• Article: What Is Steampunk?

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    Edison's Alley was a fresh and interesting story with a cast of amazingly unique characters. Even the villains of this story added to an already refreshing story. I have never read anything quite like this before. My favorite character was Petula because...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Melanie Dickerson

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  • Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes The Art of the Films

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  • Review: Edge of Dark The Glittering Edge, #1

    "Edge of Dark", by Brenda Cooper, is a phenomenal science fiction book. Her ability to create a new world, and several planets contained inside that world, is amazing. The idea of blending humans to machines is not a new one, but this author presents...

  • Review: The Book of Life All Souls Trilogy, #3

    One is tempted to believe that the author must have witch blood in her due to her remarkable ability to gather disparate threads and keep them from tangling while weaving such an intricate tapestry that spans three volumes and still leaves one satiated...

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    This was a great end to this series. End of Days picks up right where World After ends. Penryn and Raffe are in a race to get his wings back, to protect her family and to find some sort of solution to the problems they're all in. The story was fast paced...

  • Review: Chosen Ones Lost Souls, #1

    Chills -- the first few pages of this book gave me chills right away. From the sterile, no-nonsense world of the Chosen Ones, we see what the world would be like if emotions and human drives could be removed from existence. There are so many good lines...

  • Review: Hexed The Sisters of Witchdown, #1

    Hexed is pretty cool. It is the first book based on the comic of the same name. I have to say that this Hexed book was much better than the other story with the same name that I read last year. Where that one had a lot of things in the plot that just...

  • Review: The Isle of the Lost The Descendants, #1

    So I started this book not knowing that it was a prequel to a new Disney to TV movie. Well I shortly found out when my 10 year old was reading behind my back and all of a sudden screamed in my ear and ripped the book away. She then went to her room and...

  • Review: Dead Heat Alpha and Omega, #4

    For once, Charles and Anna are traveling for personal reasons but the trip soon turns into a fight against a Fae stealing children but that's not all the bad news... the cold war between the Fae and humans is about to heat up in this thrilling urban fantasy...

  • Review: Skin Game Dresden Files, #15

    One of the most entertaining aspects of this delightful urban fantasy series is the blending of extraordinary occurrences with easily recognizable commonplace events. For example, having one’s foot fall asleep because the dog’s head is resting on it—of...

  • Review: Avion Cyborgs: More Than Machines, #7

    So that's where they come from! We finally get an answer of the genesis of the cyborgs but are left more confused than before. Why? You'll have to read to find out. We met One in the last book and I was hooked from the start. One has adopted the name...

  • Review: The Shattered Court A Novel of the Four Arts, #1

    Ok so what can I say about The Shattered Court? I didn’t know I was going to love it so much! I love me a great story about witches. And well I've been trying to branch back out into the world of NA and Adult titles as I needed a short break from all...

  • Review: Seeker Seeker, #1

    I was really hoping for something akin to The Seeker series that is all wizards etc. And then I saw that this was supposed to be for fans of The Hunger Games and The Game of Thrones. So I jumped and grabbed it and started reading. Well what I found was...

  • Review: Phoenix in My Fortune A Monster Haven Story, #6

    This is the last book in this series and really should be read after reading at least some of the previous books. Beloved characters come together in this last story to save the world but as usual things don’t always go smoothly or how they are planned....

  • Review: The Glittering World

    The Glittering World by Robery Levy was not what I expected. I was expecting a more exciting story than the story I got. The characters each brought something special to the story which is the main reason I was reluctant to give up on this book. The plot...

  • Review: Mars Evacuees

    Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall is a novel about Alice Dare, the daughter of a flying ace in the war against an alien race called the Morrors. They are a cold loving race whose home planet has been destroyed. When they help humanity overcome global...

  • Review: The Fire Sermon The Fire Sermon, #1

    I had such high hopes for this book. When reading the synopsis it sounded absolutely amazing. The idea of people being born into pairs and then being split into different societies after birth really had me. But when I started to read this, the words...

  • Review: Pocket Apocalypse An Incryptid Novel, #4

    This creative and entertaining mixture of science fiction and paranormal tale challenges one to look at the world just a little differently. Although I am unfamiliar with the series, there are enough clues distributed throughout the story that one can...

  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Lesley Young

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  • Review: Burned Dani O'Malley / A Fever Novel

    Having read the first book in the Dani O'Malley series I was pumped and excited to read Burned. After all anything that Ms. Moning does is gold in my opinion. Burned was good, well written as usual, but it was missing something. And that something is...

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    This raw and gritty fantasy series has been building up to this moment over the past three volumes and this gutwrenching and action-filled tale reminds us that these are indeed a different class of beings from the light and fluffy ones so often portrayed...

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    The Silence is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. I love horror stories and this one captured my attention from page one. It was quite creative how the author threw out random facts and later tied them all into the storyline. My mind raced...

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  • Review: Grasshopper Jungle

    Grasshopper Jungle is another amazing story from Andrew Smith who is an exceptional storyteller. The book is about how a town is taken over by giant praying mantises that only does two things. The plot of this book is so unbelievable but that is just...

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  • Article: The Diamond Conspiracy by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris #ExclusiveExcerpt

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The Edge of the Blade by Jeffe Kennedy


A HAWK’S PLEDGE

The Twelve Kingdoms rest uneasy under their new High Queen, reeling from civil war and unchecked magics. Few remember that other powers once tested their borders—until a troop of foreign warriors emerges with a challenge . . .

Jepp has been the heart of the queen’s elite guard, her Hawks, since long before war split her homeland. But the ease and grace that come to her naturally in fighting leathers disappears when battles turn to politics. When a scouting party arrives from far-away Dasnaria, bearing veiled threats and subtle bluffs, Jepp is happy to let her queen puzzle them out while she samples the pleasures of their prince’s bed.

But the cultural norms allow that a Dasnarian woman may be wife or bed-slave, never her own leader—and Jepp’s light use of Prince Kral has sparked a diplomatic crisis. Banished from court, she soon becomes the only envoy to Kral’s strange and dangerous country, with little to rely on but her wits, her knives—and the smolder of anger and attraction that burns between her and him . . .

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