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Worldcon Site Selection Voting

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Book Review – Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan

Dark Serpent
Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sent to Wales to investigate what’s happening in the Western Celestial Plane, Emma begins to discover more about her past, only to find she’s not at all welcome in her ancestral homeland.

John is determined to keep Emma safe and fulfil the prophecy to find, raise and marry her, but the Demon King has other plans, and a definite advantage.

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Book Review – Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Shogun is dead and the Shima Imperium is at risk of civil war. Regrouping from their victory, the Kage are under threat of a new Shogun heir, backed by the Lotus Guild, who wants nothing more than to kill Yukiko and destroy all the Kage.

Meanwhile, Yukiko is suffering from the Kenning, the ability that lets her bond with Buruu the thunder tiger, and is beginning to lose control of it, with catastrophic consequences for all around her. Heading North in search of knowledge on the Kenning, Yukiko and Buruu find themselves trapped by the bloody past, while conflict between the Shogun heir and Kage looms.

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Book Review – A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

A Crucible of Souls
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Raised by monks after the death of his family in a suspicious fire, Caldan receives an excellent education and magical training. Upon reaching adulthood he leaves the monastery to make his own way, and try and find out who his family was, and who he really is.

Life in Anasoma is nothing that Caldan’s sheltered upbringing prepared him for, and he soon finds himself homeless and penniless. In desperation he seeks and gains an apprenticeship with the Sorcerer’s Guild, despite being several years older than the rest of the apprentices.

While Caldan begins to settle down into his new life, make friends and investigate the mystery of his parents, an ancient evil is stirring, and soon will lay siege to Anasoma, once again throwing Caldan into the middle of chaos.

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Book Review – The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby

The Marching Dead
The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Marius don Hellespont is dead bored. Literally. Despite being life-challenged he won the heart of the girl he loved and retired to the country with her, where with nary a shady scheme in sight, he’s bored out of his considerable wits.

Then the dead stop dying, his love gets kidnapped, and as Marius chases after her, he finds himself in a player in a much bigger game – a war between the dead and the living. Unsatisfied with being King of the Dead below, Scorbus wants to eradicate all the living and rule over both above and below.

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Book Review – Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen

Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?
Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Southern Cross is the newest superhero (cape) to arrive in Heropa, only to find that things aren’t quite as expected – someone or something is killing off the capes, both heroes and villains, one by one.

Southern Cross must become familiar with the rules of Heropa, fit in with the Equalizers (a group of superheroes), try to find out who’s killing off the capes, and develop a relationship with Louise, who doesn’t seem to be like the other Blandos (non capes).

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Book Review – Hindsight by Sarah Belle

Hindsight by Sarah Belle

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Blurb from GoodReads:

Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.

Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.

As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.

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Book Review – Fish Out of Water by Ros Baxter

Fish Out Of Water
Fish Out Of Water by Ros Baxter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dirtwater is one of those small desert towns in America, with nothing to distinguish it from the next small desert town. Except its deputy sheriff, Rania Aqualina, a half mermaid who is living there with her full mermaid mother.

Prophesied to die before her thirtieth birthday unless she changes the fate of the World, Rania is a couple of months shy of 30, with no idea what the prophecy means. Then a mermaid corpse turns up in Dirtwater, followed by Raina being invited back to the underwater city of Aegira for a wedding. Arriving in Aegira, Raina discovers strange things are going on, with most of the population oblivious to them, and possible ties to the dead mermaid in Dirtwater.

As Rania begins to investigate, she finds herself in life threatening danger, when she uncovers a plot which could mean the end of Aegira and the mermaids as a species…

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Book Review – Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel

Secret Reflection
Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fleeing a messy divorce in LA, Kelly Reid takes refuge with friends in the UK who’ve just leased an old mansion to turn into a bed and breakfast. Her friends have the perfect distraction for Kelly, to investigate the mysterious ghost who’s haunted the house for over 100 years.

When the ghost appears in Kelly’s mirror and introduces himself as John Tarrant, Kelly is certain it’s a hoax, and determined to prove how it’s done. But as expert after expert is unable to come up with an explanation, Kelly slowly comes to realise that John is real, and has been trapped in the mirrors since the 1860s, only able to communicate for 20 days every 20 years.

As she investigates how and why John ended up trapped in the mirrors, Kelly starts to fall in love with him. But she has only a few short weeks to work out how to release him from his torment, even if means never seeing or hearing from him again.

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Book Review – Enamoured by Shannon Curtis

Enamoured by Shannon Curtis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Melanie’s step dad, Lionel, is a bullying, abusive, real-estate developer who’s more than willing to stoop to intimidation and violence to get what he wants. Fearing for her and her mother’s safety, Melanie begins investigating his shady dealings, looking for enough evidence to force him to stay away.

Esmerelda is a fairy Godmother, with two main jobs; to keep Rumpelstilskin from violating his parole, and to ensure that Melanie falls in love with with her frog prince, Gabriel, to ensure the fairy tale plays out as is required.

Cole is an undercover police officer, trying to get close to Lionel to gain enough evidence of criminal activity to put him in jail. When he bumps into Melanie, a mutual attraction develops, but it’s built on a lie, and may not last. Even so, it’s enough to risk interfering with the fairy tale, and risk Melanie’s happily ever after.

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