Series

Louisa Lo: Vengeance Demons #1; Vengeance Be Mine

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Author: Louisa Lo
Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/YA/NA
Kindle edition 302 pages, first published by Tin Can Press 3 February 2015.

(Shortened) Goodreads Synopsis
Megan is a typical university student trying to figure out her place in the world, except instead of hoping to pass the bar or get into med school, she’s studying to become a licensed vengeance demon.
Nineteen-year-old Megan Aequitas is the only vengeance demon and trickster hybrid ever born. In a world where vengeance demons are respectable, rule-obsessed guardians of the Cosmic Balance, and tricksters are playful, happy-go-lucky perpetrators of chaos, being half and half is, well, tricky.
After a lifetime of being embarrassed by her trickster tendencies and striving to fit in vengeance society, Megan now has to learn to embrace both of her worlds if she wants to save them.

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Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone; Dreams of Gods and Monsters

24527941Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback: 613 pages
First published 17 April 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton

(small part of) Goodreads Synopsis
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of ? And does anything else matter?

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Tina Gower: The Outlier Prophecies

Tina Gower: The Outlier Prophecies; Shifter Variance

33389429Author: Tina Gower
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Kindle +- 212 pages
Published by Smashed Pocket Press 14 December 2016

Goodreads Synopsis
After Kate Hale dodges her predicted death, she learns the anti-fate group Wyrd wasn’t her only enemy. Complicating matters, it seems a highly respected colleague tampered with a forecast. Nobody believes Kate’s discovery, so she must discreetly determine if the hero she admires is involved in the conspiracy to undermine the oracle net. But Kate sets aside that investigation when Dalia Swanson, Becker’s maybe-sister, is flagged in a missing persons case. All she and her werewolf boyfriend would like is some quality time together—except this is the one case that demands their immediate attention. With New Karma threatening to fill the hole Wyrd left, Kate and Becker struggle to define their relationship and unpredictable future, especially where it concerns Becker’s fate of turning violently feral.

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Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone; Days of Blood and Starlight

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Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback 528 pages
First published 6 November 2012 by Hodder Paperbacks

Goodreads synopsis
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
This book finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

For those of you who want a review without any spoilers (even tiny tiny ones), don’t read this one because I fear that it has to many tiny tiny spoilers.

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Bernard Cornwell: The Saxon Stories

Bernard Cornwell: The Saxon Stories; The Pale Horseman

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Author: Bernard Cornwell
Genre: Historical Fiction
2nd book in The Saxon Stories series
Paperback 416 pages
First published by Harper in 2005

Goodreads Synopsis
As the last unvanquished piece of England, Wessex is eyed hungrily by the fearsome Viking conquerors. Uhtred, a dispossessed young nobleman, is tied to the imperilled land by birth and marriage but was raised by the Danish invaders—and he questions where his allegiance must lie. But blood is his destiny, and when the overwhelming Viking horde attacks out of a wintry darkness, Uhtred must put aside all hatred and distrust and stand beside his embattled country’s staunch defender—the fugitive King Alfred.

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Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone; Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback 420 pages
First published September 27th 2011 by Hodder Paperback

Goodreads Synopsis
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

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Bernard Cornwell: The Saxon Stories

Bernard Cornwell: The Saxon Stories; The Last Kingdom

896634Author: Bernard Cornwell
Genre: Historical Fiction
1st book in The Saxon Stories series
Paperback 333 pages
First published by Harper in 2004

Goodreads Synopsis
Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Orphaned at ten, he is captured and adopted by a Dane and taught the Viking ways. Yet Uhtred’s fate is indissolubly bound up with Alfred, King of Wessex, who rules over the only English kingdom to survive the Danish assault.
The struggle between the English and the Danes and the strife between Christianity and paganism is the background to Uhtred’s growing up. He is left uncertain of his loyalties but a slaughter in a winter dawn propels him to the English side and he will become a man just as the Danes launch their fiercest attack yet on Alfred’s kingdom. Marriage ties him further still to the West Saxon cause but when his wife and child vanish in the chaos of the Danish invasion, Uhtred is driven to face the greatest of the Viking chieftains in a battle beside the sea. There, in the horror of the shield-wall, he discovers his true allegiance.

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