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Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton

January 17, 2016

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A mix of historical mystery and young adult fantasy, Endymion Spring was a pleasant read about the search for a book made from a dragon's hide. It wove the stories of Endymion Spring, 15th-century boy who worked as a typesetter for Gutenberg (the man who invented the printing-press) in Germany, and present-day Blake Winters, spending time with his mother and sister in Oxford.

Only If You Can Find Me by Patricia Laurel

January 10, 2016

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Nine-year-old Samantha Plum, born and raised in San Francisco, crosses the Pacific to the Philippines, land of her ancestors. On the way, she meets Solo, the magical Hawaiian, who becomes one of her mentors. In the Philippines, she finds a very different world and meets the spirit of her ancestor Lolo Ciano, brother of the […]

The Familiar by Tatiana G. Roces

October 6, 2015

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The book follows the story of 16-year old Hazel as she discovers she is a shape-shifter and the daughter of a powerful witch. When she revealed her powers to her mom she was shipped off to a training camp for "familiars," as shapeshifters are called in this world. At the camp she went through a series of interesting challenges.

Angel by Garry D. Kilworth

February 9, 2015

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  An angel is setting San Francisco afire. To destroy the fallen angels hiding on Earth, it will stop at nothing, no matter how many innocents have to die. Now two police detectives have discovered the terrifying truth behind this epidemic of unexplained fires. But how do you stop an angel?   I can’t resist […]

The Society by Lilith Saintcrow

February 3, 2015

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The black-ops government agency called Sigma broke Justin Delgado, trained his psionic talent and turned him into a killer. Then he escaped and joined the Society, an underground resistance movement of psions determined to use their talents to bring Sigma down. Competent, cold, and cruelly efficient, he's the best operative the Society has, a legend among the psions who fight a shadow war against an enemy that owns the courts, the press, and the police. Feared even by his own teammates, hunted by the government, and too damaged to feel anything but clinical rage, he is utterly alone-until he meets Rowan.

Trese 5: Midnight Tribunal by Budjette and KaJo Baldisimo

January 22, 2015

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In this volume, the series pushes for the beginning of a very promising story arc. The volume is episodic with interconnected stories. Someone is trying to do Trese's job for her. This someone is faster and more prone to sensational antics. Trese must catch this someone before he or she gets into too much trouble. Unfortunately, another player, a masked giant, gets into the picture to stand judge and executioner to the supernatural bad guys in the city. Trese and the Kambal have their hands full.

My Top 10 Books of 2014

January 1, 2015

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Most of my favorite books in 2014 are Fantasy. My top read though is the Rosales Saga, a series of five historical and political novels, which trace five generations of two families, namely the Samsons (poor farmers) and the Asperri (wealthy mestizos) through Spanish and American periods in the History of the Philippines up until the pre-Martial Law Period in the 1970s. It's a gripping read that anyone who likes Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet will appreciate. The Rosales Saga is written by Filipino National Artist F. Sionil Jose.

Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

December 25, 2014

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  She never saw this coming… Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and […]

Dark Kiss of the Reaper by Kristen Painter

December 23, 2014

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Despite the dark cover, this book reads more like a family drama featuring rival siblings, disapproving aunts, golden-boy-turns-rebel, and the upstart girlfriend. The siblings just happen to have wings and reap souls for a living, the aunts can manipulate the fates of humans, and the girlfriend is your normal down-on-her-luck-but-nice-girl-who-just-needs-a-break-and-a-dashing-man-who-will-see-her-beauty-and-worth-and-sweep-her-off-her-feet.

The Twelve Treasures: The Sword of Maiden’s Tears by Rosemary Edghill

December 2, 2014

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I kept re-reading The Sword of Maiden Tears. For more than 10 years, Melior and Ruth have been in my imagination. Melior was an elf prince lost in New York and Ruth a librarian who found him injured in an alley. Melior had a quest to retrieve his cursed sword and Ruth just wanted to live (because much of her life was taken away from her).