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A podcast dedicated to fantasy fiction! Each week Marysa and Vicki will discuss a different book from the fantasy genre. A great podcast if you love talking about fantasy and are looking for recommendations.
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Join us for the final book in Scarlett St. Clair's Hades and Persephone retelling - A Touch of Chaos. Hades has been captured and put in the labyrinth by Theseus, Persephone has recently killed her mother, and Theseus has let out a few Titans. Theseus remains committed to his goal of destroying all the gods and has the support of mortals and demi-g…
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For our second Pride Month read, we’re discussing So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens. The evil ruler of the Kingdom of Ere was dethroned and killed by Arek, as was prophesied. Now what? Arek really just wants to confess his love for his best friend Matt, but agrees to take on the role as interim king of Ere until the heir to throne can be found. …
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We kick off pride month with Peter Darling by Austin Chant. Peter returns to Neverland 10 years later and finds that not everything is the same as before. His fights with Captain Hook stir something inside of him. Will they remain enemies or overcome their differences to return to the real world?
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This week, we’re discussing Ruling Sikthand by Victoria Aveline. As political tensions on Clecania rise, King Sikthand must make difficult decisions. One of the most difficult decisions he has had to make yet is figuring out what to do with Sophia, the human he planned to keep his distance from but who he is endlessly drawn to. Despite Sophia’s bes…
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This week we're discussing Eragon by Christopher Paolini! Eragon discovers a dragon egg but when it hatches he becomes a target. After the death of his uncle he vows revenge and travels the kingdom with his dragon, mentor, and friend. Will Eragon be able to evade the king or will the pressure prove to be too much for him?…
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Rooksgrave Manor, a house of ill repute, caters to a certain kind of clientele…monsters. While Esther Reed seeks employment from it’s keeper, Magdalena Mortimer, with the prospect of lots of sexy encounters and stability in mind, she gains so much more than expected from the men who become her lovers.…
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This episode we discuss The Lightning Thief, book one in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Percy Jackson is a 12 year old boy who is considered "trouble". When he gets kicked out of his most recent school, he discovers camp half-blood. While he is there he learns that the Greek gods and goddesses are real. He is given a qu…
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This week, we’re discussing The Atlas Paradox, the second installment in the Atlas series by Olivie Blake. Initiation to the Society comes with a price, one that each of the magicians in this story will pay in different ways. Attachments that formed in the Atlas Six will be tested—some will deteriorate and new relationships will form but all will a…
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In this episode, we discuss Berries and Greed by Lily Mayne! It is the first installment of her series Deep Earth Dating. Beryl is a 35 year old human who has spent most of her life as part of a cult that worships the demiurgus, a species from deep within the Earth. Beryl has never bought into the idea that the demiurgus are somehow gods, but the c…
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This week, we’re discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. Harry Potter, an 11 year old boy, discovers something shocking: magic is real, he’s a wizard and he’s famous in the wizarding world for something he has no memory of. He begins school at Hogwarts, where he makes friends quickly, but also realizes that despite vanquishi…
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This week we cover the anticipated 3rd book is Sarah J. Mass's Crescent City series - The House of Flame and Shadows. Bryce is in Prythian and is not getting a warm welcome. Meanwhile, Ruhn, Hunt, and Baxian are being tortured by the Asteri. Will Bryce find what she needs in Prythian? Will she and Hunt be reunited or will the Asteri get their way?…
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This week, we’re discussing Twilight by Stephenie Meyer! Bella Swan thinks moving to Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, is going to be THE WORST. She certainly doesn’t expect to be captivated by her classmate, Edward Cullen, but she soon finds, while living in Forks, the supernatural myths are real. Join us this week!…
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This episode we discuss Redwall by Brian Jacques! Matthias is a small but mighty mouse at the Redwall Abbey. Even though the abbey is peaceful, the rat Cluny, and his rat army want to take over. When faced with the evil rat, Cluny, will Matthias be able to save his friends?
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This week, we’re discussing Chasm by Stacey McEwan. The start of this book sees Dawsyn Sabar, former resident of the Ledge and attempted savior of the Ledge folk, awaiting her end as prisoner of the queen’s of Terrsaw, mourning the loss of her lover and friend Ryon, while also struggling with her feelings of anger and betrayal after his actions at …
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It's our holiday episode! We're discussing Holly Jolly Mess by C.M. Nascosta. This takes place in the same universe as Morning Glory Milking Farm. We get to meet some new couples. Ava and Kenta have a great relationship. However, they need to have an important conversation soon. Charlie is new to town and runs into Tris at the grocery store. They h…
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This week we’re discussing Craving in His Blood, the second installment in the Brides of Kylorr series by Zoey Draven. Kythel, ruler of Erzos, is dedicated to serving his people, and that duty has him planning an engagement that will secure him access to precious metal, guaranteeing a supply of weapons for his people in the oncoming war. However, h…
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In this episode we discuss Iron Flame, the sequel to Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. Violet is reeling from the revelations in the last book and is still furious at Xaden, who is determined to make things right. However, there is war brewing on multiple fronts. Will Violet, Xaden, and the rest of the rebels be able to defend themselves from multiple…
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This week, we discuss A Fire in the Flesh by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The third installment of the Fire in the Flesh series sees our main characters, Sera and Nyktos, grapple with being held captive by Kolis, the false primal of life, who is convinced that Sera is his reincarnated love, Sotoria. Sera works to arrange Nyktos’s freedom and convince Ko…
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We're back from our break with a Halloween Special! We are discussing the erotic novellas in the book Hollow by C.M. Nacosta. Ichabod Crane is fascinated by Brom Bones and his thick thighs. While Katrina Van Tassel finds herself drawn to a seasonal sexy ghost. Will they find love? Or at least get a few orgasms? Join us to find out! But beware, this…
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Join us this week for The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake. When six brilliant magicians are approached to be candidates for entry into the Alexandrian Society, and granted access to the wealth of knowledge in the library of Alexandria, they all accept, knowing one of them will be eliminated at the end of the year. Developing greater power may come with a…
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In this episode your hosts discuss The Ashes and the Star Cursed King by Carisa Broadbent. This is the conclusion to the duology but not the end of the Crown of Nyaxia world. We pick up where the first book left off. Raihn is struggling to enforce his role as king during a civil war. Oraya is struggling with her grief and the knowledge that she is …
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This week, we’re discussing The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent. Oraya has spent her entire life feeling like prey as a human and the adopted daughter of the king of the Nightborn vampires. She has trained for nearly as long to compete in the Kejari, a tournament honoring their goddess Nyaxia, with the intention of winning and g…
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This week your hosts discuss Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. Gideon Nav has spent her life as an indentured servant for Harrowhark, when her plan to escape fails, she agrees to be Harrow's cavalier. She and Harrow travel to the first house for a competition between the other houses to find out who will become lyctors. Soon, strange events happen t…
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This week, we discuss A Soul of Ash and Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is the fifth installment in the From Blood and Ash series, and in the book, Casteel recounts the events in From Blood and Ash from his perspective, while he, Kieran, and their trusted friends guard Poppy who has slipped into stasis to complete the culling. Join us for our…
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In this episode we discuss Ruby Dixon's 4th book in the Ice Planet Barbarian Series - Barbarian Mine. When Harlow finds herself captured by a large blue alien she must quickly adapt. Rukh was left an orphan at 7 years old and since then has been on his own. When his kuhi resonates with Harlow, he wastes no time taking her. He is unable to speak Eng…
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This week, we’re discussing Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. Violet Sorrengail has not had an easy life. Between being injury prone due to a connective tissue disorder, siblings who were born to be dragon riders, and her mother, the general of Navarre’s armies, Violet just wants to pursue a relatively safe life as a scribe. However, her mother refuse…
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We wrap up pride month with The Fate of Stars by SD Simper. When Tallora, a mermaid saves the disgraced princess of Solvira, she is not expecting to be captured instead of thanked. Dauriel, the disgraced princess, is constantly seeking her mother's approval and she believes that kidnapping a mermaid for a pet would be appreciated. However, it does …
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For our first Pride Month read, we’re discussing Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. For Wallace Price, death is just a beginning. When he is brought to Charon’s Cross, a tea shop and way station for the dead, he meets and befriends several people, including ferryman and proprietor of the tea shop, Hugo, who help him to realize that it’s never t…
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In this episode we discuss Beyond the Highland Mist. Adrienne is hurled back in time to 1513 to be the wife of Hawk, who believes he is marrying someone else. Adrienne has sworn off men but Hawk is determined to win her over. However, forces beyond their control are working against them. Will Adrienne return to 1997 or has she found a new home? Can…
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This week we discuss Dark Lover, the first installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward and we are joined by our resident horse expert, Sydney! Wrath, the last remaining purebred vampire, skillfully leads his brothers in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, destroying leaders who would seek to eliminate all vampires. When one of his oldest frien…
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This week your hosts discuss Katee Robert's newest addition to her Dark Olympus series. This book focuses on Apollo and Cassandra. There is a new player in town - Minos, but he is a mysterious character. When Apollo is invited to Minos' house for a week long party, he brings Cassandra along to help find any suspicious activity. As the party progres…
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For the Throne by Hannah Whitten picks up where the first book in this duology, For the Wolf, ends. (Btw, we discussed For the Wolf last fall with Stacey McEwan—go check it out if you need a refresher!) In her desperate attempt to save her sister, Redarys, from the Wolf, Queen Neve ends up stranded in the Shadowlands with Solmir, one of the origina…
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This week, your hosts discuss a book that has spent a lot of time on their TBR - Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This book follows several characters, Ead, Loth, Tane, and Niclays. The characters must overcome their differences to work together to defeat the Nameless One. Can they overcome their personal, political, and religious dif…
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This week, we're discussing Toughest Deal by Alessa Thorn! This installment of the Mercenaries and Magic series follows Julian Burbank and Altun Baruk, who team up with the Edgeworths to stop Altun's sister, Dee. Julian and Altun are both dominant and demanding in life and in the bedroom, and as the work together to bring Dee down, their connection…
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This episode your hosts discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. In this best-seller Linus is chosen to evaluate an orphanage by the sea. Management seems to think that it is dangerous and should be shut down. It turns out that this is no ordinary orphanage, the children are powerful and very special. As Linus gets to know the children an…
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This week, we're discussing Book of Night by Holly Black. Charlie Hall, talented thief and con artist, has spent much of her life stealing for gloamists, people with quickened shadows. Though Charlie tries to leave that part of her life behind, her plans disintegrate when a man comes to her bar trying to sell part of the Liber Noctem, a mysterious,…
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This week your hosts discuss Desire in His Blood by Zoey Draven. This is the first book in her newest series. Azur is looking for revenge on the Hara family and thinks that marrying the eldest daughter, Gemma, will help him. What he couldn't predict was the chemistry between himself and Gemma. Will Azur be able to put the past aside and let himself…
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This week, we discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Sketchy deals with dark gods have unexpected and life-altering consequences. When young Addie LaRue makes a desperate bargain to live the life she desires, she obtains immortality but at a steep cost: to be forgotten by everyone she encounters. She finds small ways to leave her…
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This week your hosts discuss A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. Harper is stolen from Washington D.C. and taken to Emberfall in the hopes that she will fall in love with Prince Rhen and break his curse. However, Harper is not one to be wooed and she is determined to go home but when she sees the state that Emberfall is in she wants to h…
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Join us for our discussion of The Book of Azrael by Amber Nicole. Dianna has made herself a villain, serving Kaden for hundreds of years in repayment for saving her sister. In seeking out the Book of Azrael, a powerful relic, for Kaden, Dianna discovers that the World Ender, Samkiel, is still very alive, goes by Liam now, and is displeased with her…
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This week your hosts discuss These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan. This is the first book of a young adult duology. Brie and her sister have been living with a massive amount of debt. Their aunt decides to sell Jas to the fae. Determined to get her sister back Brie braves going to Faerie to rescue her sister. However, she finds much more than she expecte…
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This week, your hosts discuss A Light in the Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout. After discovering that she carries the embers of life within her, Sera grapples with realizing that she wants a life beyond the one that was pre-determined for her. But first, she must figure out how to survive the culling as her power continues to grow. With the help of …
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In this week's episode your hosts discuss A Queen of Ruin by K.F. Breene! This book wraps up Finley and Nyfain's storyline. Finley and Nyfain are finally reunited but now they must deal with the sudden appearance of the old queen while deciding how to take down Dolion for good. Will they take down the demon king? Can Finley restore Nyfain's wings? …
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We are wrapping up Monster Smash month with Luxuria by Colette Rhodes. When Ophelia, rejected Hunter, is given the opportunity to fulfill the terms of the treaty between Hunters and shades by entering into an arranged marriage with Allerick, King of the Shades, she enthusiastically accepts, believing that she'll finally have her monster fantasies c…
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MonsterSmash continues with a minotaur and human pairing in C.M. Nascosta's Morning Glory Milking Farm! To avoid having to move back in with her parents, Violet is desperate to find a job. After quite a bit of searching she discovers Morning Glory Milking Farm. The facility "milks" male minotaurs and uses their donations in pharmaceuticals. It is a…
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We're kicking off MonsterSmash October with A Soul to Keep by Opal Reyne. Reia is an outcast in her town and when it comes time to have a bride ready for the duskwalker she is the obvious choice. However, the duskwalker is not what he seems. He may look scary with a wolf skull and impala antlers but he is just looking for a companion. Unfortunately…
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This week, your hosts discuss Ledge by Stacey McEwan (@stacebookspace) and are thrilled to have Stacey join us for our discussion of her book. Dawsyn Sabar has lived a hard, brutal life, surviving the perilous and bitter cold on the ledge, where she and its inhabitants do whatever is necessary to survive, even if that means killing another to live.…
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This week, we’re discussing Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning! MacKayla Lane was just a young woman living her best life, when a devastating phone call has her leaving behind all that she’s ever known to go to Dublin to discover the culprit behind her sister’s death. She quickly learns that her sister Alina was keeping secrets from her. A chance run-…
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This week your hosts wrap up J.R.R Tolkien's trilogy with The Return of the King. War is upon Gondor and many will fall to Sauron's army. Even if the orcs do not destroy Gondor there will be no victory until Sauron is defeated. Sam and Frodo are on their way to Mount Doom with the hope that by destroying the ring they can stop evil from overcoming …
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This week your hosts discuss The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien! Aragon, Legolas, and Gimli need to save Pippen and Merry from Orcs. Their trip takes them through new sections of Middle Earth where filled with danger. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam have set off on their own to Mordor. They find help from an unlikely source but are hesitant to trust. Will P…
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