Pride and Other Worlds: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic, by Emily Croy Barker, is a 2013 fantasy novel. As I said when I reviewed The Demon's Daughter, many stories marketed under the umbrella of fantasy have the superficial aspects of the genre, but not the core elements. I'm happy to say that Guide to Magic has the …

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Game Over

Taylor Keating's Game Over is a paranormal romance from TOR books, but if it didn't have a female heroine it would probably be called an action-adventure or a fantasy story. Don't be misled by the beefcake cover - this story is first and foremost about staying alive. A synopsis is tricky... River Weston is half …

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Love Potion #9: 14 Paranormal Romances

Love Potion #9: 14 Paranormal Romances is an e-book anthology. Like Mischief Under the Mistletoe, it offers a pile of stories at an incredible price - currently just $2.99. However, it has an even greater variety of storylines and heat levels. Lengths vary, from short stories to novellas to complete novels - another source of …

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The Demon’s Daughter

The Demon's Daughteris a 2013 novel from Paula Altenburg. This is the first of three books in her Demons and Outlaws trilogy, from Entangled Select. These are marketed as paranormal romance (note the cover), but this first one, at least, is more fantasy than romance. A friend who never reads romance, but does read a …

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Daydreams of Angels

Daydreams Of Angels, by Heather O'Neill, was published this year, and shortlisted for the Giller prize. It's a collection of short stories, and I read it partly to expose myself to Serious Literary Fiction, and partly because the blurbs made it sound cheerful and magical. There are three types of short story collections. In an …

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Death’s Master

Tanith Lee is a prolific writer of fantasy, though under that umbrella she has done everything from children's books to science fiction to YA Romance (a teen and a robot). My first encounter was a serendipitous discovery of Night's Master in a used book store near my high school, many years ago.Even at that young …

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