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Book Review: The Neon Graveyard
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Neon GraveyardThe Neon Graveyard
Sign of the Zodiac, Book 6
Paperback | Kindle Edition
by Vicki Pettersson
HarperCollins Voyager
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Cover Price: $7.99

The Neon Graveyard marks the end of a six-book series, which started with The Scent of Shadows, all about the agents of Light and Darkness and their eternal battle. Figured prominently in the midst of all of this is Joanna Archer, someone who is traditionally thought of as The Kairos, or the only successful blending of Dark and Light, born out of a union of an agent of the Light who needed to get close to a the primary antagonist of the series, the Tulpa, also known as Joanna’s father.

This book steers us in a different direction from that belief at first, but gradually builds to an epic conclusion that answers all questions fans have had about this series since its outset.

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Book Review: Phoenix Rising, A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
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Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novelPhoenix Rising
A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
Paperback | Kindle
By Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
HarperCollins Voyager
Release Date: April 26, 2011

You know how everyone says to never judge a book by its cover? Well, I did… and boy, was it worth it! I was intrigued by the title Phoenix Rising, or rather the subtitle — A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel — but was snared by the art on the front. Going in with an expectation of sexy, steampunk fantasy I was happily rewarded with an excellent introduction to the characters. Agents Braun and Books came to life immediately. Even better, they continued to grow slowly throughout the book keeping me interested in not just the plotline, but in the character development as well. As with any steampunk novel this book is full of mechanized gadgets, well described and alluring. I might perhaps be doing this book an injustice by labeling it so, as it does have all the earmarks of an excellent fantasy-mystery. That said, it was a well-written, highly entertaining romp.

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Book Review: The Child Thief
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Child Thief Book CoverThe Child Thief
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Brom
HarperCollins Voyager
Release date: August 27, 2010

The prologue to artist Brom‘s novel The Child Thief begins with a girl who is afraid of an abusive stepfather, which leads into the appearance of Peter Pan, who has come to “save” this child from the certain doom she faced at the hands of the malevolent step-parent. But in Brom’s world, things are not as clear cut as they seem. When people grow up, they often start to see the odd perversity in the idea that a teenage boy who is perpetually young can bring little boys to an island with no grown-ups (and seemingly no problems), which ties into the whole Michael Jackson and Neverland Ranch issues. But in this version of the tale, Peter Pan is about as similar to his Disney incarnation as Robin Williams is to Justin Bieber.

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Book Review: Aloha From Hell
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Aloha from HellAloha From Hell
Hardcover | Kindle
A Sandman Slim Novel
Written by Richard Kadrey
HarperCollins Voyager
Release date October 18, 2011

Aloha from Hell is the third book in the Sandman Slim series from Richard Kadrey and it is one hell of a ride. Wise cracking antihero and nephilim (that’s half human, half angel to you) Jim Stark, A.K.A. Sandman Slim, has been to Hell before. In fact, he spent eleven years down there as a killing machine. He hasn’t been back in Los Angeles for very long before he’s called upon to help find a missing boy who’s possessed by an unknown demon, which is odd because Stark and his friends thought they knew all the demons already. He really doesn’t want the job, but when all signs in the case start pointing toward a personal vendetta against Stark, he knows who’s behind it and fully intends to put that guy out of business permanently with the help of the Kissi, another particularly fierce species which doesn’t quite belong anywhere and stink like vinegar.

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Book Review: The Devil’s Diadem
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The Devils DiademThe Devil’s Diadem
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Sara Douglass
HarperCollins Voyager
Release Date: July 26, 2011

Set in 12th century England, The Devil’s Diadem is the story of Maeb Longtofte, whose mother died too soon and whose father ditched her to serve the Knights of Templar only to come home and die, leaving her with nothing but rags and a name of somewhat low ranking nobility. She’s an orphan with no place to live and no dowry to attract a potential husband. It is her noble name that affords her the opportunity to serve Lady Adelie, Countess of Pengraic. Thus begins Maeb’s roller coaster ride to infamy and riches. But there’s a catch. Actually, there are several catches and twists and turns so mind-blowing, you’ll never predict what will happen next.

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Book Review: The Inheritance And Other Stories
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The Inheritance and Other StoriesThe Inheritance and Other Stories
Paperback | Kindle
By Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm
HarperCollins Voyager
Release date: May 3, 2011

This marvelous collection of short stories is the creation of two different halves of the same mind. Both pseudonyms, Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm weave fantastic tales in their distinct individual voices that enrapture the reader with relatable main characters whose transformations are sometimes subtle yet significant and others drastic but necessary for the protagonist’s survival.

The stories of Megan Lindholm are set mostly in the present day, in places we can picture without stretching our imaginations too far with characters who only at first appear to be living ordinary lives. They are all somehow touched by magic, as in “Silver Lady” and the “Fortyish Man,” or by alien beings, as in “Touch of Lavender.” Her crisp, clear style cuts through a lot of b.s. to hit us right where we live. She is a master of full description with few words. Thus, her stories seem to fly by. We are fully immersed in her worlds and emotionally invested in her characters, but ever so briefly.

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Book Review: Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles
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Afterlife: The Resurrection ChroniclesBy Darkeva

Afterlife
The Resurrection Chronicles
By Merrie Destefano
Paperback | Kindle
HarperCollins Voyager
Release Date: September 28, 2010

Plot Summary
This novel revolves around the life of Chaz, who is a “Babysitter,” which means that his job is to help people who have recently died adjust to their lives, which are supposed to be better, but this whole big brother-esque “Fresh Start” program isn’t as good as it seems to be, and people, like cats, only get nine lives, and it doesn’t take too long for those to dry up. But the keys to preventing the negative side effects of the re-adjustment and the nine lives is with a pretty blonde newly risen woman, Angelique, who also remembers quite a bit from her past life. The two eventually fall for each other, and soon he finds himself doing anything he can to protect her from the people who mean her harm.

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