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    “World War Moo” by Michael Logan is the long-awaited sequel to “Apocalypse Cow”, the zombie cow book that started it all. England has succumbed to the epidemic that started with killer cows in a meat processing plant. Almost everyone in England has been...

  • Review: Tracked

    Tracked by Jenny Martin is a highly original novel that is sure to become a fast favorite. The characters were all intriguing as was the plot. I love the idea of a teenage girl street racing. I read this book in one sitting, it is that good. Anyone who...

  • Review: Hunger Moon Loki's Wolves, #1

    I give 4.5 stars / Top Pick to Hunger Moon by Melissa Snark. This is an urban fantasy / paranormal romance and is for readers 18+ due to sexual content. Valkyrie's Vengeance (Loki's Wolves Book 0) should be read first before reading Hunger's Moon. The...

  • Review: The Renfield Syndrome Rhiannon's Law, #2

    “I was consumed by the fears of a girl who continued to exist in the woman who had outgrown her.” In order to stop the horrors of the future from coming to pass Rhiannon must face her own demons – and a few flesh and blood ones too. It shouldn't have...

  • Review: The Ripple Effect Rhiannon's Law, #3

    Another good installment in the Rhiannon's Law series. In this, the third book of the series, Rhiannon is now back in our time but things between her and Disco are really going poorly. As a result she is also on bad terms with the rest of the family....

  • Review: Powerless The Hero Agenda, #1

    Powerless is a fast-paced, fun, and interesting read! This YA novel engages the idea of the supernatural by exploring a world of heroes and villains through the eyes of the powerless Kenna. Kenna, the daughter of an incredible scientist who works for...

  • Review: The Curse of the King Seven Wonders, #4

    I absolutely loved this book. It didn't leave the reader hanging and wondering where the book would leave off, and the story was absolutely phenomenal! I was especially pleased that this didn't fall flat like so many other books in other series. It's...

  • Review: The Exile Book of the Fae, #1

    When Brianna Hai returns home to retrieve what was stolen from her, she becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne in this splendid urban fantasy. To avoid the political manipulations of court, Brianna lives in the human world running an occult...

  • Review: The Thorn of Dentonhill A Novel of Maradaine

    What a great start to a new fantasy series! This story is full of action, mystery, fascinating characters and a multilayered conflict that extends beyond one young man’s almost quixotic attempt to bring down a drug trade on his own. There are multiple...

  • Review: Fork-Tongue Charmers The Luck Uglies #2

    This story is the second book in The Luck Uglies fantasy series. In this episode Rye O'Chanter is forced by a new constable to flee her town and go to the remote Isle of Pest while her father and the other Luck Uglies' battle their rivals, the Fork-Tongue...

  • Review: Dead Ice Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #24

    I love the fight scenes but like more and more books from the Anita Blake series there is more sex, so be prepared for that. I'm not one for bestiality and this is the second book that Laurell has written about it, I had hoped the first time I came across...

  • Review: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan The Lost Fleet

    The complex science fiction tales that comprise this series continue to provide both the expected intense space battles and unexpected surprises that have been an integral part of the stories thus far. There are some rather unwelcome revelations unveiled...

  • Review: Through Fire & Sea

    Through Fire and Sea is the start of a series by Nicole Luiken. Intriguing and quick-paced, this first novel jumps between the perspectives the two main characters, Leah and her mirror-self Holly. The plot of this story is engaging, and kept me turning...

  • Review: The Legends Begin Darkmouth #1

    This book was amazing. I loved how the cover just makes you want to read this. The story teaches you about family, destiny, courage, and how to stand up for yourself and for those you love. This one really reminded me of Harry Potter where Harry is put...

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    He is so worth it all. Logan Stark is many things including being an ass, but when he disappears it’s amazing the people in his life who care. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and was so happy this book finally came out. Set in the future where...

  • Review: Sorrowlands

    Some people say a good romance is hard to find. Well, I say that they are wrong. Having just finished Sorrowlands by author Iris Woodbury, let me assure you that this is a first rate romance with lots of drama, plenty of action, and more Greek deities...

  • Review: The Door in the Moon Chronoptika, #3

    Well covers. I’m not a fan of the new ones. I miss the old covers. :( :) OK. Moving on. The Door in the Moon was beyond the most suspenseful of the three Chronoptika books. I stayed up until like 2am reading this thing, LOL, because who needs sleep. This...

  • Review: The Girl at Midnight

    How can I put this nicely? I started reading this and was so excited at how it started. Then I started getting the vibe that it was like another book I had looked at. This one is very similar to another book called Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And where...

  • Review: Armageddon Rules A Grimm Agency Novel, #2

    Armageddon Rules is the sequel to Free Agent by the sarcastic and clever J.C. Nelson. I enjoyed this second foray into the world of Marissa and the Grimm Agency. It had been a little while since I had read Free Agent, so I was a bit vague on a couple...

  • Review: DEAD: Snapshot--Portland, Oregon DEAD: Snapshot #1

    Retired police officer, Ken Simpson, and reformed ex-convict, Jason Edwards find themselves joining forces to survive the zombie apocalypse. As they watch Portland fall around them, they have to stay away from the zombies and gangs of humans that threaten...

  • Review: Demon Child Celestial Battle Trilogy, #2

    Demon Child was a delight to read from beginning to end. The characters made for a wonderfully thrilling story. The plot showed how talented the author is at creating enjoyable stories. There is tons of action which kept me reading this book for hours....

  • 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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    "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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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  • Interview: Night Owl Reviews Interviews Lesley Young

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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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