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[Book Review] That Ain't Witchcraft

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That Ain't Witchcraft (InCryptid #8) / Seanan McGuire

Previously reviewed
Chaos Choreography (InCryptid #5)Magic for Nothing (InCryptid #6)Tricks for Free (InCryptid #7) Now on the run not only from the Covenant but attempting to avoid the notice of some unscrupulous mages, Antimony Price and her friends have left Lowryland far behind and found a place to recuperate in New Gravesend, Maine.

Of course, even with the aid of a jink, nothing ever stays simple with a Price around.  Annie made a deal with the Crossroads to save her friends, and they want to call in that debt.  It seems they're feeling a little threatened by a new friend Annie makes in New Gravesend...

Well, seven books in, I think no one is surprised when someone in this family responds poorly to being pressured into something they disagree with.  Nor at their ability to find allies and opportunities in unexpected places.

This time they're all up against something no one can escape.  The Crossroads are everywher…

[Book Review] The Beast's Heart

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The Beast's Heart / Leife Shallcross
"A tale as old as time" probably is going through your head right now. I don't blame you.

Shallcross gives us a familiar fairy tale with the point of view switched, the tale of the titular Beast and his journey towards redemption.  
In the glut of the YA/New Adult market for ever steamier fairy tale retellings, this romance is shockingly, and if I'm being honest, refreshingly, chaste.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good steamy read, but at the same time they were starting to feel a bit too formulaic.  So, that was nice.
I definitely enjoy the reversed point of view, and the showcase of the Beast's struggle to regain and retain his humanity.  The growth of Isabeau's sisters is perhaps my favorite part, seeing the much sidelined siblings shine as people and the place they take as family in the entire narrative.
Detracting from everything, the story feels almost too... convenient?  The curse itself was levied not becaus…

[Book Review] Crowded, Volume 1

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Crowded (Volume 1) / Christopher Sebela

There's an app for that.

There's an app for everything.

Crowd funding at it's finest and most chaotic, and if we live in a world where someone can get a fifty thousand dollars to make potato salad it's not a far reach to imagine people would pile on contributions to a hitman campaign.

Bright, colorful, and engaging.  The first issue drops us into the action and starts to show us who the characters might be, but not who they are yet.  Fun pace and well seasoned with chaos, but not so much that you get lost.

I look forward to more.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Image Comics in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.