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Wool 3: Casting Off - Hugh Howey Excellent third installment in the series. There is really no point in reading this book (or review) if you haven't read the first two stories.
Juliette has taken over as Sheriff, and Bernard from IT has taken over as mayor. Juliette, in investigating the previous mayor and sheriff's deaths, uncovers deceit. I loved how her former friends in Mechanical help her out, even as she ends up with her own problems, and we learn more about the world at large.
Wool 2: Proper Gauge - Hugh Howey This is an excellent second installment in the Wool short story series. This story has a completely different feel from the first one. We spend most of the story on a walk with 2 people down the entire length of the silo. While slower in pace, it allowed the world inside the silo to expand. And I found it quite refreshing to have 2 60 year olds as the main characters of a book! And not to be spoilerish, but the end was quite surprising and leads right into book 3.
Wool - Hugh Howey Really enjoyed this free kindle short about people living in a missile silo, after some unknown event, and whether or not the earth outside is still liveable.
When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) - Ingrid Jonach This was an interesting read. Young adult romance with a parallel universe theme.

I had a little problem with the romance (instant soul mates) because that really takes up the first 2/3 of the book, until we get to the parallel universe concepts coming into play. When they do, the romance makes a little more sense, but it still wasn't fleshed out enough for me. Still an enjoyable read, just not the best.
Never Shines the Sun - Seanan McGuire Great bonus short about the Luidaeg, Amandine and Toby, when Toby was young.
Chimes at Midnight (October Daye, #7) - Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire is an excellent writer. This series gets better and better, the plotting and storytelling are excellent, the characters are interesting, and there is no relationship angst (personal problem for me).

The major storyline concerns the Queen of the Mists. She banishes Toby from her realm. While trying to figure out how to get unbanished, mayhem ensues. Toby enlists the aid of most of her allies, including the Ludaieg and Tybalt, Quentin and May. There are mysterious coffeeshops and libraries. And oh yeah, Toby loses her addiction to coffee. Go figure!
All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill I really enjoy time travel books, and this one was no exception. I would have appreciated more fleshing out of the side story as to why the protaganists had to go back in time. What was happening as a result of time travel that needed to be stopped, but other than that, it was an engaging read.
A Darkness Strange and Lovely - Susan Dennard I loved the first book in this series, and really didn't care for this one at all. It was extremely well-written, the plot continued the story arc from Book one. But to me, the heroine's character did a complete 180, and I no longer like her as a person. I get why that happened, but since I am no longer rooting for her to emerge triumphant from her battles, I am less invested in finding out how it finishes.
Last Blood - Kristen Painter As other reviewers have mentioned, this tied up everything nicely in the series, so if you have read the other four books, you will appreciate that. But other than that it didn't have much going for it that kept me interested. Everything was extremely predictable.
A Dawn Most Wicked - Susan Dennard While technically a prequel, to Something Strange and Deadly, it has enough discussion of what happens in that book that I would recommend it be read after book one.

I thought it was a good story, telling about Daniel's life before Eleanor, and how the Spirit Hunters got their start.
Prince of Hearts (The Elders and Welders Chronicles, #1) - Margaret Foxe Fun, hot steampunk!
Guardian Demon (The Guardians #8) - Meljean Brook While I thought this was a satisfying conclusion to the series, with everyone from the previous books participating in the final battle, it kind of dragged for me, especially in regards to the Michael/Andromeda relationship.
Written in Red (The Others, #1) - Anne Bishop This was a wonderful read. I loved how the Others(vampires, werewolves, elementals) were not fluffy human wanna bes. The view humans as meat, and that's essentially how they treat them. In runs Meg, escaping from her previous life. We learn about what she is (not exactly human, but essentially so) and how she interacts with the others. I cannot wait for the next one in the series.
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews I will preface this with the fact that the Kate Daniels series is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I always love inhabiting this world, visiting with all the characters and seeing where the action takes them.

This is an adventure tale, which takes place in Eastern Europe/Western Georgia. The pack and Kate are going on guard duty, but it turns out to be more complicated than that. They will be paid with something called Panacea, which helps pack members recover when they go loupe. There were some heartbreaking moments related to this, which made it easy to see the pack's decision to take the job.

I really don't want to get into spoilers, but this was the weakest book in the series for me (but it still gets 4 stars which tells you how good the series really is). There was too much relationship angst, some of it contrived, but some of it real, which is a personal pet peeve of mine. There was an interesting new character brought into this rift, which actually worked for me, because I could actually see how things were working from this character's perspective.



Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) - Marissa Meyer This second book in the series, is even better than the first. It continues with the tale of Cinder, but adds in an additional tale of Scarlet (based on Little Red Riding Hood). It fills in some of Cinder's backstory, and continues on with the tale involving the Lunar Queen, Kai and Cinder.

Cannot wait for the next installment due in 2014.
MacRieve - Kresley Cole I had an interesting relationship with this book. It's like cotton candy, once I started in on it I couldn't put it down. But it wasn't very satisfying, and the more I think about it, the less satisfying it becomes.

Number one, I never pay attention to the covers of books, because I read everything on kindle, and rarely see the covers. But MacRieve and his twin brother are called Hot and Hotter. I do not get that from the cover at all.

Two, I read the reviews ahead of time, and wasn't as squicked out about the sexual abuse at the start of the novel, but didn't like it much.

Three, there really was no action to speak of, mostly angst about the hero/heroine getting together.

and the ending, was really a wtf moment.

Unless Nix is going to feature prominently, in the next novel, I think this series may have run its course.