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A Collection of Tales, Tortall style

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales Tamora Pierce

“More than twenty years ago, Tamora Pierce first introduced fantasy lovers to the kingdom of Tortall in the novel Alanna.” In the fifteen books that followed, readers have met numerous characters and magical creatures from the land of Tortall. In the book, Tortall and Other Lands, several of Tamora Pierce’s short stories are collected and published for the first time in print.
Several of the stories have new characters that we have not met before. In the story “Nawat,” readers are reacquainted with Nawat and Aly from Wolf Speaker and the darkings from Trickster’s Queen. If you have ever wondered what happens after Trickster’s Queen ends, then you will be pleased to find out in the story “Nawat.” The story “The Dragon’s Tale” brings back Daine and Numair as minor characters in a story that is told from the dragon Kit’s point of view.
The majority of the stories in this collection are set in Tortall, but there are a few stories t…

Review: Lost Voices

Lost Voices Sarah Porter 

Lost Voices is the first novel in a new series that is hauntingly reminiscent of Lord of the Flies and The Chocolate War. In this book, young girls find themselves transforming into mermaids during the most devastating and desolate times of their young lives. When overwhelmed with the horrors of humanity, these young girls from every walk of life release themselves to the power of the sea. Guided by the timahk—laws that govern mermaids—every mermaid joins a tribe and finds the love and family that they might have missed during their human days.
For Luce, one of the newest members of Catarina’s tribe, joining the mermaids was the greatest thing that had happened to her in a long time. Luce was thrilled with her new life and the feelings of acceptance that she found in the other girls. But then Luce learns what it means to really be a mermaid. Sure, her voice is worthy of an angelic choir and her beauty surpasses anything on earth, but are these things really …

Review: Entice

Entice Carrie Jones

Fans of the Twilight saga will find plenty of “loves” in this new addition to the paranormal romance genre. Enticeis the third book in Carrie Jones’s series. In this book, Zara, the daring heroine, is out to rescue the love-of-her-life werewolf boyfriend, Nick, from Valhalla. (Yes, the same Valhalla from Norse mythology!) During the second book in the series, Captivate, Zara decides to allow the young and gorgeous pixie king Ansley to turn her into a pixie so that she could start her journey to rescue Nick. Ansley seems to be very considerate and understanding of Zara’s need to rescue Nick. He even vows to help her rescue “her wolf.” Zara’s previous experience with pixies has been far from kittens-and-roses innocence, but she willingly allies herself with the young pixie king. Then people close to her start dying. Suddenly, Zara and Ansley find themselves the target of treachery from the pixie world. Unfortunately, neither of them are able to figure out exactly wh…

review for The Flappers: Vixen

The Flappers: Vixen Jillian Larkin

Speakeasies. Forbidden romance. Betrayal. Jillian Larkin’s novel Vixen has all of these elements and more! Vixen is the first novel in the new The Flappers series. In this book, Gloria, the beautiful protagonist, is out to claim her identity before her marriage to the prestigious Sebastian Grey.After one night at the speakeasy the Green Mill, Gloria finds herself changed, but she doesn’t know to what extent. Suddenly, she is more outspoken and mysteriously drawn to Jazz. With her friends Marcus and Lorraine, Gloria continues to frequent the Green Mill despite knowing that her fiancĂ© and mother would be furious if they found out.    After several twists and turns (and sultry scenes) Gloria finds herself breaking every rule she has ever known. Her world is changing faster than she thought possible. Gloria starts sneaking out of her house to visit the forbidden speakeasy, protesting against the rules and her pretentious fiancĂ©, and finds her…