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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow is an exquisite wonder of a novel. Set in 1920s Mexico, Casiopea Tun accidentally frees the Mayan god of death from his prison when she unlocks a mysterious box in her grandfather’s room. Hun-Kamé’s power is limited until he recovers his missing jade necklace and missing body parts: his left eye, ear, and index finger. Unfortunately for Casiopea, a shard entered her body when she freed Hun-Kamé, tying them inseparably. … Continue reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Lightning Reviews: Seduction on a Snowy Night Anthology

NB: Lightning Reviews is a little different this time as Aarya wrote a review for each of the three holiday historical romance novellas in Seduction on a Snowy Night by Mary Jo Putney, Madeline Hunter, and Sabrina Jeffries. We figured we’d group them all together in one post for easy reading. It’s only September, but holiday romances are already out for the season. First up is a historical romance anthology with stories by Madeline Hunter, … Continue reading Lightning Reviews: Seduction on a Snowy Night Anthology

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The Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter

The Brides of the Big Valley

This is a collection of inspirational novellas written by three generations of Brunstetter women. Each story follows a different couple in the intertwined community of Big Valley, Pennsylvania where three Amish communities with varying levels of observance live in harmony. The writing is uneven but all the characters have non-farming jobs, which is unusual for this sub-genre. I frequently read Amish and enjoy farm settings, but it’s nice to see an acknowledgement that farming alone … Continue reading The Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter

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Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

Shatter the Sky

Unmet expectations are killer. I wanted a kickass bisexual heroine tearing down the corrupt empire and stealing a dragon to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend. What I got was a slow-paced fantasy novel with an additional love interest that I desperately tried to will out of existence. By “slow-paced,” I mean boring. There is a chunk in the middle where I didn’t understand why the plot wasn’t moving. The entire premise is that the rescue mission … Continue reading Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

Lightning Reviews: A Highlander, an Audiobook, and a Workplace Romance

All three of these books are in a similar grade range, which is why I wanted to group them together, but they are very different. There is fantasy on audio, a f/f workplace romance with an ice queen doctor, and a contemporary romance with a grumpy Scotsman.

Lightning Reviews: Jane Austen, #RomanceClass, & Magic

Welcome back to Lightning Reviews! If you’re new here, welcome! This is where we post three, mini reviews of books. The books grouped together may have a theme or, in this case, may be completely different. Today, we have a magical gay romance, a lesbian romance set in Manila, and nonfiction for Jane Austen fans.

Lightning Reviews: Two Graphic Novels & Screenwriting

Lightning Reviews are back! If you’re new here, welcome! This is where we run three miniature reviews of three titles. They could all have a theme or be completely different in every way possible. This time, we have two different graphic novels with one having a very familiar face. We also have some nonfiction on screenwriting.

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