Genre: Paranormal
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Alpha Night by Nalini Singh

Alpha Night

CW: general violence, discussion of past child abuse, off-page murder Are super dramatic connections between mates your catnip? This is your book! Want to solve a mystery? Again, pick up this book! Are you okay with mild to moderate violence? Good, because this book has that too. Ethan Night, an Arrow, and Selenka Durev, the Alpha of the BlackEdge wolf pack, mate in the opening scene of the book. Not in the sense of sexy … Continue reading Alpha Night by Nalini Singh

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Guest Review: Chosen by Kiersten White

Chosen

This guest review was written by Crystal Anne With An E. Crystal reads a lot, cross-stitches, and is an autism consultant by day and goes to library school by night. She is a Hufflepuff, because honey badgers don’t give a shit. Crystal Anne also reviewed Slayer, the first book in this duology. … Well, folks, guess who’s back, back again. It seemed unfair to review the first in Kiersten White’s Slayer series and not hit … Continue reading Guest Review: Chosen by Kiersten White

Book Review

Her Scandalous Pursuit by Candace Camp

Her Scandalous Pursuit

This is a historical romance adventure with a mystery to solve and a touch of the paranormal, and while there are parts of the book that drove me scatty (more on that soon), I really did love the lead characters (In short, they’re ADORABLE!). Desmond Harrison, the son of a criminal banished to a penal colony, has ‘made good.’ The vicar in his Dorset village tutored him and introduced him to his mentor, Professor Gordon. … Continue reading Her Scandalous Pursuit by Candace Camp

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War by Laura Thalassa

War

Before you guys read this review I want to flag that the review includes discussion of: I honestly found this book very hard to read and hard to write about, especially with what’s in the news these days. I’m sorry if this is upsetting for you guys to read. I thought about not reviewing it but I think there is a worthwhile discussion to be had about what it means that a book like this … Continue reading War by Laura Thalassa

Book Review

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful

TW/CW: Murder, attempted rape, beheading/separated limbs. I deeply, deeply enjoyed The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh. Or, a lot of it, anyway. The Beautiful takes place in 1872 New Orleans, where a young former dressmaker named Celine arrives after fleeing Paris. She arrives with several other young women from Europe and they are all to be settled in a convent together until they marry. Celine quickly becomes drawn to a young woman named Odette, who hires … Continue reading The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

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American Witch by Thea Harrison

American Witch

A C is a weird grade for a book that I read compulsively, especially since I remain very curious about the next one, but while the set up, the action, and the ensemble were a lot of fun to read, the more I thought about it, the more I found myself thinking, “But, wait…” I have a stack of “But, waits” regarding the character development and emotional pivots, and they began to accumulate from about … Continue reading American Witch by Thea Harrison

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The Savior by JR Ward

The Savior

Fans of the site know that I’m not afraid to jump around within a series when it comes to my reading. I picked up The Savior having only read a few of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books before, and this is book seventeen. While I was able to follow everything that was going on (Ward provides a helpful glossary in the beginning of the book and offers context clues), I do think that this is a … Continue reading The Savior by JR Ward

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In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston

In a Badger Way

This is a really tough review to grade, because on one hand, I enjoyed the absolute heck out of this book. I highlighted so much I left horizontal marks on my reader screen. I laughed aloud so many times, twice loud enough to startle the dogs. I ran around the first floor delighted that I had gotten a sly reference to the Crows series, ridiculously proud of myself. I took pictures of my reader screen … Continue reading In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston

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Guest Squee: Slayer by Kiersten White

Slayer

NB: We have a suspicion that many of the Bitchery are Buffy fans, which means this squee is in good company. This review from Crystal Anne With An E was originally graded “A with Extra Squee Because Buffy,” but we felt bumping up up to a full on squee was fair. Crystal reads a lot, cross-stitches, and is an autism consultant by day and goes to library school by night. She is a Hufflepuff. … … Continue reading Guest Squee: Slayer by Kiersten White

Book Review

Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger

Crazy Cupid Love

Crazy Cupid Love is an interesting fantasy/paranormal romance that will definitely appeal to mythology nerds. There’s a friends to lovers romance, an adorable beta hero (who gifts the heroine with Dunkaroos), and a whodunnit. While neither the romance nor the mystery were incredibly strong, the world and the surrounding mythologies could lead to some wonderful future books. Eliza Herman is a descendant of Cupid and exists in a modern world, specifically California, where people turn to … Continue reading Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger

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Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

Mating the Huntress

It’s been a bad week(s) for a lot of women. Personally, I’ve been vacillating between the kind of rage where I feel like wasps should come out of my mouth in a swarm, and the sort of despair that leaves you noodle-limp. It’s a combination of anger and exhaustion. I know that I am not alone. Then I picked up Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert, and goddamnit, this novella had everything my brain needed. It … Continue reading Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

Book Review

Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Wild Hunger

I haven’t read any of the Chicagoland Vampire series, so I went into the spinoff series with zero world knowledge. The lack of knowledge wasn’t a problem because, boy howdy, is there some infodumpage in the first few chapters. I had to coax myself to keep going on to the next chapter because the setup and construction of the world in the first part was some slow reading. But once the main character moved from … Continue reading Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

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