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Review: Plague Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #4) by Shami Stovall

Deserts. Rogues. A secret hidden in an underground maze. Every moment counts as Volke Savan races south to the city of New Norra. His goal: find Theasin Venrover, the famous artificer who may have a cure for the arcane plague. Separated from most of the Frith Guild—and even his sister—Volke must rely on the crew […]

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Discussion: Emotional Payoff, when it works, it works!

What is emotional payoff? Emotional payoff in a novel is when act one of a book, or several installments in a series, sets up a moment of emotional reward, catharsis, or accomplishment for the protagonist(s). Often this takes the form of finally achieving something they’ve long desired, being praised by an important family member or […]

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Top Fantasy Post Series: My Top Urban Fantasy Series

Hello book lovers and welcome to my first in a series on my favorite fantasy books! Today’s topic at hand will be my favorite fantasy series that are classified as urban fantasy; contemporary set fantasy books usually focused on vampires, werewolves, and some witches! The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews This series by Ilona Andrews […]

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Trope Discussion: “To turn or not to turn,” the vampire question

Introduction: What is the trope? This trope typically appears in vampire romances. The question is whether or not the vampire in the relationship should or shouldn’t turn the human. Often, the question comes up for a variety of reasons. The obvious and practical reasoning is that a vampire is immortal and typically never ages, whereas […]

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Review: A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London. A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race […]

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Saturday Morning Wrap Up: 12/12

What am I reading? World Serpent Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #5) by Shami Stovall The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga #1) by G.A. Aiken This week’s reads: Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang, 4 stars Plague Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #4) by Shami Stovall, 5 stars What am I posting? Book Reviews: Review: This Coven Won’t […]

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Discussion: The Problems with Witchcraft in Historical Fiction

This post is not meant to be a comprehensive history lesson, nor an appropriate reference. If you are a reader or writer of historical fiction and you want to know more about this topic, it’s imperative to do some research of your own. Look up Gerald Gardner and his creation of Wicca. Here is the […]

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It’s release day for World Serpent Arcanist!

This is a pretty atypical post for me, but I’m excited, so who cares! Today is the release day for Shami Stovall’s fifth installment in the Frith Chronicles, called World Serpent Arcanist. You can find the Amazon listing here! For the record, I am not being paid to promote this book, author, or series, I’m […]

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Review: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a […]

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Discussion: Why I’m Over Predatory Romance Tropes in 2020

Hello fellow readers, today’s topic will involve predatory romance tropes so please note this content warning: tropes involving predatory and potentially abusive behavior and relationships, manipulation, allusions to abuse and assault. There is a place in romance history for predatory tropes. For many women, experiencing sexual attraction to others was and still is considered inappropriate […]