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This book reminded me of The Magicians and Mrs Quent and Mairelon the Magician, but yet not.  It seems to be a compilation of Jane Austen’s work set in a world where there is magic.  Glamour is something people can do to make art come alive.  Jane is very talented at it and her sister Melody is not.  However, Jane is very plain while Melody is beautiful.  It had more of the storyline of Sense and Sensibility with some of the characters from Pride and Prejudice.  Very cleverly done.  I quite enjoyed it.  I would love to see more books set in this world.

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The sequel to Blackout is phenomenal.  I am constantly amazed at Connie Willis’s brilliance.  I thought I knew what was happening at the end of Blackout, but I was so wrong on so many levels, but also right too.  Polly, Mike and Eileen are still stuck in WWII London.  None of their drops will open and so they cannot get back to the future.  They all worry that the choices they have made has changed the future, but of course that is supposed to be impossible.  But yet, it seems likely sometimes that this is exactly what happens.  Meanwhile we flash back and forth between them and Mary Kent (Polly a few years in the future) and Ernest (we find out who it is) and Colin (who loves Polly).  There are many Agatha Christie references and I assumed it was due to the time period, but then after I finished the book, I realized that Willis used Christie’s work as a catalyst for hers.  Pure brilliance.  I loved it.  I want to read it again and again and again.  And the ending was, well, perfect.  I don’t want to say any more because it is so well done that to try to describe it would ruin the impact.  Brilliant.  I hope Willis continues to give us these wonderful stories again and again for many years to come.

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Erin Hollister is having a crappy week.  She loses her bf, apartment and job all in one fell swoop (well almost).  But her luck is about to change.  She is given the infamous genie from the previous two books in the series (How Not to Make a Wish and When Good Wishes Go Bad).  But wishes cannot fix everything and it seems like just when things are getting better, things go all wrong.  A light, fluffy book that is funny and not too taxing on your brain.  I still think I like her Witchcraft series better though.  Although it could be because it has a librarian in it 🙂

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Rick Riordan is back with another series about the gods and goddesses of Olympus. This book takes place after The Last Olympian, but you don’t know when exactly after. Just to warn die hard Percy fans, we do not see Percy in this book. Instead, the book is centered around Jason, a teenager who doesn’t remember anything about his past, but somehow knows about monsters and gods. He is rescued with two other demi-gods, Piper and Leo. After arriving in Camp Half Blood and being claimed by their respective parents, they find out that they are part of the prophecy from The Last Olympian:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Jason is the leader and takes Piper and Leo on a high flying adventure (no, seriously, they have a flying mechanical dragon) to save Hera in the first part of their quest. They unlock many secrets throughout the book about Jason’s past, but many are still unanswered at the end.

What was really fascinating about this book is learning about the Roman aspects of the Greek Gods. We meet Hera posing as Juno and find out what some of the different gods and monsters are called in their Roman aspects. A fabulous beginning to another series. I look forward to finding out what happens next and I bet you will too!

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I hesitate to call this paranormal romance, so I am just going to not call it anything.  Georgina is a succubus who sold her sell for a price and has been paying for it ever since.  But being a succubus is more of a day job for her and aside from her penchant for sleeping around and stealing parts of people’s souls, she is just your average 20 something type girl who is trying to find love.  Albeit in a rather hopeless situation.  She has some demon friends as well as some angel friends.  But soon she finds out that her assumptions about life (and pseudo death) may be all wrong.  There is heartbreak and joy, but in the end, Georgina grows up a little.  A cute book.

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I really need to go back and read these in order.  I was rather surprised at how short this one was, but I loved it anyway.  This is the story of the unlikely match between Samia, a Dark Hunter, and Dev, a werebear.  Of course there are dire things afoot and they are thrown together in the most unlikely way.  Things are certainly coming to a head in teh Dark Hunter universe.  In this book, we learn exactly how Stryker can defeat his father, Apollo, through Sam’s ability to see the past when she touches objects.  It is at once heartbreaking and joyful.  Though there will be more rocky roads ahead of them, I very much look forward to seeing how Ash and everyone deals with them.  And I can’t wait for Nick’s story, but I am guessing that will be a VERY long time coming.

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Bryn saw her parents murdered and was almost killed herself by a rabid werewolf.  The Pack took her in and she was raised as Pack though she stayed human.  Then one day everything changes when another person is attacked, but is turned into a werewolf.  Now Bryn must confront her past and embrace her future if she and Chase, the attackee, are too survive.  Barnes is a fabulous writer.  Much better than Stephenie Meyer’s and yet her books don’t get the same recognition.  I LOVED this one and hope there is a sequel.  Bryn is a fascinating person and really develops as the book progresses.  It seems so real because Barnes doesn’t leave out the details.

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