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Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

I love the world of Tortall. I have done since my mum first gave me First Test when I was ten years old. So, finding out that the latest book on Tortall is just as good, if not better than expected…? Well, it was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon. And it was definitely over much too quickly. Starting with George’s letter to Thom to place the stories to follow into context. It also gives a tantalising hint as to what the future holds for these amazing characters.

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Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, loved (okay, you get the point) this book! I even informed my partner that this is a perfect book from what to select (our entirely theoretical) future baby girls name from.

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Nine-Tenths of the Law by Eric James Stone

A ghost walks into a lawyers office. It honestly just sounds like the beginning of a really bad joke. And, honestly, with the tone of the Blood Lite III collection, I was kind of expecting a really, really bad joke. Something about how lawyers are zombies zapping the life (and money) out of the world. But, although this point is kind of hiding in the story, it’s more about the law of possession.

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The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

Although I loved this story, I did find it a little disappointing after all of the fantastic tales in this series. It almost felt like a rushed ending for the sake of writing the ending, with two very different storylines not quite intertwined. That’s not to say that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy and love this book, it was just quite a departure from the first three novels that I was a bit… confused.

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The Sending by Isobelle Carmody

Finishing this book has been a long time coming. I started rereading the series when The Red Queen came out, and I hadn’t ever quite gotten to The Sending. Over two years later, I finally managed to find the time to actually sit down and read this story. It is intense and quite a long haul, but it is most certainly worth the time and brain power that I put into it. It is going to take me quite a while to finish The Red Queen as well, over a month (much like The Sending), but it is an epic journey, and sometimes spending the time to take an epic journey is definitely worthwhile.

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I Was a Teenage Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Revisiting bigfoot and Harry Dresden is always a fun journey. Mostly, I love Butcher’s translation of who (and what) bigfoot is. The half-blood son of a bigfoot provides even more entertainment, last time Irwin appeared in Harry’s storyline, he was just a small child learning to handle bullies. Now, he’s a teenager, with pretty much the same problems. This time though, the consequences of other’s sapping his energy are a little more extreme and serious.

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Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

This is both one of my favourite, and least favourite books. Mostly because of the fact that it features sexual abuse. The very ending of the book makes me cry every single time. Not just because of the horrors that Mercy is forced to face, but also because of the fact that she has an amazing support system. And, that you finally find out what has happened in Ben’s past to make him such a dick.

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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

The hits keep rolling for Mercedes Thompson. After asking for Stefan’s help in rescuing Adam, she has to return the favour. Which, since this is Mercy Thompson, means that things go wildly out of control. This might be the story in the entire series that gave me the most goosebumps actually. And I have, at some point or other, read most of them.

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