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  • Peace Warrior on June 06, 2020

    This novel is very much in the tradition of the movie "Soldier" and Heinlein's novel "Starship Troopers". We have an Earth that has created a peaceful utopia - war and conflict have been eliminated. So what do humans do when aliens invade? They go to war - but they need someone to teach them how. Well, any soldier will tell you that the sergeants actually run the army. Who expected Sgt. Grant Justice to actually have to prove it?
  • On the Accidental Wings of Dragons on June 06, 2020

    Loved this! This was such a different take on the nature of dragons and the interaction of dragons and humans in contemporary society. Throw in a commoner-royalty romance and this just rocked!
  • Kindling Flames—Gathering Tinder on June 06, 2020

    I quite liked how new and competent Victoria handled her violent and less-than-pleasant introduction to the world of paranormal beings. (Rupert and Michael are lucky to be alive.) Though traumatized, she still manages to maintain her composure with minimal (and understandable) tears. Darien really lucked out when he hired this particular personal assistant. The slow burn romance developing between them is sweet, tender and surprising. I want to see how Victoria ends up fitting into Darien's world, and not as his assistant.
  • Planet X on June 06, 2020

    Not one of Ms. Anderson’s most original works, but still enjoyable. I particularly like how Krisa grows into a woman with a backbone from the meek slave that she was.
  • Planet X on June 06, 2020

    Not one of Ms. Anderson’s most original works, but still enjoyable. I particularly like how Krisa grows into a woman with a backbone from the meek slave that she was.
  • Handsome and the Yeti (Genderbent Fairytales Collection, Book 1) on July 11, 2020

    I quite like this retelling of the Beauty and Beast fairytale. This one in particular seems to take the Disney version and change the gender of the characters, which gives this story a somewhat surreal feeling of familiarity, like seeing a favourite movie as reflected in a warped mirror.
  • Petra Pan on July 11, 2020

    This retelling of the Peter Pan tale lacks the lighthearted sweetness of the original story, but it does have more depth, probably because the author has aged the characters which means they now look at their problems with adult eyes. It also gives us some answers to questions the original story never answered - like how did Peter Pan and Captain Hook first arrive in Neverland, how did they know each other and why did Tinkerbell hang around with Peter so devotedly. Those answers make this story very different from the original yet equally compelling. Definitely worth reading - just do not expect saccharine sweetness.
  • Alister in Wonderland on July 11, 2020

    This retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic has been re-written into a delightfully twisted version of "The Bachelorette". The bachelorette in question is spirited and feisty and the contestants are each very different yet in their own individual ways, laudable and flawed. This was such fun to read!
  • King of Hearts: A Wonderland Story on July 11, 2020

    I enjoyed this expansion of the Wonderland retelling. After the author revealed Crimson to be not quite the villain that he was reputed to be, I wondered what he would do next. Now I know. All hail King Crimson - liberator of the Land of Hearts!
  • Theodore Gale in Oz on July 11, 2020

    This particular retelling of the Wizard of Oz keeps twisting as Theodore travels toward the Emerald City. I like how the author has added elements that make the story as much steampunk as fairy tale, but I wish Theodore was a little more than a caricature of a redneck hillbilly.
  • Wicked Warlock of Oz on July 11, 2020

    I had not realized how much I like villain-revealed-to-be-hero stories until I read this. Wicked warlock indeed! Talk about judging books by their covers!
  • Ashe and the Glass Sword on July 11, 2020

    This was a great story! This retelling had all the elements of the original and yet was as great as the original. Loved it!
  • Blacksmith Rapunzel on July 11, 2020

    I would not call this a retelling of Rapunzel. Even with the gender change, the only part that this story has in common with the original fairytale is the background introduction. The rest of it is original, incorporating the myth of the Minotaur, the story of Jekyll and Hyde and the movie Daybreakers into a harmoniously action-packed and thrilling whole. This is a great read!
  • Dragon Knights Anthology Volume 1 on July 21, 2020

    Dragons, dragon riders and lots of fire .... While I generally am not a fan of menage a trois romance, the author has created a society and a system that makes sense, is consistent and in which this kind of relationship is not only accepted but required. I enjoy how the author has created a story that tugs at the heartstrings but has enhanced it lots of sparks and steam, rather than creating the steam and writing something to connect the sexy times. The story feels so much relevant and relatable as due the characters.
  • The Tally Master: A Fantasy Mystery Novel on Sep. 11, 2020

    When destiny calls, the called must answer. What does the call look like? For content retired warhorse Gael, it looked like discrepancies on tally sheets, like a bank statement that does not reconcile. I really liked how Gael's quest progressed from a small apparent mistake up to a parting of ways with his lord to set out to explore the world, and all the little discoveries along the way (like Kier's personal mission, the encroachment of other officials on his turf, embezzlement, etc.). At least, Gael did not have an oracle telling him of his "glorious quest" and to "just act as normal" to achieve that quest; that has always been the most annoying thing about knowing about your destiny - the less-than-helpful oracle. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • Totally Renewed: A Shifter Speed Dating Romance on April 02, 2021

    Way to make a first impression! I don't think I have read an more embarrassing way to meet one's mate. Fortunately, Kat has a good sense of humour!
  • Totally Roasted: A Shifter Speed Dating Romance on April 02, 2021
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    What is the counsel's beef? What do they have against true love? Putting Ethan into a maximum security prison for finding his mate? Oooooh..... Zoey, please tell me you have plans for Georgie and the Counsel and their enforcers! I really want to see what happens when any of them fall (particularly during the course of a speed dating bust)!
  • Totally Roasted: A Shifter Speed Dating Romance on April 02, 2021

    What is the Council's beef? What do they have against true love? Putting Ethan into a maximum security prison for finding his mate? Oooooh..... Zoey, please tell me you have plans for Georgie and the Council and their enforcers! I really want to see what happens when any of them fall (particularly during the course of a speed dating bust)!
  • Between Ink and Shadows on May 16, 2021

    This put a different twist on the captured-thief trope which I quite enjoyed. The interaction of light and dark, good and evil, redemption and debauchery turn what could have been just another gaslamp gothic into a suspenseful quest for freedom and nobility, step by hesitant step, decision by uncertain decision. The author's writing style, deft character development and intricately intriguing story line compares beautifully with Martha Wells' "Death of a Necromancer". I recommend this to fans of Martha Wells' Ile-Rien Chronicles.
  • The Rostikov Legacy on May 16, 2021

    Konrad Savast is Nathaniel Garrett in a Victorian era as a cleric (in the D&D sense), not a sorcerer with the attitude and the detecting skills of Markhat (of Frank Tuttle's imagination). This hit all the right buttons - strange magics, Victorian mores, conflicted anti-hero, would-be companion/sidekick, head-scratching puzzles. If you like detective murder mysteries set in a fantasy world, you need to read this. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys "The Angel of the Crows" by Katherine Addison or Dan Willis' 1920s-esque private detective books.
  • Totally Basted: A Shifter Speed Dating Romance on May 16, 2021

    Why does the author always ask what could go wrong? Something always goes wrong! In this case, the Shifter Council went wrong! Spoilsports!! Boo!!
  • Totally Spooked: A Shifter Speed Dating Romance on May 16, 2021

    Shifter Council - boo! Why did I not think of this? This way of finding a mate makes so much sense for shifters - kudos to the author for coming up with this! So fun!
  • Vengeance Due - A Dystopian Rebel Romance: Novella Prequel to The Vengeance Trilogy on May 16, 2021

    While the storyline is one I have seen before, the characters created by the author make this story fresher. We have the strong independent woman out to save the world meeting the inexperienced young man who thinks that "he's just a gigolo" and the sparks fly. What makes this worth reading is how the factions around them take steps to try to crush those sparks and how our heroes deal with those steps and grow towards becoming the leadership team they have the potential to be. This may not be an original storyline, but it is still worth reading.
  • Vampire's Bargain Book One on May 16, 2021

    The main character, Jeanette, feels like a young Diana Tregarde without the same degree of common sense, caution and training. It is not surprising that she becomes over-confident and ends up in a bind. I personally think that that might just be the best that that could have happened to her. She is learning all sorts of things that she did not know, including how to be a friend. Not bad for someone who had to sign a bargain with a perceived devil!
  • Calling Scam Likely on June 30, 2022

    What an interesting twist! Getting scared straight is always an interesting storyline - what I did not expect was who was doing the scaring. Definitely worth reading just to find out!