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Edition 15: Book Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Ever since I reviewed Etiquette & Espionage in the first of the Finishing School series, I have been waiting anxiously for the second book to release in this young adult steampunk adventure. Finally, I got my wish and decided to review Curtsies & Conspiracies  for this edition of SQ Mag.

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Edition 14: Book Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


 

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For this issue of SQ Mag, I was assigned the task of finding an Australian author’s speculative fiction book to review. After a bit of searching, I stumbled upon Lexicon by Max Barry.

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Edition 2: Book Review: That Which Should Not Be by Brett J Talley

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


Cover of Brett J Talleys That Which Should Not Be

You know those times when you could swear you saw something out of the corner of your eye? Winner of the 2011 JournalStone Horror Writing Contest, this intriguing novel takes that phenomenon and spins it into a creepy web of a tale.

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Edition 3: Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


Ashfall by Mike Mullins

Books about boy wizards will be compared to Harry Potter. Likewise will a teen dystopian novel be compared to The Hunger Games. Just like Katniss, young Alex in Mike Mullin’s Ashfall is thrown into an unspeakable life and death situation.

But that’s where the similarity ends.

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Edition 4: Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


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I have an unspoken rule when it comes to reading, and that is to reserve judgment on a book until I’ve reached the end. There are exceptions if a story is so atrocious I cannot stomach another page. Generally, though, the rule applies to books that give me mixed feelings from early on and leave me wondering (and worrying) how I’ll feel at the end. Such was the case with the first book of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy.

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Edition 5: Book Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


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Sequels are tricky things. Sometimes they lack the novelty and excitement of the first book in a series, particularly when the book is the second in a trilogy. Often, those books serve more as a segue into the finale than as a stand-alone story in themselves. I’m happy to report, however, that Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, performed as well as any solo book of its genre.

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Edition 6: Book Review: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


Cover - Ashen Winter by Mike Mullins

In this teen dystopian sequel to Ashfall, it’s been ten months since a supervolcano erupted near Yellowstone National Park. Most of the U.S. lies under a thick layer of ash and snow. People everywhere are resorting to unthinkable acts to find food and basic necessities in the midst of a perpetual winter.

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Edition 7: Book Review: The Vision by Heather Graham

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


 

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I met paranormal romance author Heather Graham quite by accident at an author reception the night before the 2012 Southern KY Book Fair. I’d heard of her, of course, but had never read her work. The plethora of spooky titles on her table the next day intrigued me, so I decided to dive (you’ll appreciate this choice of word) into her bibliography with a very recent work–The Vision.

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Edition 8: Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


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While looking for a book to review for this month’s edition, I came across this fascinating cover and title and knew I had to take a look. When I read the description, I knew I’d have to give it a try. Now that I’ve read the first book in Gail Carriger’s ‘Finishing School’ series, I can see why this YA author has accumulated a legion of fans.

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Edition 9: Book Review: Skies of Fire by Zoe Archer

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 Reviewed by Mysti Parker


 

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In choosing a book to review for this issue of SQ Mag, I confess a hidden agenda. I’ve taken an interest in steampunk, particularly that of the romantic variety and want to read as many as I can to research those elements for my own fiction writing. I’m happy to report that this book served both purposes well. For the sake of our magazine, I’ll stick to a simple review.

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