LJ Fiction, Mystery, SF/Fantasy Reviews: January 2017

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Breathtaking historical espionage from Christie, Herron; a good choice for fans of Irish lore and the feminine mystique; Carey stirs new emotion from an old story; an impressive sophomore effort from Brown; Palmer’s reflections on social issues cannot be denied

E-Originals from Austin, Fletcher, Riley, and Wolff | Xpress Reviews

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Austin provides plenty of intrigue and suspense to keep the pages moving at a fast clip; Fletcher’s tame romantic comedy never quite achieves the screwball sparkle of its improbable premise; Riley’s latest takes obsession to a new level; Tori is a strong but vulnerable character that readers will enjoy getting to know

Vic James’s Debut of the Month, Cogman, Gladstone, Lafferty, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, December 2016

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Readers will eagerly anticipate James’s next volume; clever dialog, time-hopping through fun locales, plenty of action, and hints of fresh plotting from Cogman; Scalzi readers will find these refreshingly concise tales delightful

Oust’s Debut of the Month, Barker, Kerr, Kingsbury, Lawrence, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, December 2016

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Just the right ingredients of humor, mystery, and action; a ripped-from-the-headlines plot with a twist that adds a real kick; MacRae’s series debut will charm everyone who loves Scotland; Coleman is totally fun reading

E-Originals from Colgan, Leigh, Michaels, and Robinson | Xpress Reviews

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Romance readers will celebrate this latest addition to Colgan’s series; explicit, fiery, and fun, this quick thrill is quintessential Leigh; readers of Michaels’s series will not be disappointed; for readers of sports romances who like their stories steamy but their characters still coming of age

Fiction from Bohjalian, Meyer, Murray, and Debuter McCarthy | Xpress Reviews

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Bohjalian’s latest will captivate readers who crave an edge-of-your-seat page-turner; mystery fans will be looking forward to the next Dr. Harry Kent novel; a fun read for those who enjoy the lighter side of spy fiction; Murray’s bold historical is wise and good enough

E-Originals from Barnard, March, and Sotto | Xpress Reviews

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Like the previous series installment, this sequel brings real heart to an exciting fantasy adventure; March’s breathtaking “Thistle Bend” series takes on a “green” bent; Sotto hits all the romantic high notes; highly recommended

All Those Perfect Flaws | Romance Reviews, December 2016

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Most interesting characters have their faults—you could even say it’s those flaws that make them perfect.

Next Force Awakens: What To Watch, Read, Listen To | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, all things Star Wars lead me down a winding path.

LJ Fiction Reviews: December 2016

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Most readers will enjoy Batuman’s lighthearted and wry debut; it is a pure pleasure to grow older alongside Drabble; Oust blends just the right ingredients of humor, mystery, and action; it’s the flaws that make romance protagonists perfect Six Wakes delivers the ultimate locked-room mystery with top-notch sf worldbuilding;