The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley

Viscounts Christmas Temptation

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Lady Amelia Pembroke glanced up from the well-worn almanac in her lap as her brother, the Duke of Ravenwood, strode into the yellow parlor with a distracted frown.

Plot

Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel . . . and tumbling head over heels in love.

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Unexpected Stories by Octavia Butler

Unexpected Stories

Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Rohkohn Hao, Tahneh, was sharing her evening meal with her chief judge and discussing the current drought when she first learned of the foreigners who had entered her territory.

Review

A Necessary Evil is about an alien race that is strictly class-based. In each class, your rank is additionally determined by how much blue you have in your colouring. Above all classes are the Hao, who are pure blue, a warrior-class that is faster, stronger, camouflages better and lead their tribes.

A tribe without a Hao is considered incomplete. So each tribe will do whatever they can to secure a Hao. Sometimes they are born, but if not, they steal one from another tribe and force them to serve them.

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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark No Stars Stephen King

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Plot

Is it possible to fully know anyone? Even those we love the most? What tips someone over the edge to commit a crime?

For a Nebraska farmer, the turning point comes when his wife threatens to sell off the family homestead.

A cozy mystery writer plots a savage revenge after a brutal encounter with a stranger.

Dave Streeter gets the chance to cure himself from illness – if he agrees to impose misery on an old rival.

And Darcy Anderson discovers a box containing her husband’s dark and terrifying secrets – he’s not the man who keeps his nails short and collects coins. And now he’s heading home . . .

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Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Snapshot Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Anthony Davis – one of only two real people in a city of twenty million – caught the burrito his partner tossed to him.

Plot

In the near future, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.

Davis’s job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.

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The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

Rating 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

“Not in this lifetime.” Tazir snatched two of the pebbles off of the pile for the equipment budget. “Or at least not after what you pulled coming into Hanshi.”



Plot

When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the arichipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.

Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.


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Dog With a Bone by Hailey Edwards

Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards Book Cover

Rating: 1.5 Stars

Burnt ozone tingled in my nose.



Plot

Thierry is half-fae. Her father is the famous Black Dog, a death omen working for both the Seelie and Unseelie court. For Thierry, it means that she has the power to kill people with a touch. She is taken in by the magistrates and trained to use her power to be a marshall: the fae police in the human world. When fae go missing, Thierry investigates the case. Together with her hot partner Shaw, who happens to be an incubus.

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Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt


Rating: 2.5 Stars

Mgeni! Stay a moment; I have your future for you.”



Plot

On the island of Karolene, Archmage Blackflame is the puppetmaster behind the Sultan’s throne. Few dare to oppose him, among them the Shadow League. Hitomi, a young thief barely scraping by, aids the League in what is supposed to be a straightforward mission to get a politician and his family out of Karolene safely.

When things don’t go as planned, Hitomi finds herself facing not only Blackflame but a sadistic bloodsucker as well.


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