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IMPRACTICAL APPLICATIONS (THE MAGICIANS SEASON 1, EPISODE #06): RECAP & REVIEW

The Magicians Season 1, Episode 06 Episode Title: Impractical Applications Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar The sixth episode of the Magicians takes off where Mendings, Major and Minor left off, with Quentin tries to explain to Penny that he traveled to Filory. Penny doesn’t like when Quentin starts … Continue reading

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CONSEQUENCES OF ADVANCED SPELLCASTING (THE MAGICIANS SEASON 1, EPISODE #03): RECAP & REVIEW

The Magicians Season 1, Episode 03 Episode Title: Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar This week’s episode starts with Dean Fogg given a speech to the new student about what type of curriculum and reason why they teach magic the way they do in Brakebills. … Continue reading

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THE SOURCE OF MAGIC (THE MAGICIANS SEASON 1, EPISODE #02): RECAP & REVIEW

The Magicians Season 1, Episode 02 Episode Title: The Source of Magic Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar The episode starts after the attack of the Beast in the classroom, teachers and other school workers are tending the wounded and questioning the students. While Quentin is being questioned, a … Continue reading

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MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES BY REBECCA CHASTAIN: BOOK REVIEW

    Magic of the Gargoyles By Rebecca Chastain ISBN# 9780990603115 Author’s Website:  www.rebeccachastain.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Scott  Novellas are a rare creature these days, and when they appear, they vary wildly in quality. Magic of the Gargoyles is an engrossing change of pace, telling a solid … Continue reading

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DESCENT INTO DARKNESS (BOUND TO THE ABYSS, BOOK #2) BY JAMES R. VERNON: BOOK REVIEW

    Descent into Darkness Bound to the Abyss, Book #2 By James R. Vernon ISBN # 978-0996000635 Author Website: http://www.jamesrvernon.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro Synopsis: Ean Sangrave’s friends are gone. At least, his human ones are. Zin, as always, is by his side. Years of advice … Continue reading

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ALMOST ADEPT BY OLGA GODIM: BOOK REVIEW

Almost Adept By Olga Godim ISBN#  9781771550369 Author’s Website:  http://olgagodim.wordpress.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Alina Beware of possible spoilers Synopsis: To prove her Adept potential, seventeen-year-old mage Eriale embarks on her first magical quest. She expects a glittering foreign escapade but ends up in Grumesh, the land rife … Continue reading

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THE OPPOSITE OF MAGIC BY COLLEEN COWLEY: BOOK REVIEW

The Opposite of Magic By Colleen Cowley ISBN# 9780615920160 Author’s Website:  http://www.colleencowley.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Alina *Beware of possible spoilers*  Emily Daggett is a 26 year old lecturer at the Ashburn college and in the words of her colleague Bernie Ballantine “a near-friendless workaholic”. Her specialty is the … Continue reading

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MIDNIGHT’S SURRENDER (DARK WARRIORS, BOOK #8.5) BY DONNA GRANT: BOOK REVIEW

Midnight’s Surrender Dark Warriors, Book #8.5 By Donna Grant ISBN# 9781466847118 Author’s Website:  http://www.donnagrant.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi *Beware of Spoilers* Dale surrendered his life so that Aisley could have hers.  So why is he still alive?  He isn’t sure.  But one thing he does know is … Continue reading

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THE AWAKENING (CELTIC ROSE SAGA, BOOK #2) BY JILL RANNEY-CAMPBELL: BOOK REVIEW

The Awakening Celtic Rose Saga, Book #2 By Jill Ranney-Campbell ISBN# 9781939865946 Author’s Website: http://jillranneycampbellauthor.blogspot.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Vanessa Synopsis: The cursed ones are back and this time they’re stronger than they’ve ever been, thanks to The Awakening, a prophecy believed to be legend. Kallisto Craven has … Continue reading

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ERAGON (THE INHERITANCE CYCLE, BOOK #1) BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI: BOOK REVIEW

Eragon The Inheritance Cycle, Book #1 By Christopher Paolini ISBN #: 9780375826696 Author’s Website: http://www.alagaesia.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie Synopsis: One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it … Continue reading

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FIERY EDGE OF STEEL (NOON ONYX, BOOK #2) BY JILL ARCHER: BOOK REVIEW

Fiery Edge of Steel Noon Onyx, Book #2 By Jill Archer Author’s Website:  www.jillarcher.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi The Apocalypse has come and gone.  And, the demons won.  Now Hyrkes (humans), Demons, Angels and Hosts (those that are human with a drop of demon blood, causing them … Continue reading

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A.D. TROSPER AUTHOR OF EMBERS AT GALDRILENE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro Be sure to read our review for Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call, Book# 1), here at OBS. Caro: First of all, I would like to say thank you for letting me read your amazing story. I was truly fascinated by it and its … Continue reading

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JOCELYNN DRAKE AUTHOR OF THE DARK DAYS & THE ASYLUM TALES SERIES: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi. Be sure to read our reviews at OBS for: Angel’s Ink (The Asylum Tales, Book #1) here. Dead Man’s Deal (The Asylum Tales, Book #2) here. The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (The Asylum Tales, Book #0.6) here. Blood by Moonlight here. *Beware of possible … Continue reading

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DEAD MAN’S DEAL (THE ASYLUM TALES, BOOK #2) BY JOCELYNN DRAKE: BOOK REVIEW

Dead Man’s Deal The Asylum Tales, Book #2 By Jocelynn Drake ISBN#  9780062117885 Author’s Website:  http://www.jocelynndrake.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi *Beware of Spoilers* In the heat of the moment magical tattoo artist and ex-warlock-in-training, Gage, made a mistake and killed his former mentor using magic, meaning that … Continue reading

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ON THE EDGE (THE EDGE, BOOK #1) BY ILONA ANDREWS: BOOK REVIEW

On the Edge The Edge, Book #1 By Ilona Andrews ISBN# 9780441017805 Author’s Website:  http://www.ilona-andrews.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi On the Edge is the first installment of Ilona Andrews’s The Edge series.  It introduces us to a unique kind of world building.  There are two worlds that … Continue reading

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ANGEL’S INK (THE ASYLUM TALES, BOOK #1) BY JOCELYNN DRAKE: BOOK REVIEW

   Angel’s Ink The Asylum Tales, Book #1 By Jocelynn Drake ISBN# 9780062117854 Author’s Website:  http://www.jocelynndrake.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Gage has had magical abilities as long as he can remember, but just how good he was became clear when the warlocks came and took him from his … Continue reading

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OPAL FIRE (STACY JUSTICE MYSTERIES, BOOK #1) BY BARBRA ANNINO: BOOK REVIEW

Barbra Annino Opal Fire Stacy Justice Mysteries, Book #1 Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi In this debut novel of the Stacy Justice Gemstone Mystery series, we are introduced to Stacy who hails from a family of witches, but she has spent most of her life denying … Continue reading

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AFFORDABLE AND FUN E-READS: MAGIC EDITION

Wicked by Gregory Maguire $2.99 When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what … Continue reading

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ERIN’S OCTOBER READING LOUNGE

Vampire Empire 2: The Riftwalker by Susan and Clay Griffith I loved the first book, and the world building details I was hoping for are in the second. Not only are we moving into other areas of the Equatorian Empire, but deeper into Africa. Adele is learning more about the … Continue reading

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SPECTYR (THE BOOK OF THE ORDER, BOOK #2) BY PHILIPPA BALLANTINE: BOOK REVIEW

  Philippa Ballantine Spectyr Book of the Order, Book #2 Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi This is the second installment of the Book of the Order series by Philippa Ballantine.  We are re-introduced to Deacons, Sorcha Faris and Merrick Chambers, who are sworn to protect everyone … Continue reading

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THE DESERT OF SOULS BY HOWARD ANDREW JONES: BOOK REVIEW

Howard Andrew Jones The Desert of Souls   Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz   Synopsis: In the eighth-century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, … Continue reading

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FROSTBITE (VAMPIRE ACADEMY BOOK #2) BY RICHELLE MEAD BOOK REVIEW

Frostbite Vampire Academy Book 2 Richelle Mead Review brought to you by OBS staffer Deanne Summary: Rose Hathaway’s got serious guy trouble.  Her gorgeous tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend … Continue reading

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MOVIE HOT LINKS FOR JAN 12TH: SUCKER PUNCH, CAPTAIN AMERICA, ALIENS, X-MEN, AND MUCH MORE

New Sucker Punch promo: Meet 5 women who could break us in half   by Scott Edelman at Blastr This movie looks SO good. I can’t wait until March! Captain America Trailer To Be Delayed, Apparently Footage “Isn’t Amazing” via Comic Book Movie This isn’t good. I’ve been really excited … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR DECEMBER 4TH, PART 1: ANNE RICE, GOOGLE BOOKS, SCI FI & WESTERNS, AND ‘THE BROKEN KINGDOMS’

The Vulture Transcript: Anne Rice on Twilight, Her Casting Dreams for a New Lestat, and Her Ever-Evolving Religious Beliefs By: Gwynne Watkins at New York Magazine Thirty-five years ago, Anne Rice single-handedly launched a permanent pop-culture vampire fixation with Interview With the Vampire, the first installment of her best-selling ten-book … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: MUSEUM OF THIEVES BY LIAN TANNER

Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, Book 1) Lian Tanner Summary “Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime. Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced … Continue reading

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE LAST MIMZY

The Last Mimzy Rated: PG Brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz Synopsis: When Noah (Chris O’Neil) and Emma Wilder (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) discover a special box on the beach, they open it and unlock an exciting adventure beyond imagination. Inside they find Mimzy, a magical stuffed rabbit along with … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 21ST: HISTORICAL FANTASY, 99 CENT E-BOOKS, AND AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

A blurring of fact and fiction By David Larsen the New Zealand Herald Having received his professional education from Tolkien, Kay decided to make his first work of fiction – his graduate project, so to speak – a tribute to the master: a heroic fantasy trilogy very much in the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: THE RECKONING BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG

brought to you by OBS Staffer kpic724 Kelley Armstrong The Reckoning Summary: Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically … Continue reading

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OBS RECAPS & REVIEWS: MERLIN – S1 : EPISODE 12

Brought to you by OBS staff member Karolina Episode: To Kill the King Written by: Jake Michie Directed by: Stuart Orme Tom (Gwen’s father) has been commissioned to do some work (melting lead) for a mysterious man in Camelot. Right in front of Tom, the man pulls out a large … Continue reading

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OBS RECAPS & REVIEWS: MERLIN – S1: EPISODE 11

Brought to you by OBS staff member Karolina Episode: The Labyrinth of Gedref Written by: Howard Overman Directed by: Stuart Orme While Arthur is hunting, he and Merlin come across what is possibly a deer in the forest. Arthur sends Merlin to flush it out, however, instead of finding a … Continue reading

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