, would make Ben’s reputation in the immortal world, but it could also draw dangerous attention. The Raven King’s gold hoard isn’t famous for being easy to find. Luckily, Ben has his own legend at his side.

Tenzin is a wind vampire who doesn’t like digging, but she’s more than happy to let Ben do the dirty work while she provides the muscle he needs to make other immortals pay attention. They’re partners. Or so Ben thinks.

But when finding this treasure puts Tenzin’s future plans at risk, will their partnership survive? Tenzin isn’t used to taking orders from anyone, particularly from a young human who used to be her student. Digging into ancient Scottish history can get you dirty. It can also get you killed.

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I love that couple so much, ladies and gents! Maybe the mostest *grins* after Gio and Bi.

Tenzin and Ben have this rapport, this camaraderie & banter which are very hard to find in UF. It comes from long-term relationships. Kate Daniels and Curran have it with such a fun way of communicating with each other. I can't help but feel that Benzin is destined for great things.

Sci Fi Romance Review: Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener

Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener (Sky Raiders #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
When the people of Barit first saw the sky craft, they felt awe. Then awe turned to fear and they found a name for the mysterious newcomers. Sky raiders.

Garek's one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can't bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she's lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he'll look, but he'll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they'll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they've given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that's exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

She does have an idea of how she can break free--the sky raiders have brought them to Shadow to mine for ore. A very special ore which Taya has worked out is as dangerous to the sky raiders as it is valuable.

What she doesn't realize is she'll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn't giving up. And he's even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.

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 While I was a little bit disappointed that Sky Raiders wasn't connected to Diener's previous space opera series, it was still a very entertaining read. A clash of high technology with a medieval magical world made for a fascinating story.

Friday Mini Reviews #97: J.D. Robb, Jaine Diamond & Michelle Sagara

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #39)

borrowed on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads

The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: Santa Says You've Been Bad!!! Ho, Ho, Ho!
It's Christmas, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband Roarke plans a huge, glittering party, Eve has murder on her mind.
The victim - personal trainer Trey Ziegler - was trouble in life and is causing even more problems in death. Vain, unfaithful and vindictive, Trey had cultivated a lot of enemies. Which means Eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and Detective Peabody uncover Trey's sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn.
Christmas may be a festival of light, but Eve and Roarke will be forced once more down a very dark path in their hunt for the truth.

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Hah! An obvious villain and a despised victim who thought of himself as Casanova, but aside from that I was loving magical Christmas at Eve and Roarke's. Loooovely! t made the investigation pretty uninteresting in comparison. Or am I too jaded?
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Ха! Очевидный злодей да и жертва, которую никто не любил, зато Рождество у Ив и Роарка было просто сказочное. Расследование по сравнению было бледненьким. Или я просто избалована хорошими детективами?

Dirty Like Us by Jaine Diamond (Dirty #0.5)

ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
What happens in Vegas… better stay in Vegas.

Maggie Omura has never been a gambling woman. As assistant manager of Dirty, the hottest rock band on the planet, she brings order to the lives of four crazy-ass rock stars.

But when the band lands in Vegas, a streak of bad luck lands Maggie in a bind--and in the penthouse suite, with the last man she'd ever want for a roommate.

Zane Traynor, lead singer of Dirty. Rock god. Sex god. Total nightmare for women.

And the only man who'd make Maggie a proposal so insane it just might work.

A night of chance.
An irresistible gamble...
It's time for Zane and Maggie to go all in.


Well, a surprising read at the least! I am actually looking forward to Maggie and Zane's story now, as it's as intriguing as it's convoluting. *grins* A read well worth your while, peeps. Hot, lively and funny. It's Vegas, there is serious drinking and some silly decisions about. I really enjoyed it!
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Ну и удивила меня эта повесть, ребята! Я теперь с нетерпением жду продолжения истории Магги и Зэйна, так у них всё интригующе переплетено в отношениях. *смеясь* Стоит читать, весело жарко и живо написано. Вегас, попойка и дурацкие решения из неё вытекающие... Мне понравилось!

Cast in Sorrow by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra #9)


Synopsis from Goodreads

The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous...

And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste"-one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones...well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race.

If only she understood the story....

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To be honest, judging by the plot, book #8 and #9 is one long story split into two parts for no reason. I lost my will to live and couldn't care less if anyone lives or dies. The whole recitation which was the whole point of the journey, which involved many deaths, had hardly any air time and was beside the point. If I was Barrani who went into this journey to hear that recitation I'd be mightily pissed by now.
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М-да, в общем-то, эта книга - продолжение книги предыдущей по сюжетной линии была такой резиной, что мне хотелось резать вены и было по фигу кто умрёт, а кто выживет. Целью всего путешествия, стоившего жизни многих Баррани, был Пересказ Происхождения Расы, но концовка книги практически не уделила ему никакого внимания! Если бы я была Баррани, дожившая до конца, я была бы в бешенстве. Как читатель, требую своё время и деньги обратно.

SCI FI YA Novel Review: Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells


Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells (Mirador #2)

Egalley thanks to Balzer+Bray

Synopsis from Goodreads
From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the second book in a dark, pulse-pounding sci-fi-noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles.

Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.

Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean anything—a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems—rife with corruption, infighting, and danger—and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.

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This is absolutely glorious series for the lovers of anything to do with computerised dystopian societies, and this one was also a highly believable one.

Both Bluescreen and Ones & Zeroes left me buzzing high on adrenaline with their fast-paced, riveting stories and fantastic characters.

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