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This is set in the same universe as Every Heart a Doorway and you will recognize the main characters but you don’t need to know anything about that book to enjoy this one. Jacqueline and Jillian are twins that have parents that expect certain things from them and don’t seem to care that those choices may not be what the girls either need or want. When they are five, the one person that loved them and wanted the best for them was sent away during the night the girls came to realize that they couldn’t trust adults. As they grew apart helped along by the different goals each parent had for them a door opened in the room they were never allowed to go into anymore, their grandmother’s room and the one person who loved them with all her heart.

The girls go in the door and live for years following two separate but entwined destinies in a small village on the moor of a land with a different moon in the sky. Choices are made by both the girls that are shaped in part by how they were raised and paths they decided to take while they live in the village.

After finishing this I really want to go back and reread Every Heart a Doorway so I can see the twins again.


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The latest novella from Mira Grant is in a new setting. Thanks to advances with VR, a doctor has come up with a new use for it in helping people heal mental wounds. With any new advances, there are skeptics and people who want the technology. As Doctor Webb conducts a doubting Thomas journalist through one of the healing scenarios an industrial spy is downloading the info and sabotaging the demonstration with a bonus on the line to also kill the Webb.
The story uses the idea that scaring yourself can be healing and that is the scenario they use along with drugs during the highly scripted and controlled VR environment but when someone takes over the control and changes everything in order to kill you what will be the outcome.
A great story by Mira Grant as usual.

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This novella can be read by itself or before or after books 1 and 2.  The story is cute and sweet and the only hurdle between them is Thea doesn’t date clients but David works hard to woo her heart in a way that appeals to her and has her overcome her previous heartbreak and trust issues.


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Sometimes when you die you become a ghost and still live in our world and interact with everything for the most part.  You can take time from people and make them younger and it pushes the ghost closer to the time they can actually depart this world. Ghosts have been hunted for this gift by witches.  Jenna is trying to find out what happened to her sister Patty and why she didn’t become a ghost like Jenna.  Jenna is working to support her apt and rescue elderly cats from the shelter. She also works as a suicide hotline operator and mostly keeps to herself as she is marking time in this world.
Ghosts have gone missing in NYC and Jenna teams up with a witch to find out where they have gone. The story is good and the story ends on a sweet but sad note.  I really enjoyed it and it is nice to read a contained story that doesn’t leave you hanging.
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The third novella in the life of Penric sees him settled in his life as a divine and on a secret covert mission that fails as soon as he goes ashore.  Things work out in the end and you find out what has happened to him in the years previously. The nice thing is the story does wrap up everything but you also know there is more that could possibly be written about him in the future. Wonderful storytelling as usual for Bujold and the plus with this one and the other stories about Penric if you read them out of order you are not completely lost.


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The second novella in this setting is set several years after the previous one. Penric is working with someone of the Father’s order to track down a possible murder suspect that seems to be a shaman.  He is comfortable in his role as a divine and has a good working relationship with his demon.  This book you learn about shaman that don’t correspond to the Five Gods religion but seems to also be just fine with them.
The actual murder isn’t a mystery but the real mystery is what happens when they catch up with the missing shaman.  Overall a great story and it can be read without having read the previous story since the reader is easily caught up with what has happened before.


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1) Brazen – Subterranean Press 2013 Nick novella
2) Amityville Horrible – Subterranean Press Jaime/Jeremy novella
3) Chaotic – Hope/Karl novella from Dates from Hell, Hope’s 1st appearance in the series
4) Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word – Zoe short story from Expiration Date
5) Off-Duty Angel – Eve/Kristof story from The Hunter & The Hunted
6) The Puppy Plan – Logan Danvers novella from Gifted
7) Baby Boom – new Paige/Lucas novella

With only one all new piece of fiction this might not be the best buy for hardcore readers of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld stories. But if you haven’t read the small press novellas or tracked down every anthology her work has been in or bought an electronic only version of a short story then this is a treat. I read most of her stuff and I still get a few new nuggets in this collection. This collection has a varied collection of POV characters and it covers almost all of the supernatural races that her world encompasses. Overall this was a great read and I’m sure at some point there will be another collection since I know there are more small press novellas out there.

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A woman is summoned by magic and the death of a bull. She doesn’t know who she is but she is bound by magic to go on a quest for a group of people. They will give her no information about herself in order to protect her from unknown to her dangers on the quest. This novella is great read.  Our protagonist slowly discovers her lost memories as the story unfolds and gets herself back in the end.  I’ll be looking for more of these stories when they come out.


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This novella is set after Staked and will spoil a few things if you read it out of order.  Oberon is the main POV in this short mystery of missing dogs.  Oberon and Atticus learn of a series of dognappings while visiting a local dogpark. They decide to get to the bottom of it and end the end they solve the case, frustrate the local police and have a new four-legged friend join them.  The epilogue in this book can also serve as an epilogue to Staked.  Now to see where the rest of the series will go.  I must admit this was a light read after the downbeat reading of Staked


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With this collection you get to see four separate couples come together. The Dorian story is the one that I liked the best going over the first time he was able to shift. The last story was a rekindling of a romance with a locked room murder to solve. The problem for me was I swear I had read the murder setup up somewhere before and it seemed so obvious who the killer was from the beginning. The first story is set in BlackSea’s domain but we really don’t get to learn anything about them since it is a love story between the Psy and a human. And the third story covers a romance that isn’t seen in the packs that often a dominate female with a submissive male.  That one was interesting since it covered more the whys of how the pack structure works with dominate and submissive members and used the wolf vs cat to explain it without infodumping the reader.

Overall it was a nice collection and it was fun but I think I might have enjoyed it a bit more if it hadn’t come out so close to the previous book.  Now I’m just left drumming my fingers waiting for a mainline novel to push the story arc of the series. The short romances are nice but they are not what I like the most about the series.


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A new take on vampires coming out of the shadows is the premise of the story. Alex is heading up a new division of the FBI in Chicago to investigate murders that they believe are caused by shades. Shades are the term used for vampires in the series.  Teens in the area have been going missing and the previous agents that have been investigating it have turned up murdered. A break in the case has an agent barely surviving the attack and some new data from the only shade in government control has Alex on the path of finding out who is taking the kids.

This is certainly the first book in a new series and the ending has you wondering how things will work out in the future. An enjoyable addition to the urban fantasy landscape.

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This is a first in a series of novellas that deal with minor characters from her three series. Lady Preshea Villentia, a Finishing school graduate has buried four husbands and in the process secured a title for herself thanks to her fourth husband and the society title of the Mourning Star.  Of course no one can pin any of the deaths on her but people do gossip. Her current assignment is twofold, the Duke wants her to break up a love match between his daughter and a broke beau and her main assignment that the Duke doesn’t know is to keep him alive and foil an assassination attempt. What Preshea isn’t expecting to find is a romantic entanglement of the kind she has never had before.

What I liked about this was for the most part it works well by itself. You don’t need to know the entire backstory of the other books but it does add some color to this world. This has more of a romance feel to the storyline so some readers may not care for it but I liked it. I’m looking forward to more of these novellas.


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This is a collection of previously published and new material set in the Newsflesh universe. Most of these are novellas and two of them are brand new with one of them set after the trilogy and feature Shaun and George.  I've read most of the material previously but it was nice to read them all again. What made it nice was there is never the same main character over and over again in the stories. Mahir does show up in several but he is the main POV in only one of them.  If you are a fan, then you are picking this up for the last two stories and I have to say those are worth the price of admission. But I may be a little biased on that since I dearly love these books.  To pick this up cold it would be a good read but would ruin lots of the plot of the trilogy. The stories are mostly written chronologically with the Rise with the exception of "All the Pretty Little Horses" since it is one of the new ones.  The only problem I have with this is now I want so much more out of the universe.

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When you kill someone and then beg forgiveness from the gods and do it correctly you expect forgiveness, you don’t expect the goddess you asked to come down and tell you to your face nope.  But that is what happens in in this novella. Of course she gets in trouble and has to find a way to fix it since he did do everything correctly. What happens is becomes a bit of discussion about religion, responsibility, and consequences of actions. The is humor here but there are also some rather deep thoughts on religion here as well. A entertaining novella that is a bit weightier than its word count.

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Review to be held until two weeks prior to publication due to publisher request. I will say this is an amazing story and I’ll be keeping it in mind when I fill out my award ballots for 2016 awards in 2017.

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UPDATED ENTRY on 3/23/2016

So many stories start with a child that makes their way into a fantasy land where they are the chosen one.  Sometimes there are wars fought, friends lost and love gained but almost no story says what happens when they get back to the world they came from. This novella covers that and what happens to some of the mostly girls but some boys that go from ordinary to extraordinary and back to ordinary but not believed about their adventures.

Nancy was missing for almost six months when she suddenly appeared back in her parent’s basement. Her folks think her kidnappers dropped her back off and that she is still fixated on them. What happened was a door to another universe opened up and Nancy stepped in and lived with the Lord of the Halls of the Dead.  Now Nancy is at a boarding school that her parents think will help her get over it. Where she has been sent is a place for people that have been to other places and dearly want to go back.

This was an amazing story and I’m glad that there will be more in this universe.




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I’ve read all the books and I have this one on order from the publisher. I was able to get a review copy of this and for the new reader this isn’t where you want to start.  This is mostly a direct sequel to the events in Forsaken since Malcolm is in it. David Cain has contacted the Pack since someone is hunting his family and killing them while in werewolf form.  Elena decides that even though the mystery group is killing mutts she will take on the problem with the Pack to find out who is targeting the mutts and why.  Malcolm is brought along as part of the group hunting and most of the story is his reintegration back into the pack.

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I have read and reviewed several of the novellas collected here as either standalone books or part of a collection but there was new to me stories in here and a new story written for this coolection. The best deal is by far a reasonable print version of Angelic, a Sub press novella that sold out and is rather pricey on the secondary market.  The plus with this collection is it fills in some holes in the backstory of a few people and shines the story light on a few people that normally don’t always get featured in their own books.  I really enjoyed this and recommend it for fans of the series.


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This novella is set in the same world as the Kate Daniels books but Kate and Curran only have a cameo appearance in the story but it is set after the most recent book. The main focus is on Derek and Julie. I liked this since there was more focus on Julie and her powers and how that will work into the future stories set in this world. The story is a revenge story that quickly veers into something that will damage the city.  What I did like was there was enough background salted in that a new reader could get up to speed on what was going on without leaving the reader feeling like they were reading nothing but info dumps.


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This is a novella set in the Newsflesh series but needs to be read after all the books otherwise there are too many spoilers.  The story focuses on Dr Abbey and an attack on her lab. Of course she is also constantly dealing with spies from the CDC and that is brought up in the story. A good solid read but you must have read the other books first to get the best out of the story otherwise the surprise at the end will not make that much sense.

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This post trilogy novella is not one to pick up since it gives away some of the plot twists in book three.  Mahir travels to Australia to meet some of his employees while they show him a possible story at the rabbit proof fence. Now the fence is used to keep zombie kangaroos away from major population centers. The thing I liked about this wasn’t so much the story but how the Australians cope with the Rising and how travel has changed so much as well. A fun story but not one for someone new to the universe to read.

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