Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got Nobody

Yep, posting Saturday instead of Tuesday. Couldn’t help it, it is in the title.

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Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got Nobody (Page Turners Novel #1) by Jennie Marts

Sunny is a second grade teacher and is involved in a book club full of her eclectic friends. There is Maggie, a lawyer, recently divorced, and mother of two teenage boys; Cassie, mom of two, married since college, PTA perfection; Edna, a elderly, loud talking, in search of a good time, and crime show addict; and Paige, teenage niece of Cassie who is dealing with the rejection of her mother and hides her feelings under a goth appearance.

They meet every Wednesday for good food, gabbing, movies, and a bit of discussion on whatever book they read.

Lately the book club has two missions they have thrown themselves into:

One, Sunny and Edna’s neighbor hasn’t been seen in quite some time but a young man has come and set up in the homestead. Edna is convinced he has a gun, is a criminal, and murdered Walter. Sunny thinks he is to die for handsome and wants to spend more time with him. However, as much as Sunny likes him, there is something that rings false about him; and the crew start looking into where Walter is and what Jake is up to.

Second, the Page Turners have decided that it is time Sunny got involved with someone. It has been two years since her last relationship so they decide to set her up for six Saturdays, in the hopes that she finds Mr. Right.

This summer Sunny dates a rich but boring stockbroker; a single dad who can’t take no for an answer; a friendly video gamer; a laid back cowboy; a health foodie fisherman; and a mysterious yet friendly FBI Agent.

While all this is going on, Sunny receives hang up phone calls and has a stalker who wants to take their relationship to the next level.

Will Sunny discover who Jake really is? Will she find the perfect date? Or will none of that matter as she becomes victim to an insane stalker.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I received this book free in return of an honest review.

I thought this mystery was only okay. It had an interesting premise, but the development of the characters were extremely shallow and it felt as if the author was going in different directions. Instead of a concise story it was more of a slapdash of different elements.

We have the possibility of the neighbor being a killer which doesn’t really go anywhere, and his character having no real substance.

The dates set up by the book club friends were just too extreme and overdone in an attempt to get you to laugh (which you don’t). I mean really, what women wearing Jimmy Choos would walk in the grass on her lawn instead of the pathway and accidentally step on dog poo without realizing it?

What WOW date would ever risk bringing someone along on a raid without finding out if she even knew what she was doing? They were just dumb.

That’s it?

How could she fall in horse poop and not tell?

The stalker of Sunny was interesting, but again the reveal wasn’t done well as it felt the author didn’t take time to fully craft it but chose a character to wrap it up. The ending was cheap, boring, and cliché.

They call this “page turners” but the women hardly even read, mostly gossip, eat, and watch movies. Maybe they should have gone with a film name instead of literary as they don’t seem to really enjoy it.

It had some fun parts, but those weren’t enough to rescue this book. Another one I’d pass on by.

For more blind date-themed mysteries, go to Dying for a Date

For more stalking mysteries, go to Candy from a Stranger

For more reviews, go to The Cold Dish

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Next Victim

Next Victim (Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum Series #2) by Michael Prescott

Thoughts Before Reading:

So I picked this book up at a library book sale. I never realized that it was part of a series until I was going to post the book review on here. It is weird because the first book The Shadow Hunter, has nothing to do with Tess McCallum but featured Abby Sinclair.

Hmm…

And in this book there is no Abby Sinclair. I’m not sure why it is called the Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum Series. Maybe they meet up later in the series?

Plot Synopsis:

FBI Agent Tess McCallum has been searching for  a serial killer for years. Barely anything is known about him other than the brand of duct tape he uses, the knife, etc. No one knows his name or anything else, just that he refers to himself as Mobius.

After he murdered her boyfriend, Tess became more determined than ever to get him. She goes after every lead and every person who has a ghost of a resemblance.

Meanwhile, Amanda Pierce is on the run from the federal government. She was working for a company that was creating a chemical weapon for the military. She has stolen it and was in the middle of trying to sell it, when she crossed paths with Mobius.

Now they are on a race against time as they have to find Mobius before he unleashes this chemical and kills millions.

But one thing is in their favor. When they were close to grabbing Mobius he slipped through them but left a very important clue behind. But will this clue be enough to find him? Or will al be lost?

I wonder…

Thoughts After Reading:

So when I first read this book I wanted to be a behavioral scientist and work for the FBI. I read this and was jazzed.

However, after I read the first book I reread this one and didn’t like it as much. This time it felt formulaic and predictable. In this book Tess had a personal connection to a death by the killer and was trying to hunt him down-proving herself and making up for the past-just like Abby.

Hmm…

The killer identity is a twist and it turns out to be someone they know professionally.

It gave me mixed feelings as it was a good thriller but was also…old hat.

It’s possible that Prescott might have done that to build a shared history for when they team up later. I’m not sure, but I’ll find out. When I start reading a series, I always finish it.

Eventually…

For more from Abby Sinclair and Tess McCallum Series, go to The Shadow Hunter

For more FBI Agent mysteries, go to Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla

For more serial killers, go to Candy from a Stranger

 

Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla

Usually I wouldn’t post a book review on a Thursday, but since this book takes place onThanksgiving and it is Thanksgiving, I thought it would be perfect.

Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla (Sunset Reads #2) by D.C. Triana

            In Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla, by D.C. Triana, we return to the publishing company, prospering under the blissfully married Cristina and Will. But in this volume the focus is shifted from them to their friends: Cristiana’s friend from childhood, Layla; and Will’s Special Forces colleague. Layla has fallen for Damian, and he shares her feelings; but instead of creating a relationship Damian abruptly leaves, breaking Layla’s heart.

Years have passed and FBI Agent Damian has returned as a new threat has risen against Will and Cristina. Gus Schwartz, a computer genius, and his company Skyline Enterprises has been revolutionizing industries, along with ransacking their financial accounts. They need compelling evidence to prove that he and his employees are purposefully committing these crimes and Damian will be going undercover to infiltrate the crew at their latest job, Sunset Reads. Damian is eager to help out his friend, but surprised to discover Layla has just been appointed Public Relations Director. He is as equally surprised to discover that he still has feelings for Layla and that she in return wants nothing to do with him.

Layla had hoped to never see or spend another minute thinking about Damian, but finds that will be an unrealistic goal, as he will be working in her department. To make matters worse, she becomes the center of this ring of intrigue; finding herself dodging bullets, becoming a Mata Hari, and forced into having constant FBI protection. With all of this happening, the question isn’t will they save the company: but will they survive?

Thoughts After Reading:

I really didn’t enjoy this novel as I felt it paled in comparison to its predecessor. In Sunset Reads: Will & Cristina; there was a lot of development into the lives of the characters, along with the “life” of the company. We became attached to the characters and the company as we followed their stories, growth, and how the company and publishing world affected them. Cristina was a writer who went through many difficulties, finding a home with Sunset Reads and with Will’s mother. For Will, he had to contend with an abusive stepfather, his drive in Sunset Reads being a way to protect his mother and preserve her legacy. We see how he has to woo Cristina to win her favor; along with having to woo the public in order to have the company prosper. Because of this direct connection, the threat to them and Sunset Reads is felt as acutely with the reader as it is with the characters.

This was not the case with Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla. We are not given a lot of background into who these characters are or their paths that made them the people they are today. They fail to be relatable, so when their situation gets suspenseful or stressful it isn’t as evoking of emotions in the reader.

Damian and Layla also have no direct connection to Sunset Reads, so the level of urgency isn’t the same and their attention isn’t as focused in protecting it. For Layla, she has barely begun working at Sunset Reads, we never see her actually doing her job, or see what threat these hackers and grifters pose against her directly. The same applies to Damian who is supposed to be investigating as ordered by the FBI and in order to aid his friend; but hardly even focuses on the situation; choosing to spend his time investigating Layla’s body. The “threat” against the company is hardly present in the story, mostly being a tool to throw Layla and Damian together or to incite their feelings.

This book doesn’t really build a relationship between Layla and Damian as they go from dislike, Layla of Damian, speedily to desire and then “love”. There isn’t a lot of growth in them or why the relationship will work now when previously Damian stalled it. The emotional relationship is not really seen, the emphasis being on the physical relationship instead.

As a companion in the series Sunset Reads I found it to be lacking. I expected a more rounded tale of characters and plot, giving this one out of five stars.

For more on Sunset Reads, go to Sunset Reads: William & Cristina

For more espionage, go to The Manchurian Candidate

For more FBI, go to Triple Six

For more going undercover, go to Secrets Can Kill

For more book reviews, go to Everybody Wanted Room 623

Triple Six

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Triple Six (The Lightkeepers #2) by Erica Spindler

Thoughts Prior to Posting:

I read this book before the first one, and have my review as it was originally written. 

Plot Synopsis:

Detectives Mikki Dare and Zach Harris are back in their second adventure to battle evil. Detective Dare has worked her way up the New Orleans Police Department ladder and had recently been paired with Detective Harris, to protect him as he utilizes his unique abilities. Detective Zach “Hollywood” Harris is not your average person. He is a Half Light, child of a lightkeeper and a human; this ancestry giving Harris the ability to read emotions and memories, pick up on how many people have been in the area, and track down the “Dark Bearers”, evil ones who are dedicated to destroying the world.

Harris hasn’t told Dare about what he really is, pretending to be a psychic, but unfortunately Dare had became involved in the middle of a fight between the Lightkeepers and Dark Bearers. She was shot, but healed by another Lightkeeper and while can only remember little of what occurred, she is insistent to search out what happened.

She also has become more ingrained in the Lightkeepers, when she unknowingly offered her home to one of the Lightkeepers, Angel.

In this book, New Orleans has been hit with home invasions, and Dare and Harris are put on the case. What they discover is strange: a band of young teens who are destroying homes and attacking adults, yet playing with the children and gaining their trust.

Meanwhile, Angel has been approached by a handsome, older, man.

They begin a relationship that moves incredibly fast and starts changing her personality worrying the Lightkeepers and Dare.

But the two instances become connected and reveal a much darker plot than any had thought of.

Oh no.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought this book was amazingly well done. It constantly kept your interests from beginning to end making it near impossible to set down, as you had to know what was to happen next and whether or not the characters would survive.

I found myself glued to my kindle as I followed the novels twists and turns to its conclusion.

Besides being a captivating and thrilling story, the characters were interesting and relatable. Each one comes from a different walk of life and the obstacles, challenges, and history the author created in these characters really captured your attention and creating a desire in wanting to know more about them and who they are.

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As this is the second installment in the series and I had not had the opportunity to read the previous piece, I was initially confused as to who the characters were and what creatures the Lightkeepers and Dark Bearers are. However, even though I did not have the opportunity to read the prior book in the series Spindler is able to craft a well-done story that quickly brings the reader up to speed with the world the characters live in.

This book was phenomenal and I’m looking forward to reading any to be published in the future.

I give it five out of five stars.

For more on The Lightkeepers, go to The Final Seven

Spring Breakdown

So first of all, Happy First Day of Spring!

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Now on to the review:

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Spring Breakdown (Carter House Girls #7) by Melody Carlson

Thoughts Before Reading:

So this is a part of the series The Carter House Girls. Part Gossip Girl, part America’s Next Top Model, and all blended together with Christianity.

Each book is written like television episodes as every one gives more events of the group along with ending on just the right amount of cliffhanger so that you have a desire to read more and find out what happens next.

After D.J.’s mom died, she was sent to live with her grandmother, a famous ’60s fashion model Katherine Carter. Miss Carter decided to take this further and open her house up to five other girls and teach them about fashion, modeling, and more.

There is Taylor, daughter of singer Eva, beautiful, troubled, and very catty; Eliza, southern gal from Kentucky who wants to be the queen bee; Kriti, Indian, petite, and from New York; Cassie, D.J.’s old best friend from California who has been through a lot of changes and trouble; and Rhiannon, the only local, a nice girl, who’s mother is in rehab and the only Christian.

These girls have to work together, survive high school, model training, car accidents, disappearances, high school politics, boyfriend stealing, car accidents, parties, Las Vegas, New York City, an internet smear campaign, and more! Will the girls grow closer together? Or farther apart? Will they come to understand God’s love? Will they make good decisions?

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Plot Synopsis:

In this book the Carter House Girls have been in for some power plays between the now Christian Taylor and the ever in need of the limelight, Eliza. On Taylor’s side she has D.J.  and Rhiannon; Eliza on the other hand has Cassie while Kriti has returned to New York.

The trip started out as a nice fun time in Palm Beach, but became a fashion shoot, and even escalates when Harry (Eliza’s ex-boyfriend who is now interested in Taylor) decides to rent a condo nearby with his best guy friends.

Eliza keeps trying to win a competition only she sees, from pitting herself and Cassie against the others, trying to out glam them with tans that go horribly awry and more.

But things get really crazy when Eliza takes off on a date. When she doesn’t come back, they begin to grow worried.

They question Casey but she doesn’t know anything about this guy. That begins to worry the girls even more.

The talk to security, but they aren’t much help. They then call the FBI. All the girls can do is pray in the hopes that they find Eliza before it is too late.

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As the girls talk about who could have done this, they remember a lothario on the plane who seemed very interested in them and their plans.

But before they can tell the FBI about the mystery man, they get a ransom demand. Give him the money or the heiress dies.

Will their prayers be answered or will Eliza be lost forever?

Thoughts After Reading:

So this is the second to last book in the series and it takes a drastic turn from being about these girls to be a mystery and kidnapping, full of drama.

I thought that it was pretty good. One has to read the rest of the series to understand what is happening with the characters, but otherwise this was a fun story that had a twist I wasn’t originally expecting.

For more Young Adult novels, go to Fangs But No Fangs

For more Christian books, go to Paper Roses

For more book reviews, go to Death Threads

The Final Seven

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The Final Seven (The Lightkeepers #1) by Erica Spindler

Detective Michealea “Mikki” “Mad Dog” “Double D” Dare has worked hard to reach where she is.

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And now she has some green guy who is the FBI’s lapdog being promoted to detective and given to be her partner. Her mission, be a good cop and protect this new detective at all costs.

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Detective Zach Harris has special abilities. He can read energy off of others, touch objects to see what others are feeling or pick up memories, and has the ability to charm and persuade anyone.

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He had been living off his abilities, using them to get whatever he wants, when an FBI agent approached him and asked him to participate in their experimental program.

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These two couldn’t be more different, but are pushed together as the case they are on is terrifying. The first Saturday in July, a coed is kidnapped with the number 7 carved into the door. The next week it continues. They have to track this guy down before he finishes whatever his master plan may be.

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While they search for the truth, it turns out there is more to this FBI agent that found Zach and an explanation to his abilities, more sensational than Zach could have ever imagined.

WHAT!

WHAT!

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Thoughts After Reading:

I thought this was good, but I read the second book, Triple Six, first and liked it better as the characters were more developed and settled in with each other.

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But this still was a great book, and set up the introductions as to who the characters are and their mission.

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The ending was fantastic. Spindler is a talented writer and has a skill for creating a powerful thriller and wonderful characters.

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For more serial killers, go to Sleeping Beauty

For more FBI, go to Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

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Ashes to Ashes (A Kovac and Liska Mystery #1) by Tami Hoag

This wasn’t the first I read in the series, that being The Bitter Season, but as I have to review them in order I’m starting with Ashes to Ashes.

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Plot Synopsis:

Minneapolis has a firebug, that is a an arsonist, nicknamed The Cremator. He has been killing prostitutes, destroying all witnesses so the police had nothing: but now things have changed. He’s been witnessed by prostitute and teenage runaway, Angie DiMarco.

Looks like we just caught a break.

Looks like we just caught a break.

But Angie isn’t talking.

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Ar first they hope to rattle her by threatening jail, but when that does no good Kate Conlan, ex-FBI, gets called in to handle their victim/witness.

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To up the  ante even further, the Cremator has chosen to abduct the daughter of billionaire Peter Bondurant.

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Now not only are the police being pushed to solve this crime, but Bondurant has used his connections to bring in FBI whiz and looker, Special Agent John Quinn. Who wouldn’t you know it, has a past with Kate that she’d rather keep silent.

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As Sam Kovac and his partner Nikki Liska are on the case, aided by Quinn and Kate. But as they start investigating they find a lot of strange and suspicious things.

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Peter Bondurant isn’t acting like the normal bereaved father, hardly being involved but instead sending his lawyer to ask/answer questions? What’s the story on that?

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Why would the cremator break habit? Why stray from his routine?

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I wonder…

Something about the missing girl’s best friend seems off as well. They didn’t seem to be the type to run in the same circles, why are they together?

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The house they send Angie to to protect her also has an odd couple running it. And it happens that they are connected to the three previous dead girls. Could they possibly be involved?

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Through the frenzy, hysteria, dead ends, a can of worms, and politics; Kate discovers that this Cremator is set out for one big finish, with Kate as his star player.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was a fantastic mystery; gripping, incredible, and just mind blowing.

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I thought I had it all figured out…was completely wrong.

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However, while this book was good, I liked The Bitter Season better. I liked that the characters that were already established, and as much as I like Kate; I enjoy the Kovac/Liska partnership better. They just complete each other so well.

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And while I did enjoy this book, let me warn you it is not for the faint of heart. It can be graphic at times in descriptions and language.

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But otherwise it was very enjoyable.

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For more mystery reviews, go to A Taste of Fame

Fool Moon

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Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher

Since Chicagoan wizard, Harry Dresden, last battled the evil wizard in Storm Front things have been really quiet for Harry.

On one hand it is great that he hasn’t had any death threats, mobsters following him, the White council breathing down his neck, etc.

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On the other hand, no cases means no food or rent.

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So Harry has been forced to live off the good cheer of friends, and girlfriend Susan (I like her but I don’t like them together).

Then one day, Harry gets asked by a wizard he is training, Kim Delaney, for a powerful spell to contain a person. As that is dipping into areas he doesn’t want to go (hello, white council), he refuses.

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As Harry is trying to figure out what to do next for money, he is called in by the Chicago police force. Murphy has been furious with him ever since the last case they worked on in Storm Front and has purposely not been calling him because she was furious. But now she needs him. They discovered one of Johnny Marcone’s men brutally mutilated.

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But that’s not why she called him in…you see there were also some strange-looking paw prints at the crime scene. And it was a full moon.

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You got it: Werewolves.

Now in this universe there are many types of werewolves, who each have their own types of changes. The type Harry is after? A Loup-Garou. And the only way you can kill them, is with inherited silver turned into bullets.

Where we gonna get one of those?

Where we gonna get one of those?

The FBI has been called into this and give Harry a tip on the motorcycle gang, The Streetwolves. Harry investigates, but finds that they are not the right type. They are Lycanthropes, which in this universe, do not change shape only their mind; inner beasts. Harry manages to escape them, but they have now put a hit on him.

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Harry then gets called in by Johnny Marcone. He knows that this werewolf is after him, and tries to get Harry to sign on as a bodyguard. Harry refuses (once again), and when Marcone leaves he drops the name Harley MacFinn and the Northwest Passage Project. Harry gets some information about Harley MacFinn and figures he is the one that is the loup-garou.

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Harry goes to investigate, but gets arrested. It turns out they found Kim’s destroyed body next to a summoning circle in Harley’s apartment.

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Harry then meets Harley’s girlfriend, Tera West, a wolf that can become human (I guess a werehuman?). She tells Harry he needs to help Harley, that he has been taken and jailed by the police and the FBI. If Harry doesn’t do a protective circle, then a lot of people will die.

Uh-oh

Uh-oh

Harry hurries over, but it turns out that some of these law enforcement officers are dirty, and have made a deal to become Hexenwolves. Once again Harry has a lot to deal with and hopefully he makes it out alive.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I loved this book.

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It was just as good as the first one and really drives you on. I found it hard to put down, and ignored other commitments to read it.

My favorite part has to be when Murphy, queen of the disbelief of werewolves, shoots Harley with her silver bullets. When Harry asks her about it, it turns out her aunt passed on antique silver jewelry. Murphy never wore them and just had them hanging around, so she decided why not turn them into bullets and see if they worked.

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Got to love her.

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For more on The Dresden Files, go to Just Because You’re Paranoid, Doesn’t Mean a Demon’s Not After You: Storm Front

For more Supernatural mysteries, go to The Barter

For more reviews, go to The Italian Wife