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Review: Bone Rider by J. Fally *light spoilers*

Bone Rider

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Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley’s truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.

Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.

“A cowboy, an alien, and three hit men walk into a bar…”

O.M.G!

This was one wild ride and I love every single second of it!

This review is almost impossible to write, I just enjoyed it so much that my thoughts are just a jumble of squees, lol.

WOW. This book is crazy. It’s amazing. It’s got so much action and explosions in it that I could see it as a movie. It’s an m/m romance sci-fi action shoot-em-up mobster military flick…book. O_O And one of the most gripping books I’ve read all year – I spent most of the read on the edge of my seat…

From the very first chapter I could barely put Bone Rider down. I was instantly hooked as I met System Six – a prototype symbiotic intelligent armor and weapons system – while he discovered that he was considered a failure and possibly scheduled for dismantling. System Six was panicked – he hated his disgusting host with a passion and he didn’t want to die – he had no clue how the other prototypes felt or if they were even sentient at all. Desperate, System Six looked for a way to buy himself time so that he could locate a new host. Sadly, he accidentally crashed the space ship into Earth. This accident kills almost everyone aboard the ship. The following accident – causing the death of the remaining ship members – is caused when the US Army stumbles upon the wreckage and (in fear of aliens) shoots [first] at the survivors. All of the aliens are killed with the exception of System Six who manages to get away. Just our friendly little way of making First Contact. ^.^
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Review: A Lot Like Love by Julie James (FBI/US Attorney #2) *Light Spoilers*

A Lot like Love

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The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

The Julie James FBI/US Attorney series glomming continues!

This one was good. I enjoyed it but not as much as books #1 and #5. It was good. Not great but good.

Of course, some of my trepidation maybe related to the fact that I dislike deception in Romance books. I don’t know why, it just makes me all squirmy. While I understood the reason and nature of the deception (Jordan and Nick pretend to be a couple in order to get information to stop mafia related corruption), it still bothered me. Especially since Jordan has to introduce an undercover Nick to her friends under a false identity. She felt bad about deceiving her friends and I felt bad about it, too. I actually took quite some time (for me) to finish reading this one – I kept putting it down due to the deception – but since the deception wasn’t between the hero and heroine I was able to finish the book with too much squirming.
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Review: It Happened One Wedding by Julie James (FBI/US Attorney #5)

It Happened One Wedding

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SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”

After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…

BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”

Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

I decided I wanted to read this book after it received a Recommended Read tag by Dear Author. Once I made that decision, this book and I did a little dance for some weeks. Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell the ebook version for $5.99…but I have a Kobo. Kobo sells the ebook for $7.99. That made my itchy “buy” fingers slow down. I simply was not going to spend $2 for the privilege of buying the book from Kobo and I almost always compare prices. When you have a book buying habit like mine every penny counts. So I eyed the MMPB a few times. B&N was selling it for $7.99 but Amazon was selling it for $7.19. I stared at it a few times but didn’t buy – I wanted the ebook. Then I saw that Amazon dropped their MMPB price from $7.19 to $6.64. I bought it right away. I have no problem paying more for a paper version but I wasn’t paying $2 more for the ebook just because I own a Kobo and not a Kindle or a nook.

Anyway.

I loved this book! I’ve had a pretty good case of the cranky book fussies lately. Very little has really caught my attention long enough for me to complete a book. It’s been driving me a bit batty, lol. I finally had a chance to crack open It Happened One Wedding on a recent flight and I became seriously annoyed when people (including the suddenly talkative hubby) kept interrupting me. Yaaaay! I love a good read!
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Andre Norton’s Witch World: Estcarp, Escore, and Karsten

Estcarp, Escore, and Karsten
Estcarp and Escore are the primary countries where the following books are located. Estcarp and Escore are both rife with magic (witches, warlocks and Adept Sorcerers) while Karsten has very few and mostly hidden magic practitioners. Witchcraft is outlawed in Karsten and is punishable by death.

 

 

Witch WorldTitle: Witch World
Series Cycle: Witch World #1, Estcarp Cycle #1
Published: 1963
Status: Owned (Omnibus: The Gates to Witch World)
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Ex-colonel Simon Tregarth was a hunted man–and the hunt was beginning to come to its inevitable deadly end. Tregarth was desperate, and his situation required a desperate solution. His only alternative was wild beyond imagining–sorcery.
Simon was forced to give himself up to the mysterious Siege Perilous, the ancient stone of Power. It would judge him, determine his worth, and then deliver him into a world in which his mind and spirit should be at home.
Simon Tregarth’s lot would pit him against an uncanny world where the laws of nature operated… differently. Where in fact, “magic” was science.
For Simon Tregarth there would be no return, he could never escape from the WITCH WORLD.

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Review: Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon

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The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand…

Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order–an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice.

There are no words. I just don’t have the words to describe this enough to get out a review.

I don’t have the words to express my relationship with Gardens of the Moon.

I am…my mind is BLOWN.

It’s genius.

It’s intimidating. The sheer scope of what was going on is amazing. There’s so much going on and I don’t know what to even say. The world is so textured and layered.

There are ten books in this series. O_O

I went through a gamut of emotions – the emotional roller-coaster had me strapped down and didn’t let me off until the end.

The sheer…magnitude of the book was on the scale of what I [previously] would have thought to be impossible.

During my reading of this book I felt confused, I felt astounded, tired, irritated, exhilarated, exhausted, engaged, exasperated, drugged, emotionally traumatized…and totally at Erikson’s mercy.

O_o
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Andre Norton: Biography & Awards

From Wikipedia
Andre Alice Norton (born Alice Mary Norton, February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005) was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction) under the pen names Andre Norton, Andrew North and Allen Weston. She was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, first to be SFWA Grand Master, and first inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Alice Mary Norton was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents were Adalbert Freely Norton, who owned a rug company, and Bertha Stemm Norton. She began writing at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, under the tutelage of Miss Sylvia Cochrane. She was the editor of a literary page in the school’s paper called The Collinwood Spotlight for which she wrote short stories. During this time, she wrote her first book—Ralestone Luck, which was eventually published as her second novel in 1938.

After graduating from high school in 1930, Norton planned to become a teacher and began studying at Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University. However, in 1932 she had to leave because of the Depression and began working for the Cleveland Library System, where she remained for 18 years, latterly in the children’s section of the Nottingham Branch Library in Cleveland. In 1934, she legally changed her name to Andre Alice Norton, a pen name she had adopted to increase her marketability, since boys were the main audience for fantasy. Her first book was published by D. Appleton–Century Company that year, with illustrations by Kate Seredy: The Prince Commands, being sundry adventures of Michael Karl, sometime crown prince & pretender to the throne of Morvania (cataloged by the U.S. Library of Congress as by “André Norton”).
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SPA-F: Pale Queen’s Courtyard (Moonlit Cities #1) by Marcin Wrona

Pale Queen's Courtyard

Kamvar, a soldier, has lost his way. Leonine, a thief and sorcerer, has forgotten that he had one to lose.

When the daughter of a High Priest finds herself exiled and hunted across the entirety of conquered Ekka, both men will remember who they are, and the country’s invaders will learn that memories, unlike temples, are not so easily torn down.

Pale Queen’s Courtyard is the first novel by Canadian author Marcin Wrona, and a finalist in SciFiNow’s 2009 War of the Words.

Amount of book completed: less than one chapter

My Impressions: From what I read, I think Marcin Wrona is a fantastic writer. The portion of the book that I completed felt extremely polished and professionally edited. The writing is very lyrical, reminding me of the first time I encountered Jacqueline Carey’s work.

Wrona’s worldbuilding style is one of my favorites: he drops the reader into his colorful and sensual world without explanation. To be honest, while that is my favorite style of worldbuilding, Wrona uses his own created words quite often which was a little confusing.
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