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Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Dime Store Magic was a total change of pace in the The Women of the Otherworld series. Going form Elena’s hard-edged, tough approach to life and her slightly psychotic lover to Paige and the trials of new-motherhood was a very interesting step. I loved the stark difference between the tone and personalities of the two heroines in this series. The inclusion of Elena and Clay within the storyline (even if it was a small one) also helped the transition between characters. This still felt like part of the same series, not just two books set in the same fantasy world.

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Bones Season One – Review

Bones is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. I love the combination of humour, mystery and (mostly) correct science. For someone who has spent almost all of her adult life studying science, the fact that the forensics in a forensic show are mostly correct, and never blatantly wrong is a breath of fresh air. It was actually the TV show that made me decide to read Kathy Reichs’ Temperance Brennan series.

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Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

It’s taken me a while to read the second book in the The Women of the Otherworld series. Mostly because I didn’t own it when I finished Bitten, and also a little because I have a LOT of other books that I want to read. But, even after all this time, it didn’t disappoint! I’m so glad that I have the whole series sitting in my bookcase, because I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

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Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs

Fatal Voyage helped to ease some of the frustrations of Deadly Decisions; it bought Andy Ryan back to the forefront of the story. I was really enjoying the courting dance of the two main characters throughout the series, and this addition to the series extended on it. Aside from the character connections, I also really enjoyed discovering what happens when there is a plane crash. Logically I knew that there are a lot of people who have to be involved in the retrieval process, but actually learning the intricacies of this, at least for America was really cool.

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Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs

The third instalment of the Temperance Brennan series was another masterful description of crime, forensic anthropology and the intricacies of the underworld. This time, Reichs takes us on a journey through the world of Bikie gangs. I’ve always heard many stories about the hierarchy and the ways in which these groups operate and run, and reading a book about it was incredibly fascinating. It also provided me with more information on their formation, alliances with other groups and the way that law enforcers deal with such a large crime syndicate.

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Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs

Reichs did it again – she created a spine tingling story that had me enthralled from the first sentence. It was a journey through a series of interconnected cases that had me guessing until the very end. As with Deja Dead, I wasn’t able to read this unless the room was very well lit, and I knew that I wasn’t sleeping alone that night. Reichs is just WAY too good at building a realistic storyline that you can imagine happening in real life.

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve been waiting to read this since it came out in September last year. Waiting and dying, and constantly having other, more adult things that I should be doing… so when I finally got to read this… just unbelievable, uncontrolled excitement. I made sure that I had an entire weekend free, so I could spend my days enjoying Maas’ brilliant writing. And as usual, she didn’t disappoint.

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Bitten Season One – Review

I decided to watch the series Bitten because I had fallen in love with the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I’m always a little hesitant to watch shows or movies that are based on a book. Sometimes it can be done really well, but I have found that more often than not, these remakes completely miss the subtleties and potence of the original books. And since this is, after all, the exact reason that I fell in love so heavily with the story line, I often finish watching the first episode or movie with a feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration. Luckily for me, Bitten wasn’t like this at all!

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Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey

I loved the character of Skif from Lackey’s The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy. So it was such a pleasure to read more about his adventures and Choosing. I really enjoy how Lackey’s books continue to expand upon the stories of well-loved characters. This prolonged exposure is instrumental in my (slightly ridiculous) attachment to her characters.

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Isn’t Feminism About Choice?

I once told someone to shove it when I was ordered into the kitchen, and I’ve since been called a feminist by my friends and family. I was twelve at the time. I’m proud to claim the title; for me, being a feminist is about equal rights and opportunities. It’s about the fact that my gender (or yours, for that matter) shouldn’t impact how people treat me, what jobs I can pursue or what hobbies I can have. I feel genuinely sorry for some of my more unfortunate associates who have had to stand around listening to me while I’m on my soap box.

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