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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,873 - Total Helpful Votes: 36 of 38
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Katie Kacvinsky wove an interesting vision of the future that reads like a highly entertaining cautionary tale of relying too much on technology and online communication, with more than a hint of rebellion against the concept of "we know what's best for you," and a hefty dose of trying to find a balance. This appealed to me in particular since I myself walk a rather fine line between making use of online communication and striving to find a greater connection with the physical world around me. It isn't an easy line to walk, as Maddie discovers over the course of this novel.

The world in Awakened is compelling and interesting, and the bulk of the novel involves a fight against… Read more
Forbidden (Definitions) by Tabitha Suzuma
Forbidden (Definitions) by Tabitha Suzuma
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Taboo love is a popular theme, not just nowadays but for just about as long as stories have been told. From romance between the classes to romance between mortals and immortals, the idea of society as an obstacle to happiness is one we can all relate to in some way, especially when it comes to relationships. Who hasn't had a boyfriend or girlfriend who's deemed "unsuitable" by their parents, or a crush from a different culture?

But few people take the step that Suzuma did and look into the last taboo, the one that nobody roots for, the one that everybody thinks is disgusting and foul and can't possibly stem from anything but abuse. Incest. Specifically, consentual incest, and if… Read more
Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Bibliotropic, May 11 2011
One book, three novellas, two of which deal with characters familiar to fans of Lackey's overall work. Diana Tregarde and Jennifer Talldeer make their comebacks, much to the delight of many.

Arcanum 101 was a prequel to the Diana Tregarde novels of so long ago, set during the 1970s. To younger readers, this must honestly seem like a different world, a world of partly-line phones, hippies, and a stunning lack of international familiarity. Combine that with an "X-Files meets Scooby Doo" feel with a supernatural mystery, and you've got this story in a nutshell. Interesting to read, and interesting to see a piece of Diana's history.

Drums is one that I don't feel… Read more

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