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The Russian Cage (Gunnie Rose #3) by Charlaine Harris

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a great finish to this book series……or is it?? I just discovered that the author is writing a fourth Gunnie Rose book (release date 2022) – no idea what the plot will be because the main storyline of this series wrapped up in this book, but there are definitely enough loose ends to continue the series another several books, which I would love.

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The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Durst has done it again -written a fantastic, can’t-put-down, stand alone fantasy book. I love her writing, I love her characters and I love her original story-telling. I get excited every time she releases a new book – and this one does not disappoint.

The story is set in the kingdom of Vos. The kingdom has bone makers who can animate bones to create objects that can do a variety of things, like clean, send messages, etc. They also create charms that give people a limited amount of “super-powers”, like strength, speed, stealth, etc. These creations are made from animal bones – the use of human bones is illegal.

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Empire of Jackals (Chrysathamere Trilogy #2) by Morgan Cole

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good second book in the trilogy, and focuses mainly on Marilia’s twin brother Annuweth. He is still bitter about the injuries he sustained, and about Marilia’s successes in the war. As Marilia tries to step back from warfare and power, Annueweth plots to grab it an any cost.

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Ready Player Two (Ready Player One, #2) by Ernest Cline

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

I LOVED Ready Player One and read it in one sitting. So, I was super excited when I heard the author was writing a sequel. While I liked this book, it pales in comparison to the first one. But hey, what do you expect? The first book was brilliant and I’m not surprised I didn’t like the second one as much.

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Knight’s Ransom (The First Argentines #1) by Jeff Wheeler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good first book in a new, exciting fantasy series. We’re back in Kingfountain, and I’m so excited! This story revolves around a young man nicknamed Ransom. As a young second son, he is given to the King by his father as hostage to ensure his father behaves and does not side with rival Devon Argentine, who is intent on taking the crown for himself.

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Shadow in the Empire of Light by Jane Routley

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Meh. This an ok fantasy. It’s an easy read, but the story doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s listed as a YA Fantasy and while the story is as simplistic as a YA book, I think the inclusion of a lot of discussion about sex takes it out of that category. Perhaps if you’re talking about college-age YA, then perhaps.

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Court of Swans (The Dericott Tales #1) by Melanie Dickerson

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I could not get into this YA Historical Fiction. I didn’t like the writing style. It was too basic and didn’t flow well. I was disappointed because the description of the book really interested me. This is just my opinion, however, and others may enjoy the book.

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Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good YA Fantasy that is a mash-up of urban fantasy and Greek mythology. While most YA Fantasy books all seem to have the same basic premise (strong young female must overcome great odds/conquer evil/rule the nation while resisting falling in love with the boy that is either her childhood friend/enemy/new mysterious over protective friend), this is a refreshingly original take on that premise.

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Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For me, this science fiction book is a miss. I just couldn’t get into it. It is well-written and packed with action, but it just didn’t interest me.

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