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Fantasy:

The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett. 95 points (5 stars). In a world where terrifying, capricious gods once walked the earth, enslaving and brutalizing millions, three unforgettable protagonists struggle to come to terms with the mysteries these divinities left behind— and to make sure these cruel masters do not rise again.

Epic Fantasy:

Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb. 97 points (5 stars). Bingtown sits on the edge of the Rain Wilds, at the mouth of the Rain River, a caustic and unwelcoming river if ever there was one. And only Bingtown Traders are allowed to trade with the Rain Wilds, which is a source of magical items. This is because they have Liveships, ships that awaken when three generations have died aboard their vessel and are the only thing to survive the waters of the Rain River. The Vestrit family is one of these Trader families, and their ship Vivacia is just awakened. Only everything is going wrong. Because it is Hobb.

Urban Fantasy:

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. 51 points (2 ¾ stars). Elena Gilbert knows something bad is about to happen but she doesn’t know what. Then she meets the new boy in school, and is determined to have him. Stefan Salvatore is determined to avoid Elena at any cost, because she looks like the young woman that changed him from human to vampire. 

Hidden Legacy by Ilona Andrews. 98 points (5 stars). The Baylor Family lives in a world where power is everything. Those that have powerful magic are called Primes, and families of Primes form Houses. And they have almost unlimited power and money. The powerless, like Nevada Baylor, just live in their world. 

Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. 95 points (5 stars). Mercedes Thompson is a mechanic and a coyote shifter, something that gets her into trouble more often than not. Good thing she grew up in a werewolf pack so she knows how to fight back against something bigger and stronger than she is. 

Discussions:

Strix’s Reviews:

Series Review: Elantra by Michelle Sagara: Cast in Shadow

keikii’s Reviews:

Advanced Review: Million Miles Away by Alice Bane, book one of Million Miles

Mini Review: Alien romance that, while utterly ridiculous, I loved.

Advanced Review: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith, book one of Hell’s Library

Mini Review: A good and fun story about a magical library located in Hell.

Advanced Review: The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

Mini Review: My favourite book of the year. About a stuffed triceratops PI investigating a murder of an imaginary Friend. Absolutely amazing

Advanced Review: The Cult of Eden by Bill Halpin, book one of the Unrisen

Mini Review: An action-packed, dark story where a cult kidnaps a family for nefarious means. Not my favourite, but it was alright.

Advanced Review: Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Mini Review: Garth Nix writes amazingly, and Angel Mage is no exception. Angels and a plague and a mystery to unravel.

New Release: The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire, book 13 of October Daye

Mini Review: A book that has been promised for a very long time in the series. Really good.

New Release: Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh, book 12 of Guild Hunter

Mini Review: Super needed after the previous book’s cliffhanger. Really liked it.

Series: Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs: Burn Bright

Mini Review: A series revelation and turning point, I loved this book and can’t wait for more.

Series: Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn: Shaded Vision, Shadow Rising, Haunted Moon, Autumn Whispers

Mini Review: It really is impressive how the quality of the series doesn’t waver even after this many books. Sisters fighting against evil.

Series: Tawny Man by Robin Hobb: Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, Fool’s Fate

Mini Review: How does this woman writes so good? The continuation of the story in The Farseer Trilogy and The Liveship Traders.

Series: The Tower and the Hive by Anne McCaffrey: The Tower and the Hive

Mini Review: The end of a series that I loved in the beginning but grew meh on by the end. Psychics in space is a good concept, though.

Series: The Talent by Anne McCaffrey: Pegasus in Space

Mini Review: The end of a series that launched psychics into space. Enjoyed it, just thought it was a bit slow.

Series: Laith by Candace Robinson: Clouded by Envy

Mini Review: Best concept, okay execution. I enjoyed myself.

Series: The Interdependency by John Scalzi: The Collapsing Empire, The Consuming Fire

Mini Review: Incredibly interesting concept, great wordbuilding, just kinda meh characters.

Series: Guild Hunter by Nalini Singh: Archangel’s Enigma, Archangel’s Heart, Archangel’s Viper, Archangel’s War

Mini Review: The last of the reviews in the series, finally. Not my favourite batch, but still good overall.