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Book thoughts: A Christmas to Remember

First off, I know Christmas is over. But Orthodox Christmas is January 7, 2014, so technically it’s still the Christmas season. (Hey, a technicality still counts.)

Anyway. Sometimes even I want to read something sappy and happy and romantic (shocking, right?), so I got my hands on a review copy of the Christmas romance anthology A Christmas to Remember. (So I have to review it now. You know how it goes.)

Aside: I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. Also, I love the holiday season (with the possible exception of the insanely crazy Christmas dinner season). So really, reading a Christmas romance book isn’t that far out of the realm of possibility.

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Book reviews update

I had posted this on Twitter, but it should go on the blog too.

As of now and for the foreseeable future, I will no longer be doing book reviews on this blog. To be honest, I don’t have the time to do book reviews at the moment. I will still discuss books every now and again (because I’m a geek and books are my thing), but they will not be full reviews. I will hopefully be able to do reviews again in the future (maybe sometime next year). I’ll let you know!

If you’re an author wanting to have your book reviewed, head over to In Case of Survival. My colleagues may have room in their review queues. (If you’re wondering, no, I will not be doing reviews on ICoS either, with the exception of whatever is currently in my queue. I will not be taking more books/review requests at this time.)

Apologies if this affects you. Unfortunately, I need to focus on other things at the moment. (Like the baby I’m incubating.)

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Book review: Student Bodies

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Student Bodies

Author: Sean Cummings

Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot

Genre: YA

Release Date: September 17, 2013 (US/UK); available now in the UK

Blurb:

Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? For fifteen-year-old Julie Richardson and the city’s resident protector from supernatural evil, the Left Hand Path doesn’t give a damn if you’ve found true love for the first time in your life. There’s someone lurking the halls of Crescent Ridge High School with enough malice to unleash an epidemic of Soul Worms – supernatural larvae that feed on the very fabric of a victim’s humanity.  

After witnessing the death of one of the most popular kids at school, Julie and über genius boyfriend Marcus find themselves in a race against time to find out who is behind the attacks. All the evidence points to a horrifying plot at the City Weir during the Winter Solstice;  the place where icy waters of the Bow River and a thunderous spillway will mean the deaths of more than a hundred of Julie’s classmates. 

If she has any hope of saving their lives, she’ll need a little help from a coven of white witches and an Aboriginal mage whose snarky attitude is matched only by her magical prowess.

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Book review: The Midnight Zone

Midnight ZoneThe Midnight Zone

Author: Elizabeth Delisi

Genre: SF/F Anthology

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Blurb:

When Cassie buys an antique compact, little does she know it can foretell the future–her future. Marjorie, a Florida girl unwillingly transplanted to Vermont, learns there’s more to fear from the alien snowfall than just the cold. Neil Dallas’s jagged descent from rock and roll singer to drug-addicted has-been is unstoppable . . . or is it?

Travel deep into unknown territory, where life and death are not as they seem; where you have to be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. These stories will take you beyond the realm of the solid and real, into the deepest, darkest corner of your imagination. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight . . .

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