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Book Review : The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

Title : The Thinking woman’s Guide to Real Magic Author : Emily Croy Barker Genre : Fantasy Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books Publish Date : August 1st 2013 Pages : 563 Source : Publisher Rating : 3/5 Nora Fischer is working on her dissertation for graduate school. Life isn’t going well; Nora’s chosen topic is […]

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Book Review : The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag

Title : The House at the End of Hope Street Author : Menna van Praag Genre : Women’s Fiction Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books (Viking) Pages : 304 Source : Netgalley/Publisher Arc Rating  2.5/5 Unhappy Alba Ashby is drawn toward a house on the street. At the doorstep, she is admitted into the house by […]

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Book Review : In a Fix

Title : In a Fix (Ciel Hannigan Series) Author : Linda Grimes Genre : Fantasy Publisher : Tor Pages : 336 Source : Netgalley/Publisher ARC Rating : 3.5/5 Ciel Halligan is an “aura adaptor”, a person with the very special ability to morph into someone else. She uses this to run a business offering her […]

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Book Review : Ironskin

Title : Ironskin Author : Tina Connolly Genre : Fantasy Publisher : Tor Pages : 304 Source : Netgalley/Publisher ARC Rating : 3/5 Ironskin is of the Victorian-steampunk genre, so it is situated in a time where motor-cars and cameras do exist, but are referenced to as though they were very recent inventions. Into this […]

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Book Review : Pure

Title : Pure Author : Julianna Baggott Genre : Dystopian/Horror Pages : 448 Publisher : Grand Central Publishing Source : NetGalley Publisher ARC Rating : 4/5 Pure is not your ordinary dystopian novel, it treads into the horror category. It is a story of a bleak future, one where the Detonations have maimed and deformed […]

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Book Review : The Unincorporated Man

Title : The Unincorporated manAuthor : Dani and Eytan KollinGenre : Science fictionPublisher : Tor BooksPages : 496Rating : 3/5 A futuristic society in which people are incorporated just like other assets, cars fly and walls are permeable. Sound intriguing? I thought so, which is why I picked up this book. And just like the […]

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Book Review : The Sparrow

Title : The SparrowAuthor : Mary Doria RussellGenre : Science fiction/Religion and spiritualityPages : 408Publisher : Ballantine BooksRating : 4/5 You have an earth-ful of people. Yet, it is tantalizing to believe that there is life out there, intelligent aliens who will want to meet others like themselves and forge bonds of friendship and world […]

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Book Review : Angelology

Title : AngelologyAuthor : Danielle TrussoniGenre : (Mythological) FantasyPages : 452Publisher : Viking PenguinRating : 3.5/5 You might say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but I did. It looked so intriguing – a large “angel” wing attached to a human (?) body. Yes, this is fantasy, and I was under no impressions that […]

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Book Review : The Eyre Affair

Book : The Eyre AffairAuthor : Jasper FfordeGenre : Fantasy/Sci-fiRating : 3.85/5 Oooh, here’s a mystery for, by and of book-lovers. Yes, really ! It is set in the future where book are priceless so much so that there are special agents devoted to literary crimes. Not quite the crème-de-la-crème of the police force, the […]

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Book Review : Venus

Title : VenusAuthor : Ben BovaGenre : Science fictionPages : 382Rating : 3.85/5 One of the books in the “Grand Tour” series by Hugo award winner Ben Bova, Venus is a novel about space travel and exploring new worlds. It is also a classic “underdog” tale with a bit of the “coming-of-age” genre mixed in. […]

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