• Article: Robot Universe Giveaway

    Legendary Automatons and Androids from the Ancient World to the Distant Future Robot Universe Explore the Robot Universe, and discover the hundred most epic androids and automatons from myth, through popular culture, to modern-day machines. Robot...

  • Article: Earth and Beyond – Fall Science Fiction Picks - The Melting Pot

    Science fiction is my first love, my default setting, and my ‘go to’ section of the bookstore.  I cut my sci-fi teeth in high school on Frank Herbrt’s Dune Series then devoured Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the...

  • Review: Hatshepsut's Collar The Artifact Hunters #2

    I must admit it, I am a massive fan of Egyptian mythology. So when I stumbled upon this series, you can imagine how thrilled I was. In no way whatsoever was I prepared for the wild adventure that awaited me. Author A.W. Exley has spun a masterful tale...

  • Review: Joe Steele

    It’s not very often I have the pleasure of reading a novel written as a noir story. And when that chance comes up, it makes the reading all the more enjoyable. That is what happened when I read the novel Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove. I just love noir...

  • Review: Chapelwood The Borden Dispatches, #2

    A chilling blend of Lovecraftian horror and Gothic terror. Priest turns the real life presumed historical villain Lizzie Borden into a fictional hero who wields her ax to save the world from darkness and ancient evil. Chapelwood resumes approximately...

  • Review: The Wild Girl

    I was entirely surprised by my reading of this story simply for the bold fact that nothing about the actual novel was what I was expecting. I would consider this reasoning to be both a positive and a negative considering by what I discovered within the...

  • Review: The House of Shattered Wings A Dominion of the Fallen Novel, #1

    I was so excited to read this book! The cover was just amazing! I dived in and it turns out that although this book had a great and interesting concept, the execution of that concept kind of fell flat for me. This book turned out to be a take it or leave...

  • Review: Lethal Code A Lana Elkins Thriller, #1

    Lethal Code was an interesting book. To be cut off from the rest of the world is a scary thing and most people can’t live without electricity, phones, the internet, etc. The characters in this book face that and much more. Lethal Code is a modern day...

  • Review: Madison's Song

    Scott Lee saved her from an evil sorcerer and Madison Carter repaid him by being terrified of him but to help her brother she turns to him for help and now they will have to save each other in this exciting paranormal romance. Scott has loved her from...

  • Review: Nightfall

    Although this CREEPY dystopian was a little slower than I would have liked and I was really REALLY hoping we were going to get a little extra to the story's end. However, I have to say that it was still beyond amazing! The creep factor in this one hit...

  • Review: Abomination

    This book freaked me out and I slept with the little light on for almost a week! No JOKE! A lot of books have nightmarish plots but this one was so good! And it’s all in the way that it was written. The author did a wonderful job! The story, characters,...

  • Review: Quest for Justice The Elementia Chronicles #1: An Unofficial Minecraft-Fan Adventure

    Do you have kids that love Minecraft but hate reading? Well, give them this book and it will get them to read! I love Minecraft and so many books out there are just about how to do things on the game - or about mods and seeds. But, this book is different!...

  • Review: Lamp Black, Wolf Grey

    I would not normally read stories like this one but I fell in love with cover. It's gorgeous! The setting and descriptions were wonderful (How can you not fall in love with Wales!!). As for the characters, I really did not like Laura. I just could not...

  • Review: Reawakened The Reawakened Series, #1

    This book is a piece of work. And not in a good way! Not because the main character is rich, gets A's, has all the freedom she wants, etc. She still seemed like a pretty good leading lady. The issues I had with this was the story itself. The author has...

  • Review: Led Astray The Best of Kelley Armstrong

    This is really hard to review. I don't want to bore you with 23 little reviews. So I'm doing this as a whole. If you are a fan of any of Armstrong's series then this book is one that you NEED! It has a ton of little short stories from her other series....

  • Review: When the Heavens Fall The Chronicles of the Exile, #1

    There are so many fantasy quests out there that are centered around one object, such as a ring or a wand. In When the Heavens Fall, the first in a new series by debut novelist Marc Turner, that object is a book. Specifically, the Book of Lost Souls. If...

  • Review: Hunt for the Pyxis The Galaxy Pirates, #1

    Get ready for adventure. This is an awesome story that will have children wanting to read on. The main characters are children who discover a whole new world. Emma and Herbie go from their boring, normal lives to ones with pirates, secrets and intergalactic...

  • Review: The Death House

    The Death House, by Sarah Pinborough, is complex. We are given a glimpse of each character in this book, but don't know a lot about any of them. Their interactions are fleeting and this means that even tiny incidents take on major meaning. Toby, the main...

  • Review: Initiation The Warrior, #1

    Rachel Clancy lives in an underground habitat where she was born. Rachel is a Warrior that will be sent above ground on her sixteenth birthday to fight the monsters that destroyed everything and caused Armageddon. Rachel lives with her father who is a...

  • Review: Driven The Warrior, #2

    Rachel finely thinks she is getting her life back together after everything that has happened to her. She is surprised she feels like she's over Jason's betrayel and she can now love again. She's sent on an assignment with her new love Chad. Just when...

  • Review: Cross Keys: Revelation Elvenrude, #2

    Another outstanding novel in author Ally Shields Elvenrude series is here! Book 2, Cross Keys: Revelation, is out, and it is even better than the first. Once again, the story is spun in a masterful way that will grab the reader and not let go. (Again,...

  • Review: Immortal Muse

    When I opened the book and it began with Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel, who, I now know, really did exist, I was super interested. Through this book they have really become rich vivid personalities instead of two dimensional. There is such a bitter hatred...

  • Review: Cannonbridge

    What a unique story idea. To have the power to create a being and not just any being but a beloved and powerful man that everyone knows or has met. He has been influential throughout time and has been integral to many of the famously creative individuals....

  • Review: Breakout The Dred Chronicles, #3

    How do you describe a book that you loved and hated at the same time? I have lived with these characters, came to care about them despite and because they all did things that landed them in Perdition. Now it is down to the wire, make or break time; if...

  • Review: Grave Matters A Night Owls Novel, #2

    Grave Matters by Lauren M. Roy is the second book in the Night Owls series. Usually when the first book in a series is successful, the second book falls short. In this case, I'd say that the second book was better than the first. While I'm not sure if...

  • Review: Crystal Kingdom The Kanin Chronicles, #3

    Another stellar and completely riveting conclusion from Amanda Hocking! Like any fan, I waited patiently since January for this book and like them, I LOVED IT. It should be no surprise because Amanda's books are beyond awesome. Words hardly need to be...

  • Review: Another Day

    Another Day is out of this world---AMAZING. I can't tell you how excited I was to get my hands on this book as I’m such a fan of his first novel. I wasn't sure what to expect, except for exceptional! Of course, I can't give spoilers because where would...

  • Review: Lady of Magick A Noctis Magicae Novel, #2

    It’s time to jump into the second book in the Noctis Magicae series. Sophie and Gray are at the College. Don't worry if it’s been a while since you read book one. You will catch up in no time at all. I know I did. I was debating wither or not to go buy...

  • Article: Letter From Katrina Hart, Author of Finding Destiny

    I've always had a passion for reading ever since I was very little and used to keep my favourite little book Peter Rabbit under my pillow to read by mini torch-light once everyone was fast asleep. Mainly because I never could sleep at night and books...

  • Review: A Touch of Darkness The Key, #1

    This paranormal story provides an imaginative twist on the concept of angels and demons, complete with the requisite conflicts between duty and love, as well as the issues of loyalty and betrayal. Although I sympathize with the challenges that Gabe faced,...

  • Review: Wicked Embers A Souls of Fire Novel, #2

    This paranormal story blends a variety of mythological paradigms, scientific postulations, and an intriguing combination of beings. The concept of vampires versus elemental fae and a virus that changes the inherent nature of beings added to a creature...

  • Review: Spider's Trap Elemental Assassin, #13

    This wonderful urban fantasy continues to mesmerize and entertain with its wonderfully capable kickass heroine and her fascinating coterie of friends and allies. The author’s inventive expansion of the powers available to newly encountered villains provides...

  • Review: Colossus

    Stories about extra-large elephants are not anything new. Lots of people know about large elephants such as Jumbo and, most recently, mega-size elephants who once roamed in Kenya. Elephants are already huge creatures but it’s the really gigantic ones...

  • Review: Stone Rider

    Okay, so this was a great read. If you are a guy or a girl who loves bikes, or I mean Bykes, then this book is for you! It lays heavy on motor bike details so if bikes aren’t your thing I would probably pass this one by. That being said, I am not so into...

  • Review: Remake

    This book started out so well but shortly into it the story it became full of older Christian values. Woman are there to make man happy end of story. I’m sorry but in this day and age that thought process just doesn't hold water. And I am kind of upset...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Brian Bandell

    Current Release: Famous After Death What's your book about? How often have you seen someone post a shocking video online? In this thriller three Miami teenagers set out to play pranks that go viral, but they end up killing someone. The resulting attention...

  • Review: Murder and Mayhem M.U.C.I. Files Book 2

    May is an infamous vampire killer…but that is not the only supernatural thing about her. She’s a zombie with a weak ankle. When abominations start showing up around town, all leads point to Bartholomew Aelfrith, a hunky vampire who is centuries old. The...

  • Review: Angeldust Dark Angel, #5

    Angeldust is penned by one of the greatest paranormal authors, Hanna Peach. Ms. Peach brings to a close one of the best paranormal series I have read in years. This is the perfect time for you to jump on board and read the whole series now. The Dark Angel...

  • Review: A Girl Undone The Girl Called Fearless Series, #2

    A Girl Undone BLEW ME AWAY!!! This book is a slower read, but in a great way. This slower read is amazing! A Girl Undone picks up right where A Girl Called Fearless ended off. This story leaves Avie feeling heart broken and lost. She grows so much in...

  • Review: Between

    Dora Hilburn has written a captivating ghost story that will enthrall many age groups from teen to adult. Anna is the main (living) character in this book and her loneliness is something many will identify with. She's just graduated high school, traveled...

  • Review: The Big Fix Ciel Halligan, #3

    The Big Fix continues Linda Grimes's In a Fix series. Grimes's characters are outrageously hilarious, and she always takes her readers on a fun ride. In this installment Ciel has agreed to cover for an action-star who has a phobia of snakes, but while...

  • Review: Stripped

    It must be awful disheartening waking up and not knowing anything about yourself because of amnesia. Stripped written by Marcia Colette, features a young woman with a keen imagination of dread and unnerving vibrations. Stripped is a book which captured...

  • Review: The Fire Children

    The overall plot/storyline for The Fire Children was okay. All of the before the dark times came was awesome. We learn a lot about the world these people live in as well as about the fire children themselves. Things started to fall apart after Yulla came...

  • Review: Redzone The Mutant Files, #2

    When Redzone arrived in my mailbox, I immediately dove back into the world of Pacifica and the Bonebreaker case. Lee is still driven to discover who murdered her father and the other cops. As the task force investigates, new murders start occurring that...

  • Review: Fields of Wrath A Renshai Novel

    This complex fantasy novel continues a saga about a wonderfully fascinating group of beings, each with their inculcated paradigms which are often diametrically opposed. Communication, or rather, the lack thereof, plays a key role in this story. Finding...

  • Review: The House of Small Shadows

    I am a huge Adam Nevill fan and was so excited to hear he had written a new book. When I received The House of Small Shadows in the mail I opened it immediately and began to read. The cover is quite macabre and a good introduction to the story. This plot...

  • Review: Empress Game The Empress Game Trilogy, #1

    What a crazy and interesting book. The ending was just WOW, but it also made me want to punch Malkor. Kayla is a fighter through and through and when she’s given the chance to protect her younger brother, her il’haar, she jumps at the chance. Her mission;...

  • Review: Witches Be Crazy A Tale That Happened Once Upon a Time in the Middle of Nowhere

    As the blurb showcases, real heroes never die…come middle age they do get a bit crabby. With that bit you know this book is going to be filled with some humor. In Witches Be Crazy we have a long lost shapely imposter daughter. King Ik is dead and she’s...

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    7.50/hour + Curses is the first book I have read from CL Bledsoe and the first in a series. Now that I’ve finished this book I’m excited to read more by him. I found the concept of taking a job in a funeral home a great set up for a good series. After...

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    Bloody Sexy is the second book in the fabulous The Necro Files. After reading book one I had to continue with this series. Daisy is at it again, kicking ass and taking names. Book two finds Daisy helping vampire Polidori. She’s getting more help from...

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The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman who’s targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers, terrorizing the city with dark magic, in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H. G. Wells’s classic, The Time Machine.

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy’s away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with her secret divided self finally driving Eliza mad?

Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza’s mysterious past.

As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . . .

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